JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
This weekend was a lot of fun. I, like most of the world went to a friends house and watched an unbelievably entertaining boxing match between boxing and MMA’s biggest stars. It was crazy to see the amount of people that are so passionate about these two guys fighting each other. The weeks leading to the fight was nuts. The press conferences, the crazy things said, all coming down to this one fight. Everyone at my party was pumped. Everyone I knew was watching the fight and social media was flooded with craziness about this event.
When the dust settled there were two professional competitors standing there. Exchanging compliments, hugging with a grin from ear to ear as one just made over 100 million and the other over 300 million dollars doing what they love to do. That's when I thought…why is it that we put so much of our energy, passion, emotion, and money into chasing another persons dream? I'm not talking about a fan of the sport enjoying the fight, I'm talking about the fanatic. The person that will get angry at another person form routing for the other guy. The folks that live for a person, event or team more than they live for chasing their own dreams.
I guess because it's easier. It's easier to live through other people's moments rather than putting in the hard work to live a life of our own fulfillment. There's no discipline needed to live through someone else. There's no insecurity to deal with, no uphill climb. There's only an emotional high or low that will fulfill and fade moments after the event ends.
What if we put our own work in to find greatness? What if we sacrifice immediate gratification at times for a bigger vision? True fulfillment will only come when we battle through our insecurities to better ourselves. True, lasting happiness comes from a constant, proactive giving of ourselves for a bigger good, a bigger purpose. We need to change our perspective and learn that greatness is found in the training not the race, and certainly not the finish line. Commit to yourself a life of doing new things, seeing new things and giving more of yourself to your relationships. You will find that when the dust settles, we will often find that our dream is found in who we are not what we do.
Today let's be different. Let's be better. Let’s all roll up our sleeves and get to work on chasing our own dream.
Call it old age or maybe life experience, but whatever it is…it's not always good.
In a past life so to speak, day in and day out I was actively participating in making the world a “better place”. With every passing day I was also killing off a little of my own humanity with it. It may seem a little backwards, but that's another story for another time.
Now I spend each day consciously making decisions that fill my mind and soul with things like peace, compassion, forgiveness, an attempt at understanding and of course love. I try and discover a bigger purpose and a better me. By doing so I am a way better of a man than I ever have been in the past. This climate we live in today is not a climate that stimulates positivity though. In fact, it's quite the opposite. I don't know if in my lifetime I've seen a more divided country and the world seems more evil than ever!
It’s in these times my heart will weigh heavy because of the state of humanity. It's also in these times I need nature most. Separated by the decisions of mankind I become free to allow creation to help me find my own grace. Grace for others, grace for myself, all very needed to navigate as a light in times of a very dark world.
It’s pretty easy to join the masses in finding a cause to hate for these days, but how about we choose to go against the grain and find one to love for instead? How about we wake up everyday and decide that we are going to make a positive difference in someone else's life. How about we deny the temptations of absorbing the hate and chaos that is so easily consumable through the news and social media channels we spend so much time screwing around on? It only thickens the calluses of our own hearts after all.
Trust me folks…a good dose of fresh air, clean skies and exploring nature will do wonders for finding perspective, refueling your mind and even in the most chaotic time society has seen in a long time, find peace.
One of the places I have always wanted to see is Tillamook the wet, muddy trails opening up to beautiful Pacific Ocean seem right up my alley. Fortunately, I at least get to once again live vicariously through the crew at TeraFlex...because they go to all to cool spots. Check out TeraFlex at the 2017 Jeep Jamboree...Tillamook Edition!
The older I get the more people I see come and go in my life. It seems like more and more the theme of humanity is “me, me, me”. Loyalty stops when self interest starts and when we focus on making the things “we deserve” our priority we often lose ourselves and drift away from the ones we should be drifting towards. Yup, good people are hard to find and that means when you're lucky enough to find some…stick with them.
Jeepers have a hand up on the rest of the world in this department. Jeep owners are generally good hearted, fun loving, regular people from all walks of life that love to share their love for Jeeps, nature and a good time.
