JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Ok, ok, maybe not exactly "VEGAS BABY!!!" but it is CES week and thats always fun...for a while. There is so much to see and do here this week, it can easily go by in a flash without taking a moment to get outside and take in some local nature. Luckily for me there's a great place just up the road!
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and it's a short drive from the strip. If your looking to get a break from the chaos of Vegas, get out and hike or simply take a nice drive through some beautiful desert landscape this is worth the trip.
There are few places more beautiful than the desert. Every season offers it's own backdrop. The rich colors and defined mountains tell stories of an evolving history like nowhere else, I can only imagine the adventures of the past. My favorite thing about it though is the way I feel when I'm taking it all in. The world is so big and I am so small it's inevitable that my perspective changes every time get out here.
you know, I bet if the entire human race would spend time silent in nature every now and then we would all become less about what we can take and more about what we could give in this world. Being apart of something bigger than the few mile radius we spend most of our time in gives a sense of meaning that we just can't get from punching a clock everyday alone.
Now, that does not mean we all need to quit our jobs, become explorers and travel the world looking for the next adventure. It does mean however that we can unplug occasionally, show our friends and family the beauty and significance of nature and then take that refueling back into our day to day lives, we could actually make our everything better. Come on...give it a try!
I have seen a lot in the past 25 years or so. I've watched people rise up and collectively accomplish things that seemed to be impossible and I've witnessed the worst of the the worst sink to the lowest levels of humanity to engage in behaviors that are incomprehensible. From the best of the best to the worst of the worst I am always amazed at the complicated world mankind has created for ourselves. Our politics are corrupt propaganda driven agendas from all sides, our lines between right and wrong are becoming thinner than ever, and for reasons I cannot wrap my head around, the smarter and more advanced we become seems to push us further and further towards greed, selfishness and evil. WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?
Life doesn't have to be so complicated though. We don't have to fight, we don't have to hate and we most certainly don't have to be manipulated by groups like the "free press", corporate America and our wonderful leaders that line their pockets on the backs of the folks that they are suppose to be looking out for.
When was the last time you were shocked after hearing a story of a lion attacking someone in the jungle or a shark taking a juicy bite out of a swimmer off the California coast line? Most likely, you probably thought how tragic that scenario was right before you told yourself...what the heck were those people thinking?? Yeah...exactly...you're right! A lion is a lion and a shark is a shark. The are only doing what they do. It's up to us to safeguard ourselves from that kind of thing, right?
So why are we so shocked when a "friend" says something bad about us behind our backs? Why are we baffled when we see corruption in politics, sexual harassment in an industry that glorifies sex and violence and greed in a world that only exists to make money?? It doesn't make sense. We know what we are capable of thinking, saying and doing, that means we know what someone else is capable of thinking, saying and doing. Remember, it's up to us to safeguard ourselves from that kind of thing, right?
As much as the world around us says we are not...WE ARE responsible for ourselves. We are responsible for our own actions, we are responsible our lifestyles, we are responsible for what we bring into our relationships, all of it. We are responsible for all of it and believe it or not...that's good news!
Look, life without us overcomplicating everything is actually pretty easy to get. If we go through life loving God, loving each other and modeling things like selflessness, forgiveness and generosity in our own behaviors, this world would be fantastic!
You know why I love nature and being in nature so much? It separates me from the "civilized" world created by us and I get back to basics. I get to experience first hand how real these cool little catch phrases like less is more, silence speaks louder than noice and simplicity brings fulfillment really are.
You want to be happy? Try this...be kind, work for what you get, appreciate the people in your life, understand that a lion will always do what a lion does and above all....keep things simple!
With each new year comes the opportunity for a can start...so to speak. This year, lets all try and be who we want to be. Let's live more, adventure more, explore more. Let's show the world and everyone in that owning a Jeep is a part of our DNA and so is living outside the box. This year, let's all be more like this guy...
Quadratec is a fantastic place to shop for all of the Jeep mods your little heart desires. They carry just about everything from everyone. Their pricing is the best and their customer service is even better, but what you may not realize…Their branded products are just as good as the competition’s.
A few years ago I was doing a piece on lighting. I tried high priced lighting, and I tried more affordable lighting. As you can imagine, there was a pretty big difference between the build quality of the two…except with Quadratec. Their amber factory fog light replacement kit was not only very affordable, but built well enough to happily say, they are still lighting up the night on my Jeep today.
A few weeks back I decided it was time to get some skid plates on the Jeep. Things were getting pretty beat up under their and it was only a matter of time before I know I would of regretted not having them, so…the research began.
My criteria was simple going in and I searched through most of the “go-to” brands to quickly realize they were all very similar. I clicked my way to Quadratec to compare the pricing between the brands and was met with a very welcomed surprise by my favorite place to shop. QUADRATEC NOW MAKES AN ALL ALUMINUM SKID PLATE SYSTEM!
Yup, for just over $1,100 bucks you can have front to end protection looks great and easily installed! Starting with the front end of your Jeep the Aluminum Modular Front Sway Bar Skid Plate will keep those sway bars and steering box safe and sound. Up next, the Engine and Transmission skids followed by the Transfer Cases, EVAP Canister, Fuel Tank and yes…even the Muffler gets wrapped in protection.
All skids are made from stamped 50/52 aluminum, which offers durability, rust free protection with out the weight. Each skid is laser cut and press formed for a perfect fit. Remember…NO drilling which allows you to easily bolt up the skids right there in the driveway, saving install costs. Oh, its important to mention that if you don’t want an entire skid plate system, or may want to piece together the system one piece at a time…you can always purrhase each plate separately as well.
So far the Quadratec Skid Plate System has been nothing but exactly what I was looking for and much like those lights I talked about earlier, will be using these skid plates for a lot of years to come.
Check out the Quadratec All Aluminum Skid Plate System and the rest of the Quadratec line up at: www.Quadratec.com