Blanca Cruz Moya, a clinical research associate of pharmaceutical clinical trials and resident of Dickinson, TX, (formerly of Tipton, IN) went to be with the Lord on July 12, 2020, at the age of 45, after a long and hard-fought battle with the COVID-19 virus. Stopping at a lone weathered picnic table to take a quick break before continuing. “Hey, we should check on the guy in the orange, I think he’s gotten pretty far behind. HELLS ANGELS®, HAMC™, and the Death Head® (winged skull logo) are trademarks owned by Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation, registered and/or applications pending in the United States, Europe, China and many other countries. A chess prodigy, he is widely renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play.. Born in Havana, he beat Cuban champion Juan Corzo in a match on 17 November 1901, two days before his 13th birthday. The road is steep and muddy in some areas. How did they get so far ahead? No one brought a flashlight seeing as we had only planned on taking a day hike. “If the Ranger wasn’t there with a water purifier…” I winced at the thought. We headed back to Seattle, just as night had fallen and settled into our two-hour drive home. “Oh yeah! A 13-mi (21-km) trail then goes up steeply through a series of switchbacks gaining 2,700 ft (823 m). Wow sorry to hear about this. By the grace of God, the Straggler and Dancer finally emerged from the treeline. Ellie, a friend whom I had previously accompanied on several challenging hikes, invited me last minute to join her and a group to hike Blanca Lake. Legacy.com enhances online obituaries with Guest Books, funeral home information, and florist links. KOMO wrote he was found in Troublesome Creek and cause was drowning. - Will Rogers. View Original Notice → Blanca G. Marcos. You never think that could happen to you. The trail is 7 miles "round trip", gaining a little under 3,000 feet in less than 3 miles. I said my goodbye’s and high tailed it down the dirt road in hot pursuit of the Gazelle. Finally, I saw someone coming up the trail. I had fantasized about this moment for seven long miles. The Rapper and several others had made their way along the driftwood to explore further down the lake. “Is this? Fuck.”. Sorry, I didn’t realize you were so far behind me. … Yet still, there were multiple paths to choose from. https://komonews.com/news/local/overdue-hiker-found-dead-near-popular-cascade-mountain-trail. Not sure if it's appropriate to speculate, but it is human nature to do so. She put on a Bruce Springsteen album and lit a cigarette, drawing in deeply. I wondered what happened. Consider visiting Blanca Lake on a weekday. It was a relief to escape the switchbacks. I had hiked alone now for two-hours and hadn’t seen another human soul. Optimistic, we hopped out of her black Jeep Wrangler and grabbed our packs. On the 21st of January, 2003, Beau Maestas, 19, and his sister, Monique Maestas, 16, sought revenge after being sold salt as methamphetamine. Lake Casa Blanca drowning victim identified as Nixon High School student On Saturday, at about 7 p.m., a drowning was reported at Lake Casa Blanca. My tension melted, and relief showered over me. He was, for lack of a better term at this moment, dead to me. “A man drowned, I guess they just pulled the body out of the water this morning. We passed through the landslide that demolished the road, and after two miles made it to the trailhead. “I’m out of water! The sunlight quickly dissipated. “No joke, huh? I was apprehensive about him already lagging this far behind, but shrugged it off. Blanca Lake weather. I could use a drag of that cigarette…”, Jezebel is the owner/editor of the recently launched “Jezebel’s Feast” publication, a personal blog. I've taken a tumble on those logs at the outlet and landed pretty hard. She was 33. Also, the water at Blanca is always SUPER cold. I smelled cigarette smoke and turned around. If they weren’t going to wait for them, I couldn’t leave in good conscience. Crossing on those logs always reminded me of the scene in Sometimes a Great Notion where the guy gets trapped under the floating logs and dies. She picked up on my embarrassment and quickly added, “It’s okay! I ran as fast as I could, but couldn’t see Ellie ahead of me any longer. José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera (19 November 1888 – 8 March 1942) was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. The Rapper and several others had lit up and were looking like they were settling in to chill for a while. The lake was surrounded by a striking and steep bowl: the water, an incredible aqua green color. .painfully cold. She was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico on March 22, 1947. The engine roared, Ellie turned on the fog-lights, and we laughed as she spun around dramatically, the tires drifting momentarily on the gravel road. Are you two okay on your own?”