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The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands 4/6/19 – Part 1

The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands 4/6/19 – Part 1

We’ve been a bit overdue for a weekend trip, so when the option for a trip out to the Badlands came up, the opportunity was seized to make a long weekend out of it. Coming off the high from finally get lots of things sorted on the Merc, we were ready to start putting some miles on it to find out what the next round of maintenance needed to be. I can safely say this is the nicest the truck…

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The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands

The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands

After an excellent day prior exploring and hiking around the Parke county area (Turkey Run Visit, and Covered Bridge Exploration), I was anxious to get to our next stop on the Trip. That being The Badlands Off Road Park in Attica Indiana. It had been awhile since we were out here last (2013 trip in The Lone Ranger) so I was curious to see how much the park had changed in 4 years.

The Mighty Merc – 7th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 7-28-18

The Mighty Merc – 7th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 7-28-18

Now that construction is complete on the new place (well.. mostly) we felt well overdue for a trip to the woods. A friend picked a weekend at Flat Nasty, so we loaded up and rolled out. The kids were very excited to get to the park as ever since we had mentioned “Going to the Woods” a few days prior, they kept asking if it was time to go yet:

The Mighty Merc – 6th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 2-10-18

The Mighty Merc – 6th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 2-10-18

Yes, 6th trip. I only took one photo from the 5th trip out so you’ll just have to use your imagination on that one! After a few stops on the way down to scrape off the windshields from the freezing rain we encountered, we arrived at Flat Nasty to find that we had the park nearly to ourselves. Apparently not many goofballs want to brave the cold and freezing rain to go play on the rocks! Given that it was…

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The Mighty Merc – 4th ORT – SMORR on 10/14/17

The Mighty Merc – 4th ORT – SMORR on 10/14/17

After the successful CO trip under our belts, it was time to start beating on this thing a bit. So on lucky Friday the 13th, I loaded up solo to meet some friends down at SMORR in Seymour Mo. Burned out of St. Louis on the back roads: And pulled into SMORR with just enough time to slap the tent up before nightfall: As daylight broke the next morning, I was amazed to see how full the campground was. There…

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Colorado 2017 in the Mighty Merc – Wednesday

Colorado 2017 in the Mighty Merc – Wednesday

Wednesday morning we work up to do our usual morning routine of grabbing sunrise photos. I kept the kids occupied while the wife grabbed some photos: I’d say she made the most of the sunrise time that day! Once the sun was up, we bombed over the hill to Idaho Springs to see the waterwheel at the rest stop. I’m still kind of amazed the poor Merc didn’t scatter itself across the interstate when working its way up to the…

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Colorado 2017 in the Mighty Merc – Tuesday

Colorado 2017 in the Mighty Merc – Tuesday

We were so beat from our hiking adventure the day before (not to mention the sore backs and blisters on the feet) that it seemed prudent to do a bit more mechanical exploring rather than loading the kids up on our backs again. So we slept in and headed off towards Webster Pass: It still strikes us as funny to come across these signs out in the middle of nowhere: But they were actively working out there. I’m sure it…

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Colorado 2017 in the Mighty Merc – Sunday

Colorado 2017 in the Mighty Merc – Sunday

Sunday morning we started our usual vacation routine of waking up early to catch the sunrise. With the time zone change, the kids were up and running well before daylight so they were happy little troopers willing to help Mom out where they could: And I couldn’t pass up this perfect photo op: She is pretty good at catching good photos: From there we ran down to Tiger Road: To the trail head of the North Fork Swan River trail,…

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