So yesterday it rained for almost the entire day. Being that I haven't truly tested my car's rally heritage, I decided to take advantage of it today.
There are a bunch of open fields and trails behind my neighbourhood, so with that location tested out once before for hiking and camping and such, we headed there. When we arrived we were greeted by gobs of mud, a perfect oval track, and very deeply rutted sections with (for my car) dangerous inclines. I had my friends in the car grab a few pics with both my film SLR and my digital; I still have to develop the film, so this is what I am left with for now.
They don't do near enough justice to the amount of fun and crazy angles I was sliding at. We got stuck a couple times in mud pits, and for a while I was panicking because I was just digging myself deeper in the mud. At one point I lost a drift and locked up in the mud, ABS being no use I was slowly sliding into a huge thicket with a tree in the middle. With absolutely no control I had to watch as I slowly skidded into a bunch of vines and stopped a few inches before the actual tree. This was the point when I was "most stuck", since I couldn't move forward at all with the tree blocking my way, I could not rock it out like I had in the previous "stucknesses", so with my door open I carefully feathered my way out trying to keep the wheel spin at a minimum. When all was said and done, I was left with this all over the inside of my car.
It all washed out fine, and no mechanical problems were caused by the days adventures. It was a great way to kill some spring break time, and I am happy to have been able to learn so much off-road driving techniques in one day without incident.