When honeymoon turns to dark moon
After only four days on our honeymoon, my husband and I discovered a new meaning to the phrase “Stuck on honeymoon”. We drove from Clanwilliam to Lambert’s Bay, clocked in at the place we were staying, and decided we wanted to drive to the beach. While en route on the tar road we notice a few paths running along the dunes and we decide to go have a look. My husband was driving and shortly after tackling the dunes our Land Rover Discovery 2 just refused to continue. Bear in mind our tyres were still 2.5 bar so we deflated to 1.2 and we were on our way again. Later we come across a notice saying “No trespassing” and we turn around. My husband tells me I must drive a bit. Without hesitating I get behind the wheel. After a while we decide to stop and take a stroll on the beach. However, I pick the wrong spot to stop and I’m instructed to pick another spot. I started reversing in my track – or so I thought – because suddenly it wasn’t the track anymore. Here the sand was thick and loose – and there I bury the Discovery in the sand. My husband is standing outside taking videos and photos and laughing at me. I climb out but where there’s usually a distance to the ground from an elevated vehicle, my feet touched sand while my behind was still on the seat. I walk around the vehicle to assess the situation and I realise with a shock that we have to get out of this situation somehow because there’s no one to tow us! We deflate the tyres to 0.5 bar, but no, the Landy doesn’t budge. I get the spade and my husband the high-lift jack and so we start to lift the car out of the sand. I shovel sand out from underneath the car but the more I shovel the more the sand moves back. Eventually I have one side open and I start with the other three wheels. My husband finally lifts all the wheels and puts them on the sand. After he finished he got back in the car and drove on. I felt like an idiot, but I still enjoyed it. I also got a workout of a different kind and really felt it the next day. And now we have a honeymoon story we’ll never forget.
SAND AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. Always be prepared for the worst – even when you’re supposed to be relaxing on your honeymoon.