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Operation Golf Cart

Snow on the farmOperation golf cart went a lot more smoothly than I'd thought it would yesterday.  Until, that is, we reached the ford.

Mark gave a push and I hopped in to steer as the golf cart rolled down the steep side of the ford.  Then he rushed around across the footbridge to pull it up the other side.

We only made it halfway up the other side of the ford before we gave up.  Mark was pulling with all his might and I was pushing with all of mine, but the cart wouldn't budge.  So we drove my little blue Festiva down across snowy, ungravelled ground to try to pull it out.

But the Festiva spun as it tried to yank the golf cart up the hill.  It was looking like we'd have to walk back to the trailer and get the comealong and try to winch the cart up the hill.  Then I had an idea.  I got in the Festiva and backed it up a couple of feet while Mark maintained the tension on the tow strap connecting the two vehicles.  Then I shot forward, gaining a bit of momentum before the tow strap went taut.

Zip!  The car went forward, the golf cart followed it...and then I spun out of control and the car ended up perpendicular to the driveway.  Mark had to switch places me with and level that out, and though we made it that way to the bottom of the big hill beneath the car park, we had to unhook the Festiva there and drive it up the hill alone.  It was only 3:15 pm, but we knew we had to cut some wood, take in the eggs, and walk the dog before dark.  Sure was fun, though. :-)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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