- Lesson #1: Put a map in your car.
- Lesson #2: Don’t trust your GPS blindly.
- Lesson #3: If there are no other cars on the road, perhaps it’s not a wise choice.
As we embarked on our 3-hour journey from Portland to Sisters, Oregon, it was not long before I was reminded of those tragic stories where a family is stranded for days in the National Forests of Oregon. How could that possibly happen, I always wondered? Now I knew – they followed the “fastest” route on their rental car GPS. The beautiful scenery quickly turned to a bit of panic. We were deep in Mount Hood National Forest, 1/2 hour out of cellphone range, no other cars on the road, and the road had now become impassable. I began making a mental list of the supplies we had in the car for survival ~ our ski clothes – long underwear, boots, gloves, hats; food and drink – 1/2 bottle of water, 2 cans of Pepsi, and a chocolate muffin. We made the wise decision to backtrack. 6 hours later through snow, fog, and sun, we finally ended up at the Bird’s lovely home on Black Butte Ranch.
Awoke this morning to a lot of snow. We’re officially snowed in. The Bird’s home is one of the last lots on the ranch – miles and miles of snowy, unplowed road. Technically can’t go anywhere until it’s plowed.