First dates pose unique challenges. The first decision is obvious dilemma about where to eat. You have to decide on some sort of innocuous activity that will allow you to talk, but provide good distractions in case the conversation falters. And then there are the inevitable air-lifts out of the wilderness.
Search and rescue isn’t a typical part of a first date. Yet that’s what happened in California recently. “A 31-year-old Torrance woman was airlifted from the Cucamonga Peak Trail on Mt. Baldy on Sunday after suffering a lower leg injury,” the Daily Breeze writes.
Hikes to Cucamonga Peak are supposed to end like this, with happy hikers standing on stone protrusions overlooking the civilization they left at the bottom of the peak.
But one man had to deploy an emergency beacon when his date suffered a bad accident on the trail. “About 12:17 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a personal emergency beacon activation, which indicated the woman fell while hiking the trail and suffered a lower leg fracture,” DB adds.
Sheriff’s Air Rescue 07 answered the call. The woman had broken her leg. The helicopter wasn’t able to land, so they lowered a medic and hoisted her back up.
The best part, though, is the post that the boyfriend wrote after the incident.
“I went on a first date on Sunday. We’re both avid hikers and she suggested we do Cucamonga Peak, which is a very strenuous trail not for amateur consumption. We were about 3/4 of the way up to the summit with me hiking in the lead, when suddenly I hear the sound of falling rocks and yelling, look behind me and see her sliding off the side of the trail towards a nearly vertical drop.”
“So I run over and pull her back up, and try the old line of ‘You’re fine, you’re fine, relax!’ to calm her down, to which she replied, ‘I’m not fine, my leg is broken!’ An hour later, after setting off my emergency satellite beacon, I take this photo.”
“As they lifted her up into the helicopter, the paramedic asked me, ‘Is that your wife?’ I said, ‘No actually, this is our first date.’ He found that to be very hilarious. So he told everyone in the helicopter, who told everyone in the ambulance, who told everyone at the emergency room.”
“Four hours later, after I hiked back to my car wearing two backpacks and drove down the mountain to pick her up at the emergency room, the nurse working the front desk said, ‘Oh! You must be the first date guy!'”
The real question is this: will there be a second date?
Here’s a video of the air rescue crew in action from an earlier pick-up.