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How to navigate an avalanche with just a free bootlace

 


My old World War II Dodge Power Wagon sat there, fender kinked in and defiant. Its defiance was to start it and keep it running. My family had just finished a government homestead in Kenai, Alaska. This old geezer truck had to be driven to Anchorage, a three-hour drive in the dead of winter. The trip wound around the fiord-like terrain along Cook Inlet.

A friend jump-started me in Kenai and wished me well, as I turned on the nearly non-functioning heater. None of the windows would open, and the windshield had more cracks than open areas. Visibility was a challenge. Looking at the truck, it was obvious that it needed a wheel alignment, as both front wheels splayed out in dizzying misadjust...



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