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Get Out

This was a different kind of adventure. My youngest son, Sawyer, and I had been doing some adventurous things (multi-day canoeing, camping, Jeeping with some rock crawling buddies in Oklahoma, etc.) but we hadn’t done anything this organized.

One of our Jeeping buddies suggested we take on the Palo Duro Challenge just outside Amarillo, Texas. Sounded fun. Two or three days of Jeeping the canyon was placed on the adventure docket, we rounded up several of our regular Jeeping crew, and made arrangements to take the Challenge. Once we did that, we found out that there were only two kinds of trails: Difficult, and Most Difficult. Our host registered all of us for Most Difficult.

It was a fun time running through trails like the Coyote Crawl. We descended into the canyon in the mornings, and those who weren’t broken, came up in the evenings. Those who broke down in the canyon were left for dead. Just kidding. There were a few pretty substantial recovery efforts for a few jeeps that had catastrophic failures down there in the bottom.

We ran our Jeeps pretty hard but at the end of the day, our group was up top eating steak dinners together (provided by the wonderful folks hosting the Challenge).

It was great to drive our rig to run the Palo Duro Challenge, run it hard, then drive back home without a failure. Jeep Rubicons may not win the Consumer Reports “most loved automobile” award, but they are epically awesome vehicles.

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