Jeepers tend to love community. We love helping, we love purpose we love having the opportunity to leave things and people better off than when we found them. I'm not sure if good people love Jeeps or owning a Jeep somehow feeds our often hidden desire to be good people, honestly…it's probably both, but I know I love being one and I know love hanging out with them!
Look, if you love to get outdoors and spend time in nature, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. It doesn't even matter where you go or what you do there, it just matters that you go. Why? Because there's something about it. Something about being away from the craziness of our day in and day out lives. The friends, the fun, the adventure we experience is so pure, it's so real. It brings us back to the people we are meant to be. Kind, loving, at peace and above all else...thankful.
The world is a big, big place. There's an unlimited amount of exploring to do, you just just have to go do it. From the ocean's shore to the peak of every mountain top there's something to see and some way to use that experience to understand ourselves more than before. At the heart of mankind lies a cry for adventure.
Day 3: Ok, ok, I'd say from Bodega Bay, heading north along HWY 1 is probably some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever scene. Think about it for a minute here...this gigantic Country literally ends right there on the edge of California. The the last steps of Americans right there where the Pacific Ocean begins, and that seem to go on forever. To give a little perspective here...if you were to be dumped just 500 yards off the coastline up there, you would disappear forever. If nothing else, appreciate the significance of nature and our place in it.
No campground for night 3 though folks. I have a great friend from my past life that has an amazing slice of paradise up there so, not only did I get to hang out, laugh, and share life with him for the night...I had all the comfort a guy could ask for.
Day 4 will be a long one, nothing to see really, just getting about a thousand miles in to get back home. I wish I could have had another week out here, but...there's a YJ to build back home AND I happen to have a WONDERFUL package from TeraFlex being delivered and I HAVE to be home for it.
All in all though...the trip was amazing! The new CVT Trailer and tent combination is perfect for this keep bad of stuff and I can't wait to do it again.
The world is so beautiful if we just take the time to get out and see it.
Well, the coast line was pretty beautiful coming up. Still a lot of people though. On the grid is definitely different than off the grid, that's for sure. I can't say I don't love it though.
Night two we had to pass through our planned destination because of the amount of campers in the sites. (Take note...if you know where you want to stay, make a reservation). Turned out it was a good thing though, the Northern California Coast Line at 9 pm is amazing! It will let you know how small people really are in this world. Kind of funny how much we screw things up considering.
We pull in to a super dark field...I mean "campground" and it is cold, dark and late! Guess what though? It couldn't of been more perfect timing, because the skyline was full of stars. Early to bed and early to rise for me.
The morning came and I had to see where the heck I was! I stepped down the ladder of the CVT tent and WOW! This place is beautiful.
I'd love to share where you could find this gem of a campground, but...I still have NO idea where I am. If you can find it, you'll be amazed!
Day 1 -
Against all odds we Finally made it out of the house! Yup, just in time for some good ol' LA traffic too. This place is so over populated, you can't get anywhere anymore with sitting on the freeway with everyone else!
Finally, just past Oxnard we are rolling again. Just in time too, because the 103 temps through the valley, IN TRAFFIC, were making me feel like a caged animal. (One more reason to hate the zoo).
Not really a whole lot to see until you push into the Santa Barbara area, so if you're looking for a scenic drive...be patient. Consider it a commute to a scenic drive up to this point.
Continuing north you'll cut away from the beach for a while, the rolling hills are beautiful but still to populated to stop for a scenic picture, at least for my taste. I did find a little taco place that had some good carne asada tacos though. Ok, we are almost to the first stop...let's keep going!
The weather was insane as we rolled in and out of a heavy marine layer. The temperature would flux 20 plus degrees in a span of 10 minutes. Odd, but something to experience for sure.
Although I haven't seen any yet, this place is perfect for a little bike ride around the grounds. The small hiking trails are full of photo opportunities and the one I'm on now takes you down to the beach.
I would say that the San Simeone Campground is a keeper! Definitely a great way to get away for a few days.
Ok...the journey continues.