JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
The honeycomb tire has been out for quite a while now, but when I saw them on this Jeep at the SEMA Show this year, I had to show them off a bit.
So the idea is this...built a tire that will never go flat, that can take gun fire, and that can take an IED blast and stay intact while our soldiers roll through the desert taking out the Enemy.
Now on a slightly less dangerous mission, the tires can take on any trail this Jeep can handle. The honeycomb design of these tires will be a bit softer of a ride than the more traditional airless tires on the market, but still rougher of a ride than regular tires.
The honeycomb tires are tough, and obviously there's no worry of puncturing them or getting a flat on the trail. There's also no need to air up or down and you can see why. Ok, maybe not the most practical option for most Jeepers, but come on...look how cool are these things are!
When it comes to Jeep owners, at least every a Jeep owner that I've met, there seems to always be at least this one commonality...FUN! Fun means laughter right? Check out a few facts about laughter you may not of known. .
Laughter is healing! When we laugh, not only does our mentality change, not only are we able to love more easily, but laughter will literally change our physiology as well.
We can all make someone laugh, right? A friend, a family member, a coworker, there's always someone. Even filling the heart of a perfect stranger through a smile, and a little kindness will usually do the trick! This morning, start the day off right. Bring laughter into your life, and the folks around you. Today is the day for healing.
How does this sound...Jeep Wrangler with a diesel?! Sounds great right?? Well, it finally looks like cooler heads are prevailing here and the long awaited diesel version will arrive a long with the new Jeep Truck and a Wrangler hybrid. Which actually sounds like a pretty awesome line up for the Wrangler family. FCA made the announcement at their investor meeting recently.
In the words of the FCA head honcho Sergio Marchionne himself..."We've seen a significant shift in the product mix of cars being sold in the U.S. Jeep has had a phenomenal year. We’re well in excess of 1.2 million cars, more than 200,000 than we sold last year, and as we deploy the architecture globally, you will see this number increase.”
"We have decided to de-focus, from the manufacturing standpoint, to de-focus on the passenger car market. Without creating additional capacity, in the United States, we need to...to try and deal with the development of the Jeep brand."
Big goals for the Jeep brand for the next couple years and I am excited to be apart of it...oh, and put me down for one of the diesels!
Another reason why I love the Jeep life, check this out story out...
It's not everyday a group of people come together for the greater good of the community...well unless you happen to belong to the jeeplife.
As the east coast is being hammered with a record breaking snow storm a local Jeep club has stepped in to help! The Seven Hills Jeep Club, based out of Virginia, have all volunteered their time and Jeeps to shuttle the nurses, doctors, police officers, and civil servants of Lynchburg back and forth to work while this crazy blizzard is making it near impossible for folks that DON'T have Jeeps to get anywhere.
Andrew Whetsel from the club got back to me with some official numbers...
"We actually gave over 450 rides safely transported over 575 nurses with 17 jeeps in 48 hours."
I don't know about you guys, but stories like this truly point out the fact we all can do something! I'm not only impressed by this group of Jeepers, I'm humbled by their willingness to sacrifice and example what it means to help others and their community.
Take your factory hood and replace with a clean, rugged look that will catch the eye of every Jeeper on the trail. The added the mesh side vent is designed to also tie into their snorkel. (which also is such a great add on)
The All steel performance hood focuses on keeping the engine cool and air flowing. The engineering behind the design is top notch with pulling the best performance out of your engine. It's the perfect example of style meeting functionality and AEV hit it out of the park with this one.
• All steel construction
• Fresh air intake
• Reduces under hood temp
• Comes e-coated, ready to paint
• Adds style to any 2007+ JK Wrangler
• Great replacement for damaged stock hoods
• Includes full stamped steel inner
• OE-style crumple zones designed to collapse in accidents
• Side mesh opening fits AEV's Snorkel
• Crumple zone, for improved crash safety
Shipped ready to paint, but there's no rush. I'm not sure you'll want to do anything but install it. The AEV JK Heat Reduction Hood is the cream of the crop. Retailing for $835.00 makes it worth spending the extra cash for the best.
On the backside of Big Bear sits a cool little place...Cactus Flats. Full of riding and Jeep trails you can find something for just about everyone. This time a year though...a Jeepers playground.
Full of snow and not people, these relatively easy trails are a blast. You can load up the Jeep with the family and friends and cover miles of the winter wonderland. Pit stop for some lunch and a snowball fight or two and you're still home in time for a hot shower, dinner and to catch the latest episode of Quantico.
If you're looking for a getaway that any Jeep can have some fun with, it's definitely worth a look. Cactus Flats, off of hwy 18, the back side of Big Bear...unless you're coming from the north...then it's the front side of Big Bear.
There's a saying that stuck with me for years, I never knew it as being more true than I did about 8 or 9 months ago.
"We can never out work our nutrition"
Not bad huh? Sounds like it applies to folks that try and workout to be healthy versus developing a good nutrition base to be. It does I suppose, but it doesn't stop there!
Nutrition is the foundation of the quality of life we chose to live. It's the fuel that powers us. I won't get to deep here because I want you to spend a few moments and read what's below. The entire article is a bit long for what I generally like to post, so...Check out a few paragraphs that someone sent me today on my Twitter feed. It's a brief summary of my story.
We pick up with this...
