Saturday, January 9, 2010
Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time...
This story definitely comes from the filed of "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Patrick and Amber are getting married. Yay for them. Since Patrick and I have been good friends for a long time, naturally we volunteered to give them their engagement photos. Amber wanted to go to the Rock Wall on North Mountain. It's a great place for photos.
Except when there's a pile of snow on the ground. And you're driving a Honda.
The trip up the mountain on a winding road wasn't all that bad. We made it unscathed and without much difficulty. We come to the intersection at the top of the mountain, shown in the photo above, and Patrick, who was driving, pauses. The road has two ruts in it and a high pile of snow in between. "This might not work," he observes, and the proceeds to head on down the road. We make it about 200 feet or so and we can feel the snow grinding against our feet on the bottom of the car.
So Patrick stops. Turns out those two ruts were solid ice. We couldn't back up at all. So Patrick and I spent about the next hour stuffing sand and towels under the tires and shoving the car back up the hill as Bethany worked the car in reverse. We eventually made it back up the hill to some solid ground at the intersection, ripping off the plastic cover on the bottom of Patrick's car in the process. A bungee cord fix later, we back down the mountain to the warmth and comfort of the house.
When we left the house, it sure seemed like a good idea at the time. Goes right along with the ballistic jello story. Perhaps I'll tell that one next time...