Sherene went along with me to Cliffhanger's annual Christmas tree run up by Granite Falls. The morning of the run on the way north towards the meeting place I hit my high beam switch so I could see better. Suddenly all my lights went off. I pulled off to the side of the freeway to check the fuse. It wasn't the fuse. Well, it was almost light and I only had a little further to go up the road. I started pulling back onto the freeway when I noticed a car with it's lights on in front of me on the side of the road. Yup, State Trooper and as I drove by him he said into his PA, 'Lights.' Well, I pulled over, got out and told him what had happened and that I didn't know what the problem was. He asked me if I had any emergency flashers. Nope, but I had blinkers. He said that was better than nothing and I should get off at the next exit, get a cup of coffee at Denny's and wait for the sun to come up. I got off at the next exit, pulled over at a gas station and bypassed the light switch. The ligh
About 15 vehicles showed up to go on the run which basically consisted of driving up snowy logging roads until you couldn't go any further, then looking for a tree or turning around to find a tree further down the hill. The snow got pretty deep but you were basically driving in packed down ruts where people had already been. We stopped for a minute and I wanted to see how cool I was with my new tires so I drove off the packed down stuff a bit. Well, my tires spun a bit, then some more and before I knew it I was buried up to my axles. Those MT tires sure dig holes fast. Snow kind of got old after a while like sand but it didn't make anywhere near the same mess. We got a little tree and shoved it in the back of the jeep. It was a good thing it was pretty small tree because there is not much room in the back of my jeep.
I took the jeep home for Christmas to do some more exploring and also to work on some little stuff in my Grandfather's garage. It seems there is always things to work on with this jeep and there are always future projects.
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