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story.lead_photo.caption The third day of their hike, where the McFarlands were lost, in Big Bend Ranch State Park on Oct. 4, 2013.

BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK, Texas -- Rick and I awoke before dawn, shivering from the cold and covered in goosebumps.

Photo by Kirk Montgomery
A third day in the desert.

After 27 hours without water, Cathy Frye and Rick McFarland find a spring. But it’s too small to sustain them.

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Print Headline: Thirsty, desperate, and then alone

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