In comes Rob. Through a mutual friend Rob contacts me and asks for a consultation to discuss his situation. The next day I am sitting across from him and as I hear his story I become excited in anticipation for the opportunity to work with him. In short, Rob suffered a traumatic brain injury. Through the injury his hormonal rhythms had been haywire, to counter this his lifestyle required lots of adrenal stimulation which results in a very intense way of living. Rob, a hard working man in a very intense line of work relied on that adrenal stimulation to function. Fast forward to retirement, in spring of 2015 Rob called it quits. When he did this his body did not adjust to the hormonal changes. Cortisol (stress hormone) was in flux, sleep hormone (melatonin) was lacking it seemed, and blood tests had shown his testosterone levels had fallen. Some of this is speculation, and only shown symptomatically, however all signs pointed towards adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalance. When this began to happen Rob saw numerous doctors and got little to no answers. The only thing our western medicine professionals could offer is a hand full of pills and follow up appointments. One doctor even told him, due to the nature of the condition (blood pressures falling near 50% in the middle of his sleep), he should make sure his “affairs are in order” and appreciate every day as if it was his last. The modern medicine practices only go so far, if there is not something he can operate on or prescribe their hands become tied. Well, I can not operate or prescribe anything so needless to say, I was happy to help.
We immediately started on a workout regiment. The first day was not pretty – after fifteen minutes we had to call it quits as blood sugars dropped dramatically. We also gauged his blood pressure pre and post workout, and the fluctuation was extreme to say the least. I knew I had my work cut out for me and so did Rob. After pulling back on exercise intensity and making some other small adjustments we turned to nutrition. After a “sugar detox” of two weeks, in which carbohydrate intake was dropped to a near ketogenic level, we then
adjusted his carb intake based on his weekly exercise output. Focusing on healthy fats, moderate protein and cycling carbs depending on activity, we began to make serious progress. As the dietary habits improved the workouts followed suit. He began to power through every training session with an aggressive will that showed through puddles of sweat. His heart, lungs, and mind all working together like clockwork. Pounds began to fall off, he lost over 30 lbs and 10% body fat, blood pressures began to stabilize, and Rob began to sleep with the confidence that he would again wake, enjoying another day.
'We can never out work our nutrition"
If anyone is interested in either advancing the health or stepping into an entire new way of living I know Brad Crihfield (the fitness and nutrition specialist that worked with me) would love to help you too! He's a great dude that really loves helping people become the best versions of themselves they can be.
Find him at:
When it came to mounting my Hi-Lift Jack I wanted something quality. I didn't want it to rust, and It definitely has to look good!
Well...I'm glad I made the right choice. The aluminum tube mount from Hi-Lift is the best! I love it!
For me, I wasn't looking to mount it on my bumper, I needed to load up the my fully restored M-100 trailer! This thing is awesome :-) and the last thing I was going to do is put some cheap mount on it. So, like my Hi-Lift Jack...I went for the best.
Since I picked up the mounts I decided to move them from the rack to a more permanent location. I'm actually very happy with it, and if you guys have a trailer set up, I'd recommend thinking creatively. You'd be suprise at the cool things you can come up with. (Also check the hood mount set...a bit smaller and just as cool).
Ok, ok, sorry...let's get back to the mount.
Jeep and adventure have gone hand in hand for ever! The question is...Does a Jeep make you want to go on an adventure, or does going on an adventure make folks buy a Jeep! If you ask me... BOTH! As young children we dream of far off places of adventure and treasures. We pretend we are sailing the seas searching for a place that has never been found or we tackle the wild jungles in search of some ancient artifact that unlocks the past. Whatever it was...it required adventure!
One of the things I like to always have handy is some sort of rescue tool. There are many out there, all shapes and sizes, all price points.
The Assist Salt combines the versatility of multi-function of the Assist model with the rustproof brilliance of H-1® steel to deliver a light weight, super durable, rescue tool that everyone will love. Keeping the "rescue" usability as a priority, Syderco really delivers with a few great design features.
Starting with the handle, the fiberglass-reinforced nylon construction keeps this knife in your hand! Super easy to hold on to, even wet. The size is perfect for any hand (which isn't always the case). The pocket clip is a wire frame design, and thank goodness it's screwed down with the single larger nut and bolt type of hardware versus those tiny three screws that are always coming loose.
The blade design keeps a shard edge, has a nice big hole for easy opening, and there is a really cool clip type feature that allows you to clip whatever your cutting through, similar to clipping a cigar. I love that feature!
One of the best feature of the Assist Salt is the glass breaker. Recessed in the handle, it takes a light squeeze to to the blade to engage the breaker, and use it.
Let's not forget...it's rust proof! The H-1 steel blade uses nitrogen instead of carbon that produces not only a strong, tough, blade that keeps its edge, that's where the rust and corrosion proof comes in as well. Here are the basics to give you an idea of size and weight.
length overall 8.55" (217 mm)
blade length 3.68" (93 mm)
blade steel H-1
length closed 4.87" (124 mm)
cutting edge 3.15" (80 mm)
weight 3.9 oz (111 g)
blade thickness 0.118" (3.0 mm)
handle material FRN
The Syderco Assist Salt delivers durability, functionality, and doesn't break the budget at about $160 bucks. I feel very comfortable knowing that if things go sideways...I have my Syperco Assist Salt right there with me ready to go.
For the Assist Salt and Syperco's full catalog click here: www.syderco.com