"I just can't believe that yoda was not stripped down to the frame after being there so long. Does this mean there is hope for the human race? Or is Mexico all filled up on yoda parts?"
I think the key to that not happening was them essentially getting it off the trail within a week of the trail opening. Also, I think it helps that Red Cone is mostly known to wheelers and the Land Cruiser was after the first big steep hill that would scare average people away.
I'm glad they got it home, and after all the speculation and fretting that it was an easy recovery.