Far Side Of Fifty has been getting the rain we need. When Far Guy wanted to drive over a water covered road, she opted for turning around...smart move.
Now for my tale.
We had Hidden Creek and the bluffs for a play ground by White River. If we wanted a day out, we just four-wheeled through the creek and over the mountain into the next town. Sometimes we had to saw a tree outta our way or build up a freshly washed ditch to continue our journey. We always carried the tools we might need in the back of the truck.
We toured our German exchange students through this way and they said they had never seen a road go so far for so long and go nowhere. That was a compliment...they loved it.
One day my husband and his cousin(normally smart adults) decided to go through Hidden Creek. It was winter and the guys needed an adventure. Driving a 1985 Standard transmission Chevrolet 4x4 short wheel base pickup, they began their journey from the back side.
We had a very wet winter that year and the river had been up a lot. When White River is up it backs into Hidden Creek. Hidden Creek has always been a solid shallow crossing for foot traffic, wagons and now vehicles...until now.
The guys were having a good time, rolling along in their heated cab, snow spots here and there with enough ice to keep it interesting. They approach Hidden Creek and it has a pretty solid shield of ice. This is unusal but they thought it was just a cold winter.
Hubby stops the truck. Entering the creek on this side entails a drop off but nothing they had not handled before, or so they thought. They talked about the fact they had never seen ice in that spot (still waters run deep, ya know) but decided, in their collective wisdom, to cross the creek.
Granny low four wheel drive and they dropped off into the normally six inch deep creek. It is over the hood! Hubby thinks quickly and knows if he stops or tries to back up, it is over with. He floor boards it and turns the wipers on as he creeps out to the other side. Cousin is gripping the dash and cursing, I am sure Hubby is grinning. I am sure he was thinking how in the world he was going to justify tearing up a truck for fun when he got home. With that extra incentive, he pulled on up out of the creek. They open the doors and water pours out but they are safely on the other side.
Wonder what Chevrolet would have paid for that advertisement?