9/15/12, Ravendale, CA (Coord. N. 40 deg. 47.878 min; W. 120 deg, 22.003 min).
Today was in many respects, the exact opposite of yesterday. The morning started out rough as I worked to extract myself from the right-of-way, then got better for the rest of the day.
Yesterday evening, I drove on to what appeared to be a nice piece of ground on the highway right-of-way. As I was starting to turn around, after driving about 100 feet, the right side wheels for both the wagon and trailer sunk into the ground clear to the hubs. Apparently, the ground is poorly drained from a nearby irrigation ditch. Hydraulic forces had stripped away a good part of the soil, leaving a honeycomb that was filled with large voids. The tall, dry grass disguised this trap and I fell right into it.