Ruth’s new parking spot 4.0

After lots of adventures all across the country, Ruth (our Land Rover Defender) is glad to be back in Leelanau County. But she’ll be even happier when she’s in good working order again and can get back on the road, cruising along M-22 and the many scenic seasonal roads she loves in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National lakeshore.

She’s been tucked into the pine trees since our return to Northern Michigan, at Coastal Storage in Cedar, MI. It seems lately our whole life is here at Coastal Storage. We have most of our belongings tucked away into two units, plus Madre and I also have been renting temporary studio space in the loft upstairs over the garage. Although our living situation has become quite transient, our businesses are thriving and we needed a reliable place to go get work done, no matter where we lay our heads at night. We’ve been more than pleased with studio work accommodations and are sad to see that coming to an end.

While working here, I often think that there could be a reality TV series based out of this storage unit property. Scotty, the owner and his dog Prince are friendly and welcoming – chatting with those who come through. You never know who you might run into here. From trust fund brats, famous actors who have a vacation home here, to retired GM execs with a place in the Hall of Fame.

Down in the garage below, Scotty is always putzing with a vehicle, whether it be his mother’s golf cart, his son’s tractor, one of his sports cars, or a “project” that a buddy has dropped off. After Jackson had a recent conversation with him, Scotty offered to take a look at the Rover and pull her into the garage.

“Any vehicle lucky enough to enter this garage always comes out better than it entered…”

Meanwhile, we’re still looking for temporary housing and long-term property, and now new studio space. Let us know if you know of anything!

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Ruth’s new parking spot 3.0

After having our Rover released from potential Government seizure, plus a planned trip to MI, we decided it would be a good time to welcome our Land Rover Defender (aka Ruth) to the Kentucky countryside we reside in. Kevin’s brother Andrew was excited to have his basketball court back (the driveway) and we’re glad Mom didn’t turn the Rover into a really expensive flower pot.

Since we started this blog, got the Rover, and made big life changes – paying off debt and being good stewards has been an ongoing goal and priority. Kentucky has provided a great opportunity for work that’s launching us into achieving some greater goals. We decided it was time to walk into the bank and payoff our remaining debt on the Rover – giving us freedom and an asset. (Cheers and Praise!)

“With God, all things are possible.”  ~Mark 10:27

“Much like Indiana Jones, we never know what’s going to be around the bend…”

And thus is life. Believe for the best and don’t get bent out of shape with challenges arise and things go less than smoothly. While we envisioned driving the Rover with no problems all the way to KY from MI, we also anticipated the possibility of, well, anything.

After a few breakdowns, phone calls with Safari H.P., some attempted repairs, an extra day in Ohio with family, we played it safe and had to tow Ruth into her new parking spot – at Gusty Branch, in the hills of Kentucky.

Some say we should just sell the Rover. Although this Defender is just an earthly object, it represents something deeper, something bigger. While the world would have us give up on Ruth and go another direction – their direction – we’re inclined to fight for her. It’s kind of like following Christ that comes down to one simple decision and conviction of the heart. The challenge is to be ok with uncertainty, what lies ahead, and choose to follow Him, no matter the resistance.

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 Morals of the story…

• Abraham is always up for the adventure.

• Do what you gotta do, but make sure to slow down and intentionally enjoy the journey.

• 3 year olds are smarter and more capable than you think. Take everyday life moments (and challenges) as opportunities to teach them – they’re listening and watching!

• Surrender what’s out of your control. You don’t have as much control as you think.

• It’s good to have someone reliable and non-judgmental to call in an emergency – no matter your location.

• Be passionate and persistent.

• Instead of driving the quickest route possible, take your journey through small town America and off the interstate. You’ll see who America really is – and have a better perspective because of it.

• Road trips/Travel give you experience, perspective and education that can’t be found anywhere else. You’ll connect with people you never normally would – making friends for life.

• Drive a Defender – then you might understand 🙂

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Celebrating the return of the Defenders

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Jennifer, who also had her Defender seized, put on a great party on her property in North Carolina to celebrate our recent civilian victory against the government, with the return of our Land Rover Defenders.

Most of us who attended were meeting face to face for the first time. Over the last year, while we were in contact with our one common tie, Will Hedrick (our lawyer and selfless hero), we could not know the others involved or talk about the details of the case as it unfolded.

The party could not have had better weather or a location. It was catered with fantastic food, an unending supply of ice tea and lemonade supplied, entertained by the band Raffe Hollister, and even included swimming in a pool. By the end of the night, stories were shared, contacts and friends for life were made. We came together over our common passion…adventure + our Land Rover Defenders.

 A gift of Thanks

How do you thank a lawyer who racked up over $500,000 in legal fees while fighting for you?

How about a Defender 110 that was previously owned by a couple from France, that had patina from their own adventures across African soil? Collectively, as a gift of thanks to Will, the 25+ Defender owners he represented, went in together to get him his own Safari vehicle. It providing an unforgettable moment, a dream come true.

What’s better than the gift of adventure?!


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