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    Cool story and pics Rachelle. I grew up in Reno, and as a kid we spent a lot of time out in the desert or Pyramid Lake. We had an 87 Toyota Pick up that my parents would let my friends and I drive. A friend of the family also had a little sand rail. We had fun blasting through the desert (north of Reno) or around the lake, as elementary/middle school aged kids. That's how I learned to drive. Around that time I had heard of the Rubicon trail from friends who knew people that had been up there. It sounded awesome to me, and I definitely wanted to experience it someday.

    We had a 85 Wagoneer for a short while. It was not equipped to do some of the trails we do now, but we were able to go out and explore and have fun.

    Time passed (rather quickly) and that dream was put aside. Finally a couple years ago I was in the market for a new vehicle. I started looking at Jeeps, and my desire to do the Rubicon was reignited. So in 2012 I got my 13 JKUR. And in June of 13, I was finally able to make it up there and do the trail. That is still one of my favorite places. The slabs area especially. Amazing scenery.

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    My parents had a few jeeps growing a Levi edition CJ-7 and an old Willys. We would go down to river in Nebraska and camp on the sand bars. Years later my wife and I would always look at them when we were looking at a new vehicle, but never bought one. Then one trip we went to a remote cabin and were given directions and said do not take the GPS route it was not a well traveled road. Well the wife wanted to go that route so we did. As we thought we were closer to the cabin the road was getting narrower and the tree branches were scrapping on both sides of her Honda Civic it was also getting darker too. I was starting to get worried. It turned out to be one of those greenway roads that you are not allowed to get out of your car. No place to turn around so we moved forward. It got to the point she had to get out to "spot" me as I was trying to get around obstacles. A few times she was freaking out because she thought it was going to roll over. We finally made it to the end and sure as shit it came out to a paved road! Still had to go a few more miles on a better traveled road to get to it. After that we went out looking for a better vehicle for our travels and ended up with the jeep.

    I also want to add I found this dude and his wife on the internet making cool videos and was hooked!
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    I grew up with my father having jeeps. I learned to drive in my dad 1970 Jeepster:

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    He currently has a restored '82 CJ Jamboree edition:
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    What started your passion for the off-road Jeep lifestyle?

    In 2009 I was hired by a California state agency as a heavy equipment mechanic. This agency has a huge fleet 1994-2001 Cherokees that I would service and test drive. This one 94 XJ was a rocket and really fun to drive even though the radio made awful screeching noises after a few miles. So I started searching for an XJ at the government auctions because my boss told me about his buddy that picked up a clean XJ for less than five hundred bucks, all it needed was a battery. I went to the auctions and had no such luck, they were going for premium prices that were out of my grasp. Most of the buyers were from car lots or Russians trying to look like big shots by driving the bids up. The Craigslist search began and I realized it was hard to find a clean, unmolested XJ for a decent price. I could find them with rust holes and hacked electrical systems all day long, but I didn't need a never ending headache. I expanded my search to Grand Cherokees and found a ton of them with bad transmissions, but I finally found one that looked like a clean and reliable Jeep. I have had it for about five years now and have done a bunch of work on it to make it a more capable off road vehicle. My wife finally agreed to go off-roading with me up at the High Lakes above Paradise CA with a couple of Wayalife members. She found out that she enjoyed it, she had a lot of fun! She was hooked. A few nights after that adventure she mentioned that she really liked the JKUs that were on the trail with us. That was all I needed to hear. Within two weeks I traded in her economy car and drove home in a new to me 2012 JKU Sport. She loves driving it and now picks out trails in the trail guide books and looks for Jeep parts in the catalogs. We're now closer and getting out of the house. The Jeep has strengthened our marriage.

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    I just wanted to be able to go anywhere I wanted when I wanted to. I know. Very lame compared to your guys stories. But that's why haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail JK View Post
    I just read a cool story from JK_Dave off his build thread about his first experience off-road and how the fun memory of that day stayed with him. I thought it would make a cool thread to hear how you started in the sport or came to realize the enjoyment of the off road wayalife. I'm not sure if there is a similar thread out there or not but I did a quick search and didn't see one.

    My first experience in an off road vehicle was in 07 on safari in the South African bush. To this day that trip remains one of the most epic of my life. I thoroughly enjoy exploring off the beaten path and taking photographs of views that most my never see. Not to mention that feeling of wow, I can't believe the day we had or obstacle we just did!

    Here are a few pics from the safari...
    I hope to hear your story too!
    Wow, that's is WAY COOL!! I had no idea you had ever done this let alone that this is what got you hooked on Jeeps! I'm eager to read everyone's stories

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    My story's not too big I just grew up around them when my dad and I went fishing, camping and stuff and when I got my first jeep I was really hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastleRockJeep View Post
    I grew up with my father having jeeps. I learned to drive in my dad 1970 Jeepster:

    ImageUploadedByWAYALIFE1442792910.265020.jpgImageUploadedByWAYALIFE1442792922.234938.jpg


    He currently has a restored '82 CJ Jamboree edition:
    ImageUploadedByWAYALIFE1442792964.339484.jpgImageUploadedByWAYALIFE1442792977.613459.jpg
    Gorgeous!!

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    Grew up riding in my dad's 1976 CJ5. He had it to run my grand dad's cattle farm. When the farming went it went shortly after. I've been a gear head for years and a mechanic by trade with a soft spot for them ever since. One day out of the blue my wife said let's go look at Jeeps and the kid in me jumped, little diff I know she already had one picked out and when we got there took me straight to it. Dozer? Dad's was canary yellow so it just fit. And them the gear head obsession began.

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    Well growing up I had the chance of my first jeep being an 86' jeep Comanche. It was stock 2.8l v6 5 spd long bed completely stock and purchased from a police auction. I taught myself how to drive a stick in it. And was my first time ever having an off-road vehicle of my own.. Well once the v6 went I replaced it with the 4.0 i6 and had it lifted with 35's it was an awesome rig. Over time I sold it and have since had the privilege of owning an 84 grand wagoneer primarily used as my mudd bogger and also a 94 jeep Cherokee all of which were fun rigs to which I now drive my 07' Jku Sahara and can't wait to do my upgrades and builds to it..

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