. I realized I was dangerously low on water. “Sure, I’ve done this hike once before. Blanca lake is the most difficult hike I have done. The turquoise waters of Blanca Lake are nestled in a cirque beneath the high peaks of Washington's Monte Cristo Range and are one of the most brilliant sights in the North Cascades. “They’re all waiting for the Straggler and Dancer at the trailhead together. We opted to wade the end of the lake for about 200' in up to knee deep water. “Jesus, where is he?” A few minutes later, we found him sitting on a rock. At long last, I made it back to the trailhead with most of the group on my heels. I reached a large pond. We underestimated how much water was needed. I quickly learned and admired that the Dancer traveled extensively all over the world on her own, even countries in the Middle East. Also in legend, after every human it kills, a stripe will appear on its back. Nearly three-hours into this journey alone, existential thoughts brewed. Her body was identified at Lake … Cruz was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 2, 1974 to parents Juan Lorenzo Moya and Diana Gonzalez Moya. There is parking available here for about 20 cars, but the lake's popularity, particularly on weekends, often results in far too many cars for the small lot and access road. View The Obituary For Blanca Esmerlda Olivas. Almost everyone ran out halfway through an arduous hike on a sweltering day. Blanca was born on June 10, 1938, in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of Nicanor and Blanca (Blanco) Gutierrez. Did you see a guy in an orange t-shirt with a woman on the trail on your way here?”. Was he a straggler that was left behind, slipping and falling to his death all alone? Jezebel. Missing male hiker from Lynnwood found dead in Cascades. This includes the Official website, phone number, location map, reviews and photos. Great for all ages, pet friendly. Following my gut, I chose one and kept on. There were eight of us, including an exotic dancer, and rap artist. We tossed our bags in the back of the Jeep and jumped in. Eyeing the woods, I wondered if a predator was stalking me. Please park so that cars and horse trailers can get in and out of the lot. “Am I close to Blanca Lake?” I asked gasping. Glad I could help, it’s dangerous up here. I almost dropped to my knees on the dirt road when I spotted Ellie ahead of me, standing near her Jeep. It was a relief to be off the mountain, but the sun was rapidly setting. Seems like a high number of accidents this year. It had come down to the survival of the fittest — every man and woman for themselves. If we hustle, we’ve got just enough time after waiting for him for so long.” I whispered, gently elbowing Ellie. “I’m going to catch up with the rest of the group. The 7.5-mile round-trip hike to Blanca Lake is more challenging than most trails of similar popularity. Blanca Reyes Blanca Reyes February 27, 1947 – January 09, 2020. From the ridge-top, the trail goes through scenic meadows with wildflowers, passes the beautiful Virgin Lake, and finally descends to Blanca Lake. His friends assuming he would catch up…. Native legend tells that this ferocious cat has been around for years. We called their name’s but heard nothing in response. People don’t realize how quickly something like that can happen.” She gestured toward the area of the drowning. The Dancer has the car keys.” The Rapper shrugged, gesturing to the ominous forest. He was sitting in the meadow after the peak, eating a bahn mi sandwich, and smoking. Police in Spain have charged a Southport man with homicide after a fatal stabbing. I spotted them. “You know what Ellie? Drenched in sweat, I took off my boots and jumped in the glacier water fully clothed. Ben Nesbitt, 21, was found bleeding to death in the street after being stabbed in the neck during the early hours of October 1, in Rojales on the Costa Blanca. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Our beloved Blanca Gutierrez Marcos, 82, formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 14, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Florida. The man's death appears to be accidental, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. “Thank God.” I peeled off my sweat-soaked pack, tossing it by a beached log. We still had a couple of miles to hike down the old dirt road and over the landslide before making it back to our cars. I cursed the Gazelle. This lake is a hidden gem nestled in the mountains just North of the Mexican border; Just about an hour drive from Sierra Vista on Highway 83. I couldn’t help but wonder if the Universe was trying to tell me something. If … Does anyone have extra?”. For the first time in many years, I was at a significant juncture, feeling lost, often wondering what the future held. “Hey! Naya Rivera, best known for her groundbreaking role as Santana Lopez on the hit Fox musical series “Glee,” has died. That was crazy, huh? The Rapper regaled us with stories from his last concert in Vegas. I accepted the most weathered and continued. Send Flowers Add a Memory Share Obituary share to facebook No Straggler. The Dancer, dutifully stayed behind to look after her friend. Strange noises occasionally startled me. He got stuck under that fallen tree on the rocks.” She pointed, speaking softly. He was sitting on a log smoking. Outwardly he was relatively young, mid-thirties, and appeared fit, but his lungs were shot. If I turned around, I would probably find the Straggler and Dancer. It took a year to recover, and I was still processing the ramifications. Five months earlier, I was compelled to leave my job (after a decade of service). Alamosa Volunteer Search & Rescue teams recovered the body of a male in his 20’s who fell from Mount Blanca Friday morning around 11 a.m. Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson said witnesses heard rocks sliding and then saw the body of a hiker who had … Following the road, continue around the lake and up through more forest to reach tree line, at 12,000' - 3.Stay on the road until 12,200' where it ends near Blue Lakes then continue northeast on a trail - 4. The irony of my words suddenly apparent, considering that morning, she had supervised the removal of a dead body ten-yards away. They’ve at least got cell phone flashlights too.” He smiled, waving his iPhone in the air. What’s his name…?” I inquired. We looked behind us back towards the path to see if there was any sign of the Straggler and Dancer behind us. The March to Blanca Lake. Our group mingled and made small talk as we began our march. It occurred to me it took him two additional hours to make it to the lake. Our caravan came to a halt after driving two-hours to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. I saw the missing person post on FB. Another half an hour went by. Blanca Mireya Rivera was born on July 28, 1977 in Boynton Beach, FL and passed away on November 26, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Straggler sat down, lit a cigarette, and asked if anyone wanted the other half of his petrified banh mi. I began to sprint the last two miles, conjuring the strength out of my terror of ending up alone in the pitch-black. I wouldn’t have any left for the seven-mile hike back. The Dancer and I ran back down the trail looking for the Straggler. Hike up the nasty Lake Como/Blanca Peak road to reach Lake Como at 11,750'. What could go wrong? I kept going down; it was steep and treacherous. We hadn’t expected to have a straggler that would take two extra hours. The Ranger continued. More hikers came through, and we asked again if they had spotted them. Hiker falls to his death on Mt. We emerged out of the woods in an open clearing. The uphill hike to the lake is consistently steep and perhaps a little tedious, but the view of the lake glimmering below snowcapped peaks is certainly worth it. Photo by Author, View on Trail to Blanca Lake, Mt. SKI ONLY IN CLOCKWISE DIRECTION! ... Texas Death Notices November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020. Cruz was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 2, 1974 to parents Juan Lorenzo Moya and Diana Gonzalez Moya. A landslide several years prior washed away the road that once led to the trailhead, extending the route two miles each way. The dodgy dealers weren't in so they turned their attention to their children, Kristyanna, 10, and Brittney, 3. She just filled all of our bottles. The chic with him was pissed!” They responded, looking at each other for effect before bursting into laughter. Everyone tossed their packs down on the picnic table. “Jeze! But, the sun was high in the sky, it was scorching on the mountain top, and all I could think about was jumping in the glacier lake upon arrival. On top of that, the Straggler probably added four-hours onto our expected hike time (that is if I waited). It's not hard to imagine taking a bad fall and knocking yourself out. I gazed into the darkness. I made it through our impromptu survival test in 2nd place. I spun, looking in every direction, and began to grow nervous. I thought about the man that died at the lake. I’m not one to judge, I just didn’t envision beginning this journey inhaling second-hand smoke. PLAY SAFE! He should be hiking along the same path out of there, but never would. Head injury from slipping and falling sounds reasonable. After all, there was a mysterious fatality at the lake, not 24-hours before we arrived. Please join us in Loving, Sharing and Memorializing Blanca Esmerlda Olivas on this permanent online memorial presented by Providence Funeral Home. Slightly irritated, I waited and tried not to look embarrassed when a couple of fellow hikers passed by our smoking section, making sure to give us a look. Eventually, I clawed my way to the peak to find several small paths departing in different directions. I didn’t want to imagine what hiking back without a drop to drink would have felt like. We saw him way…way back, before the peak.” They replied as they set off to find a spot to claim. Be careful.”. He’s never going to make it out of here before nightfall! Although a Peruvian glaciology and lakes security office has “controlled” 35 Cordillera Blanca glacial lakes, 30 glacier disasters have killed nearly 30,000 people in this region since 1941. Cordillera Blanca glacier retreat since the late-19th century has triggered some of the world's most deadly avalanches and glacial lake outburst floods. “Okay! They included Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s Angel of Death, and Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust. The Ranger told us about it.”, “Ugh, we’re drinking ‘purified’ water a dead body was floating in this morning?”