Dreaming of Love, Laughter, and Doom (WOTW S5W5)

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It was warm and beautiful on Valentine's Day. Carol and Ian decided to take a lover's stroll through the woods while watching the sunset. Love, privacy, and intimacy filled their time together.

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The couple had been with each other for decades. Sure, there were ups and downs in their relationship. You can't be together with someone for that long and not have them. Yet, despite any trials and tribulations, they still have the love for each other they did when the two were younger.

Holding hands, they proceeded along the walking trail enjoying each other's company. How lucky were they to find their soul mate? They were fortunate indeed. Carol and Ian felt blessed as they reminisced about their union together. After seeing that memorable sunset, they decided to head back to their cottage for an evening dinner before turning in for the night.

Their dream of a romance drove them to view the sunset. Unfortunately, Carol and Ian's destination and poor timing prevented the world from hearing their screams.

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The Word for THIS week (S5W5) is: DREAMING

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Jepson Trail

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Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin rented a cottage for a holiday in Inverness, California, during the week of February 10, 2020. They wanted to get to the house and spend some days just walking around before their memorable February 14 holiday. It was a weekend they planned for in advance.

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Day One

Having taken their romantic walk along the Jepson Trail in Inverness, CA, Carol and Ian decided to walk back to their residence. The sun was continuing to set and they soon became disoriented while realizing it was darker than they anticipated.

It got so dark that they continued walking at a snail's pace. The couple moved carefully forward to make sure to avoid any mishaps. Unfortunately, Ian was not that lucky as he suffered a fall and sustained a minor cut on his forehead. Not wanting to proceed in the face of uncertainty, they did what was possible to get comfortable and stayed in place for the evening.

Carol and Ian had no supplies to sustain themselves past the desire for that romantic stroll: No lights, water, food, or additional clothing. They spent the night awake keeping each other as warm as possible.

Days 2 through 4

Exhausted, thirsty, and hungry, the couple proceeded to trek through the area, trying to gain their bearings. They were still lost, but now, they moved more slowly than desired, given their weakened state. They began yelling for help as they progressed, but no one was around to hear their screams.

They came upon a series of summer homes that brought back hope and cheer between the two, but they were all locked. No one was home, so the pair continued searching for a way out.

The pair also had no food, so they were forced to eat from the land. They recognized many plants as edible, so they feasted on those and searched for water. Many water sources appeared along their path, but they didn't seem clean enough for them.

After their fourth day, they wouldn't be picky about where to drink from any longer.

Exposure

Many strange things began to happen to the couple during their saga. Both individuals started seeing things and behaving oddly. Carol, for example, tried to remove her jacket and venture off on her own to return it to a friend.

On the other hand, Ian started seeing different people from various times in his life. Fortunately for both, they experienced these oddities at different times. It's for this reason that they remained together during the whole ordeal.

After 9 days, Carol and Ian were preparing to meet their maker.

The Rescue

No one knew where Carol and Ian were going at the time of their departure. The couple left their mobile phones and any other item they could have used back at their rental home.

While they were supposed to check out on Saturday, February 15, another day would pass until someone recognized their absence. On the third day of their disappearance, authorities were alerted as Carol and Ian missed a prior appointment.

Fortunately, after alerting authorities, things progressed pretty quickly:

  1. Search and rescue teams met at Inverness, Ca, to coordinate and launch searches through the areas.
  2. Authorities changed the theme of their search from rescue to recovery, assuming the worst. I imagine this meant a slower and more deliberate search. I'm not sure if I'm correct.
  3. Carol and Ian were discovered only 4-miles away from their rental home after 9-days of being lost in the wild.

They were only 4-miles away from where they started. I can't wrap my head around this fact.

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How to Survive the Wild

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I'm glad they survived the ordeal. In the "Missing-411" series, I learned that hundreds to thousands of people disappeared in the wilderness. Many times, they disappear without a trace. Carol and Ian could have quickly become another statistic.

Given their story and those of others that stayed missing, I noticed some helpful hints that I can use should I find myself in the woods.

Step 1: Don't Go

  1. Don't go into the woods. If I desire to walk in the natural environment, I will quickly re-read stories about what happened to others that rescuers never found. I can't disappear into the woods if I am far away from it. I hope.

