Her name is Wanda. Short for Wanderlust.
She gives us the flexibility to drive on pretty much any road and take us not only down the freeway but deep into the back country on what I hope to be many camping and hiking adventures.
She gives us space to haul around a lot of stuff without having to lug around a trailer. We will likely keep a small storage unit at home for many items we just can't get rid of but we want to live on the road and out of our Jeep as much as possible. Utilizing sites such as TrustedHousesitters, MindMyHouse and WorkAway.Info, we hope to save a lot of money on lodging and get to explore many different parts of the US and beyond. And also hopefully not spend too many nights sleeping IN the Jeep. ;)
And she's just downright awesome, I mean seriously. Look at her. We're in love and are excited about the adventures we will go on together.
We've also been reading up on the Jeep forums and finding out a lot about Jeep tours and group events where you can meet up with other Jeep owners and be guided through rough terrain and learn how to truly do all the things Jeep Wranglers are built for. Just search for Jeep Rubicon Trail on YouTube and prepare to be in awe. I'm not sure we will ever take her out on the super difficult trails like you'll see in the videos but I'd like to think we'll eventually graduate to the mid-level trails.
Being as I've never had a 4 wheel drive vehicle, it's going to take some time to test what I can and can't do when taking her off-road. When we were up in the Sax-Zim Bog with her last weekend searching for Great Gray owls, I had one very minor opportunity to put her in 4-Hi and tromps over a snow ridge left behind by a plow. It was pretty pathetic at only about 2 ft high but it was still fun! Reminded me of when we went to test drive the Rubicon Hard Rock before we bought her. I think the salesman intentionally "missed the turn" so he could just say, "you know what, just hop the curb and turn around here."
To touch on that, I know many of you likely aren't from the Midwest but if you are in the market for buying a Jeep vehicle of any model, I highly recommend you go to Park Chrysler Jeep in Burnsville, MN. I don't get any kickbacks or anything for writing this. These guys are just great and wanted to give them a shout out since we have had such a wonderful experience working with them so far. They live and breath Jeep. They are a family owned and operated business that has been around since 1957. They are also the largest Jeep dealer in the 5 state area and even host their own annual Jeep Adventure Weekend that we are super excited about and hope to attend this summer.*
Do you own and travel the country in a Jeep Wrangler? What do you love about it? Where do you recommend as a 'must see' location for Jeep newbies like ourselves?
*Park Jeep statistics taken from their current website. They are awesome. Really, really.