A Toyota Highlander. It gets me most places, and seems to do well in dry white sand, but in wet soft mud, or wet soft sand, I'm toast.
What roads did you use to get to the Sleeper Branch Road? I was out that way last Friday and took Batsto-Fireline from 206 through to Constable Bridge and it was very dry? I didn't go down Sleeper Branch Rd so I cant comment there, Just curious where you saw flooding is all.
Maybe you should think about buying a older 4x4 to take out in the woods. I have a 92 1500 Blazer with 196,000 miles on it, it's rusting out in
spots, the clear coat is peeling but I've never got it stuck in sand, mud or snow.
The reason I have not purchased a 4x4 is the amount of gas I would use would increase substantially. I travel long distances sometimes both days of every weekend and my gas consumption is fairly low in this car.
The last photo looks like the Sleepy Creek millpond area.