. Ralph Funeral Homes. Where is everyone?” Ellie shouted as I ran toward her. The 500-foot descent began, and I was again under the canopy of the forest. Blanca Lake can be reached by Blanca Lake Trail that starts at an elevation of 1,900 ft (579 m). A glacier lake hidden in the bowl of a mountain top. The lake is small but offers something for everyone from swimming to boating to fishing to hiking to camping. We would endure 4,000 feet in elevation gain, 37 switchbacks, cross over the peak of the mountain, and descend 500-feet to the lake. “Jesus Christ.” I said, turning to Ellie. Hiking with her is like chasing a gazelle in the wild. No… This can’t be it. I continued, and sure enough, the forest cleared to a breathtaking view. “I don’t know how we would have made it out without water on the hike back…” I trailed off. Is this him? Blanca G. Marcos. It couldn’t be too much farther. Nature exists with a stark indifference to humans' situation. ALAMOSA — A hiker fell to his death Friday on Mount Blanca. “There’s a park ranger over there with a water purifier. Bring plenty of water and poles you will need them. Three of my new hiking mates pulled out cigarettes and lit up. The temperature was only going to rise along with the elevation. “I’ll go with you to find him. I could hear a river surging down the side of the mountain in the distance and became exhilarated. Please join us in Loving, Sharing and Memorializing Blanca Esther Pena on this permanent online memorial presented by T.M. I refused to let the sun go down and be left in the pitch black with minimal supplies…for the Straggler. “We don’t have a choice. “It looks like he just slipped and fell, but most folks don’t hike this solo, who knows what actually happened. CITY OF LAKE WORTH BEACH NOTICE OF REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – 6:00 PM Due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Federal, State and Palm Beach County’s Declarations of State of Emergency, the City of Lake Worth Beach City Hall remains closed… Everyone was enjoying themselves hanging out by the water. The forest was dark now. The Straggler (and Dancer that was kind enough to stay behind with him) trudged seven back-breaking miles to have only fifteen-minutes to relish the majestic glacier lake, before turning right back around. “Oh, my God. But don’t let the steep elevations gains scare you away: once you make it to the hike’s namesake turquoise-blue lake, so vibrant it seems as though it must be from another world, it will be easy to understand why so many people deem all that huffing and puffing worth it. We’ll be aight’, it’s just a straight shot back. View The Obituary For Blanca Esther Pena. Ellie and I corralled our party, and headed onto the trail. He was unsurprisingly one of the smokers. I had to push my concerns out of my mind. By RUTH HEIDE Courier Editor ALAMOSA — A hiker fell to his death Friday on Mount Blanca. "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch and do nothing"  - Albert Einstein. Anyone hear about that older gentleman found off the Kelly creek trail a month or so ago? No one else seemed to notice him languishing. “No, he slipped and fell where the lake starts a river flow over there. I examined the routes and looked back down the trail from whence I came; the Straggler and Dancer were nowhere to be seen. The trek to Blanca Lake was now 14 miles round-trip. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Images, Youtube and more on IDCrawl - the leading free people search engine. I set off again, and before long, I was alone. It was shockingly cold but felt incredible after roasting all day. We ate lunch and were unwinding when I realized that it had been a good hour since I arrived. A 33-year-old Lynnwood man who was reported missing on Monday after he went on a solo day hike to Blanca Lake in the Cascades was found dead on Tuesday, according to … “Yes! We lost cell phone coverage 30-minutes before we even parked our cars. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest WA The 500-foot descent began, and I was again under the canopy of the forest. Accidents happen. Elsie Mott. Other hikers appeared through the forest trees. Laredo Fire Department Chief Steve Landin said the body of a man about 18 years old was recovered from the water. We weren’t thirty-minutes in before we had a severe straggler. We had 12 grueling miles ahead of us to trek in the scorching sun; it was early morning and already 78-degrees. Go ahead, we’ll catch up with you,” I yelled as we turned to head back to find the Straggler. My knees were screaming when the Gazelle, broke away. See you there.” She replied. This should be interesting. Find Blanca Knight online. Her love and memories will always be cherished by her loving husband, Joaquin C. Nieves; sons, Carlos Rivera, Jose Rivera, Angel Rivera, Manuel Rivera, James Rivera, Joaquin Nieves Jr; and daughter, Cecilia Nieves. A 33-year-old Lynnwood man who was reported missing on Monday after he went on a solo day hike to Blanca Lake in the Cascades was found dead on … You can see with the radar HD if precipitation is falling at the moment, or headed towards Blanca Lake soon. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases when you use our. You made it!” Ellie screamed, raising her arms victoriously. I was knocked off the freeway into a concrete barrier going 65-MPH, by an imbecile driving the wrong direction on the interstate. Some say Adolf Hitler faked his death (Image: Getty). Couldn't breathe, couldn't get out, slipped under, drowned? I set off by myself to investigate the other side. It was a beautiful day in early September. It’s beautiful.”