Life as a Geocacher

Caching and Reviewing

This is made up of stories from my caching and my reviewing.  It is a collection of those along with comments and thoughts.  Photos, and maps of some adventures and lists of some of the oldest caches.

Stupid is as Stupid Does (GC29H1D)

I will just let this story speak for itself

Some of you may have heard, but Vera (Rim Rock Red) and I had an adventure with our Durango after the St. George breakfast. We went out with some friends into the desert NW of Littlefield, AZ. Everything was going great until we got near to the confluence and Utah's lowest spot. We had a steep hill to go down. We made it ok and found the caches. However, when we went to go back up the hill, we only made it about ½ way up before the Durango bogged down. Then it started sliding backwards and slid off the side of the hill. We stopped about 10 feet down from the top sitting at about a 45 degree angle. We couldn't believe it didn't roll over and go down the hill. Since there wasn't anything we could do then since it was getting dark, we headed back to the hotel.

About 8:00am in the morning, I got a call from Billion Johnston. He had heard that we were having problems and wanted to know if we still needed help. I told him we did and he said that he would call some friends and get back to me. In a little while, he called back and said that he and his friends were outside the hotel. We went down and found Ken Ballard, Kenneth Kirkeby, and Michael King along with Billion. After talking it over, we were getting ready to head out when Billion wanted to know if we could handle it without his help. Since he only had a small pickup truck, we said sure and asked him why. It turns out it was his anniversary and he was going to go out and help us. Unbelievable! We told him to go home to his wife because we didn't want to be responsible for a divorce. We already were in enough trouble.

We finally got out there at the top of the hill. After some discussion, it was decided that the best way to do it would be to go down the hill and come about half way back up, right beside the Durango. There was a sort of flat area right there. So we all went down and came back up, with Ken B first, Kenny K second, and Mike third.

They found a rock on the other side of the hill and wrapped a chain around it. Then they hooked a snatch block to it and ran Ken B's cable from his winch through the pulley. Then they ran a tow strap through the front windows of the Durango and hooked that to the cable end. This would keep the Durango from rolling over. They wrapped another tow strap around the hitch and hooked it to Kenny K's cable from his winch. Mike chained his Jeep to the back of Kenny K's Jeep, to keep them from being dragged down the hill with the Durango.

Then Ken B went down and rocked the front wheels back and forth, letting the front end of the Durango slowly swing down the hill. Then he went and dug out some of the dirt from under the front wheels on the downhill side. He kept repeating this procedure until the Durango was aimed straight down the hill. Then Ken B and Kenny K removed the rocks from in front of the Durango. Kenny K climbed in through the front window. Then they removed all of the straps and Kenny K started down the hill. Slowly he went down and when he got to the bottom of the hill, about 100 yards down, a loud cheer went up and there was applause. We had picked up some spectators during the rescue and they were clapping and cheering along with us.

I just wanted to say thanks to our new friends from the Southern Utah Geocachers Association. They wouldn't take any payment and just told us to pay if forward. So, if somebody up north in the Salt Lake valley needs some help, let me know so I can get rid of this debt and put it on somebody else's shoulders. :)

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