So, it’s November 8th 2009. 3 years ago, according to all the laws of Science, I should have died. My Brother did, his wife did, but for a number of reasons that I’m not going to get into in this post, God decided to keep me alive…
It was November 8th 2006, my brother, his wife, our friend Mike and myself decided to take one last trip up to Strawberry Reservoir, a high mountain lake that has some of the best fishing in Utah. It was early November and for those of you who don’t live hear generally means that it was COLD! And it was. This was our last opportunity to take a trip up to Strawberry because there was a huge snow storm that was supposed to be rolling in that night, and the lake would likely be beginning to freeze over within a week or two.
Our Trip started out great, the skies were clear, the air was crisp, the water was smooth as glass and the prospect of catching a lot of fish seemed promising….
That’s the start of the story, and to keep this blog post short, I’ll skip ahead to the part about why I should be dead.
About 4 hours after the trip started, we were out in the very middle of the lake, about 2.5 miles away from the closest shoreline. It was around 11:30 in the afternoon, the fishing had been amazing, so amazing that we did not notice that the wind had picked up, and that the increased wind had began to create white cap waves… By the time I noticed, it was far too late. Water had begun splashing over the bow of the boat, filling the front of the boat with water. With each wave that dumped more water in the boat, the front of the boat sank more and more. Before we knew it, or could do anything about it, the boat just sank…
The Water was 41 Degrees, The Shore was 2.5 miles away, the waves that had just sunk the boat were beating on us, making it nearly impossible to swim… And scariest of all (fortunately for me I did not know it at the time, unfortunately for my brother, he did) in 41 degree water, you are dead if you don’t make it out within 30 Minutes…….
If you want to hear the rest of the story, as I described in in a Video presentation I did last year. Check out “My Name is Kimball Roundy and I Should Be Dead” Now.