Got to Joshua tree today. Didnt realize the rain had hit so hard here also. I found a free campsite on a dirt road as usual. Got about a mile in and have found myself deep in the mud. The ground is very saturated still leaving puddles in the former tire tracks after the rain hit four or five days ago. Hoping the sun comes out hot and brifht in the morning for an easy dig out. Theres not a lot of material around like branches and rocks. Also it being dark didnt help my motivation to get dug out tonight. I happen to grab an off roading manual from 1975 at the wonderful slab city library. Been sitting in my car reading looking for tips. seems like my plan of attack once the sun comes up to take my hatchet (unfortunately no pack shovel available) and dig the entire car on all sides because all tires are equally sunk. First im going to dig all around the car.Then deflate tires a little bit to create some extra surface area. then i have to find all the material i can to basically build myseld a road outta here. Was initially pissed I didnt give myself enough momentum to get through the sloppy areas. You live and you learn. Sitting in my car now with plenty of supplies and water its actually kind of peaceful not having an option to move without a good plan of attack. Stars still look beautiul and this one sloppy slow down will stop me from taking on other sketchy turrain in the future. Being the dumb ass I am, i didnt come prepared with wood planks or a tow hitch on front to pull my ass out. Pray to the slab gods the sun is fucking bright and hot tomorrow morning! While reading the 1975 manual i cam accross a picture of a land cruiser dug in about as bad as my 4 runner is now. the caption read " the driver came back after 4 days when the area had dried to retirive his vehicle". hahaha great news. I am driving and automatic and think if old betsy here was a manual i could finagal my way outta here. If your ganna make dumb driving decisions at least be prepared to with tools or the will to get dirty and dig. I guess thats the only option. Im going to sleep absolutley covered in mud. No joke i could not lift my feet when walking throufh the slop. Im glad I got stuck in a real swamp spot and didnt just high center like a fool. If anyone has any 4 wheel tips lmk! Really me being stuck came down to not wanting to dig in the dark. SUPER FUN TIMES haha. Gatta love playing in the mud.