In April 2006...
We were riding up the "Oil Well Road" when we
came across a motorist in distress. Driving a late model car
this guy had been plowing through miles of trails that had been
lightly plowed over the winter for some logging operators. In
many of the low spots there was a substantial amount of water,
and here he was. The lightly plowed road used by the loggers
during this season, the "Lilly Plain Road" turned into the
unplowed "Oil Well Road". But he kept going over hill after hill
in fairly deep snow until a low spot below a hill full of spring
run off swallowed him up! He was kind of thinking that the four
of us were going to wade into this knee deep water and try to
push his hung up car out. I don't think so, he said that he was
traveling from Prince Albert to Edmonton. I hate to point this
out, but this guy had already gotten on the wrong side of the
river when he left Prince Albert! An offer to take his wet _ _ _
out side the forest to a farmers for help was turned down. He
had no wallet or credits cards or money! At this point I was
keeping a close eye on him and my snowmobile, I made a point of
putting my keys in my pocket. While standing in freezing cold
water attempting to place sticks under his completely hung up
auto he said "that he'd be fine, that
he still had half a tank of gas". (Hopefully he had matches, I never
thought to ask at the time!) We left and were able to get cell reception by
climbing part way up the north cabin tower. Best described as a motorist in
distress, the R.C.M.P. paid him a visit. I called the R.C.M.P. that evening and
they told me with a laugh that they found him by following the
trails on a snowmobile map with an off road 4x4 cruiser and a 1
ton 4 WD tow truck!
We left Macdowall, and proceeded up the Cut Out trail until the
Oil Well trail intersection
In the back ground you can see the Oil Well trail sign.
Then we come across this car stuck in a foot of water on the Oil
We find the individual trying to dislodge a "borrowed" car by
putting tree branches under the tires! Often when you come
across a vehicle in the Nisbet it has already had a hot date!
Wearily I take the keys out of my sled while I examine his
Not interested in standing in a foot of cold water with my
family to push his car, this dude "declines the offer of a ride"
out to a farm house on the border of the Nisbet near the
trail. We proceed to the North Cabin fire tower which I
climb to get cellular reception. I report to the R.C.M.P. the
location of "a motorist in distress".
A Northerly view from the tower when
I made that call to the R.C.M.P. That is the Scott Lakes
in the distance.
Bringing a chain saw to help prepare for a
BBQ makes for a quick
With the warm spring weather the Stubble
is just starting to show in places.
We always have time to stop by an old-timers Homestead.
The Miners Creek trail is a nice ride out of the middle of
out of the hills on the Miners Creek trail
Just dark enough for the headlights to take over in the
last the longest and are the most scenic in all of Canada!
While we were out riding the melting snow was slowly filling the
ditches under the snow. The girls "put the wood to 'er!" and
crossed over directly into Macdowall.
The boys had to
ride a ways back to the truck from "this N.E."
side of town, it involved W.O.T. thru some willows on the edge
of the road to avoid a good soaking!
SIGHTSEEING is one
thing, but are you fit enough to
participate in a cross country snowmobile ride?