If the following seems disjointed – that was the aim…
It is simply the evolution of conjecture…
The more I look at this story, the more it looks ‘contrived’ or ‘conspired’…
Such an explanation would require complicity in the media, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, City Hall, and…individuals throughout the
Firefighting & Search & Rescue communities of West Coast, California.
And that would make for a daunting hill to climb…
Could Herdman have committed some crime against the “code” in/of one-or-more of these communities/institutions…that all other ‘brotherhoods’
would honor (turn a blind eye toward
If so – that is one tight-lipped community.
This case is one of ‘the worst luck’ (for Herdman
) and ‘the best luck’ (for Byars - & everything Byars
Not only is Byars novice at hiking…but virgin to the Los Padres…
Yet – two days into the Sespe Wilderness…when the veteran (even – renowned among those claiming to have known & hiked with him
outdoorsman who had taken this journey three times before, does everything
wrong…including his final step/s…
…while Byars…does everything (but locate his hiking partner & Duke
…his disorientation and confusion and dehydration…all, apparently worked together to place him on a path to meet, perhaps, the only two people in
the mountains, that day…that could & would
both help him, & verify his story for the authorities…
) enabled them to make sense-enough of his directions, to think it not unfoolish to attempt to rush to the
scene…and give what support they might muster
--- and --- they are lucky enough
to actually find the location and bag… * ! *
…but made no mention of either Herdman or
And – if you look at it through another lens…Duke appears to have been endowed with a significant dose of luck, himself.
Cougars, rattlesnakes, bear, boogie-monsters…each and all could have gotten him, too…
He could have starved…
…‘could have remained in the vicinity of Sespe Creek, the campsite or Mike Herdman’s body another day or two –
-- SCARED of people ---- ?
Now – what makes a dog go from “so scared of people (for at least 7 days
) that professionals completely failed to capture”, to
walking up to someone in a parking lot, and allowing them to hold him in their lap…in just two days…?
True – we could suggest – “survival/starvation” (note, however, that Duke was not reported as ‘mal/under-nourished’ but rather,
So he had water all around (creeks, pools, hot springs
), but emerges from a week +/- of no automatic feeding…apparently unaffected
--- but, thirsty… ?
Could be sold as A Tale of Three Lucks.
edit on 12/3/2014 by WanDash because: space & 'd'