I think it's one of those "rights of passage" things.
Last night's jump from Andalusia, Alabama to Hattiesburg, Mississippi was a rough one, to say the least.
It was a 204-mile jump overnight. It should have been 3.5 to 4 hrs, but instead we left Andalusia at 11pm and arrived in Hattiesburg around 5am... 6 hours later!! We hit heavy fog for most of the drive, rain and drizzle for the rest, and a wrong turn that took us down a highly questionable dirt road to get back on course. I then woke up at 7am to be getting the lay of the new building by 730.
Functioning on maybe 1.5hrs of sleep, after setting up the box office, I needed to move my RV from the lot where we slept to the lot behind the building for work. The facility we were playing blessedly also had an RV park, and so I wanted to take the opportunity to dump my black water tank and refill my fresh water.
As I'm pulling into the RV lot, my friend that is spotting me suggests that I drive half on the concrete slab and half on the grass in order to get closer to the hookups. Unfortunately, it had rained the night before and this was actually a horrible idea. Needless to say, my rear left tire got good and stuck in a deep mud hole.
Our efforts to get me out were not helping, and the wood blocks just were not enough to help my poor little 2-wheel drive truck. So we called in for backup.
This is just a testament to the amazing kindness of strangers! Some men from the building where we were playing were kind enough to pull both my truck and trailer out with a big 'ole tractor! (This was my first experience seeing a tractor in action, and it was pretty exciting!)
Bert, the kind driver of the tractor, later saw me having to back up a long distance in order to park. "Would you like me to do it for you?" he asked. "Yes. Yes, I would," I replied.
After the long drive, the no sleep, and the eventful morning, this was such a welcomed blessing!! And lucky for me, he did an excellent job parking for me!
So the moral of this story is... if you know the ground is wet, don't drive on the grass! And if you do, make sure there's a tractor handy!