All Work And No Jeepin' Makes Life Very Dull
A Lot Of Folks Don't Like to mix business with pleasure; however, a select few wouldn't have it any other way. To blend both successfully takes hard work, dedication, and pride in business ownership. Jason and Terri Bunch are just one such lucky couple mixing both by living the Jeep life through their successful fab and repair shop, Tri-County Gear in Pomona, California. As Terri recently wrote us: "Our mission statement is work hard, play hard, and when it comes to all areas of life and off-roading there are no exceptions. We don't just fix Jeeps, we live Jeeps! We put our money where our mouth is. Of course, the Jeep itself is just a conduit to all the relationships and good memories built out on the trail."
There are hundreds of shops like Tri-County Gear around the country that bring like-minded enthusiasts together for adventure to form close bonds and lifelong friendships. In our opinion as four-wheel fanatics, what they do is help foster community spirit and a passion for four-wheeling. We can't think of a better way to spend our recreational hours than experiencing awesome adventure with people like this. Throughout the years the Bunches have tried to hold at least one trail event a month with friends, family, and customers. After these events, the one-time customers often become more than just customers-they become good friends. The events vary in difficulty from challenging rockcrawling to mountain trails and all sorts of desert terrain. The most important part is that everyone has a great time. Recently Jason and Terri held their first Borrego Springs Customer Appreciation Event. The event was staged out of the Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs, California, and Palm Canyon makes a great base camp for exploring this region.
The Squeeze is actually tighter than it looks; driving though it is a test of patience and skill. If the unwary driver is not careful, fenders, paint, and glass are the first to take the hit. As a joke, a complementary set of fender flares was brought along on the trip to give to the person with the most fender damage. The fender flares were never handed out and the only person who actually sustained any vehicle damage was a 4-Wheel & Off-Road staff editor who accidently punched a hole in the hardtop of his JK. Oh well!
Borrego Springs rests in the heart of Anza-Borrego State Park. This area is full of 4x4 trails and is filled with amazing geographic sites to see and explore. Borrego is approximately 78 miles northeast of San Diego in southeastern California. Borrego also sits about 30 miles west of the Salton Sea and 40 miles north of the Mexico border. This event rounded up 31 Jeeps and 78 enthusiastic adventurers. After running trails during the day everyone was treated by the Bunches' hospitality to margaritas and a great meal. The last night of the event Jason and Terri raffled off some very cool prizes after we ate Palm Canyon's world-famous ribs. We can't wait till next year's event.
The scenery around Anza-Borrego is spectacular. On a clear day from this mesa you can see perhaps 100 miles in any direction. Below the mesa are amazing rain-carved canyons that in some sections are wide enough for vehicles to drive in and out of, then they neck down to narrow gaps a hiker can barely squeeze through.