Bucket List. Everyone has one, the things you want to do before you kick the bucket. (If you don’t have one, please get started now!!) Years ago, I changed the name of mine to be a Life List, I’m not so worried about getting things done before I die, but more inclined to want to experience things to enhance my life. That’s what new experiences are to me, an enhancement, the creation of a memory.
My husband, Rich, checked a big one off his Bucket list this past weekend. He raced at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. Now, he didn’t actually race behind the wheel, that’s not what we do, but he did hold a race in the Big House and he got the run of the place. He drove the grounds all week and spent time on the track, running down Turn One in a John Deere, running across the track to retrieve a tire, flagged from the flag stand. He did it all, but most importantly, held a successful event at the biggest off-road motorsports track in the nation.
For 45 years, Crandon has been making history, and now we are a part of that history. As a team, we got to be part of the Super Challenge Offroad weekend, Dirt Riot, MORR, the sand drags and mud bog were all held on the same weekend. So happy to have been invited, it was a great week. I know for Rich is was a highlight in his career as an offroad promoter, and I know it won’t be the last. He works so hard for so many, and has no idea how many appreciate his efforts. I am so proud of him.
In off roading there are some places that call us home. Moab, Utah. Rubicon Springs, California. Baja, Mexico. Crandon, Wisconsin. There are many others we love to spend time at, but if you are chasing mecca, these are the top four.
Moab offers a four wheel drive friendly environment, all the way around. From the hotels and restaurants to the folks who live there, we may not all enjoy the same things, but we all want to be outdoors enjoying the beautiful red rocks of the area. Easter Jeep Safari is my one, for sure, event there…and then we steal any other time we can get.
Rubicon Springs is a four wheel drive trail that has been around for a century, there is a way in and a way out. Neither is easy, but if you have some skills, you can make the trail without breaking. Each year in July we try to attend Jeepers Jamboree there and enjoy our time away from cell phones and all the other stresses of daily life. It is really hard to stress when someone else if providing your meals and entertainment. Great trail.
Baja is one of my favorite places, twice a year we find our way across the border to the streets of Ensenada and often times further south. SCORE International hosts two races we enjoy, the 1000 in November and the 250 in early March. It is awesome to be part of a race team in the wilds of Mexico, and the food! I just can’t say enough about the fresh food we get to eat when we go.
Enter Crandon, a small northern town in Wisconsin, in the offroad race scene, it is referred to as The Big House. 2014 marks the 45th year of the Crandon race course, started and managed by a committee, we got to spend the day with them today. These are the movers and shakers in this small town, they showed us everything. I am so looking forward to going back there for a race day, what a trip that will be to finally make it to the Big House.