Calgary - Big Surr - Lake Powell - Calgary
United States & Canada AB,MT,ID,UT,NV,CA,AZ
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Once in a while, things tend to turn their
interesting face on me. Last week, my wife and I went on a road trip to
When we finally got on the lake, the Universe
kept on hammering us with mishaps. After a series of lost sunglasses and one drowned
fishing rod, we were dealt with a serious blow. At one of the most remote and
deserted entrails of
"Nice, now we are in the real pickle!"
Three people and a dog stranded on a boat in the middle of a total nowhere! The
sheer rock walls of the canyon were so narrow that there was not even enough
sky for a satellite reception to send a distress signal from my SPOT Messenger,
neither was there a place to leave the boat. Just rock walls and water around
us with the evening closing in. Our options were running out...
To give ourselves a credit, there was no
panic or fear. We had plenty of food and water for a couple of days and so we
weren’t in any life threatening danger. We figured that we still had two
options to get out. First to spend a night on our small boat and peddle out the
next day to the wider area from which we could send a distress signal. Second,
get rescued by other visitors to the canyon.
It’s been now about 3 hours in the canyon
and there were absolutely no visitors in sight. Ironically, as the evening was
approaching, our hopes to be rescued were getting slightly higher. We wished for a houseboat that would park for the night near the canyon
and its inhabitants setting off to explore the narrows before the dinner was
As there was nothing to do but wait, my
brother and I started to peddle to get our minds occupied with something else
and to get a head start for the next day. Our boat was a 21-foot Cudoy and so
our progress was very slow. Then we figured that we should swim and tow the
boat on ropes. It turned out to be a faster way but fairly exhausting as well.
At one point we thought we heard an engine and so we stopped swimming and
listened. Indeed, somebody was coming our way… “Let’s hope they are not going
to turn around before they reach us!” For a few minutes the engine sound
reverberated louder and louder through the canyon and finally two Sea-doos
appeared around the corner! Life was good again, we were rescued!