Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stuck in a Rut

We had a great outing to the coast last week. One incident deserves a blog post of its own. We got stuck on the beach.
South of Cape Lookout, where we camped, there is a beach called Tierra de Mar. It is one of the few places you can actually drive on an Oregon beach, and we spent several hours there building sand castles and having lunch. When it was time to go, I decided to drive down the beach a bit just to see how far it went. Unfortunately, we hit some soft sand and the van got stuck.
It wasn't the first time my crew has endured a stranding. Nor will it be the last. Here are my pearls of wisdom regarding getting a vehicle stuck and unstuck, which may or may not be applicable to life in general:

  • Keep your momentum up. You are not actually stuck until you stop moving. Once you stop, it is significantly harder to get started again.
  • Don't panic! Once you are stuck, spinning your wheels will only dig you in deeper. Stop and assess the situation.
  • Relax a little. It is not the end of the world. Let some air out of your tires. It will help you gain traction.
  • Accept help. Even if you are not sure you need it. People like to help. You may need it more than you realize.
  • Be prepared. While a lot of people may be willing to help, they might not have the tools to do so. Four-wheel-drives seem to be plentiful. Tow ropes are not. I carry a tow rope.

A couple from Canada in a four-wheel-drive saved the day. Two other groups stopped to help (or watch the spectacle). The girls stayed calm. Another "Daddy Adventure" for the books. It was almost worth it just to get this picture here:


Eldon and Janeil Olsen said...

Wow. What an adventure. Is this the same trip with the Tillamook Cheese factory?

Gail said...

All's well that ends well....

brenda said...

Seems like your first two bullet points conflict with each other. How am I supposed to stop and assess without losing momentum? I guess you just have to know when to stop?

The third point is new to me. Now I'm wondering, how could it be applied metaphorically to life? I could let some air out of my ego when I'm stuck.

I LOVE the forth point. I am generally loathe to accept help, but I do believe that people genuinely do want to give it. It's prideful to say "no."

Sorry you got stuck, but it sure made a great post!