After the morning outdoor adventures I return to the lodge for some more domesticated fun. The lodge is home to one of four Land Rover driving schools in all of North America. My four-wheel drive Range Rover exploration leads me into a 180-acre on-property trail system. Heavily wooded California Oak forests yield to open meadows and groves of other plants and shrubs. The $100,000 2015 Range Rover I drive in is more like a spaceship than automobile. Justin, the guide, informs me of every Land Rover detail known to man. He’s friendly, knowledgeable and quick to offer verbal assistance. It’s needed as we maneuver through water features, over boulder fields and through dense forests with hairpin turns. We move along expedition driving style for nearly two hours and never in my life has such a pace been more welcome. I’m confounded with the ease at which this automobile maneuvers. It feels as if it’s never struggling. The vehicle is utilized as a tool to explore and for me this vehicle is the Swiss Army knife of automobiles. I’m really compelled by the electronic information and screens that give live feedback of what the vehicle is doing. The highlight of this adventure was being able to experience the diverse landscape that exists in this area in such a confined amount of space. Not to mention the most graceful four-wheeling of my life.
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Published on Jun 1, 2015