Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Moab Adventure

I has been a year in the making, and only two more days before I get on that airplane to Moab.

"You're not taking your Jeep?"

That is the question I keep getting asked. 

Well... I would love to take my Jeep, but the 30 hour trip one way prevents me from taking my Jeep. That 30 hours would have to be a straight non-stop drive. It would take 3 days with stops to sleep, and that is just one way. Another 3 days to drive home. Just not in the cards for me this time. I don't want to wait until the perfect time. So I am making the best of it.     

It will be a weekend packed with Moab Adventure. 

unWine'd and Dine Cruise on the Colorado River

Yep, Wine on a leisurely, relaxing boat ride up the Colorado River. Then a cowboy style dutch oven BBQ. 

Hiking and Sightseeing at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. 

I can't forget Dead Horse State Park with some of the most  majestic views in the world.

Now the best for last. A Jeep adventure. I booked a drive along trip with Outlaws Jeep Tours. I will get my own Wrangler with a 4" lift and 37" tires, lockers and beadlocks, plus a guide I can follow along with on the world famous trail ~ Hell's Revenge. 

I will get to navigate high, steep climbs and heart pounding descents while taking in the beauty of Utah. Yikes, I get nervous just thinking about it. If you didn't know, I am extremely afraid of heights. I just hope I don't panic and freak out.   

I am so excited for this adventure to begin. I may even hit a ghost town or too along the way. Check out my social media sites where I will be posting lots of pictures and videos while I am there. Then when I get home I will share all the stories of my adventure. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Living My Dream

My dream...

When I retire, or when my husband retires, my dream has been to rent an RV to travel the United States. I want to visit  as many state and national parks as I can. Dan with The Road Chose Me helped me to realize I don't need to wait until I retire. So I have started my plan for my North American Adventure.

Step One - Read Dan's Book - Complete 

Step Two - Make a Plan for My Plan

I will be posting my progress on my blog. On the right hand side of my blog is the title North America Adventure. Follow my progress there. 

This will be an ongoing process. I expect this to change as I progress, but I need to start somewhere. So my first step is to figure out what I need to plan. 

North America Adventure

Now that I have a basic guideline, I believe for it to all come together I should first plan my route and figure out what I want to do and see. 

Questions I need to answer. 

Question #1:
Do I stick with the continental United States, or do I venture more North to Canada into Alaska? This could require more time and money. 

Question #2:
Do I visit just the scenic parks, or do I hit the Off-Road parks and 4x4 along the way? The risk of hitting off-road parks, which would be a blast to hook up with other Jeepers to wheel, is the possible trail damage to my Jeep which could put a stop to the whole trip.  

Questions #3:
The length of my trip. How long can I spend away from my family. I am a mom, who when I am ready to venture out on this journey, will still have a son in school.

Question #4: 
Can I do this alone? My family does not have the same interest in adventure as me. Or so I thought. I just found out tonight my oldest has an interest in visiting every 50 states. Hmmmm.... We could do this together. So as I plan, my plans evolve.

As I make my dreams become a reality I will be looking to other Jeepers and over-landers for much help and suggestions. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Truly Inspired

Last week, on Tuesday during Episode 35 of the JTCiS we
had a guest from halfway across the world. Fellow Jeep Wrangler Rubicon owner, Dan from The Road Chose Me, joined us. He shared his amazing story about his 80,000 mile trek across the continent of Africa. 

About eight months ago he began his over-land journey in his Jeep Wrangler trekking across this vast land. His story was so amazing, and it is still being told as he has another year and a half to go.

Dan's story was truly inspiring for me! There were many points during the interview I felt my tears well up. I have been on my own Jeep journey navigating some life crossroads as I have reached the half century mark in my life. 
The story Dan shared hit deep into my soul. 

Dan shared his love for adventure, which got me thinking about my love for adventure. On his website he talks about working less to live your dreams.

I downloaded his book and began reading it. I still have many chapters to go. But during the interview I began to think about my own dreams of adventures. Dan at one point told me it's possible and I don't need to wait until I retire. 

One of my dreams I have had for years is to rent an RV and travel across America. I am not like most people who want to see other lands. I just have this deep down desire to see America. When I was younger my parents gave me a glimpse, but it just wasn't enough. 

It wasn't until the past couple of years where it started to resurface. I guess reaching that 50 year old milestone does something to your psyche. 

So here I am, wanting to see America. Dan tells me I can do it. So I decided to quit dreaming about it, and start doing something about it. 

Today begins Day one, Step one. Come up with a plan for my Overland North America. As a mom with kids still in school this poses many obstacles. Especially when my family doesn't share the same dreams and interests as myself. But if there is a will there is a way. 

Follow me as I begin the first steps... Will this dream become a reality? Only time will tell. But for it to become a reality I need to begin to plan not just dream.    

But first.... MOAB here I come!!!! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ram Mount Test

Last month I bought a new suction cup camera mount for the windshield 
of my Jeep Wrangler. 

I Love My New Ram Mount!!!  -- Blog Post March 7, 2017

Well, I finally got to test it out wheeling on the trails at Rausch Creek. Some folks were skeptical it would even stay on the windshield. It held up just perfectly. Check it out for yourself. 

And I even tested it out at highway speeds. Again no issues. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top 3 Reasons You Should Be a Jeep Mom

Becoming part of the Jeep family Memorial Day 2013 ranks high on my list of great things in my life. It rejuvenated my energy to enjoy life, and to live my life to the fullest. Now I have more fun with the ordinary tasks of everyday life.

I have been on many amazing adventures I wouldn't normally have taken. It's been a fabulous journey! I look forward to so much more. 

It has been breath of fresh air, something every mom needs in her life. In my opinion every mom at one time should have the experience of driving a Jeep Wrangler!

