Madaline Connelly was missing for a week. As it turns out, she was lost in the Montana wilderness for a week.
She and her dog set out on an adventure on May 4th, going out for what was supposed to be a day-long hike.
She took a swim in a lake, then got a little turned around, which resulted in her getting very lost. Connelly was reported as missing on Saturday.
She was found on Wednesday by rescuers who thought that she was being stalked by grizzly bears.
When asked about the situation, she says, “I feel like an idiot, honestly. ” All she had with her for the week was a sweater with a hood, overalls, a t-shirt, her dog, her car keys and her dog’s leash.
Not much and definitely not enough to spend a whopping seven days in “treacherous weather conditions.”
Two Bear Air Rescue flew her out, although she had offered to hike out. She was reunited with her parents at Glacier National Park headquarters. Her rescuers estimated she hiked about 10 miles each day. She said she and her dog rested for two days and slept under trees. “I just kind of wanted to say thank you to everyone that put in all of this effort in helping me,” said Connelly, sounding hoarse. Her teary-eyed mother said she never gave up hope her daughter would be found, ABC Fox Montana reported. It’s “the best Mother’s Day gift ever,” Laura Connelly said.