If you were to ask my friends about my passions, cars would most likely not be on that list. For most of my life, I viewed them as simply a way to get from point A to point B. Over the past twenty years, I’ve owned or leased vehicles manufactured by Ford, Toyota, BMW, Honda and my most recent was a Jeep. I had never loved a car until my Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland.
I loved the way it drove, its power, its comfort, the arch support of the chairs that both heated and cooled, the large trunk space for our dog and transporting stuff, and its ability to tow trailers behind it. I remember my pleasant surprise when, after hitching a heavy trailer, our Jeep automatically adjusted its air suspension height to keep it level. It seemed like I was always discovering a cool feature that made me recognize and appreciate all the attention to detail that went into designing it. Plus, it was my favorite wine-red color.
We turned our Jeep back in to the dealer earlier this year when our lease was completed. It doesn’t make financial sense to have that car payment when I work from home. Since then, I ogle Jeeps when I see them on the road. When I see one passing, I comment to my husband, “I miss my Jeep.” He has a Porsche, which I drive on occasion, and (no offense to him or other Porsche enthusiasts) I don’t love his car. It’s nice…it’s pretty…it’s super fast…it has a certain social status…but I don’t have an attachment to it like I do Jeeps.
Today we went to the Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. I sat in other SUVs and admired some of their new designs coming out in 2018 models. Nothing really stood out as spectacular other than the Land Rover Sport, which I haven’t driven. We made our way to the Jeep area and realized they had a giant Camp Jeep obstacle course that made me squeal with delight. I felt like a kid asking if we could stand in the long Disney-land style switchback line to ride.
The 20-25 minute wait through the line moved at a decent pace as I admired the five Jeep models (1 Grand Cherokee, 2 Cherokees, and 2 Rubicon Wranglers) that made loops around the course. While I was hoping to be assigned to the Grand Cherokee, the universe wanted us to take a ride in the Cherokee.
Our driver, Orlando, had his script down perfectly as he explained the various driving modes, buttons and dials he was using to maneuver over each obstacle. I was, once again, amazed by the power and capabilities of the Jeep.
We never took ours off-roading, which is a shame. I had feared causing damage to it, but now that I see how easily this Cherokee took to each challenge, I now want to go off-roading.
I am setting an intention to go off-roading out in nature in the near future. I have a friend who does it in the desserts around Las Vegas. I think it is time to plan a visit.
Such a fun time!