Hi, I'm HammerheadFistpunch and I own a Land Cruiser but you probably already know that because...well...i wont shut up about it. You also probably know that I think its pretty great, but you may not know that I gave up a very jalop turbo manual awd wagon (2005 forester xt) to get it. That's right, 3400 lbs of high speed save the manuals for a 5000 lb 4 speed automatic land crusher. Why? Without going into too much detail I feel like there is just too much variety in the world to lock myself into one car, or one driving mentality and, in addition, I felt a strong urge with the passing of my father to explore and find out what the under traveled parts of my own backyard, and beyond, had to offer me.
Don't think that I don't miss the canyon carver, or that i don't still love the joy of a real fun car but at this point in my life the thing that called to me most in the Jalopnoverse...was overlanding.
Because overlanding is about people not places and, well, because taking a 2 year old into a place 30 miles from anywhere without a backup plan is a stupid idea I asked a friend along in his 2012 Tacoma quad cab TRD; I knew he would be down.
Can I say what a treat it is having a friend that's always up for adventure? Seriously. It doesn't hurt that he, after our last trip to Moab, totally caught the overlanding bug and was excited to take his boy back into the wild.Bonus; His wife, a photographer, was coming along for the ride.