Every summer, we take the Grand-kids on a weekend camp out on Lake Mohave. They're getting older, which means more and more stuff to bring. Too much stuff to pack it all in the boat. So...
We decided to find a nice cove that I could drive to, and carry all the camping stuff on my utility trailer pulled by the Jeep. Most of the drive to coves on the Nevada side get overrun on the weekends with...Uh...less than desirable persons, so we figured we'd explore the Arizona side. Wanting to camp close to Cottonwood for many reasons, we explored the area just across the lake from the marina. Our first choice was to follow road 38A (Fenway Rd) to the water. Google Maps doesn't show elevation very well, nor can you really get an idea of the terrain till you're there.
We followed the road and just before you get to the water, there is a very steep drop-off, and once you're down (committed), the area is a very soft, fluffy sand. I'm like "crap!". The cove is much smaller than I thought, and I knew I would have to make a "T" turn in a very confined space to get back out. Knowing the best way to get unstuck is to not get stuck in the first place, I decided to use the Jeep to the max, necessary or not. I aired down to about 18 PSI (the only air gauge I had with me starts at 20, so I aired down just until it didn't register anymore) put the Jeep in 4lo, and locked both axles. I think I heard the Jeep snickering at me for all that, 'cause she just crawled outta there like it was nothing. No slip, no spin, she just went!
We did find a suitable cove at the end of Road 40, hopefully nobody else will want to use it that weekend.