Step 2: Be Prepared

  1. If I have to go into the woods, I should probably prepare to stay there longer than necessary, just in case.
  2. If I was going to the woods for a couple of hours, perhaps I should go in with extra water, food, and clothing.
  3. I should also consider talking to an expert regarding preparedness. I have no idea what I'm talking about regarding survival.
  4. Communications: People should know where you're going and when you expect to return. Authorities will not immediately look or search for you.
  5. Bring a phone!

Step 3: Survival Before Morality

  1. Don't assume someone is coming to help you, especially if you told NOONE where you would be.
  2. If you find yourself in Carol or Ian's position and you come upon a locked and vacant summer home, break into that home:
    a. Get water and food
    b. Contact the authorities.
    c. Turn yourself in if your moral superiority makes you feel sad.

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The couple had been with each other for decades. Sure, there were ups and downs in their relationship

Love is a beautiful a thing, when you meet the right person.
Some people tend to quite when there is ups and downs.
Nice writeup dear
Can i still join in the Contest?

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Thank you for the compliment. We'd love for you to participate! The new contest ends on May 8, 2022.

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How do i join the community and know the topic of the contest i will write about?

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You have to write an article about the selected word of the week. The word for this week is dream.

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Okay thank you dear friend
Which community will i post??

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The couple had been with each other for decades. Sure, there were ups and downs in their relationship. You can't be together with someone for that long and not have them. Yet, despite any trials and tribulations, they still have the love for each other they did when the two were younger.

Infact that is the very reason why we must marry our friend and someone that truely loves us...imagine has old their her both of them are still very happy with each other infact that is a sign for a true love and the believe their children will definetly learn from them

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Thank you for your response. Love and a long background with each other appears to be a good recipe for a great marriage.

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Thanks for keeping this contest going.

It's one of the things I like doing^^

People should know where you're going and when you expect to return.

Good advice when going anywhere

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I was a bit surprised with myself after the article when I realized I don't always check in or out. You never know what could happen.

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If you find yourself in Carol or Ian's position and you come upon a locked and vacant summer home, break into that home

Unless there's an obvious path or you are confident of your location, just stay there and put out distress signals too. Eventually those places tend to attract people, and at least it's warm and dry.

!PIZZA !ALIVE !LOL

Congratulations @mineopoly and @samsmith1971 well done 🙌🙌🙌

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Thanks my friend, congrats to both you and @mineopoly too! And to everyone who enters each week. This WOTW community is where a lot of it started for me on Hive. I have been struggling to get around to posts lately but will make more of a concerted effort here on WOTW... just been spread a little thin at times 🙏 !ALIVE !PIZZA !LUV !LOLZ !hivebits

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I enjoy the contest and its engagement. I'm glad you guys are around to participate for however much longer this contest continues.

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I love it, honestly I do... and I know others for whom it is also a fave... looking at you Aleksey @alekst7 Since I started entering about a month after I joined the blockchain, I have only missed a couple of weeks !LOLZ I have just struggled to get around reading all the entries lately but plan to remedy that! Completely understand that it lasts only as long as it lasts and I appreciate you for keeping it going this long Felix🤗 !LUV !ALIVE !PIZZA

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PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA!

PIZZA Holders sent $PIZZA tips in this post's comments:
joseph23 tipped samsmith1971 (x1)
@samsmith1971(4/10) tipped @bobthebuilder2 (x1)
samsmith1971 tipped scholaris (x2)
samsmith1971 tipped mmykel (x1)
wrestlingdesires tipped scholaris (x1)
samsmith1971 tipped zyzymena (x1)
samsmith1971 tipped wrestlingdesires (x1)

Please vote for pizza.witness!

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Another prompt is upon us. Time to start dreaming. Congratulations to the winners. I see you @samsmith1971 and @wrestlingdesires . Congrats guys.

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hehe thank you Zyzy... !LOLZ ... and I see you too... I shall be making sure I get back to reading all the entries this week... I have been struggling to get around to all the posts I want to...but I want to make sure that I am supporting this community too. and yes onwards to dreaming ... now that shouldn't be too much of a reach for all of us, should it? hehe ❤️ !ALIVE !LUV !PIZZA !LOLZ

