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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Up at Strawberry

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes. Your words were very kind.

We gathered this morning as friends at 6:45am and headed up to Strawberry Resevoir to make it up for first light. For those of you not from this area, Strawberry is in the opposite direction as Park City, far up into the mountains. It's a huge high-mountain lake where the weather can turn really quickly. It's already winter in the mountains.

I wasn't sure what I could do, but I knew I had to be there. When we got up there we split into teams to cover the shoreline. I can still endure, but I knew I would probably slow the teams down as I'm walking more c a r e f u l l y at this point in gestation. I ended up driving the runner truck with a friend of mine. We ran supplies, picked up searchers, and delivered things to the marina and the outlying areas. We've all been friends and co-workers for five, six or more years now. Even though we were there for a recovery operation, for closure, and we were very aware of our purpose, there was still a good spirit of camaraderie and enjoying each other's company. Catheryn's brothers were doing a great job coordinating the volunteer search while the Roundy family was holding up the fort. The wind was very cold and the intermittent snow squalls made visibility difficult.

The reality is that the water is 40 degrees and temperatures dropped last night to below freezing. I don't know if you've ever been in water that is that cold, but your body completely seizes, your first instinct is to curl into a ball. I'm convinced that Mike and Kimball made it because they were so much bigger and heavier than Steve and Cat. Mike tells his story here. Even if Steve and Catheryn made it out of the water, they probably would not have survived the night, soaking wet and the environment is 27 degrees. Although the shoreline was searched extensively, we were not able to find anything related to the missing. Search and Rescue has called off the ground search for tomorrow. We've done our part and now they are going to concentrate on a water search and recovery with divers. The local news stations were up at the lake today and you will see footage of the searchers, including interviews, at 10pm tonight.

I feel incredibly sad for Steve's boy, who while old enough to remember his dad, will forget a lot. He may not remember what a great father he was, how patient a man, and how kind a person, but I'm sure he'll remember lots of love. I feel a measure of comfort that Steve and Catheryn are together and happy. You always hear about people being too good for this world, and well, that is true of Steve and Catheryn. They were amazing people who did the right things, who lived virtuous lives and upheld lofty standards. I guess they were needed someplace else.

I am so glad that I knew them. I think the hardest thing will be missing them in my daily life. I can't walk over to Steve's desk anymore and chat about nothing. Catheryn won't be able to call me about something stupid that happened. However, I'm a better person because I knew them; I hope I can live up to their examples.

13 comments:

La Yen said...

And they were better because they knew you. We are all better for that.

Bek said...

Carina,

I am in tears again. I didn't realize how miraculous it was that the other two made it that long in the water.

That is so close to home..........

My prayers are still with you all and the families.

more caffeine, please said...

I am in shock as I didn't know about this story and I went to school with Steve. I'm sick about it. My thoughts are with you - how awful for everyone there. Such a great guy and his wife looks so beautiful.

Tori :) said...

I hope you got my email... My thoughts and prayers are with you and their family.

fijiangirl said...

I hve been watching the news stories of these two on the internet and I am just sick over it. At least they were together. I really pray for Kimball now. I hope he can get through this. Thank you for posting this. Even though I worked with them both a short time I still remember them. My prayers are with all the friends and families.

AzĂșcar said...

Fiji--this whole thing is pulling us out of the woodwork. I've gotten calls from people who left two years ago.

MCP, I forgot that you would absolutely know them--that town isn't that big. Really great people (at least they matured into great people ;) )

Thanks everyone for all the support.

Julie said...

Such a tragedy. I'll be thinking of you and them and the rest of their family.

metamorphose said...

Very heartbreaking. There is comfort in knowing that they were together in their last moments, and not alone without each other.

Prayers be with all who loved them.

Queen Scarlett said...

Sending prayers - loved the photos of them below - some people just radiate goodness.

Mel said...

I'm sorry to hear of this trajedy. May their families feel peace at this time.

April said...

They looked like beautiful people, and I'm glad you can take comfort in knowing that they'll be together forever somewhere better. I'll pray for his little boy, too. I'm so sorry for your loss, though. I can't even imagine....

Geo said...

Oh, prayers and love for ALL of you! I'm so, so sorry. They really must have been extra-fine to have received such admiration and love from you.

Emily said...

We read on cnn.com that your friends were found, as well as others who had capsized years before. I'm very sorry for your loss.