There is always the first time for something. Today was my first time to experience, off roading in a jeep. This is the jeep that I was travelling in, and at this stage of the ride, it was not longer pristine clean. Off roading is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, the opportunity simply had never presented itself before. Darling sweet Brig, (owner of the jeep) asked if we would go along for the opening of the season ride. What a beautiful day it was.
The whole experience of meeting up with folks who were set and ready to get out and ride, was awesome. Everyone gathered in an agreed to rendez vos, for a set time, and from there we left heading out of the city to the next pick up point. The convoy had to be about 40 vehicles long. You can see the weather cooperated, it was a gorgeous day.
There is something to be said about fresh air, and the strong desire to conquer a challenge. Everyone worked together, and everyone, cheered and supported the drivers who took the harder challenges. The obstacles were there, if you wanted to try them, there were spotters and experienced drivers to coach you through, if you preferred the less arduous route, that was OK too.
There was no easy road, it was all an assortment of ” fun” “bush terrain, with rocks, boulders, mud, and lets not forget the mud ponds with their hidden “treasures” . It was just a matter of deciding if you wanted the rock and roll, the muddy waters, or the roller coaster rock and mud slide.
Our hostess was magnificent, she went up a 45 degree. incline of rock face like it was a piece of cake, honestly I was so proud of her .. she did it on her first try. We saw others having to make several stabs at it. There were moments where I found myself holding my breath, the action was so intense.
Here is a jeep preparing to crawl up one of the rocks. I got to scamper over the rocks up the trails, around the mud, over fallen tree stumps, and of course the personal challenge of finding “private” space (when needed) At least we were out on a day, without the horse flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. We had a GRAND day.
I stepped outside my comfort zone, I explored the backwoods of a countryside I had not been in before. Met some very nice people, took part in a convoy, (that was very well run.) the leader, the spotters, everyone, were so totally focused on enjoying the moment, it was a positive, energizing day.
Who knew… a road is what you want it to be.
Today we saw first hand
When you want to be somewhere
or get to a destination
no matter the challenges
when you listen with an open mind
to the encouragement of friends
and believe in your ability to do something
the rewards are satisfying
Pl Precept # 1 Life is Art