“Camping like an environmentalist.” I don’t even know what that means, but someone said it to me. For one thing, I’ve always considered myself an environmentalist – of the traditional sort. I love the outdoors, grew up in the White Mountains of Arizona and probably spent more time in the back country by the time I was 18 than the entire national staff of the Sierra Club combined. Seriously.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am decidedly NOT an environmentalist in the political sense that Sierra Club-types like to advocate.
Back to camping. I had the chance to take my two sons (ages 10 and 2) and my older son’s friend on an overnight up Kelly Canyon south of Flagstaff recently.
We went on our escape to the mountains driving a Ford Escape Hybrid.
Now, as I wrote in a previous post, I was very impressed with the Ford Escape Hybrid. More importantly, my 10 year-old son and his friend thought it was “cool.” Hey, load up the tent, the sleeping bags, put on my Maui Jim’s, crank some Big and Rich (or Jason Mraz or Maroon 5 or REM or U2… I know I’ve got a diverse taste in music) grab a diet Mt. Dew and hit the road in style.
We started north on I-17 and I decided that I needed to push it a little bit, to get there to set up before the sun went down. I was not disappointed. That hybrid spun up every time I needed it to. The hill going up to Sunset Point wasn’t even an issue – I was passing everyone on the road.
We hit the exit and the Escape Hybrid made a smooth transition from speedy freeway roadster to off-road machine. It had all the power I wanted and held its own on roads and semi-roads in the back woods.
One of the coolest features was the 110V plug in the console. I set up our tent, threw in my inflatable air bed and pulled the Escape up next to the tent and plugged it in and had an inflated bed in seconds. Now that is a new kind of camping. Call it camping hybrid-style.
The bottom line – there is literally no reason that if you are going to get a mid-size SUV not to get the Ford Escape Hybrid. It’s economical, powerful, fast, functional, fun and my kids think it’s cool.
What more do you need?