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story.lead_photo.caption At the rim on the first morning of our hike, looking across Fresno Canyon at the Solitario in Big Ben Ranch State Park on Oct. 2, 2013. - Photo by Rick McFarland

BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK, Texas -- Crouched on trembling legs beside a stubby mesquite tree, I tried to steady my voice.

After more than a decade of trips, Cathy Frye and Rick McFarland expect peace and quiet from the Big Bend region of southwest Texas. Then they get lost.

Photo by Kirk Montgomery
Lost in the desert.

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Print Headline: A brash decision, a fateful turn

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