There are times in life when you need help… and it was especially welcome when offered by guys named Grub and Cuddles.
We were eager to get out of Boise’s hot smoky summer and to escape to spring in Australia. The southern part of Australia is flooded this year, with many crops lost and much water damage to low-lying areas. The roads are covered with water.
The Aussies have few bridges and build fords instead. We had 4-wheel drive and are experienced, but weren’t ready for this. This road required something we have never needed in Owyhee County…a snorkel!
We were told that the road we were on would be no problem. We had crossed other flooded areas all day and this looked like the rest…a wide expanse of water. We should have waded it on foot; checked it out. Next time….
Then the hood plunged and water washed up to the windshield washers.
The water washed in and the engine stalled. There was no starting it. As we pondered this, water began coming in through the doors.
We were in a rather remote area, 30 km to the nearest settlement and nearly two hours from our B&B. Nothing to do, but walk. Before we got out of the car, water was ankle deep inside and we were on the alarmed side of the panic meter. I stepped out into water over my knees. And we began wading.
We walked about a mile to the main road as the sun set. There was no cell coverage and it looked like a very long night. A few drops of rain splatted down and we stepped up the pace.
Before pitch dark, a ranch hand and his buddy, Grub and Cuddles, “rescued” us. They worked to pull the car out with their Ute and advised us to watch for poisonous snakes that lurked in the water. Oh joy! Three hours later, Grub’s wife, Jay, had us safely back in town.
In the morning, more good deeds followed. The owner of our B&B, Mitch, drove back and dried out the engine. Happily, after drying out the car, we were off on our next adventure.
The lovely part of this story is that everyone expects to pitch in when there is a problem. We learned that there is no formal rescue unit, no police coverage without a real problem, only volunteer ambulance and volunteer fire coverage…in short you do it for yourself and you do it for your neighbor. In this land it is just a fact of life.