. The parallel of wandering alone literally and figuratively was not lost on me. Blanca. Iowa Death Notices December 18, 2020 December 18, 2020. We dashed down 37 switchbacks, narrowly avoiding wiping out on multiple occasions. LET'S ALL HAVE FUN TOGETHER! Here I was, making the foolish mistake of attempting an exhausting and exceedingly challenging hike with a bunch of people I didn’t know, at least ten miles away from any cell phone coverage in every direction. I only want to be the best I can be. It doesn't say if his body may have been pushed by the water to the location where it was found or if he was found at the very spot where he drowned. I couldn’t help but look back constantly to see if someone was there. I took in the vantage point, starting down the path with renewed vigor looking for Ellie and the rest of our group. “Yes! ... Lake Casa Blanca along with a select number of other Texas parks will not open due to a range of operational issues that have not been resolved. Blanca Cruz Moya, a clinical research associate of pharmaceutical clinical trials and resident of Dickinson, TX, (formerly of Tipton, IN) went to be with the Lord on July 12, 2020, at the age of 45, after a long and hard-fought battle with the COVID-19 virus. Our group started again on the trail, Ellie and I taking the lead. I was separated from the group for three-hours and could have easily lost my way. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Our beloved Blanca Gutierrez Marcos, 82, formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 14, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Florida. I can barely keep up, but had become accustomed to her “African-Savanna” survival-style pacing. Also, someone died here last night…” Ellie leaned in, her big brown eyes were pressing. Suddenly, I realized today was the second anniversary of a traumatic car collision I survived. Contemplating how the events of this day somehow spontaneously occurred precisely two years after I cheated death on an interstate freeway. After crossing the peak, I was surprised to find it was flat land that opened up into a peaceful meadow. My concern heightened, how could he have fallen this far behind already? Unsurprisingly, the Straggler quickly fell behind. Ellie and I began to pick up the pace with the rest of the group, striving to keep up with us. The canopy of the forest only exaggerated the looming darkness. Did someone murder him? Eventually, I couldn’t see his orange t-shirt through the trees behind us. Said they’ll be fine. The March to Blanca Lake. Don't know how much water is flowing down Troublesome Creek right now, but when we crossed it in late July or early August maybe ten years ago it was too dangerous to cross. Blanca Nieves, age 71, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. We can use our cell phone flashlights. She is currently taking a sabbatical to focus on travel, photography and writing about what matters in 2020…, Inspiring Travelers: CJ on the road again, Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan II, 5 Walks with Beautiful Ocean Views to Do in Malta This Summer. It was a beautiful day. “Yeah, I’m just surprised by how winded I am.” The Straggler replied as he dabbed sweat off his forehead. Another half hour elapsed. This is clearly how people get lost in the woods… and end up on the evening news. Very sad. I'm far more dangerous now, because I don't care at all.". Dennis D. Kopp. Alamosa Volunteer Search & Rescue teams recovered the body of a male in his 20’s who fell from Mount Blanca Friday morning around 11 a.m. Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson said witnesses heard rocks sliding and then saw the body of a hiker who had fallen. In hindsight, this seemingly innocent outing easily could have turned into a complete disaster. White Death, also known as the Alaskan Tiger, is a large feline that inhabits the swampy areas outside Paxson, Alaska. See you in a few.” Ellie replied as she pranced, leading the rest of the party into the wild. Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. Blanca Lake is something that looks like it belongs on another planet, with its agua/green colored water and pristine mountainous outline, the view itself will you make you forget the fact that you’ve been wheezy for the last four hours climbing uphill switch-backs. The direct and official information for Rita Blanca Lake Park in Dalhart, Texas. The forest was eerily quiet and descended into darkness as I walked alone. The Straggler should have known better than to attempt this hike. “We’re going to have to leave soon, are they even going to make it?”. Aside from Ellie, I had never met anyone before. I could think of a better time to burn one. "I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. Current weather - Here we've put together a glance at all the most important information about the current weather in Blanca Lake (Snohomish County, Washington, United States). The Straggler and Dancer were nowhere in sight. Feb 22. The elevation gain was grueling. I approached the young female park ranger, attempting to make small talk while she graciously filled my water bottle. A death, a straggler, and sundown looming. My late father, an avid outdoorsman, would have been proud. 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