Thanks - I didn't notice this pic on here until now - I tried to stay out of that rut - but then the front end slid right in.
Yeah - it was very muddy - I was pulled out 8 or 9 times I think. But I went through the same spots a second time without incident (I just went a bit faster and slid thru them). My mud shovel is still packed even after a couple washings. I might need to remove the skid plate to clean it out.
I still feel that a 2" lift would have kept my frame from sitting on the ground like it did every time I was stuck.
(Thanks to Eric in the photo for willing to take his not-so-stock rig along with us stockers, I made use of his rear tow hook