ASTORIA, Ore., July 26 (UPI) -- Two young brothers who went for an unauthorized 24-hour hike in the Oregon woods showed up unhurt with a bouquet of wildflowers for their mother.
Five year-old Atticus Martin and his brother, Ethan, 4, were accompanied by their black Labrador Rocco. The brothers said that they spent the night sleeping peacefully on the ground while Rocco kept watch. About 90 volunteers, Coast Guard helicopters and dog teams scoured the woods for them near Astoria.
Angela and Chris Martin and their three sons, including Ethan's twin, Seth, had been spending a short vacation in a cabin in Olney.
"We were walking and sitting and walking and sitting and walking and walking and walking," Atticus said at a news conference in an Astoria hospital.
Searchers spotted the boys around noon Tuesday several miles from the family's cabin.
The boys were exhausted and hungry but unharmed. Ethan slept through the news conference.
The parents suffered more.
"I'm not supposed to go to sleep apparently because every time I go to sleep, they get away, so I am not going to sleep for the next 25 years," Chris Martin said.