Several days of wet weather had turned the peat bog along the track on Quirpon Island into a deep mire and the high wind and waves prevented small boats coming into Lighthouse Cove. This meant the only way on and off the island was a several km trek down to the other end of the island, with the luggage going in the ATV, the only vehicle on the island. So what to do when the ATV was bogged down up to its rear axle in the seemingly bottomless water-logged peat in a treeless wilderness? I alternated between finding rocks and boards from other parts of the track and being the official photographer, while the dog supervised.
The peat was so soft that the jack kept sinking into it to the point where it was useless, so the first task was to use rocks, small bushes and bits of board to build a platform for the jack by the rear axle. This done, we jacked the ATV up until we could get the axle high enough to support it on a large rock sitting on a board so the wheels were above the worst of the goop. Next we had to fill in the holes beneath the wheels with more rocks, bushes and planks so the wheels would have some purchase. Repeat (no pun intented) all of the above again and again until finally, being the lightest person (so not great at pushing), I got behind the wheel and with everyone pushing from the front, we were able to back ATV out onto solid ground. The irony was that later on, the ATV got badly stuck again trying to get up a small hill at the far end of the island near the alternate boat dock that's used in bad weather. In this case the small boat brought across a pulley, that snapped as soon as it took up the full weight of the ATV. Life as a photographer is always interesting, and I really enjoyed my time on the island including this particular 'adventure' in the company of great people :-)
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From Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland