June 22, 2011
Ever hear the saying, "your luck is bound to change?" Chris Harer probably agrees whole heartedly with that statement.
According to the East Oregonian, the 25-year-old hunter from Pilot Rock was cruising near the North Fork of the John Day River when his 1981 Toyota truck got stuck in mud deeper than Crater Lake. To make matters worse, he had no cellphone coverage and there was an hour of daylight left.
To compound the issues even further, the girlfriend was freaking out about becoming the meal du jour for a cougar and bad weather was brewing up like a nasty rash from a tick bite.
Yep, things were looking bleak.
The couple decided to seek high ground with the hopes that they'd obtain a cell signal and call for help.
They started up a mountain side, fighting their way through buckbrush so thick and uninviting, a prison warden would deem the growth suitable for containing maximum security inmates.
At that moment -- the moment Harer is thinking "what did I do to deserve this?" -- he spotted a matched pair of six-point, 360-inch bull elk sheds with 22-inch sabres -- a shed find of a lifetime!
All of a sudden his cell phone is working, a ride shows up, and everyone back at town wants to pat him on the back and talk about the sheds. He's even been offered a Dodge truck for the pair (which he's passing on).
Funny how fickle lady luck can be, which is just as cliche as "your luck is bound to change" -- but both are true.
You can read the entire account of Harer's experience by visiting East Oregonian.