This is the second chapter of a three-part story. If you missed the first chapter, follow this link to catch up on the story: Lost in the Woods, Chapter 1.
With daylight growing shorter, Grandpa Ted gathers a few necessary supplies for his rescue mission. He quickly and efficiently fills a medium-size backpack with water, food, matches, first-aid supplies, and a flashlight.
As he departs, Ted tells his daughter, “We’ll be back by Noon tomorrow.” She and her husband hope so, yet they feel plenty of apprehension running through their already frail emotions.
Unaware about Grandpa being on his way, Pete and Willy are growing restless. Having no food or water, the brothers decide to venture out from the cabin—but not too far. As they search for anything to quench their thirsts or fill their empty stomachs, the boys cannot help but think of their dire situation.
With his intimate knowledge of the woods, Grandpa Ted hopes his grandsons have found the old cabin. He knows it will provide them with basic shelter as well as a safe refuge.
Moving as quickly as his ancient legs can walk, Ted soon realizes he will need to pace himself. His 63-year old body begins to remind him that he is no longer a young man.
The brothers discover a creek during their search, and they bury their faces in the cool water for several long drinks. Up ahead along the creek, Pete spots some bushes which are loaded with wild huckleberries.
The boys plunge into the bushes as their hunger screams for more and more huckleberries. Eating too quickly, they consume far more berries than their stomachs can safely digest. Feeling sick, the brothers finally make it back to the safety of the cabin—looking pale and ready to drop.
Stay tuned for the final chapter. Be prepared for a few twists in the action as Grandpa Ted and his grandsons hope to be reunited.