Saturday, January 25, 2020

Let the Adventure Lead

Day 20 Adams Xtreme Off Road Adventure

During the ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon YouTube fan Angela reached out to me  She invited me to stay at her home. I took her up on the offer. It was a great night of conversation and camaraderie. T
he next morning we had breakfast at a cute small townbreakfast spot, The Randall House, while we bonded as Jeepers. Then it was time to head to Sedona. 

While on the way up another fellow Jeeper reached out and invited me to their town. I decided to cut our time in Sedona short to head to Prescott, Arizona for a Jeepers trunk or treat. 

Originally I was going to run two trails, a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail and Broken Arrow. I decided to pick Broken Arrow because it was a more difficult trail and it had the famous stair steps. 

Later I found out we missed part of the trail. Guess I need go back one day. 

Heading up to Prescott, Arizona after the Broken Arrow Trail eager to meet more Jeepers I was going to spend Halloween  Summit 4 x 4 Offroad Club and the shop. 

I was so thankful to let the adventure lead me as I met a great group of Off-Roaders. 
Prescott was holding a trunk or treat and the Summit 4 x 4 group was participating. They also had a nice warm fire going and with Carne Asada tacos. 

Another cool side note. As I was sitting chatting I heard "Jeep Momma" being yelled from the sidewalk. A fellow Jeeper and follower recognized me. It was a fun moment. 

That night I was thankful for the hospitality of Mike and his
wife. I was able to enjoy a hot shower and our own bed! 

A Hidden Grand Canyon Gem

Day 19 Adams Xtreme Off Road Adventure

It seems I didn't get enough of the Grand Canyon. I  heard you could drive yourself down to the bottom of the Canyon right up to the Colorado River. 
Taking the back roads up to Peach Springs, Arizona gets you to the place where you can buy a permit to drive down to the Colorado River on Diamond Creek Road. There's a building, the Hualapai Tribal Forestry Department where you can buy a permit. 

This permit for $16.27 per person allows you to drive Diamond Creek Road down to the Colorado River on the Hualapai Reservation. 

It's about a three hour drive down and back with the most spectacular views. The ride was a rough one down to the Colorado River on the washboard gravel road.

I should of aired down for the ride down which I did for the ride back up. Airing down certainly helped as the ride back up wasn't nearly as rough.

The views were amazing. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Spectacular Grand Canyon

Day 18 Adam's Extreme Off Road Adventure

It was a cold morning in Mesa Verde National Park. The Mattress Firm mattress in the back of my Rubicon was very comfy. It was cold all night, but Jersey was like a mini heater and kept me warm. She is also a cover hog.

It was an a spectacular view during our drive through the park on our way to the Grand Canyon. 

The first stop was 4 Corners Monument where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah come to a point. The monument was nice but the "park" was not what I expected. It still looked like it did in the 1970's when I first visited. I was expecting some upgrades. 

Arrival at the Grand Canyon was perfect timing, just as the sun was setting! What a spectacular view. It was chilly and windy, but I had a good time stopping at all the different vistas.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Jamie - Celebrating the Jeep Life

My name is Jaime. I'm 43 year old woman from Ohio.

Growing up, my dad always had lifted trucks and I always wanted to do one myself.  

I got my 94 YJ back in 2013 from my dad by trading my truck. It took a few years, but I finally got my lift and installed it myself along with doing all the maintenance on it. Over the last few years I've been slowly modifying it to be more of a toy. Luckily, I have a good friend Justin Bito who owns JMB Garage. He helped me do the clutch and transmission swap on it right before WWD2019 "Women's Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek Off Road Park).  

It's not always easy for me to do the work on it because I have had 6 back surgeries. When I was 21 I was driving and was hit from a car behind me at 55 mph. I try hard not to let my disabilities stop me from the things I want to do and things I want to achieve. Some days are easier then others that's for sure. 

Last year I got to be a trail guide at the Bantam Festival and Woman's Wheeling day which was a big goal of mine. To me it was a big step up from being a spotter on the course at 4wd parts Jamboree. 

I started wheeling my Jeep a little over a year ago. I absolutely love doing it. My back, health issues and income keep me from wheeling as much as I would like to.

This year I'm heading out to MOAB with my Dad for 2 weeks. This will be the first time I get to go wheeling with him so I can't express the excitement I have for this adventure. Spending this time with him will be truly priceless.

Before I got my Jeep I raced stock cars at the local track. Which was alot of fun. but I always worried about messing my back up even more if something were to happen. 

So I decided it would be in my best interest to sell my race car and pursue my dream of building my own off-road Jeep. 

My YJ has been my daily driver up till a few months ago. I currently have Dodge Durango as my daily and a car trailer. I still got some work to do in order to haul the Jeep. Little by little I am getting there. 

Each day I try to do something to get me closer to my dreams. When I look back at how far I have come in the last year it amazes me. Never give up on your dreams no matter the odds. Even when all the odds are stacked against you.

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