Off-Roading in a Jeep
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Excerpts from Beth:
Ever since my phone friendship with Ken began, I knew he had
two loves in his life: his children and his Jeep - and it
was variable as to which came first. Having never met him
before our trip, we were to meet up at a restaurant happy
hour with some of his friends. I actually recognized the Jeep
in the parking lot before I even met him: a shiny silver beauty
with a 4" lift and a bunch of other features that must
be really important to Jeep enthusiasts. As it turns out,
this particular specimen was actually intended to be his daughter's
vehicle, but as she's only 14, Ken is forced to drive it (oh
woe is him).
I knew that the 'chix needed to have an adventure in this
baby! We left early for a drive into the hills stopping briefly
to meet up with friends and procure some snacks. Leaving the
paved road, we then wound through the forest on a trail that
some would refer to as "washed out" or "impassible."
I was in awe of the whole experience. The boys would drive
up cliffs and into ditches to achieve something cryptically
referred to as "articulation." From what I gather,
it means ensuring that at least 2 wheels are off the ground
and that the slightest breeze could topple the whole thing.
The four of them frequently hopped out of the cars to ooh
and aah. I think they took about 73 rolls of film ("Look,
it's a truck. Look it's another truck! Look, it's the first
It's a strange mixture of extreme outdoor sport and destruction
of fragile ecosystems with a big cool factor (you get to climb
in and out the windows). Give me my hiking boots any day,
but at least it's another adventure to check off the agenda
of the Roadchix.