Sunday, April 13, 2008

Highlights of the Low Points

8000 Foot Chalk Pass

Just a quick recap while our wireless is still up...we tried to reach a snowbound village yesterday a few hours north of Erzurum and off the pavement and got stuck on a sludgy dirt road that was blocked by snowdrifts. Dad's pile of rocks, mom's prayers, a little horsepower and an hour later we broke free and decided to wait for summer and drier ground.
At first we tried to back our way out of the mess until I heard the backdoor open and dad say "I'm outta here". I guess even the chief of the backseat-drivers have a point where they just can't take any more. For my dad it was about the time we were getting a running start in reverse to try and jump the deep trench our wheels had dug. The view out of his window of the drop off to our right made him realize that he would have more fun as a spectator. He spent the next hour pitching rocks into the muck to give us a footing to grab onto.Digging In

Back on Terra Firma

The Recap

A few hours later we gassed up and washed down the muck. Heading east towards Ardahan we passed this village bridge that the kids begged to cross. Made it to Kars before sunset and got settled in for a couple of days of exploration. Today Ani and tomorrow south.
Crossing Village Bridge

1 comment:

John & Ruth said...

It's soooo good to see your parents enjoying their time with you. Have a great time.
We Love you, John and Ruth

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Living, Traveling, and Wandering on the Far Side of the World