Last summer my wife and I had a second kid! Leading up to that life changing event, I knew it was probably time to part ways with my beloved 2008 VW R32. I miss that car. It was all-wheel drive, the exhaust note of the iconic 3.2L V6 was electrifying, it had a hatch which fit a decent amount of cargo, the paddle shifters to control the dual-clutch 6 speed transmission was incredibly fun, and it was paid off.
It only had one flaw: there were only 2-doors. Perfect for just my wife and I. We barely made it work with one kid and I knew there was no way we could make it work with two kids, so it was time to say goodbye. 😥
I sold the R32 and my motorcycle so that I could buy something to fit a family of four. The thing is, I didn't just want any car. I wanted something different. Something fun. So, I bought a Jeep Wrangler.
I want to take this thing on some trails, but I have no idea where to start. What do I need to be prepared? Where should I go in Northern CA? How do I navigate the trails? I'm not looking to go rock crawling-- I'd just like to take the Jeep off the pavement for some casual exploration. Maybe places that require the crossing of a small stream or navigating around shallow ruts. Most importantly, I'd like to arrive at locations with awesome views that aren't accessible via normal roads!
Does anybody have experience with this type of stuff?