Hello all. Just got the rest of the story from my mom, who spoke to Dave. Dave said that Russ had asked him if he wanted to go into town and get fuel because Russ was very low and he wanted to check out the trail. Dave said no because the river and weather were too bad and that Russ could just take some of Dave's fuel. Russ still planned on going without Dave so Dave decided he had better go so Russ was not on his own. I will try to remember the details as well as I can but I may get a few place names incorrect. Mom said they went down to Scary Tree and went along there I think. Russ wanted to check out a trail that the Iron Dog Racers had been going on recently so they went wherever that was. Not sure if it was after that or on the way there, but Russ's machine broke through the ice so Dave circled around in front of him and pulled him out. Since Russ was wet and cold then, Dave said they needed to head back to the lodge and Russ agreed. On the way back to the lodge, Dave's machine fell through the ice and Russ circled around to try and pull him out, and then Russ's machine fell through the ice. At that point, they were about 9 miles from the lodge I think and Dave wanted to walk back but Russ just wasn't able to get very far before he colapsed. Dave went into the woods and found a summer cabin that he was able to get into and he got Russ into it. The cabin was not insulated and Dave was not able to find any matches so they had a cold night the first night. On the second day, I believe, Dave found two flint fire starters in the cabin. The first one didn't work, but Dave was able to use the second one to start a fire. Dave said Russ wasn't doing very well and he was trying to decide if he should walk back to the lodge for help or stay with Russ. Luckily, Dave started to hear the snow machines and he said he even heard a helicopter last night so he knew people might be out searching. They were quite a way off the river though, from what I understand, and were not able to get a signal to the people searching fast enough. The next day, Dave heard the planes and helicopter searching, and saw Kenny but no one was able to see him where they were. So, Dave hiked down to the river and waited out there until someone was able to spot him. So, Dave was dropped off at the Lodge and Russ was taken to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. It didn't sound like Russ was doing very well though so I am praying that he comes through. The machines are still out there, but my mom has threatened Dave with his life to stay away from them until it freezes. I don't think Dave has any desire to go after them anytime soon anyway :-)
I just want everyone to know how much we all appreciate your help and support. You will never know what it has meant and means to us. Mom wishes she could call and thank you all personally, but she is just so tired right now. She is still in Anchorage since she missed the good weather window to get out to the lodge. Mom says Dave was extremely emotional when she was speaking to him after she told him all that had been done to look for him. He said he felt a bit embarrassed as well, but we are just glad he is around to be embarrassed. Dave was going to call you all and thank you and talk to you on the phone, but he was just too emotional to talk on the phone. Please just know that we are so thankful for you all. God Bless You and have a great Thanksgiving!!!