Thursday, August 22, 2013

Checking off my Jeep Mom's Mini Bucket List -- Adding to it too!

So about two weeks back I made a Jeep Mom's mini-bucket list.  I've been able to check some items off the list.  I've added a few things to the list too.

First I'll start with my additions to the list.

11. Start a training regiment
12. Sign up for Warrior Dash
13. Compete in Warrior Dash
14. Try a new Tex-Mex Restaurant
15. Take new friend to Tex-Mex Restaurant

 CHECK 1. Conquer my fear of jumping in a lake. 
I did it!! Sunday, July 28th. Will I do it again? Who knows, but I did it!
2. Conquer my fear of heights -- still working on this one.   
3. Off Roadin' in a Jeep -- Planning for Labor Day weekend!
4. Hike Old Rag  need I say more...
5. Run around the trails of Lake Courage -- I might have to wait until next summer on this one, if the Boy Scouts let me back in summer camp.
   
CHECK 6. Start up a new hobby.  And I pick biking. Got my new bike...So excited!
CHECK 7.  Camping at Swallow Falls -- What an awesome trip. Check out my previous blog post for pictures.    
 CHECK 8. Canoe with my Boys - Michael also went kayaking and now he wants a kayak for Christmas.


CHECK 9. Take my Boys Hiking - We had a blast and now we said we are going to do this at least once a month!
CHECK 10. Make a New Friend

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Things I've learned Going Topless!

As with anything in life you learn by your mistakes.  And as the Boy Scout motto goes, you must always "Be Prepared". 
 
When you have a Jeep you can't just put your top down, hop in and hit the road.  It takes a little more thought. So here are some tips I learned while "Going Topless in my Jeep".
 


Things I Learned Going Topless in My Jeep
 
1. When it's sunny out, make sure you keep sunscreen handy, and if you have no hair make sure you wear a hat.
 
2. Don't park under trees that are shedding their blooms.
 
3. Don't park under trees that have lots of birds hanging out in them.
 
4. When you are going 65 mph down the interstate and you have long hair, tie it back or put on a hat. There is a high potential you will go blind momentarily and crash.
 
5. When you bring your drink in the car make sure it has a lid that it secure. I prefer the purple plastic kind with a straw.
 
     
6. Anything you want to keep in your Jeep make sure it's tied down.
 
7. Leave No Trace is definitely a principal you should use for the inside of your Jeep.  You don't want that litter fine when trash goes sailing out the top.
 
 
 
8. When you have kids make sure there is a blanket for each of them.  Even when it's warm outside the back seats tend to get a little chilly for the little ones.
 
 
9. Spray your floor mats with bug spray.  Some say spiders like to spin their web inside your Jeep.  Fingers Crossed -- I haven't had this issue yet.
 
10. Get a spider shade... I've read anyways.  I am still researching this one. If I get one it will for sure be Viking Purple!
 
 Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!
Happy Trails!
  
 
 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Oh, The Places I'll Go - with my Jeep and my new Map Apps!

One thing a Jeep owner shouldn't be with out is a map.  I found the best kind of maps - are Map Apps. It has taken me quite a while to come over to the dark side, but I am finally willing to part with the old fashioned paper maps.

 
I've had this map for 14 years now, and it's been real hard to let it go. But a friend introduced me to some map apps. Now I'm completely hooked.  Some might say obsessed.  Me obsessed - Ha!
I've always been a little fascinated with maps. I'm always picking up new maps (the old fashioned kind) on our trips, and studying them in the car while we travel. When we traveled when I was younger, I would look out the car window and wonder what was on the other side of the trees.  Now with my new found map app, I can see what's just over the mountain or on the other side of the trees.
 

This app - ArcGIS (by esri) is fabulous!  It's now my new map tool. It has many features I love, and can satisfy my curiosity in many ways. I can switch up the different views depending on what suits my mood at the moment.  If I want to find a different route, I switch to the street view. Like when we were in Swallow Falls, each time we headed into town we were able to take a different route. Being able to see new sights was fun and refreshing!

 



If I want to see what's on the other side of the trees, I switch to the imagery view.  You could be driving down the road and have trees on all sides and not even know there is a beautiful river just on the other side of the trees. I'm a very curious and nosy person. I want to know everything and see everything. This app does it for me!





When I was at Boy Scout camp earlier this summer, I was able to see high above the camp and get the whole view from above.  When you are out on the trails running it's nice to know what's coming up and how far you have left to go.
 
By the way this is the lake I want to finish running around.  I did half of it all ready.
 
Some other Map Apps I use are MapmyRun.  This app tells me how far and how fast I ran.  Plus, it keeps track of all the workouts I've done. It can also tell you the elevation and you can save your notes. 
 
 
I also like Alltrails.  This app allows me to track the trails we hike, and check out other trails others have hiked. The trail App is a little better than the posted maps at the start of the trails.  
 
