We love boondocking, and hanging out in remote spots with great friends like Jason & Nikki Wynn makes it all the better. But camping off the grid sometimes involves driving on roads that barely qualify as roads.

In our 13 years of full-timing, we’ve never gotten stuck… until now.

Those of you who know Nikki & Jason will immediately realize that the incident featured in this video didn’t just happen recently, since the Wynns are now on their new boat and not currently RVing. But we were about to head to Australia and New Zealand when we got stuck, and just haven’t had time to get the video out… until now.

You may remember that back in January, Nikki was flying solo while Jason was out of town. We arranged to meet her in Joshua Tree South BLM and wait for Jason’s return. She found a lovely spot that looked perfect for us all to hang out, but none of us realized that the seemingly-firm surface wasn’t the same type of hard-packed desert that we’ve stayed on so many times before.

We found out the (ahem) hard way that the surface wasn’t so hard after all. It was actually about a 6-inch-thick crust overlaying soft sand. It was able to handle the weight of Nikki & Jason’s medium-size gas rig okay, but our 43′ diesel pusher was only supported as long as we kept moving. The moment we stopped, our 19 tons broke through the crust, and that was all she wrote.

Part of the reason that we didn’t get this video up right away was that we hadn’t actually planned to video at all. As a matter of fact, all of the footage here, except the aerials, was shot on our iPhone, with no intention of using it.

But when Jason heard what happened, he was dying to see. And Nikki put in so much effort, both attempting to free us, and cleaning up afterward, she agreed that we have to share it. So consider this our first How-Not-To video.

Be sure to follow Nikki & Jason’s adventures aboard Curiosity at GoneWithTheWynns.com.

If you watch closely, you can see Nikki’s little happy dance as the wrecker frees us. She was really…. uh… pulling for us. 😉


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