Well, my backpacking trip plans were a little thrown off. We arrived at the trailhead for our chosen hike in Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina only to find several rangers and search and rescue teams looking for a lost couple. The couple had left their Mercedes Benz (with Florida license plates) at the trail head on Friday supposedly to go on a picnic at a nearby waterfall. We offered to help with the search, but were told we had to be trained. My friend and I were also not allowed to go on our hike in the search area. Instead we camped at the Stone Mountain campground hoping they would find the couple overnight. The next day the couple were still not found, so we took a short hike around Wolf Rock and then drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway to look for a new hike. We ended up on a short hike in Doughton Park to a campsite a few miles to the south of Stone Mountain. This morning they found the missing couple at Devil’s Garden Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway – over 2200 feet above where they left their car and after three days and nights without substantial food (there was plenty of water in the mountain streams). We had a Garmin 60Cx GPS running while we were moving around. You can see our GPS tracks , overlayed on the satellite photos of GE, as we drove around the area as well as where we were hiking. Also shown is the location of the missing couple’s car and where they were found. The colors represent altitude as shown in the Elevation legend. Also included is a topographical map of the area where the missible couple were located. The red path is my theory about the possible route the missing couple took to get to the top. Here is the Charlotte Observer story about the lost couple.