Tourist Trap

Unwilling to wait until the snow lets up,  hundreds of people are looking for any alternate route across the mountains. Opportunity beckons…

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5 Responses to Tourist Trap

  1. Chris Peterson says:

    Bear right.

  2. At least 20 years ago (it was before we moved up here), a couple and their small child departed southern California to attend a funeral in Idaho. The plan was to take I-5 to Sacramento, 80 to Reno, and then go north from there.

    When they got to Sacramento, 80 was closed, so they headed north looking for another route over the mountains. When they got stuck in the snow, the guy left his wife and child to seek help. Fortunately, the folks in Idaho knew their travel plans and when they didn’t show up, alerted various police agencies.

    A CHP plane spotted the husband and rescued the family–as I recall, they lost some toes due to frostbite. I don’t know how close the bears were.

    • Steven Frisch says:

      You are talking about the Stolpa’s George. And if I remember correctly he walked all the way out to a house…my wife still calls someone who is doing something super stupid driving where they shouldn’t in the snow “pulling a Stolpa.”

      • rl crabb says:

        They inspired a story I did in my comic “Planet of Geeks” after watching the TV movie based on their ordeal. The moral? “America, where you can become famous for being STUPID!”

        • George Boardman says:

          I remembered this story because, at that time, our daughter had a bad habit of taking off with her buddies without telling anybody where they were going or the route they were taking.

          I used this incident as an example of why you need to tell somebody who cares where you’re going.

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