After Valentine’s Day in Santa Fe at the lovely Ten Thousand Waves, @jaclyntrop flew to Miami for a speaking gig, so I headed for Denver, crashed for the night at @halcyoncherrycreek, grabbed lunch with @la_la_nicolette, then crossed the Rockies, spent the night in Moab, and ran Hurrah Pass in the @jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara before heading home in a single Moab-to-Sacto shot.
While I was out in the red rocks, a snowstorm blew through that wasn’t forecast to arrive until later. Thankfully, what I got was merely a tease, because the snowy drive back home to Sacramento last night wound up being exceptionally frigid and somewhat tense. I’d done Hurrah in a JL Rubicon before, and wasn’t worried that the Sahara couldn’t handle it. Driven judiciously, your Outback could handle it, It’s a pretty mild trail, but on a section of trail on the far side of the pass that seems to have eroded, the Sahara ran out of approach angle, and since I was on my own, with no spotter and the potential for further inclement weather high, discretion proved the better part of rock-crawling valor.
Still, I’ve got a massive crush on this Jeep. It’s comfortable enough for long hours, capable enough to deal with any reasonable obstacle, and is just generally an incredibly thoughtful piece of engineering. Not too many new vehicles at any price deliver this much fun and character, especially when wrapped in a package that’s so everyday usable. A Rubi with the bumper ends removed likely would’ve cleared the shelf that stopped me, but as something to live with day in and day out when I’m not on the trails, I’ve really come around to the idea that every Wrangler doesn’t need to be a Rubicon. Every now and then, I get very sad when they come to pick up a press car. I’m really going to miss this one.