Hankins said she was driving to her mother’s house in Oceana when her car ran out of gas deep down an isolated road in the Twilight area of Boone County.
She had no food, no water and tried to get help, but instead she got lost.
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She said she ran out of gas and spent the first night in her car.
Crews found her car on Sunday. The gas tank was empty and the keys were still inside.
She told crews she tried to walk to find help, but ended up lost in the woods.
Hankins told crews she lived off berries and mushrooms and tore off the sleeves of her shirt to start a fire.
I’m glad that she was found and is recovering. The berries, mushrooms and shirt sleeves to start a fire were a nice touch (although the caloric value of mushrooms makes them essentially worthless as a survival food).
But take this as yet another object lesson.
Yeah. If it were me in my car, after twelve days I’d be less than half way through the food and water I always have in my vehicle, and I’d probably have a cabin built using the tools I carry as well. Although why I’d need to do that when I have a perfectly comfortable weather and water-proof vehicle with reclining seats I have no idea.