OASIS SP, NM—Yesterday, I got the truck stuck in the sand. Anything I did just made it worse, just made the hole deeper.
There was no phone service.
There was no Internet.
But it was in a state park, so there was no danger either.
I used my truck jack to lift the trailer up so I could block it and level it (a large tilt will kill the refrigerator), and set up camp.
This morning, I went to the park’s visitor center and called for a tow. He got my truck out, then got stuck himself. We managed to get him free but that left me with the problem of getting my trailer out of there without getting re-stuck.
The ranger then called a friend of hers who had a big four wheel drive and he just slid right in there, pulled the trailer out and set me up in a new site. He didn’t even want anything for it (but I tipped him well).
The ranger, feeling guilty for all my troubles and not thinking of calling her friend first, upgraded my site (the NM park pass is free for no-hookups) and said I could stay as long as I wanted.
With the full hookup site, my A/C is keeping me cool in this really hot weather, and I even have Internet up here on the hill.
Still no phone, but I can live with that.
What did I learn from all this?
- When you live as a Soul, strangers are really amazed at how carefree you are about “serious problems.”
- Everything has to work out (eventually).
- When you start to get stuck: stop, turn off the engine, jack up the wheels, and put your RV leveling blocks under your tires for traction.
- My next truck will have four wheel drive.