The Field Day yearly adventure update for 2014
We drove from central Minnesota to northwestern Montana for the 2014 Field Day event. As we neared the final portion of the drive it turns into 25 miles of gravel. Depending on "WHICH" entrance that you use to get into the area it either points you down a road that is mostly accessible with a two wheel drive car or the other way is designed a four wheel drive truck with good tires. --Guess which one the on-board navigation in the truck chose.
From the picture above you don't really grasp that we drove several miles in four wheel drive already down a "minimum maintenance" road that is only accessible in the summer. --Oh, by the way it snowed here a week earlier. The truck was moderately muddy and everything that was not packed tight or tied down was relocated to a new position very quickly from the bouncing. I am happy to say that the four wheel drive capabilities of our truck worked as advertised and the truck can cross water.
Seriously... we had a black bear show up. Sunday morning I had just opened up my truck so that we could load up the boxes of gear that we did not need for the last couple of hours of radio operation. I had just put the dSLR into the truck so that it would not get crushed during our packing. Ben and I were standing in the door talking about what could be packed and loaded. We looked up to discover a bear sitting on the tailgate of my truck (inside the back of my pickup) licking the inside of our topper. He was no more than 40 feet away from us.
He was able to leave safely after being "persuaded" to leave and did not have to be "put down" but the outcome could have been different if he had changed directions.
He hung around long enough (15 minutes) that I was able to grab the dSLR and take a some photos of him as he watched us from a little ways off.
We had a blast in Montana and really enjoyed the trip out west for a few days.
73 de NG0R & N2BEN