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Katie Jansma talks about her Jeep world

Posted in Features on August 5, 2015
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Photographers: Levi Jansma

How many parents have a hard time going to Jeep events? Aren't sure if you can take the kids with you? I have a list of events that I know I can take my girls to where there won't be any issues to worry about. Yes, I really have a list. Why? My girls love to go to off-road events just to see a bunch of built Jeeps in a shop or to spend a few days out on the trail with other people that love Jeeping as much as us. It's a family affair for us. If you invite me to an event, you get all four of us. That's how it works in my family.

Speaking of events, I had the chance to be present at the Colorado Northridge4x4 2nd annual Open House. When I say present, I really mean spent four to five hours in the Jeep one way with a four- and six-year-old. Thank goodness for headphones and LeapPads. Otherwise I may have been pegged out on the crazy meter by the end of the day.

The invitation came from Oliver and Tim who work out of the Colorado Northridge4x4 store. We met at All-4-Fun Week 2014. Northridge4x4 had several companies come out to support its Open House, ranging from big names like American Expedition Vehicles, TeraFlex, Truck-Lite, to smaller companies like a tasty BBQ joint named House of Q BBQ & Brew. If you ever get to Longmont, Colorado, you must check it out.

This was an awesome event to take my girls to. If you are really worried about taking kids to an event, keep in mind that a large number of people that attend these sort of events have children and understand the meltdowns and boredom that young children can experience. Northridge4x4 had coloring books on hand just for the little Jeepers. My girls don't always want to walk around with me asking questions about this product or that service and need something to keep them occupied.

However, the best part of this open house (or any, for that matter) was meeting all the employees so that I can put a face to the person I'm talking to on the phone later. It's a great way for you to build relationships with the people at the local shops you're going to be working with, which is something you definitely want when it is your Jeep they're working on. Another great part about attending an open house is that you meet lots of fellow Jeepers. So next time your local off-road shop has an open house, get on down there and make some new friends.


Northridge 4x4
Silverdale, WA 98383

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