Following my gut, I chose one and kept on. It was a beautiful day. Optimistic, we hopped out of her black Jeep Wrangler and grabbed our packs. Photo by Author, View on Trail to Blanca Lake, Mt. Finally, I saw someone coming up the trail. The trail is 7 miles "round trip", gaining a little under 3,000 feet in less than 3 miles. Lake Casa Blanca drowning victim identified as Nixon High School student On Saturday, at about 7 p.m., a drowning was reported at Lake Casa Blanca. ALAMOSA — A hiker fell to his death Friday on Mount Blanca. My late father, an avid outdoorsman, would have been proud. Nature exists with a stark indifference to humans' situation. At long last, I made it back to the trailhead with most of the group on my heels. He’s never going to make it out of here before nightfall! I cursed the Gazelle. You never think that could happen to you. I didn’t want to imagine what hiking back without a drop to drink would have felt like. “Yes! I smelled cigarette smoke and turned around. They’ve at least got cell phone flashlights too.” He smiled, waving his iPhone in the air. Blanca Mireya Rivera was born on July 28, 1977 in Boynton Beach, FL and passed away on November 26, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Blanca Lake is something that looks like it belongs on another planet, with its agua/green colored water and pristine mountainous outline, the view itself will you make you forget the fact that you’ve been wheezy for the last four hours climbing uphill switch-backs. The dodgy dealers weren't in so they turned their attention to their children, Kristyanna, 10, and Brittney, 3. The Rapper and several others had made their way along the driftwood to explore further down the lake. Blanca Cruz Moya, a clinical research associate of pharmaceutical clinical trials and resident of Dickinson, TX, (formerly of Tipton, IN) went to be with the Lord on July 12, 2020, at the age of 45, after a long and hard-fought battle with the COVID-19 virus. Although a Peruvian glaciology and lakes security office has “controlled” 35 Cordillera Blanca glacial lakes, 30 glacier disasters have killed nearly 30,000 people in this region since 1941. Anyone hear about that older gentleman found off the Kelly creek trail a month or so ago? We’ll be aight’, it’s just a straight shot back. I took in the vantage point, starting down the path with renewed vigor looking for Ellie and the rest of our group. Jordan releases statement on death of George Floyd. Blanca Reyes Blanca Reyes February 27, 1947 – January 09, 2020. I've taken a tumble on those logs at the outlet and landed pretty hard. It was a relief to be off the mountain, but the sun was rapidly setting. Following the road, continue around the lake and up through more forest to reach tree line, at 12,000' - 3.Stay on the road until 12,200' where it ends near Blue Lakes then continue northeast on a trail - 4. We lost cell phone coverage 30-minutes before we even parked our cars. I’m not one to judge, I just didn’t envision beginning this journey inhaling second-hand smoke. He was sitting in the meadow after the peak, eating a bahn mi sandwich, and smoking. Feb 22. Blanca lake is the most difficult hike I have done. The 500-foot descent began, and I was again under the canopy of the forest. She just filled all of our bottles. .painfully cold. Unsurprisingly, the Straggler quickly fell behind. The forest was dark now. “I’ll go with you to find him. Blanca was born on June 10, 1938, in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of Nicanor and Blanca (Blanco) Gutierrez. We emerged out of the woods in an open clearing. After all, he was a grown man and not my responsibility. Our group mingled and made small talk as we began our march. The road is steep and muddy in some areas. The 7.5-mile round-trip hike to Blanca Lake is more challenging than most trails of similar popularity. The Dancer and I ran back down the trail looking for the Straggler. The temperature was only going to rise along with the elevation. By RUTH HEIDE Courier Editor ALAMOSA — A hiker fell to his death Friday on Mount Blanca. Maybe he went for a swim, stayed in the water a few minutes too long, lost control of limbs or had a cardiac event in response to the shock of cold? Cordillera Blanca glacier retreat since the late-19th century has triggered some of the world's most deadly avalanches and glacial lake outburst floods. After all, there was a mysterious fatality at the lake, not 24-hours before we arrived. Blanca Nieves, age 71, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. Please park so that cars and horse trailers can get in and out of the lot. Sorry, I didn’t realize you were so far behind me. Don't know how much water is flowing down Troublesome Creek right now, but when we crossed it in late July or early August maybe ten years ago it was too dangerous to cross. Seems like a high number of accidents this year. A fall involving a head injury would cause drowning in very little water. There were eight of us, including an exotic dancer, and rap artist. I wouldn’t have any left for the seven-mile hike back. The engine roared, Ellie turned on the fog-lights, and we laughed as she spun around dramatically, the tires drifting momentarily on the gravel road. The lake was surrounded by a striking and steep bowl: the water, an incredible aqua green color. “Yeah, I’m just surprised by how winded I am.” The Straggler replied as he dabbed sweat off his forehead. Missing male hiker from Lynnwood found dead in Cascades. No Straggler. The canopy of the forest only exaggerated the looming darkness. Glad I could help, it’s dangerous up here. White Death, also known as the Alaskan Tiger, is a large feline that inhabits the swampy areas outside Paxson, Alaska. I had to push my concerns out of my mind. Our caravan came to a halt after driving two-hours to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Ranger continued. Let’s get the hell out of here.”. A death, a straggler, and sundown looming. “Am I close to Blanca Lake?” I asked gasping. I saw the missing person post on FB. