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  • Women’s Wheeling Day 2017

    October 25, 2017
    Women’s Wheeling Day (WWD) is an annual offroading event held at Rausch Creek Off Road Park. We are pretty frequent visitors to Rausch Creek so you might think we learned of the event during a visit but you’d be wrong. We were actually introduced to the event by Christie Vinson at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival ...
  • China and Platinum; an adventure to celebrate 20 years!

    September 15, 2017
    It’s hard to imagine that it’s been twenty years since Alana and I vowed to love and cherish one another for eternity, but it has. In an effort to not sound overly sappy (I can be), I’ll just say I feel very blessed to have found a partner so early in life that has not ...
  • Topless for Tatas 9

    August 15, 2017
    Topless for TATAs is a non-profit 501(c)3 that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research. While active throughout the year at various events and venues, TFT hosts an annual offroading event at Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Pennsylvania. The first event was in 2009 with 65 participating Jeeps but it has rapidly grown from ...
  • CRAZY COWS – Our 2017 Overland Adventure

    August 6, 2017
    What started as us helping our son Tommy and his new wife navigate across the country to their new home in Oregon over a year ago, ultimately unfolded into what would become our own next big adventure. The plan was pretty simple… Blast across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and half of South Dakota before slowing our pace ...
  • Backroads and Abandoned Awesomeness

    July 10, 2017
    We’ve got lots to do before our big overlanding trip, but with this weekend’s amazing weather we just couldn’t focus on it and had to get out of the house for some exploring. We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do so we geared ourselves up for a potential hike, but also packed Klondike ...
  • 2017 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

    June 15, 2017
    For the last few years Alana and I have made it out to the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in one capacity or another. This year was no different and we were happy to rejoin the on-site trail team and assist as a trail guides with both Dirty and Klondike. While Bantam has a lot to ...
  • ’17 Unlimited Off-Road Show and Expo in Louisville KY

    June 13, 2017
    We try to visit the Unlimited Off-Road Expo that is held in Louisville, Kentucky every year. This said, I must admit that the 2016 Expo was so side-by-side centric that we began to wonder if our money and time was worth it. Still, we opted to give it another go and we are glad we ...
  • Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park – Ohio

    June 2, 2017
    Not every adventure needs to be a long one that involves a lot of travel. Sometimes it’s right in your backyard…. This is certainly the case with the Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park. We travel a fair amount and are always up for a weekend journey. Even our “local” adventures often lead us a ...
  • Overlanding The Allegheny National Forest

    May 22, 2017
    In spite of our best efforts, our winter projects rolled right up to the beginning of spring.  Normally this is okay, but the tail end of our winter was more spring-like than some of the first weekends of the actual spring. Due to the ugly weather (and some other things), we have had a heck of ...
  • Hiking Cantwell Cliffs (Hocking Hills, Ohio)

    March 6, 2017
    This past weekend had a split personality. Saturday was cold and started with snow while Sunday was in the 60s and warm. This worked out for us fairly well since we had our CPR re-certification to do on Saturday and were stuck inside for much of the day. Sunday would so nice that we wanted ...
  • Shawnee State (Ohio) Forestry Roads

    February 26, 2017
    If you are looking for a little backcountry getaway, Ohio’s Shawnee State Forest may be just the right destination. Especially if you are looking for more of a drive than a hike. With the recent cold snap and projects on pause, this is just what we were looking for. The forest itself is nearly 64,000 acres ...
  • Exploring the Eastern Smokies of TN and NC

    February 2, 2017
    With the exception of last year because we went on a Caribbean cruise, we always find ourselves in a pretty dark place this time of year. This year hasn’t been much different in spite of the fact it has been a fairly warm winter. Warm or cold, the sun rarely pokes through the clouds over ...
  • Nine overland trips every Jeeper should do!

    November 22, 2016
    Mrs. SSS and I have another cross-country trip planned next year to see our son who is stationed in Washington. Our trek will take us through many places we still have on our bucket list, and as such, we are planning an overlanding adventure to make the most of the trip. (This is actually the ...
  • The Glacial Grooves of Kelleys Island

    November 15, 2016
    Not too long ago, we found ourselves wondering northern Ohio without a care or really even a destination in mind. The only real goal was to try and catch some nice fall foliage. The leaves had started to change around home (southern Ohio), so we thought a drive north would reveal trees that were a ...
  • 2016’s Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America?

    November 9, 2016
    PartCatalog just released their 2016 “Top Off Road Trails” in America list (or at least in 38 states in America). Additionally, they announced the highest rated trails/parks based on all of the submissions they received. It’s important to note that this list is for all venues of off-roading. Why is this detail important? Well, some ...
  • Bridges and Roads of Ashtabula County Ohio

    November 2, 2016
    We are always on the lookout for a nice weekend or day getaway. An area that kept popping up on our radar was Northeastern Ohio, Ashtabula County more specifically. Whether it be for some of Ohio’s most scenic roads or their self-guided covered bridge tours, we knew it was a must see. In spite of the ...
  • Rausch Creek October 15th, 2016 “Fall Season Closer Run”

    October 22, 2016
    Every year we tend to wrap up our heavy off-roading season in mid to late fall so that we have time to clean and protect our rigs before winter (and its salted roads). This year there were only three rigs that were able to make it, but the small group size helped us keep a ...
  • Pic Share – (Sept 17th, 2016) Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway

