You see, if you've never had the opportunity to explore the back country on the back of an ATV or in the comfort of your dad's old Jeep then you wouldn't realize that you've missed out on some great family time. My love affair with Jeeps spans back to 1989 when we attended our first Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. My grandparents purchased a three bedroom rambler in Moab and a short time later we had an Autumn Gold CJ-5 appear in his driveway (that's how I remember it anyway.) We explored every dirt road that was on a map and even a few that weren't and as our curiosity grew so did our group.
The CJ-5 was great but it only held the four of us and we needed room for six so a CJ-7 was added to what looking back now I would describe as a fleet of Jeeps. We also had other friends buying Jeeps and joining us on our travels and we expanded our borders of exploration throughout the entire state of Utah. We spent a lot of time out in those deserts and I was driving the most difficult trails Moab had to offer before I even had a license and I'm pretty sure that teaching me to drive was partly responsible for the thinning of Grandpa's grey hair. He never complained though and was always willing to take me out for a lesson.
Our Jeeps have taken us to some of the best scenery Utah has to offer. Our ATV trips to the sand dunes have led to some great fun and even greater camp fire experiences. We've experienced weather from mild to wild and on rare occasions we've even dealt with an injury or two along the way. Of course the best part of it all is that we got to experience these things together as a "family." Why the quotes around family? Because many of the people I'm referring to are friends that I've known for so long and have become to close to that they are family, kinda like a Fast and Furious type of thing. So I guess the point of this post is one to say thanks to my friends and family and to show those of you out there that haven't experienced something similar this that you're missing out. Off roaders are one of the most welcoming people I have ever met and thanks to the Jeep Safari I've met a lot of people from all over the world. We all love what we do and we all want to share in it and spread it to all that seek it. Trust me, if you run into a Jeep guy at the gas station and ask him where he's going he's more than likely willing to let you tag along.