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    Will Trade For Jeep

    Buoyed by all the sounds of dripping and melting, I trudged out to my car to give it another go. After about 20 minutes of finagling and maneuvering and slipping the clutch to rock it back and forth, I managed to get my car out of my parking spot. Victory is mi-



    You can’t imagine how humiliating this is.

    Just to recap, I grew up in Alaska. I learned to drive in July, and by that October I was driving in the snow. I drove for three Alaskan winters, and witnessed many more from the passenger seat. I know all the tricks – kitty litter, floor mats, rocking it, everything. I instinctively turn my wheels into the skid. I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion… oh wait, sorry.

    Anyway, long story short, I got to the head of the driveway, slid on the ice, popped over the berm at the end of the driveway, and slid sideways into the ditch. Someone came out to help me, and we managed to work the car backwards enough that it’s not sticking out into the road.

    Right now it is high-centered on the snow, and the left front end is angled into the ditch. Pushing it forward wouldn’t do much good, because the private road is impassible. (Something I perhaps should have investigated before driving the car into it. I plead temporary insanity.) It only has about three feet it could go backwards, because there’s a tree. The ground is soggy enough that I might end up in the ditch, even after everything melts.


    In the meantime, there it sits, wedged diagonally at the head of the driveway. You better believe every neighbor who drives past it is going to snicker a little. Until I can either dig it out, or humiliate myself further by phoning AAA.

    ETA: After half an hour working at it with a shovel, and using triangular chunks of firewood to chock the wheels, I’m un-stuck and parked at the head of the driveway, just like I did it on purpose.

    To sum up: not stuck; still trapped.

    14 comments to Will Trade For Jeep

    • Oh, I know this scene all too well. I got out for my 2nd time in 12 days yesterday, but not without a lot of work: it took about 6 of my neighbors and my husband and I all shoveling tire tracks in our 1/4-mile uphill drive for 45-min. before we got our car out, with lots of sliding and spinning.

    • ain’t no shame, that’s what AAA is for, eh? better AAA than immersion in a ditch. not so good for the engine…ask me how I know.
      we’ve got about the same situation out here. Teh boyo managed to get the 4WD high clearance Suburban stuck in our front yard…

    • The shame hurts more than anything else. I once pulled over to the side of the road just to get a cd out of the trunk. I could see the grass tips through the snow, so I thought it was shallow and safe. So I therefore drove myself slowly and carefully into the ditch. The good news was roadside assistance came pretty quickly.

      Good luck – they don’t generally laugh at you where you can see.

    • AAA is the way to go. You pay the premiums for situations just like this! Might I suggest reflectors or stakes to mark the ditch at the end of your drive for next time? The pessimist voice says we’re going to have lots more snow this winter. LOL

    • I didn’t think you could own a Saab legally without a platinum AAA membership.

    • I grew up in Colorado with all kinds of snow and I too can’t get out of my damn driveway. In my defense it is a long driveway here and nearly all of it is on a grade of some sort. There’s still about four inches on the ground and my well meaning but “knows best” little sister came to bring me food yesterday. And then I had to spend 90 min with my brother-out-law digging them out bit by bit so they could claw their way up the drive and go home. I told her not to come, because I’m not going anywhere until the entirety of the snow melts, but nooooo. *sigh* I freakin’ hate snow in the PNW.

      Are eps of Angel available on hulu if you still have internets?

    • been there done that more times than I’d like to say. AAA will be on there way, if you call them. don’t feel bad, even 4X4 get stuck too!

    • There is nothing wrong with putting the “crazy” into “stir crazy”. I’d be trying the same adventure in your spot. Once it melts will you be battling mud of unforeseen proportions? (Much harder to navigate, I’d think – former Minneapolis girl speaking, understands snow driving.)

    • What are “c-beams” and why are they glittering in the dark by the Tanhouser gate? Maybe they were stuck in the snow as well? :)

      I’m glad you were able to move out of the ditch.

    • Fiona

      My car was in a similar position not too long ago – but I gotta say, I got these Kick Ass tires from Sears in Bellingham (shout out to Heidi @ the Tire Centre!!! She is onehelluva Customer Service oriented Tire chick!)

      I bought Goodyear Triple Treds. They’re like a hybrid winter/all-season tire; ‘Snowflake’ rated but can stay on all year. I drive a 2001 Sunbird so hardly a 4×4 car (I have tried – though not by choice!!)

      Now they see me crusin’ and they be hatin’!!!!!

    • Aaaaaaaagh! Replicant!!!!!

    • Dani B

      This is a little sick, but I’m getting my voyeuristic taste of winter (live in the UK, but Canadian bred and raised) following your adventures…I’m longing for some enforced home-time, and some snow-time!

    • Sara

      The snow here is different. People from (insert other place here) say it’s that PNW drivers “don’t know how to drive in snow.” They have CLEARLY never tried to drive in the PNW snow. It’s slippery, it’s sloshy, it’s sticky, it’s wet. Skiers differentiate between “powder,” “gravy,” “mashed potatoes” and “cement.” One inch of rain makes three feet of snow in the Rockies. The same inch makes ONE foot of PNW snow.

      In short, there’s no shame in getting stuck in PNW snow; it’s not about the driver. It really is like trying to drive in a heap of mashed potatoes that have been sitting overnight and grown a little crust on top and the gravy’s all thick and gross (sorry for the icky image). Chains don’t always help becuase of the slush at the bottom of the tire ruts.

      Anyhow! It doesn’t really matter how good a snow-driver one is, becuase the snow kind of … isn’t.

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