Woman Looking for Fenton Family Who Helped Her at Tahquamenon Falls
Now, THIS is what social media does well - it connects people.
Facebook user Ashley Lynne is a resident of Frankenmuth. This past weekend, Ashley, her dad, and her friend were up north, visiting Tahquamenon Falls during all of the beautiful fall colors.
Her elderly father was with her; he said he'd meet her and her friend at the pub and left. In the process, he fell and hurt himself and was left disoriented in the woods.
She's posted a "thank you" message to social media, searching for the couple from Fenton and another couple who helped her dad.
Looking for the people who helped my Dad on Sunday!
I was at Tahquamenon Upper Falls on Sunday, September 27. As we left the closest viewing platform, my 77 year old Dad got impatient and said he would meet my friend and I back at the pub. I didn't even think about how he's a very inexperienced hiker. Even though it's a 5 minute walk down a paved path he took the wrong fork which led to stairs and another viewing platform but instead of turning around, he ended up on the wooded trail to the lower falls.
He walked for over a mile by himself while I ran around searching for him before calling DNR. He ended up falling a few times, hurting his leg and getting disoriented in the woods.
I was approached by a woman in a purple jacket who asked if I was looking for an older man (I must have looked pretty frantic). She led me to him on the trail where he was helped by her husband and another couple. Everything was so crazy and emotional while it was going on that neither of us got any of their names. We are hoping that maybe we can find out who they are and properly thank them with what little information we know. I do understand this may be a long shot.
Woman in purple jacket and husband from Southern Michigan near the Indiana border. Husband helped my Dad off the trail while she ran ahead to get help and find his family. She was amazing at trying to help keep me calm.
The other couple was from Fenton. Wife is a Physical Therapist who checked out my Dads leg and also helped him out of the woods. I believe her husband had a darker labradoodle with him.
Also please let this serve as a reminder to everyone. Keep your inexperienced hikers and elderly close, even if you think it's a simple walk. It was a terrifying few hours and I am so thankful for the waitstaff in the pub who called the DNR and and were so sweet to my friend and I, the amazing DNR who got him out quickly, bandaged him and provided comforting words and for the 4 kind strangers that helped get him off the trail, made sure he was OK and found his family.