2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Rained Out
December 20, 2010
I had a plan this weekend. The idea was to go back up into the Cleveland National Forest above Silverado Canyon for a little more in-depth exploring in our 2010 Ford Raptor. There was a little rain in the forecast, but those forecasters are always wrong, right?. Weather Channel field reporters around here are always zooming in for a tight shot of some trickle in a gutter in an attempt to make it look like a raging torrent.
I was right: the weatherman was very wrong. It poured. And poured. And poured. Non-stop, all weekend. It's still raining right now and it will likely continue for a couple more days. A foot of rain has fallen up on Santiago Peak since I was last there.
"Great," you say. "Mud bogging supreme."
How about, no? Forest officials lock the gates when it rains to keep the narrow dirt fire roads from getting rutted, to prevent vehicles from getting stuck or, worse yet, to keep folks from sliding off the greasy tracks and over the side of the mountain.
That's OK. I'm all for "Tread Lightly." I'll get another chance when the weather is clear and the views are amazing. Until then I'm recycling a picture I took last weekend.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 14,683 miles