CBS NEWS: Dominguez and his three children had been lost in the snow since Sunday, when they set out to cut down a Christmas tree.
The family's ordeal began Sunday after they went into the forest near the rural foothill town of Paradise, about 100 miles north Sacramento, to cut down a tree for Christmas.
After getting their tree, they became disoriented and began wandering through the woods. The next day, they found a small culvert carrying a creek beneath a dirt road and hunkered down as a storm dropped more than a foot of snow and left drifts up to 7 feet high.
They were spotted late Wednesday afternoon by a California Highway Patrol rescue helicopter that was making its last pass because another storm was beginning to cover the mountain range with yet more snow.
The family survived with only minor frostbite, doctors said Wednesday, despite spending three nights in the wet and cold with only jeans, sweatshirts, light jackets and sneakers. Temperatures plunged into the 20s during the days they were missing.
A brave Father, a brave Husband, but a silly man