Cross Country trip in the ’87 CJ

Hey Ya’ll! So i thought I would tell you all about an experience I had a few years ago. An experience that sparked the travel bug inside me. My younger brother, Alfalfa, went to film school out in LA, so I decided to take a hike out to visit him. I didn’t have much money saved and only had my ’87 CJ which i completely re-built myself and tends to break down here and there, but I am always up for an adventure. I told my mom and asked my brother if it would be cool with him if I stayed with him a few days. I got the ok from both and headed out. I wasn’t too interested in the midwest, so I drove straight through to Indiana that first day. Since it was summer, and a cloudless, warm night, I spent the night under the stars in my sleeping bag. I slept so soundly that I was awoken suddenly by my cell phone ringing at 730 am, long after sunrise. It was my mom. Apparently, they hadn’t had the same cloudless, warm night back home in Scranton. They had quite the storm. A severe thunderstorm with hail and tornado warnings. I tree had apparently fallen right onto our front porch. She was panicked and called to ask me what to do. Good thing I have some great friends in the business! I hung up with her and called my buddy John at ScrantonTree.com¬†and he was over at our house in 20 minutes helping my mom out. With that crisis averted, I got back on the road. My next stop was Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Of course, I wanted to see old Faithful and waited over an hour. Kind of underwhelming. But the hikes I went on throughout the park! Amazing! I would hike for hours and hours and not see 1 human. It was amazing. To be so completely surrounded by nature like that. It was very peaceful and relaxing. Definitely some of the best hikes I’ve taken to date. I spent 3 nights camping in Yellowstone and on my last day decided to wake up early and take one last hike on my favorite trail. Well, little did I know that early morning is when the grizzly bears in Yellowstone eat breakfast. They definitely were interested in me and thought gee, that white boy looks like he has some good meat on him! You see, I mistakenly stumbled across a mama bear and her 3 cubs. Oops. You may ask yourself at this point, how did this daredevil Sheebs get out of this sticky situation. Well, my dad always told me if you come into contact with a bear, put your arms above your head and stay facing the bear and back away very very slowly, maintaining eye contact with the bear. It seemed to work and when i was far enough away to feel safe, I was done testing that theory and turned and ran like I’ve never run before. It was about 1 mile back to the jeep and I think I ran my first 4 minute mile ever! Too bad no one was around to see. I promptly jumped in the jeep and turned the ignition to find that it did not start. Great. Stuck in the middle of a national park with 4 bears chasing me and a jeep that wont start. And no cell service. What now. Well folks, it looks like you will have to wait til next time to find out!

 

See ya next time! Thanks for listening ya’ll! Peace out! SHEEBS.…