Had some fun rock crawling in the snow this morning. (and learned a lesson!)
I went out to a local trail this morning because it finally rained for the first time in a month or so. I left around 8 and got to the trailhead at about 9. It was smooth sailing for the most part until I realized I forgot to air down my tires in the middle of a tricky area. Of course as soon as I got out to air down it started sleeting/snowing on me so I got pretty soaked. Here's where we were when I remembered to air down.
After airing down we made it down one of the tougher obstacles (three feathers) easily (going up is the hard part) and kept on moving. It didn't take too long for us to make it to the main reason I wanted to go, the pool. Because it had been raining steadily for the past 12 or so hours I knew we would be able to have some fun in mud, or wet sand as most people from out of town would call it. I wanted to check the depth before attempting to cross because I have heard horror stories from people getting stuck. I was able to find a big stick and I felt comfortable with the depth so I tossed the stick in the water and headed to my Jeep. I went through the first time with no issues so I dropped off my passenger to take a video.
I headed back down and passed the water again and when I went to go around and pick my buddy up I stalled. I thought it was strange because I put plenty of gas into the hill so I tried to start it up again and it wouldn't turn over. My heart sank instantly. We were 10 miles from a paved road and winch/cell phone serviceless. I hopped out and went to raise the hood when I noticed something funny. The stick I used to check the depth was jammed through my control arms and into my engine. Long story short I lucked out and no hoses were punctured and everything appears to be fine. It was definitely a scare though. These pictures were taken after the stick was loosened and almost out.
I now know to not leave the stick in the water because it could have been much worse. Don't make the same foolish mistake I did. After that we got up three feathers relatively easily and were on our way. I did have to use the rear lockers to get past it but the sun had came up and dried the rocks off for us luckily. Overall I had a blast and learned a valuable lesson at the same time.