This is my first real post so here goes.......
Two weeks ago my girlfriend and I decided to go out in the Pine Valley Mtns to a place called Pinto Springs for some camping and exploring. Pinto Springs is in the Dixie Nat. Forest so one can camp pretty much anywhere. We spend a few hours that day riding dirt roads, jeep tracks....looking for an ideal spot to squat for the night and the more remote the better. I'm not really digging the area and I keep noticing another truck with three males inside( plain, white truck) that keeps going back and forth on the main dirt road that I keep returning to and exiting. I mention to my girlfriend that I don't like the way the area 'FEELS' and we end up heading farther west and eventually find a cool place to camp for the night.
A few days ago a buddy hands me the local newspaper and lo and behold all over the front page.....thats right.....Pot farm busted in Pinto Springs....4,000 or so plants and two guys armed with shot guns guarding it. Well whaddaya know. The grow site was busted a week after we were in the area. I take the paper and show it to my GF and explain that had we camped and gone hiking that weekend around Pinto Springs we very well could have stumbled upon this grow site and might have had to deal with these fellas.
I/WE spend ALOT of time camping/hiking in remote areas and I always, ALWAYS carry because 'Life' can happen at any moment and that possible incident that could have happened to us in Pinto just reinforces the carry mantra.
Now I'm going to quote a piece from the newspaper (Spectrum) in regards to those fellas with the shotguns: "The men were Mexican nationals with residences in the Las Vegas area and were allegedly cultivating on behalf of a transnational organization. They are with a Mexican drug trafficking organization whose command and control is not in Utah. This is something orchestrated outside of this country".
Well, I have to be honest. I can't really say what I would do if I had to face two guys with shotguns and I had my G26 or G19. Not to mention having my GF with me. Oh, and the fact that we stumbled onto an illegal pot farm whose proprietors happen to be possible Mexican Cartel. Run like hell would probably be my very first option. Run, call 911, get to truck, get AWAY, get police. Man, I don't know. There are a million variables and engagement only seems like 'do or die' scenario
So there you have it. I have been dwelling on this for a week now and I thought it might be appropriate to post here. So what would any of you do if you suddenly found yourself standing in an illegal, remote pot farm and two fellas with shotguns appear and you have your GF or BF with you?