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.
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.