Hello everyone on this very beautiful sunny and warm day. I am a bit late in posting anything today. Happens sometimes. It’s summer. And when it’s a nice day I like to be outside. Best place to get pictures and I am trying to get a lot of pictures this summer. And maybe even more than that. Probably doesn’t make sense. But that’s normal for me anyway. People tell me that all the time. People tell me a lot of things. Before I get on with my latest adventure, I would like to say this is something that happened a few years ago. It is not recent. And it did start out normal. Just didn’t end up that way.
It is somewhat like my snowshoeing adventures. Except this happened in the summer. And no snowshoes. They are not very helpful in the summer. I decided to go check out this old road I saw one day. It was a very beautiful, sunny, summer day in July. Off I went. As was usual, I didn’t tell anyone where I was going. Why would I do that? Anyway, I got to the spot and turned off the highway onto this old road. It was really not much of a road, more like a trail for walking, not something to drive on. But that just makes things more interesting. I finally get a couple kilometers back from the highway and come to a spot where the road was covered with water.
Beavers had built a dam across a creek and made themselves a pond. Hmm. I got out and checked. Didn’t seem deep so I started driving through it slowly. Now, somewhere in there was a creek. I’m hoping there is some kind of bridge over this creek. I made it through without any problem so that was nice. A little further and I had to go down a rather steep hill with a curve in the road at the bottom. Around that curve was a much large beaver pond. And the road seemed to disappear in the water. Meaning it must curve either to the right or left up ahead somewhere. Hmm.
I decided to try walking through the water for a bit. I was smart enough to bring boots with me. I put them on and off I went. One foot became wet immediately. Obviously a hole in the boot. Naturally. And it didn’t take long for the water to be up to the top of my boots anyway. Hmm. Guess I won’t try driving through that. Can’t turn around either since it is steep sided ditches on both sides of that road. Have to back up. That should be interesting going in reverse up that steep hill.
Off I went. What else could I do? I made it about half way up the hill. The mud on the road was a bit wet and the tires started to spin and the car spun around. Hmm, not bad. At least I’m going forward now. Except I couldn’t move. So I had to back down and start over. It was easier this way though and I made it up the hill without any problem. About half way that is. Back down again. Off I went again. Made it a bit further this time. Back down. Off I go. Nearly made it to the top. But not quite. That was so sad. Back down again. Almost went off the road this time. But the next try got me to the top. That was a relief.
Back through the smaller beaver pond. Slowly of course. Then came a loud, horrible sounding noise. And the front of the car went down. Hmm. Found the bridge. But it obviously broke. This is not good. Can’t go forward or back. I get out. I’m not wearing my boots now. One foot is wet anyway so now they match. But how to get out of the creek? It’s not a big creek and not deep, so that is good. The tires however are not touching the bottom of the creek. But I do have a shovel with me. So, I start digging.
The idea is to dig behind and in front of the tires to make a more gentle slope to first of all back up out of the creek. Then I can fill in the creek enough to drive through. I should mention that I made this trip in the evening. By now the sun has set and by the time I get the car out of the creek it is nearly dark. While I am filling in the creek I managed to slip and…splash. Now the rest of me is wet. At least I match my feet. It is dark before I’m finished filling in the creek by the lights from the car give me all the light I need. Finally I decide to give it a try. It worked!
Amazingly I didn’t do any damage to the car. Oh well. At least I satisfied my curiosity about that road. Sigh. Next week another adventure with Steve. And it’s a bit worse. I hope you have enjoyed today, God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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