We recently spent four days with the kids at a cabin up north. Our trip was pretty uneventful until we tried to leave. In this post, I share how our departure turned into an adventure.



Last Shot Cabin

Here’s the scenario… We had all four kids, our luggage, the food, and the garbage all loaded in the van. We started driving down this hilly, curvy, driveway (path) to get to the main road. Hubby paused so I could take a photo of the cabin…


and when we went to leave, we realized we were stuck. Our van was stuck in mud up to the running boards. So, we trooped back to the cabin I had just cleaned to a shine and called AAA.

Tim saves us

After almost four hours, Tim showed up with his truck to save us. We all thought it would take about 10 minutes.







Path SoupThen we realized the frost was coming out of the ground quickly and the rain from the days before had turned the path to complete soup.









Winch hook upWe started a routine that would take us over an hour to complete…


Tim would get stuck just trying to pull 100 feet in front of us.

Nest, he’d winch us up to his truck.

Then he’d go a little further down the path.

He’d winch us up to his truck.

Car in soup covered with mudEach time we thought the next curve or hill would give us solid ground, we were wrong.

Almost five hours after our initial attempt to leave, we finally managed to get to the main road.

We were exhausted before we even began the three hour ride home.

When I shared this story with my dear friend, Jen, she casually said, “Oh. You went mudding.”

People actually seek out these opportunities and with the right vehicle it is probably a blast. But with a tired husband, hungry kids, smelly garbage in the car that needs to get driven to a dumpster and Easter happening the next day, we sadly couldn’t enjoy mudding with the proper gusto. Maybe next time…










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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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