The holiday season is a good time to reflect on the past twelve months and set plans for the coming year. Understandably, these difficult economic times are causing many people to cut back on expenditures. Hobbies and other recreational activities such as four-wheeling tend to take a hit, and that’s too bad.
You see, there’s more to off-road driving than simply hopping in a vehicle and cruising through the isolated parts of the nation. Driving off-road offers a great opportunity to connect not only with nature, but with your family as well. Yes, four-wheeling is an exciting and affordable pastime that the whole family can enjoy.
When was the last time you did something fun with your family? Did that include going off-road? Four wheeling is not just a “guy thing”; women and children appreciate the great outdoors, as well.
I encourage you to make time for some off-road driving next year. It need not be often: one or two days per month is sufficient. You and your family spend quality time together while you enjoy some of the most fascinating landscape around. Regardless of where you live, you can find exciting places to visit.
Some people claim that four-wheeling is expensive. Compared to what? Sure, you can invest a ton in this or any other hobby. But you can also have a lot of fun four-wheeling with just a little extra here and there. Remember that your biggest investment—the vehicle—is already purchased. Other than gas, about all you need is a park sticker. Daily passes are very reasonable (averaging about $10.00), and if you want to save even more, buy an annual sticker. (Remember to buy an off-road permit if required.)
How do those costs stack up against admission to an amusement park? A family of four could expect to pay these base daily rates:
Knott’s Berry Farm: $156.00
Six Flags® Magic Mountain: $140.00
Incidentally, these prices don’t include any food, drink, or accommodations.
Badlands Off-Road Adventures offers a number of fun clinics and excursions that are well suited for bringing the entire family. Clients have told me these excursions are some of the more exciting adventures they’ve had. Despite the state of the economy, it’s still important to spend quality time with your family. With gas prices plummeting, going off-road for a few hours or even a day is now more affordable. Those exciting times you spend together will create memories your entire family will relish for a lifetime.
Go four-wheeling with your family regularly in 2009. You’ll be so glad you did.