Personally, I think every mom should buy a Jeep! It can be an older soft top Jeep, a Sport, a Sahara Unlimited or even a Rubicon. Just make sure it's a Jeep that will go "Topless" -- it's the only way.

Top 3 Reasons Every Mom Should Drive a Jeep!

Buh-Bye Carpools -- Are you tired of carpooling -- dragging other people's rugrats around in your car -- cleaning up their spilled juice or crumbled pretzels -- listening to them scream and yell in your car? Well, when you have a Jeep you can say good-bye to those annoying carpool kids! With a Jeep you are limited in your seating capacity. 

Snow Days - Schmo Days 
Are you tired of being stuck in the house with your kids every time it snows, and there is no school? Are you kids constantly nagging you that they are bored after an hour of being home? If you drove a Jeep that problem would be solved. 

Just put it in 4 wheel drive! Getting through the snow to the school-- No problem. No teachers at school? Does it matter? Your kids are at school -- and not at home -- being bored (add a little sarcasm here).  

Better yet you leave the kids at home with the husband. You head out in the snow for a little "Mommy 4x4 Time". Something every mom needs once in a while.

Calgon Take Me Away Moments

You remember those Calgon bubble bath commercials. When life gets too stressful just hop in a tub full of Calgon bubbles, and life is great. I found something a whole lot better than a bubble bath. A drive in a Jeep with the top down. It will sooth your soul, and take away your stress.

WARNING: Once you go "Topless" you are not going to want to go back to your plain old Soccer Mom car again!

Take it from me, a Jeep owner, buying a Jeep was the best vehicle purchase I have ever made. I am feeling younger, and enjoying the simple things in life. 

Jeep Life -- Jeep Living -- Jeep 4 EVER!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Boys and Their Toys" -- I Get It

"Boys and Their Toys" 

The Wiktionary definition:  'Used to evoke the idea that adult men sometimes dote excessively on machines, automobiles, and gadgets in a childish manner.'

We have all heard this saying. Many of us have used it over and over again. Well, I can honestly say -- "I get it." You can also categorize me as one of the "boys".

For years to me a vehicle has been to get from point A to point B.  That is not the case anymore! I love my Jeep Wrangler! It's my baby. The time we spend on the trails is amazing for my soul. 
I treat her with love, and lavish her with much attention. I am now a "Girl in the Garage". I love to work on my Jeep. It's empowering to know I can make some of the changes myself. It was intimidating at first, but now I know I can do it. However, I have stayed away from anything under the hood. Thankfully, my Rubicon is still pretty new. Maybe some day I will tinker under the hood.

I can honestly say I am addicted -- some may say I have a problem.  My Jeep is my passion and my hobby. I am always looking for the next adventure to take or the next part to install. I love the adrenaline rush of being in control of such a powerful piece of machinery. I love the empowerment I get from doing my own modifications. Still after almost 4 years of being a Jeep owner I can't seem to wipe the grin off my face.

My #GirlInTheGarage Mods

My front bumper

My rear bumper

My Rock Sliders

My Diff Cover

My OffRoad Lights

My Headlights

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ladies Ride

Last fall during the Women's Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek Off Road Park, I meet some folks from the Northeast Offroad Adventures. They shared with me about having one of their training classes down at Rausch Creek. So... I decided to check them out this past Saturday for their Ladies Day 101 Class. 

Northeast Off-Road Adventures (NORA) operates a low speed, off road driving school in the Catskill Mountains near Ellenville, NY. They help you learn to drive your Jeep or other street legal 4x4 vehicles. They have certified I4WETA 4WD trainers. 

I know I am not an off road beginner,
but a person can always learn 
new tips and techniques.  

I highly advise anyone new to off-roading to take a few classes. This class is a great way to get yourself introduced to your rig on the trails. There are so many great tips and techniques to be learned. 

The day started with a two hour "classroom" style learning with focus on technique, vehicle preservation, and safety. Then it was time to hit the trails. 

For most of the ladies this was their first time off road in their vehicles. So we stayed on the green trails. This allowed them to get to know their vehicles, get a feel for what they could do, and gain confidence in their driving skills. 

For me, it was a chance to hone
my "See a rock put a wheel on it" skills. 

It was an amazing day to be on the mountain with some great people, and have some fun in my Jeep. And you know what ~~ even though I am not a beginner, and I have wheeled several times, I still learned new things. The certified trainers at NORA 4x4 shared so many great driving techniques. 

Here's just a sneak peak of part of the 101 Ladies Day 

  • Always leave your keys in the ignition when you get out to check out the other Jeepers climbing over obstacles. 
  • Leave an extra set of keys in your center console. You never know when you will lose your keys in the woods while your watching the other Jeepers climb obstacles. 
  • When you are off camber keep your back in the seat. Don't try to lean so your are straight. Lean with the Jeep. That way you will get used to being off camber, and you won't have a false sense of how off camber your Jeep is or isn't.
  • If you use wheel locks make sure you have the key. Also you should remove them, and put on the the OEM lug nuts before you hit the trails. If you need to replace your tire, and in the process drop your wheel lock key in the rocks you won't be spending hours searching for it. Or getting bit by a snake that lives in the rocks. 
  • Always do a 360 inspection before and after your trip. I have never done this before. But now I know what to look for ~~ brake line leaks and branches in places they shouldn't be.
  • For those sticky situations where your wheel just spins and spins, don't let those tires keep spinning. And before you use those lockers try this technique out first. Stop and try turning the tires in a different direction. Or back up and change your approach. 

I can't wait to hook up with the NORA 4x4 guys again. There is so much more for me to learn. I think next time I will make the trek to their facilities in the Catskill mountains!