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Old 03-21-2006, 11:09 PM   #1
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A series of bad turns ends on a good note for all...

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/nation...ily_Found.html


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Old 03-21-2006, 11:16 PM   #2
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Good news they found them ...

Remind me not to show this story to Petunia ... it's her worse nightmare.
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:17 PM   #3
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I saw that on the news tonight. Amazing. It just goes to show you don't really have to get that far off the main roads before you can be deep in the country, deep in the snow, and out of cell phone range, especially out here in the NW.

Every winter there are stories of people wandering down the wrong road, either lost or exploring, or just getting in over their head on a route they've taken in better weather. Glad to see this one turned out for the best. After all, if I was going to be stranded, I'd want to be stranded with my RV!
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:21 AM   #4
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Onstar & Satellite phone

If they would have had Onstar.....there never would have been a problem finding them! That's why I like Onstar and satellite phone in my Chevy Avalanche! It gives me a higher sense of security while in the boonies! I think it's a good investment!
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:27 AM   #5
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Jim, does it really work everywhere? I just laugh when people talk about cell phone coverage, cells don't even work at our house, nor most campgrounds, or much of our trip to OK and back. We consider them pretty useless insurance - when you need it it probably won't work.
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:33 AM   #6
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Well not quite everywhere........

we find if we're in a canyon with high walls, or in a heavily forested area......the trees may affect the satellite signal.....but if our TV isn't stuck....we'd just need to drive to an area without the interference. So it's not completely foolproof.....but a whole lot better than just cell phone coverage.
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That's amazing! Glad it turned out for the best!
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Saw something on the news about a meth lab or something like it and the parents are being charged........if we're talking about the same family that was lost in an RV a week or so ago.....
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I had to dig to find that.

http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APS...D8GJ03P04.html

They were wanted on warrents in another state. I guess if you're on the lam, that's not the kind of attention you want to generate.

I'd say they'd have to be fried to try and take a shortcut through the mountains in March, but people do it all the time without any good excuse.
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Drugs will make you STUPID..

Sorry to say, but if they led their family into the backwoods to enjoy the "goodlife" of misuse of drugs than they were lucky they were found alive.
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If they would have had Onstar.....there never would have been a problem finding them! That's why I like Onstar and satellite phone in my Chevy Avalanche! It gives me a higher sense of security while in the boonies! I think it's a good investment!
OnStar is NOT a satellite phone. It does have a GPS receiver, but uses a cellular network to receive instructions from OnStar or to send emergency info back to OnStar. No cell signal, no OnStar.

Now a dedicated satellite phone (like Iridium) is a different story and will work anywhere you have a clear view of the sky.
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I guess I can understand the Meth connection.

When Junior and the missus took off to find help, they took cans of tuna fish and a jar of honey for provisions. Sounds like a Meth diet.
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I guess I can understand the Meth connection.

When Junior and the missus took off to find help, they took cans of tuna fish and a jar of honey for provisions. Sounds like a Meth diet.
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I agree to a point...depending on what was available it is actually a good choice, the tuna fish being high in protein and the honey being a sugar, makes for good survival food. I keep some odds and ends in my truck tool box just in case I get stuck somewhere, and tuna fish, honey, freezedried coffe and ramen noodles are in that box. along with a small filtration system and cook stove.

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seems a little like the movie of a year or two ago where Ted Danson and his wife head out in their Classic AS Motorhome, and get stuck in a New England snow storm...running out of propane and gasoline and food they barely make it...the best part was seeing the Motorhome of course
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