Saturday was so much fun. And I am not being sarcastic. It was a fantastic adventure filled with lots of snow and great people. Every November the Utah State Forestry Club goes up to Deseret Land & Livestock (DLL) Ranch near Evanston Wyoming and cuts pine trees out of aspen stands, so that the native aspen can grow uninhabited. They then sell these amazing Christmas trees to the local community and student body in front of the College of Natural Resources.
|Driving down the snowy road!|
We started off our adventure today around 8am. That involved finding a ball small enough to pull the trailer with my truck. Once that was accomplished we had to find a way to hook up the trailer lights. Luckily I have a (6 round to 5 flat) convertor in my tool box. Who knew? Problem solved. My hitched even dropped low enough so the trailer rode flat! Perfect. A few minutes later... ok more than a few... 16 people were piled into five SUV's/Trucks and we were off. Off into a snow storm that is!
|Donovan attempting to turn around.|
We made it up Logan Canyon fighting the heavy snow fall and stopped once we made it to Garden City. Going up the Canyon took about an hour, which is pretty long considering it shouldn't take that much time. Then we discovered a couple of problems. The light's on Donovan's trailer didn't work. But after some tweaking we finally got running lights. Then my trailer was having fits and we had to rewire stuff... anyways in the end it didn't work. So I was without turn signals or breaks - but that's ok.
|Yep. I slid backwards.|
The first problem came at a small hill. It was not my fault! Haha. A two-by-four in Donovan's trailer decided to jump ship and come flying towards the front of my truck. (It literally caught some air!) So rather than have it break a head light or smash into my wind shield I stopped. Bad idea. The hill was a little slick. So I slid backwards down the hill with the trailer. What's impressive is that I manage NOT to jackknife. That impressed everybody. I backed up, gained some speed, and went up the hill. Everybody got a laugh. The day had gone to perfect so that was our little "incident." Haha. Until Shane's truck couldn't make it up the hill. Which was even funnier. So we piled extra people into our cars and left Shane's car sitting in a snowbank.
|More turning around... this time manually.|
|The tree for the College of Natural Resources Atrium!|
Then we headed down the mountain! Oh, that is after I managed to carefully remove glass pieces from his eye. First aid knowledge comes in handy sometimes! As if enough hadn't happened already happened we had more adventures on the way out.
|Just cutting down trees :)|
Not more than 1/2 down the road the spare was looking pretty sad. Not sure what to do we dug through Frank's truck and managed to find a sweet air pump that plugged into the cigarette lighter. Yes! We filled the tire then headed on down the road.
The drive was slow and tedious, but it was beautiful outside.
|Finally after a flat tire, tire seperatation, broken window,|
multople vehicles getting stuck we made it back to
Well I drove with the tire separated all the way back to Logan. Let's just say a tire should NEVER look like the way it did when I got to Logan. I managed to make it smoke, spark, and wear it down to the steel. It was epic.
But I made it! And, despite the tires poor condition, it still had air in it!
|Tree stand yet to be bought.|
All in all it was an adventurous day. Glad my truck did well. Hate the tires on the Forestry trailer. And love all the trees we got! I feel bad the Donovan broke his window and Kourtney had to drive back with it only covered up by a blanket stuck in the door. But we all laughed at the end of the day. Now we have an awesome story to tell.
Edit: More Photos!
So this afternoon (Sunday) we, the forestry club, had to unload trees from the trailers, set them up, and take some down to the CNR. Kourtney got same great pics and I thought I would share. :)
|Our trailers. :)|
|Yep.. I got my truck and fully loaded trailer all the way |
through Logan Canyon in the snow with that thing.
|Lining up our trees.|
|Haha. How many people does it take|
to stand up a tree? I'm somewhere in the group!
|Not the whole group. But most!|