I was checking the trails yesterday, when I faintly heard a voice calling for help.
After following the voice, I found a traveler that had wandered away from the trail. They said they were following an animal they had seen.
They were half buried in a sandtrap that works the same as quicksand in a swamp. They had been struggling and had sunk to their chest in the pit of shifting sands.
I began preparations to try and get them out when one of the Bedoin that follow the Sheik rode up. Together we worked and got the person pulled from the trap after a couple of hours. We had to work carefully to avoid making the situation worse and get them out safely.
The Bedoin took them to the Sheik's camp for care.
I feel that I must state again the importance of following the trail and not wandering off to the side anywhere. There are many hidden dangers out here in the desert. NML is not a safe place. Not all of the traps and pitfalls are like Desolation Point out there in Relapse Rocks. You could step into a sinking sand pit anytime if you step off the trail like this person did.
I urge everyone to be alert for the dangers and traps out here. I do my best to mark them all, but some of them do shift from one place to another.
Ol' Nic and his fellow baddies also keep setting traps everywhere to catch the unwary traveller. Keep a sharp eye for them and avoid any area that looks suspicious to you. When you see a Bedoin, tell the what you saw and they will check it. If it is a trap, they will dismantle it.
Travel safe my fellow travelers. The one that have traveled before you are awaiting you at the end of the trail.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master