But I don’t get it.
What happened that caused the Kims to get stuck? Did a tire go flat? Did they go off the road? With hours, and then days on hand, you’d think they’d spend every waking second trying to get their car unstuck. Could there have been too much snow on the road to drive? Maybe they didn’t think they had enough gas to finish the trip (or backtrack the way they came)? Yet they had enough gas to run the engine and keep the heat on. How do you have enough ingenuity to burn your car’s tires, but not get a car unstuck? And why haven’t these questions been asked by reporters, at least of the rescuers?
Did they expect that someone would eventually come by, so they decided to just wait it out? After a few hours (let alone days!) I’d be going crazy scheming of ways to get out. The average person can walk a mile in about 20 minutes. If the car was indeed immobile, why didn’t James Kim set out immediately either up the road (one day) or down the road (the next day) to try and find help? In 6 hours he could have walked at least 18 miles. Why did he wait a week to go off in search of help? Why did he decide to turn off the road? Apparently about a mile from where they were stranded was a resort, closed for the winter, but certainly something they could have broken into for greater shelter—and a location the search teams repeatedly searched. Were they worried about wild animals? Bears perhaps?
My heart is completely torn out in empathy for their family, but so much doesn’t make sense. Why did this story have to end with such indescribable tragedy?