Copyright 2010 Sandra Elaine Waldron
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Dying was not how the camping couple from Ohio expected to end their vacation. The day was full of sunshine, chirping birds and pine-scented breezes as they pitched their tent in Mount Rainier Park.
By noon, the tent was secured and they were famished. Donnie quickly made a fire of kindling and small pieces of wood he’d brought along, afraid the wood in the forest might be too damp. And Melanie roasted their hotdogs over the open fire and they stuffed themselves to the max, washing it down with a couple of canned sodas.
They put out their fire and cleaned up their cooking utensils and decided to take their long-anticipated hike. It was the first time either of them had taken a hike on a mountain, and though they both considered themselves in good physical shape, by six they realized they were actually exhausted. Melanie was the first to admit it. Donnie was ahead of her by a few feet and he glanced back to see how she was doing.
She shook her head. “I’m sorry, Donnie…But I just can’t go on…Gotta rest a few minutes.”