How 85-year-old Ruby Stein and her cat survived five frigid days stranded south of Gypsum
Self-described “farm girl” Ruby Stein from Akron, Colorado, took a wrong turn on her way home that nearly ended her life
March 29, 2017
Self-described “farm girl” Ruby Stein from Akron, Colorado, took a wrong turn on her way home that nearly ended her life.
For about 20 miles, 85-year-old Ruby Stein wrestled her 2007 Nissan Sentra up an unpaved, steep mountain road south of Gypsum. She was lost and searching for Interstate 70 after taking a wrong turn while trying to beat a winter storm home.
Alone, with no one in sight and only a backcountry skier’s tracks around her, the steel-haired woman then found herself stuck at a dead end. Stein tried to rev her tiny maroon vehicle back and forth, as she had learned from years of ranching on the Eastern Plains, but her car was swallowed by mud, snow and ice as her cat Nikki looked on with a curious stare.
“I blowed my horn and blowed my horn and flashed my lights until the battery ran down,” said Stein, who lives in the northeast Colorado town of Akron. “Then my car went dead. I had a cellphone with me, but it wouldn’t work.”