by Stephanie Errickson
I can be considered your stereotypical Jeepin’ dog mom, but there is a lot more to me that has molded my story. I am an outgoing and adventurous person who loves the outdoors, dogs, and my family and friends. I consider myself someone who is always willing to learn new skills, and I am always willing to try something new when I can. I am admittedly a bit of a workaholic, but I do make sure to take time for myself and my family to help with my work-life balance.
I am proud to say I was able to graduate from The University of New Mexico with my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in 2015. This degree has given me the opportunity to grow within my career, and excel in the industry I work in. Currently, I am working in the telecommunications industry as a trainer. I enjoy my job, and it has allowed me to dive deep into my passion for leading people to success and teaching people new skills that help them be successful in their career.
Being a girl from a suburb outside of Philadelphia, I never thought life would take me where I am today. Growing up in an area that was right outside of a big city, I always craved adventure and the outdoors. As a kid, camping was the escape from the big city, and this is where I found my passion for off-roading. Off-roading was introduced to me at a very young age. From Jeeps to Broncos, I was able to experience a little bit of it all.
My dad always had a Ford Bronco in the driveway. These Broncos were more than just a way of getting me to school or to soccer practice. They were the vehicles in which I helped my parents throw newspapers at 3 in the morning, enjoyed countless fishing and camping trips, learned how to navigate back roads and work on vehicles, but most of all, they helped create memories with my dad that can never be replaced. Although Ford Broncos were the biggest influence in my love for off-roading when I was a kid, I am proud to say that I am a Jeep owner. Jeeps always have intrigued me, and I always loved the idea behind what Jeeps meant to people who own them. I wanted to be a part of that, and now that I am, I understand it.
I did not own my first Jeep until 2015, which is when I bought my Jeep Wrangler. That is when my off-roading story continued; almost a decade from when my Dad sold his last Bronco. When I first bought my Jeep, my Dad was excited that I was getting back into off-roading. My mom was hesitant on the idea, but has grown to love the Jeep, along with going out on the occasional cruise with me. My husband and I fell in love with the Wrangler right away, and have been able to go on countless adventures because of it. We have also been able to share our love for our Jeep with his family as well by taking them on trails or just for a cruise. Our Jeep has so many memories attached to it already in the 4 years we have owned it. I could go on forever about the trips we have taken in it, but there are two specific memories that stand out to me that are a huge part of my story.
The first memory is in 2015. My husband proposed to me after 4 years of dating. However, this wasn’t your average proposal. He took me up to the Sandia Crest in our Jeep Wrangler, and proposed to me while we were sitting in it looking out at the night sky. This is one of my happiest memories in our Jeep, and we were able to capture our love for our Jeep within our engagement photos.
The second memory is in 2017. My husband and I decided to take an off-roading adventure for our honeymoon. We took our Jeep from Albuquerque, NM, to Ouray, CO, to Moab, UT, to the Grand Canyon, and back to NM. This adventure taught us a few things around off-roading, along with kicking off our marriage with an amazing trip that created memories that will always be close to my heart. This trip allowed us to complete Black Bear Pass, Engineer Pass, and Top of the World. These trails are a few on the list we have that we would like to complete, and being able to check them off during our honeymoon was fantastic.
Off-roading is the avenue in which I am always learning new things, meeting new people, and experiencing adventures that most people only have seen on television. I have learned a lot so far, but have so many more things to experience. My story is on-going, and I am excited to see where it will take me; especially within the off-road community.
Posted by: Dulcy Rojas