ALERT: Send us your family-vacation-in-a-Jeep experience, especially if it’s vintage or parked in front of a monument or noteworthy thingy (world’s largest ball of yarn, or whatever works). We also want to see the usual fare: Rather than the same built rides that we put in Readers’ Rigs, Sideways is all about your military Jeep experience, your sunk/stuck/rolled Jeep experience, family experience with a Jeep, or other personal history in which a Jeep played a part. We want to see and hear, so send us a high-resolution pic and don’t forget the most important parts of all—tell us who is in the photo (first and last name), where it was taken, what year/type of Jeep, and the fun backstory info. And tell us who you are and where you’re from if you’re not the one in the photo. Make sure the photo is a JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file at 1,600 by 2,000 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device). No PDFs or other formats. Email the photo and story to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Sideways.”
They Got Maui’d
Bobby Noble sent us photos from not one but two family vacations. That’s vacation as a plural. Due to space limitations, we’re only able to run this pic, which is his rental Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (the other trip was in his personal ’15 Wrangler). It’s parked 10,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Bobby says, “This is on top of the Haleakala Volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui. We love Jeeping, so when on vacation 6,000 miles away, we rented a Jeep.” One day, Bobby and Jillian’s kids, Molly and Charlie, will grow up and move out. That’s when we’d like to be adopted and take their spots on a Jeep vacation—plural.
“This is a picture of my mother, Mamie (Mary) E. Lombardi (maiden name), leaning on the jeep, when she was assigned as a military nurse in Azerbaijan, Iran, during the American Russian lend lease program of WWII,” explains Marcus Wiese. “This is in far northern Iran adjoining Russia. She was in what was called the ‘Persian Gulf Command’. America supplied Russia with war supplies (airplanes, weapons, etc.) and helped take care of injured Russians. She later married a military man she met there, Walter Wiese.” And that’s her “lifelong friend” Margaret Lanham at the wheel. “They knew/visited with each other until their deaths in New England in 2000.” He also points to “the Russian markings on the American jeeps! I have no idea what model or year this jeep was, about 1944 or so.”
Woot! Here’s a historic one for Sideways: August 21, 2017, or as you may recall, the date on which almost everyone looked up at the sky through special glasses, Saltines, paper plates, colanders, or other innovations. This is Kenneth Carlson’s capture. “Witnessing the total solar eclipse was truly an amazing experience that I will never forget! Driving over 1,000 miles with my wife, Mary, in my ’13 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to Salem, Oregon, we were determined to get into the zone of totality!”
From James Stevenson: “A ride in Ocala National Forest in Florida. ’17 Jeep Willys, Firecracker Red.” Well, to his credit, it all does look pretty self-explanatory.