We’re noticing more lawns growing green and more leaves on the trees and, to us, that means only one thing… the wheeling season is finally in full bloom. How often will you be hitting the trails this year?
Missouri offers a wide variety of options when it comes to wheeling, and with a little effort you could easily spend EVERY weekend, from now through September, out on a trail.
If you are new to the area or new to off-roading, “local” parks like Washita, Central Missouri Off-road, Flat Nasty, Moonlight and SMORR host group events throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy nature and get to know other Jeep-lovers. Many of these parks also offer open wheeling on select weekend, for the lone-wolf wheelers out there…but we always recommend wheeling with at least one other Jeep.
If you have a more adventurous spirit, and the flexibility to travel, consider participating in one or more of the many Jeep Jamborees going on throughout the country in places like Big Bear Lake, California, Tillamook, Oregon, Moab, Utah, Monticello, New York and a whole host of places in between. For a comprehensive list of dates and locations follow this link to the Jeep Jamboree website.
Wherever you wheel, we remind you to be safe, have fun and be respectful of other Jeepers and the land!
We recently had a new Jeep owner come in to Axleboy with a complaint about the “Jeep-wave”.
“It doesn’t work” he said, “I wave at other Jeeps all the time and never get a wave back. Don’t people do the Jeep wave anymore?”
There is some speculation that the wave may have been around even longer than the Jeep brand itself. Whether that is a fact or not, we really don’t know…but we do know that the Jeep-wave is very much alive and well within the local Jeep communities.
Why do some Jeep owners neglect to return the wave?
Maybe it’s just an off day. Or perhaps they just weren’t paying attention when your drove by. Also, depending on what forums you read, there are certain rules that determine which Jeeper should initiate a wave and whether you can expect a wave in return.
One Jeep page we found, JeepTalk.org, has an actual list of qualities to determine a Jeep’s level of awesomeness and corresponding wave hierarchy- based on vehicle appearance (is it muddy?), age (older is better) and modifications. They indicate that some Jeeps may simply not qualify for a return wave based on low or negative scores.
Regardless of where your Jeep lands on the awesomeness scale, we remind all Jeep owners that when they purchased their Jeep, new or used, they implicitly agreed to carry on the tradition of the wave. As a general rule, we encourage you not to be that Jeeper that leaves other folks hanging with their hand in the air.