07/06/2015 05:47 EDT | Updated 07/06/2016 05:59 EDT

Ontario couple rescued in B.C. wilderness wish they could hug searchers

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - An Ontario couple rescued after spending six days lost in the British Columbia wilderness say they've been through a humbling experience and want to thank the searchers who looked for them.

Rick Moynan and Lynne Carmody say that since they returned home to North Bay, they've heard stories about the large number of volunteers and search teams who dedicated their time.

The pair say in a letter released by the RCMP that they arrived at Cathedral Lakes Lodge near Keremeos, B.C., on June 21 and set off on a short hike the next day.

Moynan and Carmody say that within hours, they were lost in a thick wooded area and decided to make a shelter for the night.

They spent the next five days watching search helicopters from a distance but on the sixth day they figured out how to get back to the lodge and walked for eight and a half hours to get there.

The couple say they've learned some important lessons about being properly prepared and wish they could hug or shake hands with every person involved in the search.