Subject: Blogging, pictures and JEEP
Yesterday I found myself on the home’s computer vs my “tablet” and before long I was looking at well over 20,000 pictures, only over a period of the past few years! And then I also found a link to an old blog I started that just eventually fizzled out for lack of stories to write about. – “Blogger”.
I used blogger to blog about a 10,000 mile jeep trip I took roughly two weeks after coming off a 700 mile hike. Picture this: My ever patient Logistician, CFO, COO, BFF and wife Patti and I were having a quiet (fathers day) dinner when the email came in from my jeep club – so, are you in or are you out?
Patti quickly say GO! In those days I didn’t read much into what she said – only the words, I like to think I’ve somewhat changed. In my head the wheels could almost be heard turning and before long I found myself, on the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again, love of my life is …………. Who needs to pack, all the food she was supposed to ship to me to post offices from Mojave to almost the Canadian border now found its way into the jeep.
Now picture this, you are walking a minimum of 16-20 miles a day for weeks at a time at an average pace of say 3.5 mph carrying anywhere from 30-50 pounds mostly from food and water; and now your 2005 Jeep Wrangler X with a Super performance chip is carrying both you and your pack at nearly warp speed! Now how does that make you, your feet, your back and shoulders feel? ………….I thought so!
I have a Trawler so it will likely feel when we finally get underway like going back to hiking speed. There is nothing wrong with that just so long as I don’t have to carry the food and water on my back.
From the time I was young and a camera was around guess who became the official photographer? Yours truly, that it why I don’t regularly appear in old family pictures. Flash forward many moons to me hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and carrying a “Droid” smart phone and everything changed.
Without so much as missing a step I could whip that camera phone out, (mounted on my packs front left strap) snap a picture and continue walking, but wait, there’s more – I wanted to also show that I was there, so I started taking what are now referred to as “selfies”. With my left hand stretched out as far as it will go I can still take a pretty good picture without much fuss. On my right strap securely mounted with a dummy cord attached is my Garmin GPS, which I use to check my walking and average speed, sunrise, sunset, next water stop etc.
So, before I start posting some of those OLD JEEP adventure stories I want to possibly re-read one day, I wanted to let you know that if you see JEEP – before the subject line then that it what you will be reading about.
WHOSE BLOG IS THIS ANYWAY? Note to self: I am writing for me, if you enjoy the story so much the better. I am possibly also writing to share the adventure with family and friends spread across the USA from coast to coast and hopefully one day even grandchildren may read this blog.
Please note there is also one more blog that has crept into this “Western Flyer” blog and that is the PCT. If you google PCT and Trawlercat you will find one of the easiest blogs to use for anyone attempting a long distance hike. Now I came off the trail three years ago but as of today there are over 52,000 hits on people still reading those stories. Prior to starting my hike I was also doing the same thing.
Too much preparation time is not a good thing, especially for hiking or boating; you need to set a plan and just go with it. Eisenhower was once quoted as saying, “A good plan executed timely, is better than the best plan, executed too late”!
Today is July 16, 2014 and on August 5th I fly up to the Western Flyer – our 41′ Defever Trawler. Preparations will continue until the crew arrives with our departure date NOW SET for August 19th, 2014. Adam the mechanic has informed me that the windlass and radar will be completed by the end of July 2014.
If “Blogger” was good then WordPress is fantastic when it comes to updating your blog. THANK YOU WORDPRESS, till now this is a free blog costing me zero dollars. Once the trip starts I will likely upgrade to more features and video.
So if you are now still interested in reading more then some of the JEEP reblog stories I will share are my final days on the Arctic Jeep Expedition; The Healing Trail; Haines Alaska; Liard Hot Springs and more.