numbnuts me

After reviewing today a dozen unfocused images of a cheesy self-portrait, I should have looked more closely at what was actually in focus. God was trying to tell me something, but I just wasn’t picking up what He (or my rental car) was putting down.wpid-numbnuts1-2010-12-12-00-08.jpg Fast forward about 30 minutes as I attempted to start the car: no luck.

After ensuring I pushed all the launch buttons in the right order, it hit me: I’m stranded. In the desert. A cold, dark dessert with nothing around for miles.

My rented Mini Cooper with 78 miles on it when i picked it up earlier in the week had sprung a leak, overheating the car, and leaving me about nine miles from any sign of life. In my Boy-Scout-survival-instinct (sans additional coolant), I ate food and water, left a note on the windshield, lit my LED emergency flares (which I packed for lightpainting adventures), bundled up, then ran 6 miles to cell phone reception. It was very dark, about 30 degrees when I was able to call 9-1-1.

I met up our hospitable US Border Patrol officers who offered me shelter, more food and water, and told me a few funny stories while drug sniffing German Shepard befriended me. Two tow truck companies dissed me, leaving the third one to drive Hell Western Crooked to pick me up, exchange car (on the Avis dime). Here I am, 16 hours later outside of Arizona’s Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, where I left off but in a new set of wheels:wpid-numbnuts2-2010-12-12-00-08.jpgWhat an adventure! Was I scared? You bet. Did I panic. Helz no. I said my prayers, remembered what I knew, had a great attitude, and lived to tell the tale.

7 Responses to “numbnuts me”

  1. Keri Doolittle Photography — December 12, 2010 @ 8:58 am (#)

    Wow, what a story!!! That is just crazy and scary!

  2. Jessica Lauren Goodman — December 12, 2010 @ 9:55 am (#)

    So glad that you are safe! What an adventure! Staying positive is the way to go!

  3. Sean Kern — December 12, 2010 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    That’s really funny but good thinking. Looks like you got up graded to a convertible mustang if that interior looks familiar. Glad you are safe.

  4. Tree — December 12, 2010 @ 10:22 pm (#)

    Love this RJ!

  5. Faun Hauptman — December 13, 2010 @ 8:58 am (#)

    Just think, Saturday you were photographing invisible trains, and Sunday you needed one to come and pick you up! Seriously, I’m glad you are always prepared when you go on these adventures, which clearly made a huge difference. I don’t know how long it took you to run the six miles before you reached cell reception, but I’m sure it was a long night! Very glad your story has a happy ending.

  6. Adam Houseman — December 16, 2010 @ 9:46 am (#)

    Sounds like a fun adventure RJ.

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