Saturday, February 17, 2007

Muddy Road Blues

It's rained here on and off for about a week or so, finally stopping just a few days ago. Of course during that time we didn't give much thought to it, knowing we need the moisture, especially out here in the desert. With no rain and snow in the higher elevations there wouldn't be water runoff into Roosevelt Lake, and no runoff means lower lake levels, pretty much setting off a draught phase in the surrounding areas. We simply hunkered down and spent some time indoors, doing the things people do when it's too wet to plow.
Well, finally we've got some sunshine so we decided to head for the backroads and some Jeeping, we were beginning to experience withdrawal symptoms such as fondling the Jeep keys and looking longingly at it as it sat parked...poor looks so forlorn. (so do we)
We thought we'd check out some of the roads up in the mountains of Greenback Valley. WRONG...even a Jeep can't handle the mud we encountered on our ride up the mountain, The AT tire treads quickly filled up and we slipped and slid so much we decided to turn around and head back home. We didn't want to hit the higher elevations with sheer drop offs and experience sliding where there wasn't room for error. By the time we got back home, the poor Jeep was so caked with mud, it took about an hour to hose it off and get the mud from the tire treads. Next time we'll probably buy some mud tires, this business of waiting for the roads to dry out really SUX!!! We've got places to go and things to see, hopefully Mother Nature will take pity on us old peeps and let the roads become passable before too much longer. Just last night Ralph was muttering in his sleep, "Baby, just slip it into four wheel low"...I guess he wasn't dreaming about me. 
Hmmm maybe today we can go sit in the Jeep and pretend.....