I can’t remember another winter when I got stuck twice with my truck and fell through the ice while hiking. While these events all happened on photography outings, they didn’t help me get a single photo.
I could argue that these strange incidents really weren’t my fault. It would be a spirited performance.
A strong part of my defence would be my cautious nature. I would rather put the work into planning than trying to figure out how to deal with an avoidable crisis. My wife and friends would definitely vouch for that. My wife might even be tempted to do so too vigorously.
I have a long history of avoiding these types of incidents. In the seven years I have owned my four-wheel drive truck, I have never gotten stuck. That should count for something!
The prosecution might find out that one of the times I got stuck, I was rescued by two snowmobilers driving on the road toward me. I’d be hoping that information would stay hidden where it belonged. But if it surfaced, I would point out that one of the snowmobilers mentioned I should have a heavier truck. I agreed that the truck definitely was an issue.
As for crashing through ice, well that never happens. I really dislike getting wet, especially inside my boots. As a young boy I occasionally misjudged the water levels on rubber boots but I am happy to say I learned from that experience.
The ice situation really was a fluke. I had carefully weighed the risks. I knew the water was moving under the ice so it would be thin in the middle.
When I walked over the bridge to get a photo from the other side, I planned to be careful. I walked along the shore and only ventured a couple of feet onto the ice when I noticed there was more land between me and the main part of the river. This should have meant still water. Then I crashed through the ice and was standing with both feet in water up to my knees while holding up my camera. Surprisingly, the water was freezing cold.
Notice how safe it looks in Exhibit A the photo below. Notice the completely unforeseeable hole I created in the ice. How could anyone avoid that?
So after reviewing all the information, I believe most reasonable people would come to the same verdict:
- Acts of God 0
- Mistakes by Lyle 3
And I’d have to agree.
I wonder where I can buy hip waders?