“[T]here are so many areas where you can get lost and not even realize it until you’re lost”

The New York Times Magazine: Tragically Lost in Joshua
Tree’s Wild Interior – Dark Zones
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“In June 2010, Bill Ewasko traveled alone from his home in suburban Atlanta to Joshua Tree National Park, where he planned to hike for several days. […]

Ewasko left a rough itinerary behind with his girlfriend, Mary Winston, featuring multiple destinations, both inside and outside the park. […]

The plan was that after he finished the hike, probably no later than 5 p.m., he would call Winston to check in, then grab dinner in nearby Pioneertown. But 5 p.m. rolled around, and Ewasko hadn’t called. Winston tried his cellphone several times, and it went directly to voice mail. She knew he might still be in a region of the park with limited cellular access, but the thought was hardly reassuring. As night fell on the West Coast with no word from Ewasko, Winston tried to call someone at the park, but by then Joshua Tree headquarters had closed for the day. Her only option was to wait.”

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I’ve been following the efforts of Tom Mahood as chronicled on his weblog Other Hand for years, ever since I read about the The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans.

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