Saturday, May 16, 2015

Three years and 100k later, and still going strong!

2010 Kia Soul + Sport
I know everyone thinks I'm crazy, but this little car has become one of my favorite cars I've had. Not only is it fun to drive, but it is balanced well enough to tackle most of the dirt roads in the desert. I've been through soft deep sand, snow, mud, ice, and even a flood! The Soul seems to handle them all. If Kia ever comes out with a 4 wheel drive or even an all wheel drive (which they are hinting they will, with a hybrid rear electric motor) this little grocery getter, econobox will be unstoppable! By the numbers, this little tike will turn five this year, with 100k miles. I've put new brakes on the front, a new battery, and three sets of tires. I drive 60 miles a day on what would best be described as a goat trail of a road. No rattles, no squeaks, no oil leaking, or burning. And even with the big-ass rack still get 26 MPG; not too shabby Kia, not too shabby.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Love spring flowers!

Back in town after a weekend of camping in Death Valley,  more pictures to come.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring has sprung....

Some of the many wild flowers blooming in the desert.

It seems everything in the desert just wants to stab, sting, or otherwise hurt you.

Doggie photo-bomb. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My Saturday

With the wife and Franken-daughter away for the weekend, (visiting a friend in Boise, ID) I decided  to take a long hike in our local mountains. It's been a few months since I've done a good long hike. This one almost did me in, the first mile about killed me! Those who know me better, know that I've been interested in taking a couple of long backpacking trips in and around the West. I've been researching, and purchasing everything I would need, but I've forgotten to get outside and work on my health, strength, and endurance.... Time for me to do more working than talking. So that leads me to pushing myself to hike some 8 miles today.  It was a good hike, I'm just a little out of shape!

There was also a lot of snow on the trails in areas, which made things a little more challenging.