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Geocachers Save Two Women Stuck In Desert

From The Denver Channel.Com – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/24759140/detail.html

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Two men looking for geocaches ended up also finding two women trapped in sand and debris. Roy Joseph and Paul Fox went geocaching last week in what’s called the Delores Triangle area, south of Grand Junction on the Colorado-Utah border.

“We were going to turn around to look for a third geocache when we decided to drive on down to the river,” said Joseph.”As we came over a hill, here’s this Dodge van,” said Joseph. “It had towels covering the windshield.””I’m telling Paul, ‘This doesn’t look right, but we’ve got to check it out,'” said Joseph.Joseph said when he and Fox drove up to the van, a woman got out, said “Thank God,” and starting crying.The woman and her elderly mother got stuck on a drive last Sunday afternoon. They both had health problems and couldn’t push the van out of the sand and debris. Joseph and Fox found them two days later.

Wow, two days is a long time, especially with limited food and water. They’re extremely lucky to be found alive.

Joseph gave the women water and Fox gave the women lunch. Then the men used a tow strap to get the women out of the ravine.

Joseph and Fox followed the women back to a main intersection and made sure the women could get back to town.

I’m a little perplexed at the thought of allowing two women with health issues who have been trapped in a car in the middle of nowhere for two days with limited food and water to drive off into the distance. I would have thought escorting them or driving their car to the nearest town might have been the safest thing to do.

Still, good on them for being there to help out. One has to wonder whether they would have been out there had they not had geocaching as an excuse. I love being in the outdoors but find geocaching really useful for getting me out there and into nature. Without it I tend to sit on my backside indoors!

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