“Mountain Journey” By Howard O’ Hagan
Dace Conroy was deep in the mountains alone and cold. Dave had been in the mountains for 6 weeks, and he was going to make it to his friend’s cabin without stopping. “Any man would be a fool to travel alone in the mountains” but Dave was determined he was going to make it.
He had been walking in the fresh white snow, and he had food for five days, an axe, fifty pounds of fur for the market and blanket. He passed a spruce tree. It had wide branches and brown moss where it was clear of snow. It was perfect. He had a choice to keep walking, or to start a to get warm and make a camp at the tree. He chose to keep walking, and to keep looking for a cabin. Slowly nature was wining. His toes and fingers were numb. Dave went to the cabin and it had been burnt down. He decided to take a seat in the soft snow. Conroy had 10 miles to go. He passed out. Dave laid there. Then he woke up, he tried to get up he had to his friends were waiting for him but, he just couldn’t. His whole body was weak. “The world was growing small, dying slowly in the darkness of the sunlight”
He let his pride take over. If Dave took better care of himself and made a fire near the tree instead of continuing on, he could have easily survived. But he had too much pride. Too much pride can kill you, which in Dave’s case It did.