I start a new Job tomorrow morning which gave me Monday and Tuesday off this week. I could not look myself in the mirror ever again if I did not use at least one of those days to go riding. So this morning I woke up early and went up American Fork Canyon with my brother in-law.
While we were unloading the quads from the truck this mangy looking kid came walking towards us. I thought for sure he was going to ask us for money or food seeing how he looked homeless. This is how our conversation went. Me “Hey how are you doing?” Kid “Really bad, I blew up my bike (IE Seized the engine) and decided to hide it in the woods walked down here, got in my crappy Ford Ranger went up the canyon to get it. I got stuck crossing a river and ended up sleeping in my truck. Could you guys come pull me out?” Me: laugh my brains out for about 5 minutes before I finally asked if he was serious and told him to jump in. About 30 minutes later we got to his truck.
After about ten minutes I finally jumped into the ridged runoff water and tied the tow strap to his truck myself because he could not do it and we pulled him out. On the drive up is where I learned just how stupid this kid was.
Me: Does anyone know where you are? Kid: Not really I come up here a lot so I did not tell anyone I was here.
Me: So you slept in your truck all night while it was stuck in a river? Kid: Yes I did not want it to get swept away in the night. (Me thinking, how did you plan on stopping it since you were stuck in the middle of the river)
Me: Is your 4 wheel drive broken? Kid: No It is a two wheel drive truck I thought I could make it. Me: You are an idiot.
I encouraged him to let people know where he was next time and take someone with him while in the mountains. Life In Utah is a lot of fun outdoor adventures everywhere but sadly each year I hear about needless deaths because someone was to careless to let someone know where they were going or better yet keeping to the Buddy System.
Play hard this week and Enjoy Life In Utah
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