It is with great difficulty and a humbled heart that I am reaching out to you for help my friends.
Kado and I were in a serious accident. We were extremely fortunate to survive. After an overnight backpacking trip - much like many we had taken before - we returned to the trail-head to prepare for the ride home. Less than a mile into the drive, a section of the dirt road we were traveling suddenly gave way and my truck began rolling down a very steep mountain. Everything happened so quickly, yet seemed to go on forever. I knew with each impact that we didn't have a chance of surviving. Yet we did. A small stand of pine trees stopped our fall... the only stand of pines on the entire mountainside. Fortunately, help arrived quickly and I was rushed to the nearest trauma center. While I somehow managed to escape with relatively minor injuries and am doing well, things were touch and go with Kado for awhile. There were times when I was absolutely terrified that I was going to lose my faithful friend. I would be lost without him. After weeks of constant caring for his post-surgery wounds, I am extremely happy to say he is mending very well.
We have been dealing with the aftermath for some time now however... physically, psychologically, and financially. It has had an impact on our lives we could never have imagined. With my truck completely totaled and no remaining resources to replace it, destroyed gear and equipment, and the vet bills for Kado, the situation has become overwhelming. I have been reliant on the kindness of family for basic needs such as transportation. This has made it very difficult to fulfill day-to-day obligations, get out to the wild places which inspire our souls and heal us, and to share videos with those of you who so graciously follow us on YouTube.
It was suggested to me that I set up an account for those of you who can and are able help us. Any funds raised will go toward Kado's vet bills, a reliable means of transportation, and replacing the basic equipment necessary for sharing videos with all of you who have not only encouraged and supported us all these years, but have become such a significant part of our lives. The outpouring of emotional support we have received so far has been incredible and means more than words can possibly express.
The negative impact this experience has had on me doesn't begin to hold a candle to the positive impact you have all had on me, both through this community and through my every-day life. I am indeed humbled to be where I am, and will forever be grateful for everything this amazing community has done for me. Any help you can give (no matter the size) would make a huge difference and mean the world to Kado and I.
From the bottom of my heart... Thank you so very much my friends!
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