It’s official: hubby and I are honest-to-goodness Jeepers now that we’ve taken Betty on her first adventure. (Okay … maybe not yet. But we’re not Jeep virgins anymore, are we?).
Neighbor Mark, as you know, can find his way around the local mountains with his eyes pretty much closed and his arms tied behind his back. So we asked him if he wouldn’t mind playing tour guide during our inaugural trial run. Handyman husband wanted to be sure that Betty was fit enough for wear and tear (and that we weren’t huffing it back home, some 15 miles into the remote desert.) Plus, we both needed to get some driving experience.
So without further ado, welcome to Betty’s first romp in the Sonoran desert.
I can’t tell you how much fun I had on this first excursion. Betty performed just the way I expected. First, just like her badass namesake Betty White, she conquered some tough, slippery shale (um… yes, very thankful hubby was driving up that steep hill. That task was a bit too adventurous for my novice skills).
And secondly – Betty gave me what I longed for during just one trip: she inspired me. It felt great to have the camera clicking again and to be a part of the natural landscape, hubby by my side and friends willing to share in the wonder with us.
My mom is beginning a two-week visit from Pennsylvania beginning Friday. I cannot wait to take her for a spin (or two … or three), which makes me wonder: will Betty be more inspiration or more distractor?
For Readers, Writers: What is your Betty? Your inspiration? You can see below that she now officially embodies all of my passions. The special conservation plate even includes a mountain lion in the design!