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There’s No Time Like The Present

Posted in Features on July 27, 2016
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Photographers: Charles Hazel

I realized a dream this past summer. My oldest son, Charlie, and I drove my dad’s Toyota Tacoma 4x4 from my parents’ house in Marshfield, Massachusetts, over a scenic, meandering cross-country route to our home in San Diego, California. In all, we travelled about 3,800 miles almost quite literally from the Atlantic the Pacific Ocean, give or take a hundred feet. We hit Niagara Falls in New York; A Christmas Story House museum in Cleveland, Ohio; Mount Rushmore and the town of Deadwood in South Dakota; Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; and a whole bunch of other stuff up, over, around, and in between. We shared a full week of quality time, had awesome adventures, and made memories that will last both our lifetimes.

The thing is the trip really wasn’t my dream. It was my mom and dad’s. They talked and planned about making this exact journey for nearly 10 years, but something always came up and it kept getting pushed off ’til next year. But as painful as it is to say, my dad ran out of “next years.” He passed away suddenly right before Christmas. He was instrumental in making me the man I am today, and without him, I might not know how to change a tire, let alone hold the automotive knowledge required to run an operation like Four Wheeler. He sat behind the wheel of the family auto for hundreds of hours worth of vacation journeys all over the country when I was a kid. I figured I’d take the wheel this time and make the trip he always planned. And you can come along too. Check out the Epic XC trip at There’s no hardcore wheeling or crazy action. Just a dad and his son driving an all-original 325,000-mile 4x4 pickup across America and doing stuff and seeing things you’ve got no excuse for not doing or seeing yourself. So get out there and grab some adventure!

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