September 16

Snowbound Vancouver couple share tale

first_imgPat Norvell says she wasn’t worried, even as one night turned to four, two feet of snow piled up outside her and her husband’s stuck SUV and their rations whittled down to a small bag of jelly beans and snow melted into drinking water.“We knew they were smart and eventually they would find us,” Norvell, surrounded by her family in the living room of her and her husband’s Salmon Creek-area mobile home and sitting in a chair far more comfortable than the one inside the green Jeep Grand Cherokee, said of her children and grandchildren. “I had no doubt whatsoever.”John Norvell said he, at times, felt dark, even as his wife remained positive. The 63-year-olds spent four nights trapped on a secluded forest road near Mount St. Helens after their Jeep hit an icy rut and slid into a ditch. The Norvells are both diabetic, and their family worried that they didn’t have insulin with them. After law enforcement officials said they couldn’t help, the family organized its own search effort and even started a Facebook page trying to get the word out.Happily, both were still in good physical condition when their ordeal came to an end Friday as John got out of the SUV and spotted other people on the remote road.last_img read more