This, of course, merely whet my appetite for a new challenge. At that moment, as if the air and trees had waltzed into my mind and sensed my desires, the next test presented itself. This time it was in the form of a dugout of clay, water, and rock that teased and taunted me to dare an attempt at crossing it. So, as my friend and his wife stood by, I cranked it into four-wheel drive, dropped it into second gear, shot forward and low and behold, I got stuck…again. This was starting to get a little too familiar, but at the same time pretty humorous. After once again being saved by the towing power of the pine trees in Willis, I considered my options and decided I couldn’t quit here, so I gave it another shot. This time, the choice was third gear and it was just what I needed as my tires churned out red clay, water, and rock as I made it across unscathed. For the next forty-five minutes, I continued plowing through this mud hole with howls of excitement! It finally came to an end when my overconfidence got the best of me and I got stuck one last time right before sundown. Go figure.
After heading back to my friend’s house for a remarkable meal prepared by his mother, the evening passed by and it was time to say my good-byes. As I began my long trek back home, I reflected on my first four-wheeling experience and the new passion that had been spawned by the clay, water, and rock that only hours earlier had teased and taunted me. It also brought to mind the decision I had made only weeks before on that bright, sunny morning to go and purchase my Jeep. At that moment it occurred to me that, for better or worse, my love for adventuring had gotten the best of me once again…and thus marked the beginning of the end.
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