 
Another favorite is the utrackme App. It tracks everywhere I've been.  Now what would be really cool is -- if I had this app since I was a born.  Then have the ability to merge my track with my friends or spouse to see if your paths ever crossed before you met.
 
 
 
Gotta say I'm addicted! I don't know how I survived without Map Apps! Thanks to those who introduced me. Life with my Jeep is now just a little bit better. It was great and a little bit better makes it Fabulous! 
 
 Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!
Happy Trails!
  
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Birthday Weekend Getaway in my Jeep!

Life is too short not to do the things you say you want to do.  So that's what we did this past weekend.  We packed up the Jeep with our camping gear and headed for Swallow Falls State Park. A place we've been wanting to go to for a couple of years.
 
Into the mountains of Western Maryland.
 

We put the top down and didn't look back!
 
 
We were all looking forward to setting up our tent, roasting marshmallows and hiking to the falls.
 
 
Since it was my "birthday weekend", I was able to pick our dinners all weekend.  Of course, I didn't want to pack food, cook or clean up, so we hopped into the Jeep after setting up camp. We headed into town to the local Mexican restaurant. The second night was also my choice - guess what I picked? I tried to be a little different this time.  I went for Tex-Mex. 
The city of Oakland is a quaint mountain town with antique shops, the National Transportation Museum and a train museum.  Plenty of things to do in town if you get tired of hiking - which we didn't.  The falls were absolutely beautiful. 
 
 
 
The Youghiogheny River and the waterfalls were breathtaking. The description on the website mentioned the river flowing through rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. The rapids were a little more than rippling.  From other sightseers there, we were told the water was flowing at a rate of 600 times faster than normal.
 
 
 It was amazing to see how beautiful and ferocious mother nature could be at the same time. Another spectacular sight was Muddy Creek Falls - a crashing 53-foot waterfall.
 
 
The hike through the mountains was amazing, up and around rock formations.  
 
 
Along the banks of the creek and the river.
 
 
Interesting pictures in nature.
 


 
We all had a great time on the hike. We ended up hiking the trail three times.
 

 
We are definitely going back.  This time we will wait until there isn't a lot of rain.  We are told that you can walk under the 53 ft. crashing waterfall when the water isn't flowing so ferociously.

 
And right next door is another state park.  Herrington Manor State Park.  There's a lake with swimming, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boating and they have cabins for camping. You can take the 5.5 mile hike or hop in your Jeep and drive 5 minutes.  We went to check it out and decided to do some canoeing.  Michael even tried out the kayaks.  Which now is on his birthday wish list.   

 


A great place to take the family for a weekend getaway.  Even better place to take your Jeep!

Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!
Happy Trails!
  
 
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me! Jeep was the theme

Well, I decided on my birthday - 2 days ago - I am no longer 40 something.  Instead, I am now 30 something (in my mind anyways).  Having a Jeep makes you feel younger - and if you feel younger - you are younger. And look what you can do when you feel younger.  Working out really pays off.


I had a fabulous birthday.  I spent a the weekend camping with my family at Swallow Falls State Park. Check out my blog tomorrow for great pictures from the weekend. I also received some pretty cool gifts for my "30 something" birthday .

Here's one of my favorites from a really good friend.
 AllthingsJeep.com
I will be checking out the site for more fun Jeep things, once I finish up this post. 

Another friend sent me an online gift certificate for the Jeep Gear online store. www.gear.jeep.com
I ordered myself a new tee-shirt.
Then while shopping in the Swallow Falls camp gift store I found the perfect wind chime. My first one broke, so I needed a new one.
 Since the little "bear scare" at Boy Scout Summer Camp, bears are my new thing.  My phone ring tone is a bear growling.
But I would have to say my favorite gift, I bought for myself, would be my new Jeep decal.


Thanks to everyone for all the great gifts, birthday wishes and a fabulous weekend in the mountains. Don't forget to check me out tomorrow for all the great outdoor fun times.
Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!
Happy Trails!
  

Friday, August 9, 2013

A Jeep is Versatile - A Jeep Mom Must Be Too!

A Jeep gives you the freedom to go anywhere and do anything. It's proven off-road capability makes it an extremely versatile vehicle. In the water, on the sand, mountain terrain, highway driving, city driving -- Top down, Top up, Doors on, Doors off, Windows Zipped on, Windows Zipped off.  The possibilities are endless.

A Jeep Mom must also have that same sort of versatility.
BIG Sunglasses!
Little Sunglasses!

Colored Sunglasses Too!


Fashion Boots to...


 Hiking Boots...






Sandals, Running Shoes and Casual Too!



 Cowboy Hat...


 Straw Hat...


Baseball Hat & Ponytail

Straight Hair -- Curly Hair 
with straw hat and  colored sunglasses too! 
The possibilities are endless!
 But of course no Jeep Mom should go without this shirt. 
 
They must always accessorize too.  Not just any purse will do.  
 A Jeep mom is resourceful and always at ease (Ha!). And never wants to lose her keys.


Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!Happy Trails!