Lost hiker builds shelter to stay warm.
Tampa Bay Online is reporting on the rescue of a 56-year-old man who got lost in a wilderness park in Florida. The story is here. Francis Netto, 56, knew the area and had set out on a 15-mile walk he had done multiple times before. He had food, something to drink and books to read along the way. The problems started when he fell asleep - he blames sinus medication - and woke up in the dark about 10 or 11 p.m.
When he tried to walk out on Thursday he got turned around and went deeper into the woods. He was located by some canoeists after a few days.
Two things stuck with me about this story.
The first was Netto said he was able to stay dry during a storm on Thursday night by building a shelter. I have been learning a bit about building debris huts - or shelters made from whatever you can collect from the forest floor - so I was excited to read he was able to create something to protect himself from the elements.
The second was at one point Netto was floating down the river to try and move towards civilization. He got out when he came across a three-metre long alligator that wouldn't move out of his path.
I know we don't get to choose where we get lost, but I have to say Ontario seems like a friendlier place all the time.