CDA 4 wheeling

Back in Idaho, at the Coeur d’Alene National Forest, it’s time to enjoy the winter just a little more.  The snow is melting at the lower elevations … so let’s get out with our families and enjoy the winter that is left.

Lake Coeur d'Alene in the early morning ...
Lake Coeur d’Alene in the early morning …

A peaceful winter morning by the lake would be heavenly enough.  But … there’s a road sign ahead that reads …

... I think it says: winter fun in the snow ahead.
… I think it says: winter fun in the snow ahead.

Isn’t that how you read it?

We're next to Beauty Creek, where the crystal clear water is running.
We’re next to Beauty Creek, where the crystal clear water is running.

Stay close because the snow is getting deep.

Keep in communication ... and keep an eye on the person behind you!
Keep in communication … and keep an eye on the person behind you!

Sure enough … we can’t see one of our folks.  We back up, and pull her out of the snow bank with a tow rope.  Ooops, then another gets a flat tire (the tires have been aired-down to around 6 lbs. pressure … and a bead has broken).  Oh, and now an e-brake shreds … and a wheel is removed and the broken parts collected.  It’s OK, because we’re all watching out for one another, and we’re equipped.

Broken bead ... see the tire  just hanging there ...
Broken bead … see the tire just hanging there …
Lot of help - from man and beast.
Lot of help – from man and beast.

Get ’em fixed, and air ’em up (a little).  It’s a good time for lunch too.

The kids love this ... play, play, play!
The kids love this … play, play, play!

Over to the left, it looks like the big Ford has blown something.  It has been towed up … and will have to be towed down too.

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The big Ford is done, but we are all together. Laugh, eat, play and talk.

On the way up, a couple of trees have fallen across the road.  A quick few cuts restores access.  Here’s what it looks like.

Chain saws fix the problem, as you can see.
Chain saws fix the problem, as you can see.

Lots of pushing the logs aside after cutting, and we can go through.

Perfect fit.
Perfect fit.

Another fun day in the snow … beautiful scenes, and fun people.  Down at the bottom, there’s still work to do loading up the big Ford.

Pull it up on the trailer with a winch (see the Jeep?)
Pull it up on the trailer with a winch (see the Jeep?)

It took a little figuring … cable up to a pulley on the trailer, then over to the Jeep.  But, the big Ford is big … so we had to back the Jeep up to gravel, where the tires had a grip.  A good day, all-in-all, everyone had a good snow run!

The Beauty Creek campground is everything its name would have you believe.

Could it be any more peaceful?
Could it be any more peaceful?

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