Let’s talk cars for a minute. Growing up my dad owned a junkyard. I used to go to work with him and play in disgusting old campers and stripped down, parted out vehicles for fun. I loved the smell of engine oil and Lava soap. I didn’t care if my clothes got dirty. Despite growing up with a car guy, I’ve never been a “car girl”…as long as they could be driven, I didn’t care what it was. I’ve owned everything from a 1988 Mercury Sable to my mom’s old Chevy Impala. I’ve never been high maintenance that way.
There was however, one exception. A handful of years ago I became infatuated with all things Subaru. I loved the WRX, the Baja, the Outback…and the Forester. One day I did a search near me and found a great deal on a used Forester. (One year old and 21,000 miles.) We traded our car in that day. “Wilson” is named after the volleyball in “Castaway.” Turkey’s reasoning is that Forester sounds close to “Forrest Gump” and Tom Hanks is his favorite actor, and we watched Castaway a lot that year. Lol.Brand new to us!
By the end of this trip, Wilson will have taken us through 21 states and 133,000 miles over 4 years.
From home; Illinois to Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma!
From weekend trips to Missouri swimming holes, to a week in the Smoky Mountains, to a section hike on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia through Shenandoah, to the most beautiful vacation I’ve ever experienced in the lower UP in Michigan…and so, so much more. This vehicle is more than just a vehicle to me.I’ve cried in it, yelled in it, punched the steering wheel in anger (then apologized of course), screamed words to ridiculous songs with my friends, carpooled Mountain Chicks events, picked up gear for Gear Forward, been a designated driver at 2am many times for my silly sister who likes to have too much fun, and camped in the back while doing some volunteer trail maintenance.
This little Forester has taken me and us many places and it is 100% my dream car. We brought him home on St. Patrick’s day in 2014. (Ironically we bought our camper on St. Patrick’s day this year!)
He’s got cracks in the windshield, $3,000 worth of hail damage on his body, and sometimes makes weird noises – but I love him just the same.
Wilson is a 2013 Subaru Forester in Obsidian Black Pearl – 2.5x Premium with a tow package. I have had a couple people actually ask if we successfully tow our camper with our vehicle and the answer is yes!Up until 2013, Subaru Foresters were able to tow 2,400lbs. (Our camper has a dry weight of 1,450lbs.) 2014 Forester models and beyond are only able to tow 1,500 lbs. Subaru re-engineered the Forester and the 2014 and beyond has a very low towing capacity. The bigger and more expensive Outback seems to be marketed for towing and hauling.
So, I thank my lucky stars we ended up with the year we did because it has proven to be the perfect adventure mobile! He’s beginning to collect a ton of stickers and dings and miles but fortunately and hopefully has a lot of life left!
This post brought to you by boredom. Also known as, another long day on the road.
What’s YOUR dream adventure mobile or one you already have? What did you name it?
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