For the past couple of summers, Chuck and I have had it a goal to go on Sunday afternoon adventures. We both love the outdoors and love living in the Pacific Northwest. We have found that Sunday afternoons are a great time to visit local parks, State Parks, the beach, or just go on a nice hike.
But if you know anything about me, it’s probably that I hate the cold and I hate snow. So we generally take these adventures in the summer. But when Chuck recently suggested we go on a Sunday afternoon adventure…despite (because of?) the snow, I just couldn’t say no.
I mean, when a cute guy asks you out, you say yes. Right?
Especially when Toyota was kind enough to loans us this amazing Land Cruiser for a week. Thank you, Toyota!
Last week we were driving this 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser and I’m pretty sure Chuck just wanted to take it out to test it’s snow capabilities. FYI: it has some real mojo and handled like a dream.
Large Family Travel Tip:
Fast food is expensive for a crew our size so we almost never go to fast food restaurants. What we do on adventures like this is grab a sub sandwich or two, and some chips, and fruit & veggies. We have found this much cheaper and more filling option.
We keep a bin (pictured in this post) stashed in the back of our vehicle that contains:
Cutting board, knife, napkins, garbage bags, sanitizing wipes, cups, and paper plates. This means we can swing into a store and grab subs, or even sandwiches fixings, for a quick on-the-go meal.
Sunday after church Chuck grabbed two sub sandwiches (eight bucks each at the grocery store), chips and cookies. I brewed a pot of coffee and filled a thermos. Chuck loves tailgating it when we are out adventuring and the kids love eating.
These boys are hearty Boy Scouts. They have been winter camping, snow caving, and snowshoeing. The cold doesn’t bother them!
So we were all happy.
And me? How did I weather the cold?
By eating my lunch in the warm Land Cruiser, sitting on my heated seat, reading on my Kindle. Yeah, it was perfect.
Jubliee was happy to pose for some photos which thrilled me because I have been envisioning this:
And I was thrilled that she shared my vision.
So I shared my coffee.
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better (photographically speaking) it began to snow.
Yeah, it really doesn’t get much better than this!
Sunday afternoon adventures. We may just have to do more of these in the winter too.