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Snapshot Meme: Search and Rescue Volunteer

Posted on: December 6, 2013

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. Earlier this fall, I volunteered to act as a “victim” for a day of canine search-and-rescue training, partly to gain background information for my novel. The team provided free meals, along with being great to help out. The experience fascinated me enough that I’d love to do it again!

Number one stop! I read here in the bushes while waiting to be found, along with taking the below photos of vegetation on the path.

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Number two stop! I tried to set up a chair behind the bushes. Big mistake! When I adjusted the chair, it toppled me. A branch caught hold of my pants and left a bruise on me. Somehow I had the presence of mind when topping to grab hold of the chair. So, I was able to rescue everything I owned, but almost became a real victim. 🙂

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Number three stop! I read, took pictures, and napped. Can you see me in the last photo?

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An afternoon stop is through these trees. Would you get up on the train to hide? Not me! I elected instead to stand by the train. And…. to leave the track all together, when I heard the whistle of a train. 🙂

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The last spot of the day is across a bridge and past a fence. By now, it’s evening. I’m so tired that I forget to hide and just stand taking photos until I’m spotted. 😦 The sunset is a beautiful end to an adventurous day!

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12 Responses to "Snapshot Meme: Search and Rescue Volunteer"

What a cool adventure … but sorry about the bruise! The rigors of research, huh?

I’m proud of my scratches and bruises. 🙂

Great photos! What an unusual activity to do for a day. I’ve never heard of anyone doing that before, but it makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

Until I started researching into search-and-rescue for my novel, I never gave much thought to it. Now I’m a fascinated fan. 🙂

Sounds like a really exciting day, and you got some lovely photos too.

Thanks! Another time I hope I can act as a victim for the practice boat rescues.

Cool photos and great story. I have a fascination with search and rescue dogs so I would love this experience.

You should check out K-9 rescue!

This looks like a fun way to spend the day and I’m sure you got some great info for your writing. Terrific photos. Here’s Mine

It gave me insight into how much training is involved with being a search-and-rescue volunteer. I also gained an appreciation for what it might feel like to be a victim. My husband suggests maybe search-and-rescue is in my retirement future. 🙂

Quite an adventurous and picturesque afternoon! You were lucky not to become a real victim when the chair toppled.

Whether or not it makes the final cut, the tumble is now a scene in my novel-in-progress. 🙂 Incidentally, I still have the remnants of the bruises I received that day.

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Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

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