Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Trail Guide Training Class



What a journey the past five years has been. My first off road experience was with Kyle from Off-Road Consulting. The private 101 off-road driving course I took was just the beginning of a great addiction. My new passion...  My new hobby... 






My last off-roading experience a couple of weeks ago was again with Kyle. This time it was a trail guide training class with some great women I have met over the years. 

I sure have stepped up my game. From being one of the new Jeep women to now teaching and mentoring the new Jeep women coming into the fold. 




Kyle has so much amazing knowledge to share and I am so thankful to learn from him. The many classes I have taken with Off-Road Consulting gave me great off-roading skills that will continue to grow even greater.



Kyle is a certified off-road trainer with i4WDTA, The International 4-wheel Driver's Training Association. He is lucky enough to have a job that is off-roading 7 days a week, most people's dream job. 


I shared a video on YouTube of Kyle showing the ladies hands on instruction of a good trail guide.


In the next couple of weeks I will be sharing two other videos from the class. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Primative Camping Lessons

I love camping and being in the great outdoors. I love sitting by the campfire with friends and great conversations. I grew up in Minnesota and North Dakota  camping and fishing my whole childhood. I have some really great memories on the lakes and in the wilderness. 
Now I combine my off-road adventures with my childhood love. Each time I go, I learn something new about being prepared. This last time was a cold weather camping trip and I was glad to have brought my Buddy Heater.

Another item that I found was a necessity because of the rainy weather was tarps and lots of them. And don't forget the S'mores.  
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Learning to Be More Flexible

Part of my Jeep Journey has been discovering the importance of being flexible. I am a pretty OCD person. I make lists. I make plans. I would get frustrated if my plans were not followed to a tee. I have realized over the years this only leads to my disappointment.   




I would drive my family crazy on vacations making sure we followed my itinerary. Since my soul searching journey of six years, I have become more flexible with my plans. I try not to have too many expectations. 






Flexibility is a good trait to have, especially when you are off-roading. Around every turn a new adventure awaits you whether you planned it or not. 





The first weekend in April I loaded up my camping gear and headed to Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area for a weekend of off-road fun. I was looking forward to a day of wheeling on the rocks. 



This is where my flexibility needed to come in. We spent the morning getting dirty driving thru mud puddles then stopped for lunch. 








After lunch one more big mud puddle. That is when the lead Jeep, our trail guide, broke his driveshaft. We were dead in the water. 








One of the Jeepers in our group insisted I continue on with the rest of the group while he stayed back to help the broken Jeep. I was hesitant to lead as I don't know AOAA that well. After several minutes of persuasion, I headed out with the group. 


The group wanted to stick to the green trails. No rocks for me that day. I was somewhat disappointed we didn't hit the rocks, but there is always next time.         

My new flexible outlook told me I need to look at the positive. I successfully guided a group of seven Jeepers through unfamiliar  trails. There was no damage or breakage and they all had a great time. 

The group hosting the event thought I did such a great job they invited me to guide a women's group in September. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

How To Use the Steering Wheel in your Jeep or Any Vehicle - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 60 Look Back

I did this video because of a snarky comment on one of my other videos. I was doing it as a joke and during the shooting I discovered some tips that my generation didn't realize.



Sunday, April 14, 2019

Top 5 Things People Do That Annoy Me When it Comes to My Jeep - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 59 Look Back

I need to ask my kids more often for video ideas. This was a real fun one to do. 


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Top 5 Tips while your waiting to traverse the Off Road Obstacle - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 58 Look Back

During my 60 Days of Reflection I realized this topic was one that needed it's own video. It was one of my first videos with several other topics so I re-edited it.



Friday, April 12, 2019

Top 5 Basic Fundamental Jeep Wrangler Off Road Tips - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 57 Look Back


During my 60 Days of Reflection I realized this topic was another one that needed updating as I learn new things. Top 5 Off Road Tips Updated.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

UPDATED: Top 5 Ways to Add Color to Your Jeep Wrangler - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 56 Look Back

During my 60 Days of Reflection I realized this topic was another one that needed updating as my colorizing changed since my first video. 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

How To Use Your Axle Lock Button - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 55 Look Back

This button took me awhile to figure out how to switch from the different options. It's good to practice switching from the different modes. 


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

How To Use Your Sway Bar Button - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 54 Look Back

When I first started Jeep Momma's Garage I would include several different topics in one video. During my 60 Days of Reflection I realized my videos were much more informative if I stuck to one topic per video. So I separated the Sway Bar and Axle Lock Buttons How To's into different videos.


Monday, April 8, 2019

The Jeep Black Hole -5 Things I Didn't Know When I Bought My Jeep Wrangler - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 53 Look Back

The Top 5 things I didn't know about my Jeep before I bought it. One of those things - The Jeep Black Hole - took me five years to figure out I had a black hole in my Jeep.  



Sunday, April 7, 2019

Top 5 Undercarriage Protection Spots - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 52 Look Back

If you like to wheel those rocks you will need to pay attention to the undercarriage of your Jeep. In this video I share the Top 5 places you should have fortified underneath your Jeep.




Friday, April 5, 2019

Rust Removal in 5 Easy Steps - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 51 Look Back

Rust Removal in 5 Easy Steps by using POR-15. I applied it on my front bumper this past fall. In a couple of weeks I will let you know how it turned out. 


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Rust Prevention Part 2 - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 50 Look Back

This seems to be a never ending problem for me. RUST!!! I keep looking for a full proof solution. This is my second part to rust prevention. I will be doing part 3 this spring.  


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Proclip USA Phone Mount Install for the JK/JKU - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 49 Look Back

There are several states with Hands Free laws which means  a phone mount is necessary. I was asked to test out this ProClip Phone Mount. It's a super easy install and I love it! 


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Top 5 Must Have Winter Accessories for your Jeep Wrangler - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 48 Look Back

Depending on where you live your winter Jeep accessories may vary. However if you live in the cold temperature states my top 5 list of winter accessories will be good for you. 


Monday, April 1, 2019

Top 5 Tips to Winterize your Off Road Jeep Wrangler - You Tube Video

60 Days of Reflection - Day 47 Look Back

Each season there are steps you need to take to protect your Jeep to give it a longer life! This video I share my Top 5 tips to winterize your Jeep.