Skip to comments.Missing Davis Man Found Safe in Lake County (Survived on Pine Nuts)
Posted on 04/23/2013 4:11:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Davis man missing since April 13 has been found safe, just over a week after getting lost in the Lake County wilderness following a car accident, his family said Monday.
Daniel Brian Thompson, 25, embarked on a solo camping trip in a rented Zipcar, which apparently became disabled in a rural area northwest of Clear Lake, his father Brian Thompson said in a phone interview.
He lost control on gravel, and (the car) went off the road, Thompson said. With no cell phone reception or other assistance, he was lost wandering for seven days.
Daniel Thompson, who reportedly survived on water runoff and pine nuts as he searched for help, surfaced at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of the Blue Oaks Campground, a Bureau of Land Management property near Clearlake Oaks, according to Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov.
Friends and family became concerned last week after Thompson, who is known for keeping in regular contact with them, failed to show up for a dinner meeting with a friend and later his job at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.
Searchers thought he may have encountered trouble during a bike ride to the Lake Berryessa area until learning this past weekend that Thompson had rented a Zipcar out of downtown Sacramento.
Berkeley resident Luke Macaulay discovered the abandoned car Saturday evening as he hunted wild pigs in an area of thick brush off Walker Ridge Road, a dirt roadway located off Highway 20.
It was way down a steep embankment, about 100 yards down from the road, Macaulay, 32, said in a phone interview. The car was clean, with its passenger door open and the key still in the ignition, indicating the accident had just recently occurred.
Macaulay took photos of the vehicle, registered its GPS coordinates and checked the glove compartment, which contained a wallet and drivers license. He took the items back to his camp, where his girlfriend who happens to be a UCD postdoctoral student googled the name on her cell phone and learned the cars renter had been reported missing. The couple then called Davis police to report the find.
Im just glad hes OK, Macaulay said.
Thompson declined an interview request from The Enterprise. But he posted a status update on a Facebook page dedicated to the search for him before it was taken down Monday:
Yall, A: Tell people when you camp by yourself. B: Drive carefully on gravel. C: Learn edible plants in your area, because when you find yourself lost on BLM land without a car, cellphone, or kit, runoff and pine nuts make a (lousy) diet.
Brian Thompson said his son grew up learning about edible plants in his native Utah, and pine nuts were a particular favorite.
That was a treat for us growing up, always, he said. But after the events of the past week, he may never want to eat them again.
Pine nuts are DELICIOUS!
Yes they are quite tasty! But who qeeks their wallet in the glove compartment?
He lost control of the car and went off the road down an embankment. He was well enough to be mobile. Why didn’t he just make his way back up the embankment; or at least follow it until it wasn’t so steep?
qeeks = keeps
Glad he’s OK, but if I run off the road it will be somewhere with bacon trees and beer springs.
just over a week after getting lost in the Lake County wilderness ....WHAT kind of WUSS couldn’t last for a damned WEEK with out food?
He could have made arm pesto...
Zipcar? That sounds like an answer to the problem to begin with!
qeeks = keeps...I knew you meant that. I queeks napkins in my console.
Euell, is that you?
“reminds me of wild hickory nuts”
Harlan Pepper on pine and other nuts:
Many parts are edible!
Say, isn’t that Euell Gibberish?
they are very delish, especially toasted, and quite expensive... our relatives send them to us from New Mexico... we toast them in an iron skillet on the stove, leave the shell on, add salt... and then crack them open like flower seeds...
Zipcar? Don’t know what that is, but a Jeep would have been better.
I grew up in Spain, and roasted pine nuts were a treat! They would sell them with a little nail to help crack them. Some 25 years ago I brought a handful of them from a trip to Spain, somehow I made it thru customs, and planted them in the front yard of the house we had just built. Things didn’t work out like we planned and a little while later we sold the house and moved away. Years later I found out the new owner, unaware of the type of pine trees they were, had cut them and replaced with something else. I still feel bad for those little pine nut trees!
Mmmm, yes but you get a lot of sap on your hands when you try to harvest them.
Just beware of pine nut mouth. The ones imported from China, Russia or Korea can wreck your taste buds for days.
This dosen't pass the smell test to me.
Have you seen his picture?
Figured out roughly where he crashed the car. About 10 - 12 airline miles from where he exited the “wilderness.”
To get there he’d have to cross at least a half dozen roads, and there are even some pretty good-sized subdivisions in this “wilderness.”
Drugs or mental illness may play a part.
i have to try this! where did you plant them?
BTW, my parents had done the same thing in Spain when I was a teenager and I remember roasting the pine nuts 3-4 years later.