when i got to the slabs back in 2010 with my full size school bus, it was super late and i tried to pull of the side of the road and got us stuck in the sand. some folks from salvation mountain came over the next morning and pulled us out with their tractor.
@Matt Derrick , yeah, you don't have much of a chance to push a full sized bus out of the sand. I owned both a jeep cherokee and cj-5. got them both stuck in sand. If you get stuck in a 4x4, it's usually pretty bad. I was out 4 wheeling, so I had chains and a come-along and I got out easily enough, but it took a long time.
I once rescued a car load of asian women in Slab City when they got stuck in the sand.
I was up past the water towers where it's just sand and not really roads, lying on the roof of my van, sunning, wearing just shorts and sandals. Then I heard "essscuuuse mee!" and looked to see 7 asian women with a brand new SUV stuck in the sand. They looked to be tourists that had tried to drive up around the back of Salvation Mountain. Not sure why they thought that was a good idea.
I went over and started digging their wheels out, and explaining to them how to drive out, use less throttle, etc. Each time they'd just stomp on the gas and dig the same hole again without listening to what I was saying. So finally one of them said, "Will you drive it?"
Sure. So here's this sweaty sun baked dude from squatter city USA and they invite me to take their car. So I tapped the sand out of my sandals, climbed in, drove slowly out of the sand and up on to high ground... they ran over thanking me. But then they still didn't know how to get out of town. I tried to explain it to them but they were as good at hearing road directions as they were with hearing vehicle recovery directions. Instead I just told them I'd lead them out with my bigass van and they should follow slowly behind me and put their wheels the same places I put mine (ride the high points in the bad spots of road, etc). They did exactly that and I brought them back to the main road. Again they ran over to me and excitedly thanked me. They wrote a little thank you note and gave me $20. I didn't bother to explain that I was actually employed and just happened to be in the middle of Slab City - I'm sure they thought I was a total bum, so I let them feel good about giving me money.
The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
Buy Matt a Beer
$10.00 of $75.00
Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully this will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
Feed Matt a Burrito
$10.00 of $100.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
Finance the Shopping Cart
$10.00 of $200.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.