Everyone's thinking evolves over time.
They call it learning from experience. Life
tends to steer you in directions that you didn't
expect. We've been coming up here into these
mountains for years, in fact, decades. The
array of vehicles that the people we have owned AND
wheeled is wide, everything from stock Jeep CJ's and
Cherokees, to Toyota FJ Cruisers, to moderately
built Jeep YJ's to full size Ford pickups, to highly
modified custom built CJ's and everything in
between. But there seems to be trends at
times. Early in the days of our trips into the
Appalachian mountains, it seemed to be the Toyota
Pickups and Tacomas, 4 Runners, Jeep Cherokees and
Land Cruisers that seemed to dominate our interests.
Moderately modified and reliable. Then for a
while it was Jeeps. Jeep YJ's, CJ's,
Jeep TJ's and Rubicons and Jeep JK's.
Lately though, its evolved once again. This
time, Toyota FJ Cruisers. People may wonder
why the FJ Cruiser and there's a lot of good
reasons. For one, the mountain logging trails
that we spend most of our time on are easily tamed
by the FJ Cruiser with ample clearance, great
traction with a factory locker, traction control and
a well balanced suspension. Another reason is
reliability. You simply can not beat the
reliability of a Toyota. I drove a Toyota
Pickup for many years, wheeled it hard, sold it to a
friend who also wheeled it hard without any problems
and then sold it. Comfort. When you are
driving hundreds of miles to go 4 wheeling for
several hours over a couple of days, you want to
enjoy the ride, which is really part of the
experience. Like they say its not just the
destination, its also the journey (or something
like that). You also want the effort to be
more fun than work. Where am I going with all
this? Probably to the Toyota Dealership.
Its time for an FJ Cruiser.