It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

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It turns out the Mud Springs Trail in Arizona has confounded many of us Phoenician four-wheelers over the years. Back in the day before our first Jeep, George and I attempted Mud Springs in our ’99 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4, and on another outing we borrowed our neighbor’s ATV. On both occasions we missed reaching the Holy Grail at the end of the trail: … [Read more...]

Dirt Roads & a Hole in the Rock

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Last summer, I bought a large-print road atlas online that was $10 down the drain! I thought it would be easier to read but it lacked detail. Since I prefer by-ways to interstates, it’s useless, I thought. But it happened to be in the Jeep during a long road-trip, and on some lonely stretch of blacktop, reading it out of pure boredom, I saw … [Read more...]

Maine Mountain Adventure

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Less than a four-hour drive north of Boston, Bethel, Maine teems with history. Tucked into the western side of Maine, not many miles from New Hampshire and the White Mountains, Bethel was first settled in 1774 although it didn’t acquire its current name until 1796. In the early 19th century, Bethel had become one of the most productive farming … [Read more...]

Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

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I look back now at the discussion we had in the Barlow’s office before our respective May trips. As we determined who was taking which Jeep where, I smugly stated “I’m going to Big Bear where they don’t have any big rocks--I’ll take Alex.”  I would come to regret those words. Alex is currently a stock tan 2011 JK Rubicon who would earn the name … [Read more...]

Pyramid Lake Adventure

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Pyramid Lake is one of the world’s most beautiful desert lakes. Our base camp was located next to the 400 foot rock pyramid that rises out of the lake, along a sweeping sandy beach where beautiful Tufa rock formations add shape and texture to the landscape. It’s a challenge to find an ideal spot that will accommodate 70 – 100 people but we found it … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Exhaustion

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For twenty years the Camel Trophy was the ultimate display of what 4-wheel drive vehicles could accomplish. From 1980 to 2000, Land Rovers and Range Rovers, in every conceivable spec, traversed some of the most daunting and challenging areas on earth for weeks at a time. Another hallmark of the events was the emphasis on teamwork and mental … [Read more...]

Tales of a Texas-Sized Jamboree

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I’m often asked, “Why would you pay $265.00 per person, NOT PER JEEP, Per PERSON, to attend a Jeep Jamboree USA® event when you can wheel at thousands of other venues and events around the country for less money?” Thankfully, there are a few hundred thousand people, with combined memories from a number of successful Jeep Jamboree events going back … [Read more...]

Jeepin' in Paradise

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My wife and I were recently married and as newlyweds, we decided to honeymoon on the glorious islands of Hawaii. We visited three of the islands in the chain: Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. Each island offered us new and exciting experiences and plenty of picturesque scenery; however we still reminisce more about our stay on the island of Kauai. … [Read more...]