"Let's go to the desert."
Trip Start Nov 30, 2007
34Trip End Jan 17, 2008
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The four vehicles took off into the dunes; we bounced around a little bit, turned through some soft sand, and then down a steep sand dune into... a soft patch of sand, and promptly got stuck to the axles. The leading vehicle also bogged down, and the third vehicle appeared, then took a different path... but still got stuck. The fourth vehicle failed to appear for a couple of minutes, until one member of the family appeared at the top of the dune to announce that they, too had gotten stuck.
Thence followed an hour and a half of getting the vehicles out; unsticking one to pull the next, using sand boards to provide traction under the tires, and ten people pushing one vehicle out of the sand
Once all of the vehicles unstuck themselves, they were parked up on a dune, and a little day-camp type of situation broke out. A table, snacks and drinks appeared as if by magic, and a couple of games started up -- I made a couple of nice takeouts in the desert bocce, but in the end the other side was victorious. By the time the bocce was done, there was a roaring fired comprised of wood and wood-like materials (I saw a pet door in there), and general chatter and joking around commenced. As the sun set and a gigantic full moon rose, we packed up, drove out to the electrical pylon we'd entered the dunes from and reinflated the tires, as some of the boys shot off fireworks -- impressive ones, not the crap you can get in Canada.
As my uncle explained, sometimes you just need to get away from the city for a while.