Woman, dog survive six days in Washington wilderness

(CNN) When her husband passed away {several months|almost a year|many months} ago, 71-year-old Sajean Geer wanted to honor his legacy in {a special|a particular|an unique} way: by scattering his ashes {in one of|in another of|in just one of} his favorite places.

{So ,|Therefore ,|Therefore} on July 18, Geer took her husband’s ashes and her beloved Chihuahua-terrier mix, Yoda, and headed for Olympic National Park in Washington state.
Little did Geer {know that|understand that|realize that} she wouldn’t leave the park until nearly {a week later|seven days later}, after she got lost and a day’s hike turned into a six-day ordeal.

Geer had planned on scattering her husband’s ashes at Obstruction Point, {one of his|one of is own|one of his true} favorite places, she told CNN affiliate KIRO . Geer {did not|didn’t|failed to} respond to CNN requests for comment.
But while she was {searching for|looking for|trying to find} a place to lay her husband to rest, Geer said she was {overwhelmed|inundated|overrun} with emotion and became disoriented.

{Soon after|Immediately after|Right after}, Geer {came to|found|stumbled on} a terrifying realization: She was lost.
“I couldn’t find my car, I couldn’t {find the|discover the|get the} road and I got really disoriented, ” Geer told KIRO.
Geer, who describes herself as an experienced hiker, said she was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and capri pants {at the time|at that time|during the time}. She {wasn’t|was not} carrying any survival gear.
{But not|However, not|Although not} all hope was lost: Geer remembered a tip from {an outdoor|a patio|a backyard} survival book she read, which said it was {important to|vital that you|crucial that you} have “a positive mental attitude and a fighting spirit {that you’ll|that you will|you will} live through this. ”
“What I figured was, I had to survive until I got rescued, ” she told KIRO. “I said, ‘OK, {I’m|I am} gonna {do this|do that|try this}. ‘”
Quickly after, Geer got to work. She built a shelter made of logs and moss to keep herself and Yoda warm and trekked to a stream three times {a day|each day|per day} for water. She also said she ate currant fruits, pine needles and ants to survive.
“This ant bit me, ” Geer told KIRO. “Then {I remember|I recall|From the} watching on television, {you can|it is possible to|you are able to} eat ants, and I go, ‘Well, I have {a bigger|a more impressive|a larger} mouth {then you|you then|then you definitely}, ‘ {so I|therefore i|and so i} ate him when {he|that he} bit me. ”
Meanwhile, Geer’s family organized a coordinated search after they {did not|didn’t|failed to} hear from her {for several|for a number of|for many} days.
The family reported her missing on July 19, {one day|1 day} after Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies {were unable|were not able} to locate Geer during a welfare check.
There was no indication {at the time|at that time|during the time} that she could have been at Olympic National Park, said Patty Danisiewicz, secretary of the superintendent’s office.
Two days later, the sheriff’s office put out a missing persons alert.
Danisiewicz said an on-duty park ranger spotted Geer’s vehicle {based on the|in line with the|on the basis of the} alert and called authorities. A quick ground search was conducted {near the|close to the|nearby the} car, but to no avail.

On July 23, Olympic National Park Service observers took their search efforts to the skies and spotted Geer as she {was going to|would|would definitely} get water.
“I start waving my hands as much as possible and I go, ‘Please see me, please see me, ‘” she said. “Then, finally, they waved at me. ”
The National Park Service helicopter did not have hoisting capabilities, Danisiewicz said, so a Coast Guard helicopter was called {in to|directly into|into} rescue Geer. Yoda was also {taken to|taken up to|taken fully to} safety {by a|by way of a|with a} ground team made up of Clallam County and Kitsap County Sheriff’s ground searchers.
Geer was treated for dehydration and “a few scratches” at the Olympic Medical Center, but was released that evening, Danisiewicz said.
The rescue team also found the urn that held Geer’s husband’s ashes.
Geer said the long ordeal taught her {an important|a significant|an essential} lesson: “I realized what’s really important in life is relationships and love. ”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/us/washington-woman-survives-in-woods/index.html

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