Wet, Grey, Bleak – Fun

ATS Customs - Mud Bogger - High Level, Alberta 1

ATS Customs – Mud Bogger – High Level, Alberta 1

ATS Customs - Mud Bogger - High Level, Alberta 4

ATS Customs – Mud Bogger – High Level, Alberta 4

ATS Customs - Mud Bogger - High Level, Alberta 3

ATS Customs – Mud Bogger – High Level, Alberta 3

ATS Customs - Mud Bogger - High Level, Alberta 2

ATS Customs – Mud Bogger – High Level, Alberta 2

Moving from fall into winter’s weather the world becomes wet and grey and bleak, weather similar to that which you’ll find on the leeward side of mountains at altitude with its drizzle and snow. For many, the sensible thing is to remain indoors. But, others find it difficult to sit still and you’ll find them active within our northern environment, beyond road’s end carving paths with tow ropes and winches through mud and water, a texture not of soup, but stew, in a vehicle set up for the activity of ‘mud-bogging.’ Here, a seventies Toyota Land Cruiser has in its customization been lifted and engineered by ATS Customs – a vehicle set up for mud-bogging. Had I had this vehicle in Wood Buffalo National park (years ago), the weekly grocery runs in June and September would have been more expedient … accomplishing the two-hundred kilometre trek in several instances took more than eight hours one way; in one trek we needed to create our own bridge over a culvert that had washed out.

Listening to – Dar William’s ‘The Beauty of the Rain’ and ‘Let’s Go Fishing in the Morning.’

Quote to Inspire – “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.” – Garry Winogrand

  2 comments for “Wet, Grey, Bleak – Fun

  1. LB
    September 23, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    and I used to think it was a trek to drive 2 hours to the grocery store. Ha! It was nothing like your 8 hour adventure!!

    • September 25, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Hey there, LB:

      Traversing the distance was fun; but, it was something my wife would never take part in – so, two years of handling the grocery trek and shopping for groceries alone.

      The fan belt of my Nissan Pathfinder went on one of my last treks; I was good as long as I didn’t turn off the engine or let the idle drop too low … I did have to abandon the SUV and thumb a ride in the middle of the night on bush trails of corduroy road. 😉

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