We are getting ready to drive all the way down Cougar Creek Road to Alan's pond where we will pick elderberries. We are going to drive our 1971 Chevy truck. It's brakes are questionable, so it will make it a bit of an adventure. Just in case you don't know, Cougar Creek Road is not a maintained county road and it's a bit steep in places as it follows the creek down the mountain. The truck is necessary as we need to stand a ladder in the back of the truck to get at the elderberries.
I should also mention that this truck is older than our youngest son, Dave. Dave is also still going strong, but... may have some age issues too.
We love our truck.
We bought it in 1974 right after we moved into the Loman cabin on Spring Creek Hill. We were so proud of it as it was 4x4 truck and back in those days most people did not have the luxury of a four-wheel drive pickup. In the winter there was lots of snow and Spring Creek Road was steep. You either chained-up your truck or car, drove a four-wheel drive, or you walked home. Just above the turn into our driveway was the infamous S curve! It was the steepest part of the road. In the winter there were many times when chains or a 4x4 would not get you up the S curve. Ok, Ok, back to what we are doing today.
Chevy trucks, the heartbeat of America, that's today's Chevrolet!
This picture is blurry because there is no way I could hold the camera steady enough for the shot. We did stop here - at the top of the hill - to do a brake test to see if we actually can stop! once we start down the hill.
I should have taken the photo then.
The windshield has several large cracks in it which made it even more difficult to take photos. I don't know why the piece of firewood is on the dashboard. I was afraid to ask. Maybe to block the heat from the heater which is pouring out full blast and can't be turned off.
Yes, I had my window down. It's sunny and it's 71 degrees.
Unfortunately,the window will only roll down halfway now.
"No, we do not need a newer truck!"
Ok, back to the elderberry picking adventure.... Here we go headed down the hill.
We had to stop here and get this tree out of the road.
There just happened to be a pile of fresh bear scat in the road. Lucky for us the bear had been eating apples not elderberries.
And now the steep part....
Be ready to open your door and jump..... just in case there's a brake failure.
Oh yeah, sure.
Well of course we made it. We picked 25 pounds of elderberries and drove back up the hill. More on the elderberry winemaking later.
Chevy trucks! Like a rock!