"Wow, you guys remember me from last year?"
Then Rob quipped, "You're probably the only black dude that comes here."
And although she was probably a little embarrassed by the suggestion, she countered, "Well, we all had a really good time that night, and I remembered him."
And that was true. So the manager came out 'cause we had taken some pictures of my truck last year, and he said that he had his truck out that night, which he pulled around front for these photos to be taken.
The stacks shoot FIRE. I repeat, the stacks shoot FLAMES.
When I drove up to get into position they were all kind of marveling how my little truck was just maneuvering through the snow. I would not call it 'effortless', but I was concentrating on what I was doing and not just arbitrarily opening up full throttle. So we pull the guys clear and the now mobile blue Bronco tried to pull his buddy up the hill. We took an opposite tack on a longer loop.
When we came around, they miraculously had made the climb out of the valley. But the blue Bronco was now on the side of the trail with it's hood propped. Apparently they had overheated the engine, presumably from excessive engine revving, and managed to burn up a spark plug line. There was a small fire. It was not a good day for the Broncos. When our day was done, we did see that the brown Bronco had made it out and was on a trailer. I didn't see the blue Bronco though.
Our trail leader astutely opted to have us actually exit the park as there was a main road which connected to a portion of the trail in this area instead of taking a turn that would have returned us back into the park. Ultimately, other groups that came into this area continued into the park and became trapped in a bowl for 4-5 hours awaiting professional recovery. Many of the organizers had volunteered to serve as recovery vehicles for the day, and they too were held up getting everyone up and off of the trails. Fortunately they were successful and no one was injured or suffered any catastrophic breakdowns.
The raffle set up consequently was delayed a bit, but this was understandable and updates were communicated to the rest of us who had managed to avoid this area.
The final good news of the event was that my string of unluckiness in these raffles was finally broken. The LED light bar that I had been pining over is now mine. I'm gonna be like Cruzer now and turn darkness into day. I'm thinking of repurposing the ill-advised Hi-Lift mount on the hood into a mount for the 30" LED bar and then putting the jack on the lid of one of the side toolboxes.
All in all, it was a great event. Great folks. Very good performance out of the truck and my driving prowess has improved along with the build quality of the truck. As long as we stay humble and don't try to exceed our capabilities, I'm hoping for several years of enjoyment and performance out on the trails.
Thanks for reading. Until the next adventure...