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This is a car forum so I'll focus on my wife's 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited BUT there were a couple of people that wanted to see more of my camping cat, Daniel. AKA Babycat.

I've never really been into offroading in general but my wife has been since before we were married. She had a 94 Wrangler YJ out of high school and bombed around NW Oregon in that until she sold it to get into VWs (how we actually met). Finally she wanted back into a Jeep and bought her JKU Wrangler new. It has only one option and that is AC so it has manual locks, windows, transmission and soft top. It's great! :laugh:

I won't go into a big build thread since these Jeeps are pretty much legos to modify. Everything is her choice and I'm just the lifter of the heavy parts when we install them. :laugh:

Teraflex 2.5" lift
35x12 Toyo Open Country AT tires
Teraflex sway bar disconnects
Amazon front bumper
Smitybilt Atlas rear bumper & tire carrier
DV8 rock sliders
JW Speaker headlights and fog lights
Garvin Adventure Rack
Smitybilt 9500# winch

Still to come are new gears (likely 4.88) with an LSD in the rear and possibly a front eLocker. Maybe some skids for the oil pan too.

This is how it sits now.

Smoochy camping by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Smoochy camping by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Now what people really want to see is our adventure cat Daniel, AKA Babycat. That's what we've just ended up calling him ever since he was born (we have his parents too). One of the reasons that he is so good with trips and camping is that his mother didn't want anything to do with him after he was born. That left it to us to feed him every two hours he came with us everywhere for the first few months of his life. Work, family visits, and on a camping trip to the Oregon coast.

I'll need to take a picture of the set up but we have an enclosed litter box that we bring in the Jeep for the drive and that is transferred to the tent at night. We use the pine cobble so you can't smell his "business" at all. He has a harness that he wears the whole time and when he's out of the car he has a leash on. He's only a year old so everything is new to him out there but he takes it all in stride. So far we found out that he loves the forest, the lakes, the high grass at the coast, and the rocks. He does not like the ocean or wide open spaces so from now on he'll stay in the Jeep when we go to the ocean.

Here are a few pictures from some camping and hiking trips we've taken this year. I'll update this thread with either new Babycat pictures or updates to the Jeep or even trips in just the Jeep. If you are into the Instagrams (my wife is into that :) ) you can follow him under the name babycat_adventurecat.

Here he is at a stellar 112 grams when he was a week old or so.
20190519_133010 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

A trip he took to pick up some parts for my Corrado.
20200620_090039 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Here are a few pictures of him on our trip down to the Central Sierras near Yosemite.
20200816_073538 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Rock posing by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

This is with our Dachshund Mya and a little bit of our Chinese Crested Romeo. Both are experienced campers.
Lounging in the Jeep by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Creek drinking by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Sleeping by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

We recently got one of those sunshades that you strap on when the top is down. We left it in place and now he loves to hang out up there like it's a giant hammock.
20200920_085003 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

He also loves to go on hikes with us.
Backpack by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Log Exploring by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

I'll have to dig up some of my pictures from last years trek across central Oregon.
 

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"smoochy" lol. I don't think I would have given that a second glance if I saw the jeep in passing on the road.

As for the cat, my parents had a siamese that was probably around 5-6 years old when I was born, lived to about 17. That cat was such a character.
 

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I saw the pic in the other thread. That's a handsome cat. :)

We have three, which is really one too many for us, but we wouldn't get rid of any of them. They each have their own personality, but none of them would be that easygoing that they'd go camping or hiking with us. C'est la vie.
 

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Last year we decided to go on our first "overland" trek. My wife and I and her brother decided on a route that had already been planned out for our first time. We went with the OBDR #4 between Prineville and Seneca, OR and bought the paper routes along with using Gaia GPS to map them out and allow us to follow the track on our phone. The total track is about 180 miles and we finished it in three days with an extended stay at one camp.

This was pre-Babycat so only Mya and Romeo were on this trip. Babycat will go on the next one. :cool:



OBDR 4 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Our first camp was fantastic. It looked to be a horse/cattle camp but was nice and level with a creek near by. It was great and we stayed an extra night just to hang out and explore around the area.
20190915_123046 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

After that the weather got a bit drippy and we continued on to one of the tallest (maybe the tallest? I can't remember) fire look outs in the state. The person manning it was super cool and let up up there. We could tell that he didn't get many visitors over his 3 month stay because he would constantly come up with something to talk about to keep us there. :laugh: Including a story of the last person assigned to the tower that went crazy. Apparently in the last week he was there he covered the whole inside with random words that were his "story" and took in a pet (squirrel I think?) but threw it over the edge when he was about to leave because they were done. :screwy:

20190916_164147 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

OBDR 4 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

OBDR 4 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

We continued on to a forest service campground for our final night. This was basically a fire pit, table, and that's it. The weather was really coming in and rained all night so we were glad that we would be heading home the next day. The mud and cow poo was getting nasty.

