It’s great and all, but it’s never quite what you imagined it’d be.

I’ve romanticized about taking a trip in an older Jeep through the West/Southwest for quite some time now, and the dream was lived out in full last week. My wife and I packed up and headed to the in-laws from Denver to Phoenix, stopping along the way in Santa Fe to meet up with some relatives. While it was a great trip, the romance of doing a long haul in an old truck loses a little mystique after about six hours, and by the end of the fourth day, we were both spent.

Having said that, I totally recommend giving it a shot, but if I can offer up any advice, it’s this: Be prepared.

We brought extra gas (used it), water, food, and tools, all in case something happened and we got stranded. What we neglected to bring was proper clothing. If I’d realized it, nearly all of the drive was above 6,000ft, so it was really chilly. Fortunately, we had our raincoats, but outside of that, it got brisk (and rainy) at times. A proper jacket would have been nice.

Though we ended up damp a few times, I don’t regret the trip at all, but next time we do it, it’ll be in our 2011 Outback. Here’s a few photos from the journey:

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