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Off-road | Twin Mountain Offroad Adventure & Meadow Knob

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It is becoming an annual custom now that FORCE (Frontier Off-Road Club East) hosts a MLK Jr weekend event. This year, it was a joint even with VAXC (Virginia Xterra Club - http://www.vaxc.org/). It was to visit a relatively new off-road park in the hills of West Virginia, Twin Mountain Off Road Adventure. This park was created by John Bradshaw, who has been off-roading his entire life and has been competing in many overlanding trophies. He decided to build this park to continue his passion. The event was set, and we had a decent group signed up go. The days before were to have crazy weather...

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Breweries | Escutcheon, Backroom, Lost River, Three Notch’d, & Pale Fire

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We were heading out to visit an off-road park for the weekend, so of course, we made sure to hit some breweries and beer spots along the way. You can read about the off-road portion here if you like. We left Friday afternoon and headed out towards Winchester. Luckily the traffic wasn't that bad, and we made good time. We prolonged grabbing a bite to eat, as some of the breweries we had planned for the night were closing earlier than we initially thought. We arrived in Winchester between 6-7pm. The darkness was sitting in, making our first stop more foreboding than we had hoped, as there were...

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Hike | Cactoctin Mountain Park & Cunningham Falls

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Jan 1, 2016 Since our little guy was born, I've been wanting to do more hiking. We love hiking, and can't wait to take him along. At his current age though, it's been a bit tougher than we thought. We did purchase a carrier for him, which I'll have to share sometime, but doing a serious day hike with 40 or more pounds on my back can be a bit much. So while he was with his grandparents for New Years, we decided to go out for a hike. New Year's day, we headed up to Catoctin Mountain National Park. We have been here a few times before, but never hiked the Cunningham Falls trail. As seems with...

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Breweries | Ballast Point, Intergalactic, AleSmith, & Saint Archer

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We were visiting family for the holiday, and as normal always try and hit a few breweries while in the area. This trip had the addition of family from Germany so four of us headed out for some sampling. One of our party wasn’t feeling so well, so we had our designated driver. We decided to head north of Miramar (this is the base where Top Gun was based off of), as there is a cluster of breweries in the area, some of which are consider craftbrew leaders. Our first stop was at Ballast Point. Driving up the road, it appears as a beacon. Finding road parking, being shared with the other industrial...

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4Runner | Tie-Rods

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A while back when I had my brakes done, the shop recommended that I fix the steering bushing and my passenger side tie-rod, as it was starting to go. It was now noticeable to the steering wheel, as at some speeds there was noticeable vibration and twitch. Considering these were the original tie-rods from '99, it wasn't a bad idea anyway. I ordered Moog replacement parts, inner and outers, as well as the lower ball joints. These parts sat in my garage for a few months at least before I found a good weekend to try and tackle this and be able to bring it to a shop for re-alignment. I had done my research,...

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