And not for anything I did, at least directly.
My fathers day present, among others, was that I took off right after work Friday, and headed up Mirror Lake Highway in the Uintas. Thats a big mountain range on the Utah-Wyoming border for you out of state CBers. Taking advantage of the long daylight hours, I walked in a few miles, ate my freeze-dried stew and apple cobbler in the twilight by a pretty lake accompanied by a very loud bullfrog. For those of you who know the area, I left from the Bald Mountain trailhead and walked into Bench Lake. After a nice nights sleep, I headed further in, working my way up near treeline and over a pass called "The Notch". Since the trail continued south from there, I shortly left the trail and bushwhacked a few miles through the forest, making a loop back to my car. So far, so good. I told my wife I would be home around 4, and would check in as soon as I got down to Kamas(near Park City) and into cell range.
Well, just before 3, and just above Kamas, and most critically, just out of cell phone coverage, I come upon a line of cars stretching a good quarter mile up the road. There had been a bad wreck ahead, and they had landed the helicopter on the road, but were trying to stabilize one of the victims before transporting him. His companion was already dead, and according to the news, he didn't make it either. Motorcycle vs. car, guess who won. I knew my wife would be sick with worry, but my only way out was to turn around and head to Evanston, WY, adding two hours to the trip home. So after over an hour, the helicopter took off, and they reopened the road. Not only was my wife beside herself, but she had called Summit County Search and Rescue to go look for her husband who was injured or lost or both. They told her about the wreck, but said if I hadn't checked in by five, they would send a team out.
No sooner did I get off the phone from calming my wife down than it rang again. Sheriff this time, seeing if I was OK after all. By this time I was in Heber City, well on my way home. So all ended well, and I had a really nice overnight backpack, but just a little bit more drama out of the trip than I was looking for. And that is my story for the week, fellow CB denizens.