Hey guys....heres my little adventure this weekend
I wanted to test the Forester on this great fathers day weekend with my daughter. We were both pumped to drive on the sand finally, and weve been going to OBX since she was a baby, Ive been since I could drive a car. I love it down there.
Anyways...driving up to Oregon Inlet, I pull over, air down to 20psi. get back in and do a quick survey of the trail onto the beach. I notice a few trucks stopped, im talking big ol f250s, Blazers etc, guys just shootin the**** it looked like. Or so I thought. There were some other rigs just plowing through the white stuff and I step on the skinny pedal....
Ok, heres were it gets bad....As I drive, I pick a line thats not too rooty, not too deep to where I will bottom out and I carry on really good....Well, it seems those trucks I thought were just dudes chatting, were actually stuck so bad there were 2 trucks trying to yank out the f250....then I passed a big ol Blazer on 35s stuck as stuck could be too. So being curteous, I have to veer off and pick a different line.....which was an awfull line with roots so deep and soft that I just plowed deep and got stuck.
As Im cussing under my breath, I turn off traction control, and do the reverse back and forth rock out thing and just get deeper. Crap! So I break out the shovel and snatchstrap. Well now me and the Blazer guy become buds and share my shovel. He tries to get a tow from a hemi dodge that then becomes stuck! Oh crap I think. Im never getting out of here! Well a nice guy in a 4runner asks if I want a tow. I said hell yeah! and he asks if I want a to to the beach or to the lot, and I said, **** if these monster rigs are being swallowed up, I want the hell outta here! I go in my cooler and crack a couple of beers as we dig out a bit and hook up the strap.
Here goes nothing.....He yanks, I floor it in reverse and out we both go!
We get all unhitched, laugh it off, and I thanked him for his kindness!
Moral of the story.......Survey your off road adventure thoroughly before you venture out. I didnt feel that foolish in the forester just by seeing all the other carnage out there. It seemed the beach that day was just soooo soft and rooty and wanted to eat trucks alive!
Mind you Im not a total noob to beach driving. Ive taken my Samurai down there countless times so Im used to an underpowered vehicle and how to drive on sand. That day my number got picked thats all!
Otherwise, my weekend with my daughter was the best fathers day gift I could ever ask for