Is it Spring?

Any excuse I can find to make it out to the lake with Potato is a good one!

Here’s a new clip that was posted over on YouTube. Hopefully the quality of videos continues to improve as I’m becoming more familiar with the software/hardware relationship. Maybe we should get a drone for some sweet sweet aerial footage? Let me know what drones you all are using!


Post Snow Day Rain

Very rarely do we get snow in the Carolinas.  One of my favorite things about the snow that we get is the untouched property for miles and miles.

The greatest thing to do after the snow and ice melt is go play …in the newly formed mud.. with a throw back to the second time ever I almost got stuck.  Luckily there were plenty of tree branches of get us dug out!Capture

However, despite my desire for mud…we erred on the side of caution and decided that we need to take the dog out to run at the drop zone. It sure looks like it is completely dry until the wood line but that would belie all the maintenance that the good folks at Range Control have been doing over the winter.


St. Mere-Eglise is one of those famed airbone-ing places that also doubles as an excellent place to run your furry friends.  We don’t keep her on a leash until she is so completely exhausted that she walks up to us and presents to be leashed so that she knows it is time to go.  She rarely drinks water without being mixed with food and only after she runs for a couple miles will she drink some water (pictured, the collapsible bowls).


Looking completely lowered, Hank sits at a level that is great for getting stuff in and out of.  I lower it down only out of sheer laziness and also needing to load hundreds of pounds of material for preparing our house to sell.  One of my major concerns with buying an aftermarket wheel and tires were if I would still be able to access wheel height.  However with the BFGKO2 and Compomotive PD1881.


Snow Day 2018

Having spent the past decade living in North Carolina, I can count on one hand the number of proper snow storms we’ve had.  Sure, there’s been plenty of dustings and bouts of ice that shut down this ill equipped area but rarely enough of the fluffy stuff to get outside and enjoy it.  Yesterday, there were conflicting reports from nearly every channel, leaving our small city in a state of utter chaos.  Lucky for Hank the LR4, it was the perfect day to go play in the snow!

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Acting as the camera man, I was doing double duty of directing and scouting.  Walking back to catch my ride, this framing was perfect.


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Having lived around the same area for long enough, you’ll eventually see firsts…This one being the lake that had started freezing over.  With floating sheets of ice, you could confuse this Carolina Sandhills scene for something more akin to the northern part of the country this time of year.

Coming up over fresh snow path home from our favorite spot.  Gets a little dicey at the end but lets be honest, that’s half the fun!

If you were affected by this storm, I hope you stayed safe and warm!  We were lucky to have time off of work to get out in nature and celebrate and hope you did too!

New Years Eve Travelling

Every road trip we take, I’m amazed at how much stuff we decide to bring with us.  Without a doubt, the amount of bags brought has a inverse relationship to what we will actually use.  On NYE we returned from a two week jaunt across North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  Seeing so many friends and family in such a short amount of time is tough but, with the means to do so, it is worth it every year. After what felt like two weeks straight of driving, totaling over 3,000 (!) miles, we arrived home on New Year’s Eve just in time to pop in a frozen pizza, watch The Ranch on Netlfix, and pass out well before the ball dropped in Times Square.

For the vehicle specific aspect, I absolutely am blown away by the internal capacity of Hank.  It almost defies reason how much storage space is inside, with a largely square space to put it in…and for the baubles (fire starter, flares, TP, etc) the numerous cubbies and extra wide door bins are perfect.  When all else fails, the Voyager ( roof rack makes the perfect place to add the rest of the bits we can’t (or don’t want to) fit inside. Things like our fishing poles, awnings, tables take up too much interior space with passengers so they go on top!

For the continuity error folks, the reason why you see pictures now without any stickers on the driver side rear window is because it was 100% smashed out on the Dutch John Rutted hill climb (going down)…but that’s a story for another day.


I hope you all had a wonderful, safe, happy New Year celebration!