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest WA The 500-foot descent began, and I was again under the canopy of the forest. It doesn't say if his body may have been pushed by the water to the location where it was found or if he was found at the very spot where he drowned. Also, the water at Blanca is always SUPER cold. “You know what Ellie? Slightly irritated, I waited and tried not to look embarrassed when a couple of fellow hikers passed by our smoking section, making sure to give us a look. Native legend tells that this ferocious cat has been around for years. Suddenly, I realized today was the second anniversary of a traumatic car collision I survived. In hindsight, this seemingly innocent outing easily could have turned into a complete disaster. This lake is a hidden gem nestled in the mountains just North of the Mexican border; Just about an hour drive from Sierra Vista on Highway 83. Bring plenty of water and poles you will need them. Jezebel. View The Obituary For Blanca Esther Pena. We looked behind us back towards the path to see if there was any sign of the Straggler and Dancer behind us. For the first time in many years, I was at a significant juncture, feeling lost, often wondering what the future held. HELLS ANGELS®, HAMC™, and the Death Head® (winged skull logo) are trademarks owned by Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation, registered and/or applications pending in the United States, Europe, China and many other countries. My tension melted, and relief showered over me. https://komonews.com/news/local/overdue-hiker-found-dead-near-popular-cascade-mountain-trail. I was knocked off the freeway into a concrete barrier going 65-MPH, by an imbecile driving the wrong direction on the interstate. Dennis D. Kopp. I was apprehensive about him already lagging this far behind, but shrugged it off. “A man drowned, I guess they just pulled the body out of the water this morning. Hiker falls to his death on Mt. “I’m going to catch up with the rest of the group. 1 is a distant view of the route. I began to sprint the last two miles, conjuring the strength out of my terror of ending up alone in the pitch-black. I accepted the most weathered and continued. Hike up the nasty Lake Como/Blanca Peak road to reach Lake Como at 11,750'. Everyone tossed their packs down on the picnic table. We still had a couple of miles to hike down the old dirt road and over the landslide before making it back to our cars. Strange noises occasionally startled me. Just another twenty-minutes or so, just keep following the path. From the ridge-top, the trail goes through scenic meadows with wildflowers, passes the beautiful Virgin Lake, and finally descends to Blanca Lake. “I don’t know how we would have made it out without water on the hike back…” I trailed off. The irony of my words suddenly apparent, considering that morning, she had supervised the removal of a dead body ten-yards away. Nearly three-hours into this journey alone, existential thoughts brewed. It’s beautiful.”. LET'S ALL HAVE FUN TOGETHER! Outwardly he was relatively young, mid-thirties, and appeared fit, but his lungs were shot. My concern heightened, how could he have fallen this far behind already? Consider visiting Blanca Lake on a weekday. What could go wrong? Another half hour elapsed. Send Flowers Add a Memory Share Obituary share to facebook Eventually, I couldn’t see his orange t-shirt through the trees behind us. "I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. On the 21st of January, 2003, Beau Maestas, 19, and his sister, Monique Maestas, 16, sought revenge after being sold salt as methamphetamine. “Hey! I may not be the smartest, I may not be the strongest, but I don't want to be. Eventually, I clawed my way to the peak to find several small paths departing in different directions. We called their name’s but heard nothing in response. Iowa Death Notices December 18, 2020 December 18, 2020. Eyeing the woods, I wondered if a predator was stalking me. I only want to be the best I can be. Fuck.”. I almost dropped to my knees on the dirt road when I spotted Ellie ahead of me, standing near her Jeep. A 33-year-old Lynnwood man who was reported missing on Monday after he went on a solo day hike to Blanca Lake in the Cascades was found dead on Tuesday, according to … I kept going down; it was steep and treacherous. I wondered what happened. “Jesus, where is he?” A few minutes later, we found him sitting on a rock. Stopping at a lone weathered picnic table to take a quick break before continuing. The chic with him was pissed!” They responded, looking at each other for effect before bursting into laughter. If I turned around, I would probably find the Straggler and Dancer. I ran as fast as I could, but couldn’t see Ellie ahead of me any longer. I set off by myself to investigate the other side. Is this him? … I reached a large pond. It was a beautiful day in early September. If we hustle, we’ve got just enough time after waiting for him for so long.” I whispered, gently elbowing Ellie. We ate lunch and were unwinding when I realized that it had been a good hour since I arrived. Wow sorry to hear about this. I could hear a river surging down the side of the mountain in the distance and became exhilarated. They included Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s Angel of Death, and Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust. The Straggler (and Dancer that was kind enough to stay behind with him) trudged seven back-breaking miles to have only fifteen-minutes to relish the majestic glacier lake, before turning right back around. Ben Nesbitt, 21, was found bleeding to death in the street after being stabbed in the neck during the early hours of October 1, in Rojales on the Costa Blanca. It's not hard to imagine taking a bad fall and knocking yourself out. Almost everyone ran out halfway through an arduous hike on a sweltering day. You made it!” Ellie screamed, raising her arms victoriously. It was a relief to escape the switchbacks. “Is this? Blanca. “No, he slipped and fell where the lake starts a river flow over there. Please join us in Loving, Sharing and Memorializing Blanca Esmerlda Olivas on this permanent online memorial presented by Providence Funeral Home. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Images, Youtube and more on IDCrawl - the leading free people search engine. The Dancer has the car keys.” The Rapper shrugged, gesturing to the ominous forest. By the grace of God, the Straggler and Dancer finally emerged from the treeline. You can see with the radar HD if precipitation is falling at the moment, or headed towards Blanca Lake soon. Great for all ages, pet friendly. The March to Blanca Lake. Laredo Fire Department Chief Steve Landin said the body of a man about 18 years old was recovered from the water. Another half an hour went by. We dashed down 37 switchbacks, narrowly avoiding wiping out on multiple occasions. It occurred to me it took him two additional hours to make it to the lake. A glacier lake hidden in the bowl of a mountain top. The lake is small but offers something for everyone from swimming to boating to fishing to hiking to camping. 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