by Jamie McCarty
It wasn’t too long after that, that I had my first adventure to Moab, Utah. Moab is a whole new different type of off-roading. That week was one of the most fun times I have had. The days were filled with trails, meeting new people and connecting for life. The mornings were early and the nights late. It was solidified that trip, I was buying a jeep and no one could stop me. At this point in my life I was a single mom of two little boys. My family thought I was crazy. I remembered hearing “you just can’t go out and buy a jeep! You have bills to pay, house to care for, as well as two little boys to take care of”. I had just paid off my truck and my grandmother had recently passed away and left me a little money to do with what I pleased. My grandmother was huge on family and I wanted to do something with that money that would honor her. So I did it, I took that money and I put a down payment down on a newer jeep. I looked at it like this was something my boys and I would enjoy together. We could go on our own adventure and spend quality time together as a family, like my grandmother would have liked.
Enter my love “Free bird” (my jeep), ok so she didn’t wear her name proudly for almost six months but she had her name from day one. She represented a few things. The freedom that I felt in the mountains, the love of my country which also includes my gratitude I have for our US military. My boys were super excited. We spent many summer days driving trails in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. I truly had found a new passion in life and a great way to release stress.
With my new found hobby I needed to find and connect with more friends in my area. Most the friends I had that were into off-roading were in northern Colorado. I found a New Mexico jeep group on Facebook that has members all over the state, which lead me to the all-women’s chapter. The all-women’s group introduced me to LON last fall when I went to training in Albuquerque. That training taught me some important basics for the “trail”. I hope to continue learning and growing with my new passion and love. This is just a chapter of MY STORY - to be continued…..
Posted by: Dulcy Rojas