Funny, I guess
Well this goes back about 6 years ago. At the time, my winter/off-road vehicle was a 88 GMC S-15 Jimmy, 2.8 BABY!. (Ya ya, shuddup) (BTW, I always carry shovels, tow ropes, boots/ gloves, other crap)
A buddy and I were driving back home in my truck from friday drag races at about 3pm. It was late October and for some reason, an abnormally warm day for this time of the year, so we didn't bother grabbing jackets or anything. Being only 3 in the afternoon we wanted to take the back-roads home and maybe hit a dirt trail or two. We found a few good rutted mud holes to go through. I wasn't going to take any chances getting stuck in super sloppy muck, so I got some speed every time and bashed through everything. It was fun, and for some reason I plowed through effortlessly even in 2' slop. At one point I bravely stopped in the middle of a huge mud/water hole and backed in and out over and over until BANG, something jammed HARD, and I was fully Beached on an underwater rut in the middle of a 30' x 15' ocean of slop. After a few hours of shoveling and attempts to stuff logs and whatever we could find under the wheels, it was already getting dark at this point. While sitting on a log planning what to do next, I noticed a lump of mud stuck in my boot started moving, it turned out to be a cray fish, lol. We had NO idea where we actually were so walking was kinda sketchy. We didn't have a cell phone, and it was getting super cold.
It's Friday night, almost freezing temps, and my fuel gauge in the truck was reading half a tick under "E". We built a fire off to the side, and that helped a bit, but we were still freezing, not to mention hungry and thirsty like sons of bitches after struggling attempts to get unstuck. It's about midnight at this point and way down the trail I see headlights bouncing around. YAY! Well, it turned out to be a couple of dudes on ATV's. They offered to help try and pull me out, so we rigged up some straps and the little ATV's struggled as all of our 12 wheels were spinning. My GMC was WELDED to the earth. :bawling: The two guys said they would go get help and get a few rigs out to us. We had hope at least! Before leaving, the one ATV driver opened his side saddle and gave us each a beautiful bottle of beer. :beer: He then reached into his jacket and pulled out a "funny cigarette" and handed it to me with a smile. They rode off into the darkness...
DaaaaEeeaAaammMnn! It was cold as ****! We had no food (GAWD, we wanted food!). We had on only t-shirts, jeans, and sandals (well, i did have the rubber boot advantage after)....
...ahhh cloud 9!
Ok, so that wore off a few hours later, and we realized at about 4:30am that nobody was coming to rescue us. WTF?
My friend was SO cold that I started to get worried for him, so I found a heavily soiled plastic tarp that was used to cover a dirty, oily, transmission. It was the best sleeping bag I could find for him at the time. Somehow he fell asleep/ passed out. I basically slept with my eyes open, shivering until the sun came out the next day.
I had just decided to start walking, until I heard the rumble of a busted exhaust in the distance. It was a 4x4 coming! Another GMC Jimmy! With a 4.3!!! The guy laughed for a few mins to hear out our story, and pulled out his tow straps. His Jimmy yanked out my Jimmy (known as the Green M.C), and we were on our way... SAVED.
Funny thing is, I had my camcorder with me. It's all on video....
Oh, that cray fish I found in my boot? He came home with me in a coffee cup and lived in my aquarium for 4 years.
So, I guess my story didn't have any life threatening moments, but I did learn a good lesson... (and it wasn't don't go off-roading on your own)
(these were one of first lil' mud holes.)