A: I left the vehicle and was instantly overcome with this melancholy, terrible lingering feeling that I couldn’t push away. I didn’t want to leave my wife and kids. It was like a 50-50 odds. 50% of me wanted to find help as soon as possible and the other 50% of me wanted to hightail it back to the delivery van and stay with my kids. Wait until somebody came along, you know? There was no way that nobody was in these woods. If cabins were in these woods, people were in these woods.
M: In the winter season, do a lot of people camp there?
A: I don’t know anything about the camp. Vera claimed she did, but I’m not too sure.
M: What was the bad feeling you had about the place?
A: It was just so damn dark. And aside from being dark, it put these bad thoughts in my head. Thoughts that my family and I were going to be stuck out there. That nobody would find us in the winter months to come and that we wouldn’t survive. Those are terrible thoughts to have when you have a young family with you. I don’t wish that on anybody. And how do you explain to the kids that the vehicle broke down and that we weren’t sure when we were going to get out of there?!
M: I’m sure it was very stressful. How long did you walk, trying to find somebody?
A: It felt like a century, but really only for three hours. That was as long as I could walk before I felt like I was going to get lost, and without dying from the freezing cold. The way it beat across my face felt unnatural. It was so cold that it seemed like it wanted me to stay in the car with my family, to die in there. And not once, not one damn time did I see a cabin along the way! All those cabins out there, Vera had claimed… and not once! Hell, for how long I walked, I should have ended up outside the forest and it never happened. We were so damn lost. There were so many trails. I knew we were lost.
M: Did you head back to the delivery van?
A: I did, but that’s when I had this feeling…
M: A feeling? A feeling like something was wrong, or that you and your family were not going to be okay?
A: I guess you could say that… but it was a bit more sinister than that. I had a feeling like they were in danger.
M: Your family? Including you?
A: Not necessarily… just them, in fact.