There are a few hobbies in life that have an origin…that single focal point where it all began. And this is unfortunate, as there are just as few experiences like standing on the hallowed ground, in the same spot as countless others ahead of you.
Such is the Rubicon Trail.
I will spare you the litany of over dramatic phrases and metaphors I could drop in this post, and instead cut to the chase: This trail is the single “Pilgrimage” every Jeeper must make at least once in their lifetime.
I mean, it is so iconic that Jeep actually names the trim package for their most capable Wrangler after this legendary strip of dirt and granite.
Life can be defined a string of epiphanies that drive some kind of change in our direction. While this may seem like an overly analytical way to define fate, I also think it is a powerful view.
If I never decided to create an account on Yahoo! Dating back in 2000, I would have never met my wife of 11 years. If I never decided to haphazardly drop off my resume at IBM (in windpants and a T Shirt, mind you), I would have never worked for IBM and enjoyed the career that I do.
And, if I never ate vegan jerky and Field Roast hot dogs on all my Jeeping excursions, I would never have thought to create this blog.
It is not always easy being a walking conundrum.
My friends know me as a vegan, yet also as a shooter and owner of guns. I am something of an animal-rights person yet I support hunting. I worry about the state of our planet, and yet I drive a 14 MPG beast through the woods.
So I felt a great way to share these personal adventures would be through a blog.
My goals for this blog:
1. Start and hold an active and functional (read: Adult) discussion on many things that plague our society. These can be politics, policies, gun rights, pretty much anything. All sides are welcome, but we need to be respectful.
2. Share some kick ass recipes. Some of these will be from the trail, and others will be shared from the home base.
3. Post reviews. I want to post reviews for my Jeep friends on new equipment I am testing, as well as things a vegan finds useful while on the trail.
4. Share our adventures from the trail. Provide trail reviews, photos and video, tips on places, or anything else we feel is worth sharing when on the road.
Sit back, buckle your seatbelt, and enjoy the qinoa tofu salad.