    September 18, 2016
    Our day, which we knew would be long, started pretty early. We were up and ready by 5am. By 5:15 we had met up with our neighbor and her girls (Sheridan Girls) and were on the road. We started in some pretty heavy rain, but this soon ended as we made our way south. Before ...
  • Serpent Mound (Peebles, Ohio)

    September 12, 2016
    This last Sunday we were blessed with amazing weather. Since we had nothing really to do, we decided to jump into Klondike and hit the road for some exploring. Our destination was one that is so close to us we have overlooked it for years, the Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio. The Great Serpent Mound is ...
  • Windrock Offroad Park, Labor Day Weekend ’16

    September 5, 2016
    Alana and I had the opportunity to join a couple of friends at Windrock Offroad Park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee over the weekend. Our wheeling weekend started on Saturday, but our friends John Jay and Joe Miller started the previous evening. Sadly, Joe broke an axle shaft U-Joint and it ended his weekend early. 🙁 With others dropping ...
  • Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway

    August 14, 2016
    We have had a bunch going on lately and I decided that, whether it was the most responsible thing to do or not, we needed a break from life. So, while Jay was in Milwaukee for work, I got Dirty all packed up and ready for a trip for some much needed Jeep time. The destination would ...
  • Stillwell Stompers 2016 June Jamboree (Video Share)

    July 8, 2016
    Well, here it is…. I hope you enjoy. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the music, but it was free and has no royalties so the video will not be restricted. It also worked well with the timing. I will reiterate that it is VERY tough to spot, wheel, and capture video. Especially when ...
  • Stillwell Stompers 2016 June Jamboree (Pic Share)

    June 26, 2016
    Alana, Kegan, and I had a pretty good day yesterday wheeling Lil Punkin’ at the Stillwell Stompers’ June Jamboree. We met up with our friend Chris and talked him into bumping up a group to wheel with us. Then, due to the number in the group, we got bumped up as well. We ended up running ...
  • Old Man’s Cave

    June 19, 2016
    All day Saturday Jay (SSS) said he had plans to do a little work around the house and on the deck… but when he woke up, he decided a day out-and-about with Kegan and I was a better idea. So, we hopped in Lil Punkin’ and headed off toward Hocking Hills. We spent most of our time in/around ...
  • 2016 Unlimited Offroad Expo

    June 4, 2016
    Alana and I took a day trip down to check out the Unlimited Offroad Expo again this year. This makes our second year in a row. This year seemed to have more participation as a whole, but less large vendors or manufacturers…. Anyway, here are the few notables from our visit. The first is for you ...
  • Extreme Weekend Warrior-ing! JEEP XPERIENCE – Hidden Falls Adventure Park, TX

    May 23, 2016
    5/23/16 Whelp…. Mrs. SSS and I are in full preparation for an extreme weekend warrior trip to the great state of Texas! I pondered making several posts for this due to the miles we will be covering, but since this really is only an extended weekend, I thought it was best suited to just cover it ...
  • Rausch Creek – Season Opener – 2016 (pictures & video)

    May 15, 2016
    It seems every trip to Rausch Creek is a good time…. While this year’s season opener run got off to a pretty slow an painful start, the end of the day moved at a much better pace and we were able to hit some cool trails. This definitely wasn’t one of those “everything went our ...
  • Rausch Creek April 2nd, 2016 (Green Group) AKA “Rookie Run”

    April 3, 2016
    Alana and I have always enjoyed meeting new people and Jeeping. Perhaps it is why we have so much fun organizing rookie runs. We still remember our first time out in our Jeep, the feelings and excitement that we felt when we first went off-camber or that first time we made it up an obstacle ...
  • Pickett Trail Ride with Jeeps and Wrenches

    March 6, 2016
    I’m not sure exactly how Facebook works or how it decides to put things on people’s timeline feed, but recently a trail ride invite popped up on ours for Pickett State Park in Tennessee. As I scrolled through the invited list, I didn’t see a single person we knew. Still, Alana and I had been ...
  • The Loveland Castle (Chateau Laroche)

    February 28, 2016
    With less than a week left before we begin our 2016 wheeling season and a few late winter modifications that had yet to be tested, we knew it was time to get Dirty out of hibernation and blow the winter cobwebs out. As luck would have it, this weekend’s weather was again unseasonably warm so, ...
  • Hocking Hills and Rock House

    January 17, 2016
    Cabin fever started to set in a little too heavily this morning and we couldn’t handle the thought of spending another day behind the TV. So, we jumped in Lil Punkin’ and headed out for a drive. We ended up driving around the Hocking Hills area. I had seen a Facebook post on Ohio’s most scenic ...
  • Cincinnati’s Ghost Ship

    December 20, 2015
    We are lucky enough to have our older son visiting for the holidays who is in the Navy. When things got a little bored around the house I decided it was time to go check out something I heard about over the summer and had been researching for a day trip. Our destination would be the ...
  • Redbird State Recreation Area Review

    December 11, 2015
    Location: 15298 W County Road 350 N, Linton, IN 47441 Website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4225.htm Redbird is a “State” Recreation area and I applaud Indiana for supporting a place for legal trail riding. This being said, I’ve found that most state ORV areas are not very challenging to those with experience and Redbird is no exception to this. Trails are almost ...
  • November Sunset Drive

    November 28, 2015
    As the Ohio fall as started to taper into winter, Alana and I have already started to feel the effects of the long winter yet to come. So, when a late November 60 degree day happened we couldn’t help but jump into Lil Punkin’ and go for a drive. We ended up finding ourselves out ...
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