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Thank you @scholaris for continuing to lead from the front here. The efforts put in by you, @nonsowrites and @calumam are very much appreciated. I wonder if some of the old crowd may like to join us again for this next WOTW? How about it @bobthebuilder2, @shubhwaj @amberkashif, @diebitch, @vikbuddy, @mmykel, @melbourneswest, @b0s, @corporateay, @jaxsonmurph, @funshee, @iskafan, @chincoculbert, @erh.germany AND maybe a few others may be interested... @deraaa , @itsostylish, @joseph23, @kemmyb, @dreemsteem, @litguru, @strangegravy, @lordtimoty, @grocko, @beeber,@penderis, @davidbright, @ayesha-malik, @snook, @khaleesii anyone interested? 🤗 you can spank me later for the tags haha. !ALIVE !PIZZA !LUV !LOLZ

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you can spank me later for the tags

🤭🤣🤣 !lol !luv

I should be able to make an entry this week, thank you for the shoutout @samsmith1971 ❤🥰

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Thanks for the tag, sis. You are among those who never left wotw. I just couldn't manage being here always. However, I would say this is the contest I love the best ❤

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hehe you get a longer time these days to write your post... 2 weeks !LOLZ why not give it a bash again... 🤗 Although I understand it is not easy to be in any one place all the time when you have a lot of commitments.

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Thanks for the tag.... You made me have to write about a love string I had been dreading to speak about 🥺

I am only worried dreemport may not accept it.😔. I'll try my luck and drop it on Dreemport though.

Thanks for the tag Ma'am @samsmith1971 💚💚

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haha...just make sure that it is not excessive sexual content Iska! 😂😂😂 I know you can reign it in for Dreemport haha. I can read it in your blog before you submit it if you want lol.

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Hahaha....l tried my best...🥺

this is a good idea..... Lol

I'll notify you on this comment trail when it's ready.

Thanks Sam. 💚

Hey, @samsmith1971 I can publish in a different community right? Like the love and sexuality community? I won't be breaking the rules right

Or should I ask @scholaris directly

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You can post in any community now...only requirement is to use the prompt, tag the post with 'pob-wotw' and do not tag more than one post with this tag. And of course use the prompt in the article or short story etc

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👀 😁

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Hahaha.... I was just planning to tag in the comment box to that post when it's ready 🤣🤣

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I'll be waiting 😁

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Lol. Since you are here.... I am confused.... Can I post it in any Community apart from proof of brain? The post is more suitable for the love and sexuality community

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I think you can use any community. Just use the appropriate tags. But I'm not 100% sure. You can ask @scholaris

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Thanks for the mention @b0s. You're correct. Use any community, but please use the pob-wotw tag or I might not see it. I do have your entry recorded though.

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Thanks for the tag. I'll see what I can do.

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Thank You @samsmith1971. I have missed WOTW. Am surprised I missed some seasons. I will come up with something soon

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Seems like I have to partake in this WOTW 😁 as I found it interesting, hmmm Dreaming 🤓 let me dreem 😊 thanks for the tag Sam 🥰 and congrats ❣

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Yeah I'm in. Perhaps it will bring back the fire.

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Now, that's what I'm talking about, my friend ❣️ This makes me so very happy. Looking forward to your entry 😍and bring the fire indeed!!! !ALIVE !PIZZA

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It's been a while. Hope you're good?

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I am, thank you 🤗 I haven't seen you in Dreemport much. How is everything with you, my friend? It would be really nice to see more of the old WOTW crowd back here again. I've seen quite a few drift off over the past year. ... would be nice to pull a few of them back hehe. !LOLZ

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I sent my girlfriend a 'Get Better' card.
She's not sick, or anything - I just think she can get better..

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@mmykel, I sent you an $LOLZ on behalf of @samsmith1971
Use the !LOL or !LOLZ command to share a joke and an $LOLZ.
Delegate Hive Tokens to Farm $LOLZ and earn 110% Rewards. Learn more.
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Hey @samsmith1971 thanks for the mention, and there's surely going to be no spanking....I've missed #pob-wotw for way to long..I miss reading great posts from everyone here...I can't miss this one...no 😩😩😩😭😭😭😭...

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No spanking necessary lol I'm pretty busy posting for psyberx. When not posting for them, I have 2 other jobs. Life is super busy.

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No worries !LOLZ Hope you're otherwise well and finding time to relax too😊

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What's relax? I work too much !lolz

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So funny🤣 I've been slowly reviewing my on-chain stuff and having to let go of a few things so I can free myself up ...so that the few things I have left I can actually relax and enjoy them !ALIVE !PIZZA Keep following your joy!

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I've missed this for a while. It's time I get back on it.

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Congratulations to all the winners, we continue it again this week 🤗

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