<<< that's how I'm feeling...
On one hand I'm bummed out that the truck got stuck and on the other I'm glad because I always wanted to see how I would react.
On the way home I cut through the unbuilt portion of our subdivision. Between two fields there is a shallow drainage ditch, currently filled with frozen-top snow. I had the truck in 4HI and gave it some gas, but I didn't have enough momentum to carry me through the highest "hump" of snow (probably 12" maybe?). From the looks of it my lower control arms and possibly the front diff. mounts were dragging in the snow. No amount of wheel-turning and rocking could gain any traction. All four tires were spinning. I'm running Firestone Destination AT's FWIW. I dug some snow, and probably could have dug enough to break free, but I ended up calling my neighbour who came to pull me out in his F-150.
One question: when trying to get un-stuck I was switching into 4LO and at that time (I think?) I heard a short grinding noise, like that heard when missing a gear in a manual tranny vehicle. Mine has an auto transmission so I'm a little concerned now that I play things back in my mind. Could it have been the transfer case trying switch while the wheels were still spinning? Will I be OK?
1. I was stupid to go alone
2. I should have approached the snow at slightly higher speed for momentum
3. I should have installed the 5100's and Toytec AAL that are sitting in my garage laughing at me right now.