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Written by Sherry Nichols   
Monday, 24 August 2009

We were all standing around helping Marty get his jeep started, which took quite a while.  Marc and Mike had gone off to explore a nearby hill.  We heard one of them on the radio saying there was trouble and to bring Benadryl.  Fearing the worst we raced to their general location, not an easy feat considering 1) it was dark 2) we didn't really know where they were although David had a good idea and 3) there was a very large washed out area with 50 to 100 foot wash walls between us that we had to drive around.

Mike was able to tell us that Marc was stuck on the opposite side of the hill and had started sliding.  Given the condition of the hill on that side there was a very real possibility that he would roll.  Marc had managed to stop his vehicle before rolling and was, unfortunately, parked on a bee hive.  Mike was stung several times trying to assist and had made the call for Benadryl. 

Marc had rolled up his windows and plugged all of the holes in the floorboard with rags.  Not having AC it soon became very hot inside the vehicle and they were nearly overcome by noxious fumes.  By the time we were able to get to the back side of the hill and send a rescue team Marc was very stressed over his precarious position, the heat and the fumes.

David, Tom and Dave braved the bees while the rest of us stayed far enough away to be out of harm's way.  Tom discovered that Marc didn't have a rear tow point but managed to hook up as quickly as possible to pull him off the side of the hill to a stable place where he could back down to safety.

Luckily there were only a few bee stings during this whole event and recovery.


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