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Essential tools:tow strap

truck being pulled out with tow strap

I parked a little too close to a horse manure pile last week and got the truck stuck.


A new group of weeds had grown up around the base of the pile hiding some of the richer material and I forgot to bring a shovel.

This picture is Anna pulling me out with the tow strap.

I've lost count on how many times we've used that tow strap since it entered our tool bag.



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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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a little toyota pulling a big gmc out of the horse pile::::::::::::: what a sight... you should have taken a better picture, where the toyota was seen better. and sent it to toyota. they need that kind of PR.

good job mom roseanell

Comment by roseanell Tue Jul 12 18:23:09 2011
Mark was overheating after walking a couple of miles to town to find a phone in the heat, so I didn't want to push my luck by pausing for a photo shoot. I took this photo on the sly just before he gunned the motor. :-)
Comment by anna Tue Jul 12 18:40:48 2011
I have found myself in such a situation a few times during the winter season. It's at those times I wish I had 4 wheel drive. either way, there always seems to be someone, or something around to bail me out. Great post and keep up the good work.
Comment by Eric Blaise Tue Mar 24 16:31:10 2015





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