OBDR 4 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

OBDR 4 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

We made it to the end in Seneca, OR and made our way up to John Day for some lunch and fuel. It was getting kind of late but decided to stop by the Painted Hills since none of us had seen them before. We just spent a short time there because the rain was chasing us. Hopefully we can get back there and hike some of the trails through there to see them up close.

OBDR 4 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

20190917_173712 by Wayne Larson, on Flickr

Overall this was a really fun trip. Most of the route can be done with any high clearance vehicle with some decent tires. The mud is where it made it interesting and that's the only time we used four wheel drive. Next year we hope to do another route but with all the fires that we've had this year we'll probably have to stick to the far eastern routes (#5). There's also a good route from the OR/WA border all the way up to the Canadian boarder that we may try too but some of that area also had some fires so we'll need to see how things play out.
 

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"smoochy" lol. I don't think I would have given that a second glance if I saw the jeep in passing on the road.

As for the cat, my parents had a siamese that was probably around 5-6 years old when I was born, lived to about 17. That cat was such a character.
Yeah, it pretty much looks like any "built" Jeeps around here but we like it.

If you grew up in the late 90's and early 00's you might recognize the Smoochy reference from a Robin Williams and Edward Norton film from back then. :laugh:
 

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Yeah, it pretty much looks like any "built" Jeeps around here but we like it.

If you grew up in the late 90's and early 00's you might recognize the Smoochy reference from a Robin Williams and Edward Norton film from back then. :laugh:
I didn't mean the comment to mean the jeep was not noticeable, just that with the subtlety of the lettering my brain would have automatically assumed it said "Rubicon"

Ah, I was gonna ask if there was a reference for it, Definitely saw death to smoochy, weird film.
 

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I didn't mean the comment to mean the jeep was not noticeable, just that with the subtlety of the lettering my brain would have automatically assumed it said "Rubicon"

Ah, I was gonna ask if there was a reference for it, Definitely saw death to smoochy, weird film.
Ah gotcha. Yeah I think it is in the Rubicon font and coloring so I can see that.

Yeah, the purple rhino in the movie is similar (if you squint :laugh:) to what her Jeep looks like. She wanted something that not many people would know and was still unique. It's a good conversation starter.
 

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Ah gotcha. Yeah I think it is in the Rubicon font and coloring so I can see that.

Yeah, the purple rhino in the movie is similar (if you squint :laugh:) to what her Jeep looks like. She wanted something that not many people would know and was still unique. It's a good conversation starter.
When it dies years later, you'll have a Death to Smoochy reference that has a double meaning.

If you want to go full meta, you'd make some "rocket ships" to take on your camping trips. :laugh:
 

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Nice! We have a few cats and I think only one (maaaaybe two) of them would enjoy being outdoors on a leash. Only one way to find out for sure....

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This is the cat forum meow.
I'm struggling not to post cat photos now. :laugh:
 

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I'm struggling not to post cat photos now. :laugh:
It would greatly raise the quality of posts we’ve had here in the last few years

Trying to find the pic of PizzaCat ‘driving’ one of my old cars, but it’s not on the google. LeSigh.
 

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This is really cool. Most people wouldn't think of traveling with a cat, but why not?

Both of our cats have big personalities and love to be around us. I'm sure they would also love to see other places. THey are indoor/outdoor so not totally deprived but they don't venture much beyond our property when they are out during the day.

The first time we let them out they both had quick release collars on. Neither collar lasted the first day.
 

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Lovely cat, awesome scenery.
 

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Our old cat would never have tolerated a leash or harness (she would have just fallen over onto her side immediately in protest) but we did take her on cross-country trips and stay in hotels with her.

She would go in the cat box in the car and hotel no problem. The first couple of trips we took with her there was a lot of meowing but after that she pretty much just slept most of the time.



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It would greatly raise the quality of posts we’ve had here in the last few years

Trying to find the pic of PizzaCat ‘driving’ one of my old cars, but it’s not on the google. LeSigh.
 

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Dawwww! Awesomeness.
 

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I wish I had acclimated my cat to the car when she was young. She HATES leaving the house.

I had to take her to a specialist vet once and, for the entire 45 minute drive, all I heard was:
"meowmeowmeowmeowMEOWmeow...meow?MEEEOOOOOOOWmeowmeowmeeeeeeow...MEowmeowmeowowowOWOWOWmewMEOW...meowmeowMEOW!"
 

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The Cat Lounge? :D

Cats and cars are usually not a happy combo.

I love Siamese cats. This thread is awesome.
 

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Awesomeness. Smoochy - love it.

Cats adapt....cool to see. We have some friends who do similar things with their cat - hiking, breweries, paddle-boarding, going to the beach.
 
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