Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is a bit cooler. The leaves and surrounding farmlands take on rich, earthy colors. And it’s a time for many of us here in North Dakota to drive out into rural North Dakota (yes, we have cities here) in pursuit of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
As you might imagine, many of the roads away from the pavement are in less than perfect condition, often requiring 4WD vehicles, or at least a brave soul strong enough to dig other vehicles out when they get stuck.
These drivers of 4WD vehicles come in many shapes and sizes. Some choose luxury vehicles like Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators. These guys usually stay on fairly well-groomed roads and drive right up to their hunting area with much exploring. Then there’s the rest of us. We drive old Ford pickups, beat up Jeeps, and in my case, a 1994 Chevy Suburban, and we occasionally take the road less traveled (that’s me, stuck in the picture). (more…)