Category: Friends

Branded

The First

Parked in front of the bank with a telltale sign in the window, the little truck caught my eye.  I spun my mountain bike around to have a look. Put off by the color scheme I was not sure if this truck was a fit for me. Still, I went right home and called the number on the sign. I had to go home to make the call, or find a phone booth, because in 1989 nobody had heard of a cellphone.

Before long I met with Ron, the owner and an ex-ski patroller of certain reputation in town. I was a current ski patroller at the time and we had many mutual friends. After a brief test drive I bought it without haggling over the price. Ron griped about pricing it too low; I was the first caller. Many years later I rented an apartment downstairs from Ron. He snored so loud I had his number on speed dial and would call in the middle of the night when he began snoring to wake him and then hang up.

I fell in love with the 1981 Toyota SR5 Pickup. It had a 22R 4-cylinder engine, a real hi/low 4×4 transmission, a long bed with an aluminum shell and ate up dirt roads and deep snow. I explored the Eastern Sierra in-depth, stretching the adventures into the deserts of Death Valley, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, with road trips north to Oregon and Washington.



The Driveway

The kids say I have the best driveway in the neighborhood.

I say thanks for all the entertaining moments.



Trekking with Nyota


time traveler

“The Prime Directive is not just a set of rules.

It is a philosophy, and a very correct one.
History has proven again and again
 that whenever mankind interferes
 with a less developed civilization,
 no matter how well intentioned
 that interference may be,
 the results are invariably
disastrous.”
Jean-Luc Picard
Symbiosis