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1. Caught in a thunderstorm at Laguna Meadow. It was loud and we were pretty frightened at first. Then it starting hailing and it sort of became comical, we couldn't help but just laugh at the situation. Even though it was a little scary, at the same time it was a cool experience.2. Dead battery at the Fresno backcountry campsite opposite the Mariscal Mine. You'd think we wouldn't have any problem getting help being so close to the mine, but think again. We were there in early December, on a weekday. The dead battery was completely our fault, we left something on in the truck overnight. I actually woke up during the night and immediately realized our mistake. Truck wouldn't even start to turn over.We had planned on being there another night anyway, so we didn't panic or anything. I went out and sat down in the road with a book, as the site is too far from the road to wave anyone down. I sat out there for about four hours, then walked back to camp for lunch. After lunch I didn't feel much like sitting in the road anymore, so I just cracked opened a beer and sat down.Late in the afternoon I heard a vehicle coming, so I ran down to the road, it was way ahead of me, luckily they stopped at the mine. I caught up with them about half way up. I scared the crap out of them, they didn't see me coming. I told them the story, when I pointed our our campsite, which you can barely see from the mine, they were clearly shocked I'd run that far to catch up with them. Anyway, I walked back to camp, they went on up to the mine. About an hour later they drove over to our camp, they were in a rented van and didn't have cables. They also didn't seem too keen on helping us or speaking with us, etc. It was an older couple and their grandkids, and understandably I think they were a little spooked. So they were going to report us to a Ranger. I don't remember what time it was, but we thought maybe someone would come that afternoon, but no one did.So next morning, the day we were planning on leaving the park, we get up, pack the truck, get ready to go....and wait. No one came that morning. Finally around Noon a really nice guy and his son came along in a truck (I'd been back at my position in the middle of the road). They were very friendly and got us going in about five minutes.So those are my stories, not very scary.
you know, what is it with people?? You were obviously distressed and in real trouble...to just leave someone in that situation in the middle of nowhere is inhuman.....if it had been me, I would have had cables, but even if I didn't, I would have driven you to Rio Grande Village and back again with some cables and/or a battery.....i hope those folks have plenty of good karma in there moral bank account, they'll sure need it!
The SUV had apparently been there awhile
1. Caught in a thunderstorm at Laguna Meadow.
I haven't spent enough time in the park...
About the dead battery problem
FYI....did you see the Beaumont Enterprise article today about the proposed reservoir on the Neches???
caught in a freak ice storm
I've got to ask Doc Savage, did you ever get an explanation for the abandoned SUV?
About the dead battery problem in the back country campsites, I worry about this and carry one of those booster pack battery deals with me as well as an air compressor. I've never used the battery pack on my own car but I know they work because I've jumped started others with battery trouble. They are really good to have if your camping with only one truck and can't count on anyone to jump start you.
Astounding to watch a thermometer as the weather transitions from daylight - dusk - night in the desert especially. I remember we were camped at BBRSP in the R2D2 camper and watched the digitial thermometer just plummet one evening - the digital indicator was just plummeting from the 80's and finally settled into the 30's.
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