This is taken from Papa Bear's Tale, a blog interview I did with my husband. It's about a near-death experience that he had when he was in his forties. I thought it was a great wintertime story in it's own right.
"Some friends and I were camping at some sand dunes near here in the winter, and were out riding four-wheeled ATVs. We headed back to our campsite as it was getting dark. It was cold out - in the 20's, raining and sleeting. I was wearing insulated coveralls and boots for warmth. The other riders were more experienced than me. I was at the rear having a hard time keeping up. I lost sight of them in the dark, and as I topped a dune and started over, the ATV started sliding down toward a large pool of water at the bottom. I applied the brakes but continued to slide. The ATV flipped forward into the pool of water, which was about eight feet deep, throwing me over the handlebars. It landed on top of me pinning me under water at the bottom of the pool. It happened so fast I didn't even have time to hold my breath as I went under.
An ATV weighs over 600 pounds, but some how, by the grace of God, I found the strength to push it off of me so I could rise to the surface. One of my friends had turned around to come back and find me, and he saw my headlight go over the dune and disappear. By the time he got there I was clawing my way up the steep bank, soaking wet, and freezing cold.
I went back down in to the water to right the ATV and my friend and I managed to push it out of the pool and drag it up the slippery bank. We towed it back to the campsite behind his ATV using my belt for a tow rope. Nearly two hours passed from the time I fell in the water until we arrived back at the campsite. I was frozen through and shaking uncontrollably. My friends helped me change into dry clothes, gave me coffee, and warmed me up by the campfire.
That's the only time I've ever had death staring me in the face; I was lucky to get out of the water alive. It was not nearly as much fun as skinny dipping when I was a kid!"
More of Papa Bear's Tale can be found here:
This post is linked up at Two Shoes Tuesday,
where the prompt this week is "light(s)".