Saturday, May 7, 2011
I have a long standing love affair with the Toyota 4Runner.  I'm not sure when it first started, but sometime back in high school I fell in love with them.  For no particular reason.  I try to convince myself that I don't need such a big SUV (when I get a new car, in like 100,000 miles when my Camry dies).  But then I see a shiny sparkly dark metallic grey 4Runner driving down the road, and I decide that I would promise to ride my bike more places to make up for driving an SUV.  Really, I promise!

I don't like the new model though.  It's too big.  And boxy.  I like the '96-'00 model, and the '01- '09 or so.  Then again, I also said when the '01 model came out that I didn't like it... and then it grew on me.  So we'll see what I think in 5 years...

To prove how deep my 4Runner love goes, I need to show you something.  When Sarah and I drove around the country, we played a game, called the 4Runner game.  It's very easy.  If you see a 4Runner, you yell, "4Runner!", and you get a point.  Slowly this morphed into just a tally of how many we could spot.  And by tally, I mean we really kept a tally.  In our notebook titled, "Random Journey Fun".  I recently discovered this notebook while packing, and thought I should show you all the first page...
See all the tallies?!?!?!?  Yeah, that's a lot of 4Runners.  Granted, it was a 6 week trip.  But that's still a lot.  If you look at the bottom of the page, you can see our grand tally: 885!  We were pros.  You can also see Sarah's drawing of a 4Runner, and some random comments about the start of our trip.  We really meant it when we titled the book, "RANDOM Journey Fun".  It also included a drawing of a green wave, an albino prairie dog we hit while driving, a crossword puzzle we tried to make, and small articles cut out from the USA Today 50 state facts section.  

Good times.

You think if I mailed this in to Toyota as proof that I might be the most loyal 4Runner fan EVER (that doesn't actually own one), they'd send me a shiny new (used 2008 limited edition) 4Runner?  I think so too.

I'll try that right now.   


Sarah @ The Strength of Faith said...

I don't know how we came out of that trip alive.

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