New trail coms!

We were given a Baofeng UV-5R for Christmas by my sister and brother-in-law.  I’ve read about them in passing, but had yet to do any research on them.  Between a cell phone, CB, and inReach, I felt we had a solid grouping of options when it came to our communications options.  At a minimum, this little device adds FRS, GMRS, and HAM capabilities, and it would appear even more useful than that.  Look for a more in-depth future article as we learn more!

The Car is a Character

Growing up in the 80s, there was no shortage of TV shows in which the heroes teamed up with a driving machine so remarkable that it became a character in its own right. The most obvious example of such a pairing is Michael Knight and KITT, as the car could speak, but we proffer that even non-verbal vehicles easily met this criteria. The Duke boys drifted the General Lee around every dirt road in Hazard County. The Fall Guy flogged his pickup on every hill in Hollywood. The A-Team toured in their black van. Hardcastle & McCormick hurried about in their Coyote X. Magnum mozied around in Higgins’ Ferrari. And we haven’t even cracked the book on the unforgettable big screen rides.

A customized vehicle given a voice would easily able to tell its own stories. Like Dr. Frankenstein animating his monster, the modifications you make, the miles you travel, and the TLC you put in all combine to transform a rig it into an entity all its own. Rather than just taking you somewhere, it goes along with you.

A comfortable seat, a beautiful view, trouble-free transportation to somewhere new, speakers filled with your favorite songs, a dry place to sleep, a hot meal, or some light in the dark – all of these things have been provided by our FJ with the same feeling of a friend handing you a cold beer at the end of a long day.

It makes us glad that those we travel and explore with all have something different than us. For us, it really is “the more, the merrier” when it comes to vehicle builds. In the process of making a vehicle your own and completing various adventures with it, it becomes a companion that travels the trails with you. The rig you’ve built yourself is an integral character that heavily influences the the stories your experiences together will lead you to tell.

99 Bottles

We’ve always had a bottle opener mounted somewhere on our rigs. So much of the exterior on the FJ is plastic that the usual options weren’t available. On a whim, we searched for a low-profile bottle opener and came across the Yeti Molle Bottle Opener. As you’ll see below, it happens to fit perfectly in the door jamb of an FJ.  Installation took only seconds with four self-drilling wafer-head screws.  Finally our FJ received the one basic mod it has been missing!


Welcome to our work in progress!  We were content with just using social media and forums to share our stories, but Photobucket’s recent attempt to extort its users with a ridiculous price point motivated us to take responsibility for hosting our images ourselves.

We used to purchase our domain and to manage our hosting.  For a standard package, it’s only $12 for the first year.  If this doesn’t work like we want it to, no big deal, we’ll do something different next summer.  Regardless, we weren’t about to continue to do business with Photobucket.  Rewarding their tactics is the last thing anyone should do.

Enough ranting!  We’ve just bought the domain and began setting things up.  We really have no idea what we’re doing, but we’re learning as fast as we can.  Wordpress has a vast selection of excellent themes.  We’re experimenting to find a style we like with the features we need, so expect plenty of changes until that gets settled.  We’ll also be working on restoring photo links on various forums, starting with our build threads.

Thanks for stopping by.  Tread lightly, and we hope to see you on the trail!

Kevin & Shannon