PARK VALLEY, Utah (AP) – Michelle Richan was stranded for a week in snow and mud in rural Utah – but she was prepared, police said.
Richan travelled with an abundance of survival gear and had enough food and water in her SUV to last another week, she said.
She got stuck on March 19 on a remote road in the northwest corner of the state while travelling home to Brigham City from Eureka, Nevada, the Deseret News reported .
Trapped without cellphone service, she decided to stay put, spending her time collecting firewood and burning fires.
Richan said she likes visiting secluded locations and was expecting to get stranded one day.
“I like going out in the middle of nowhere,” Richan said. “It’s just, you know if you’re going to be out there, you need to be able to survive out there.”
A week after she got stuck, a pilot spotted her from his small plane and radioed searchers on the ground.
“I spotted something orange, so I just went really low to look at it and saw her actually running out of the car,” pilot Ivo Zdarsky said.
A snowplow driver found Richan on Tuesday and freed her vehicle. She was reunited with her family in Park Valley.