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July 26, 2018 Have you got your Yeti for your 4 Wheel drive for the beach outing
Post by John Rancke
It’s summer, time for picnics to the lake or beach. Sodas (or pop) as our Northern friends sometimes refer to a soft drink (I assume the plural of pop is pops or is it just pop), beer, wieners, water, beer, Gatorade, and whatever else you want to keep cold all has to have somewhere to stay cold from the summer heat.
So, you pull out your $300- $400 Yeti cooler and prepare it for the trip.
You have to precool it so the heat is not trapped inside which will affect the ice you put into it. So bring it indoors overnight, into the air conditioner so it will be ready for the bags of ice in the morning.
Next morning, you load up your 4 wheel drive vehicle for the 90 minute ride to Wrightsville or 35 minute ride to White Lake or Lake Waccamaw or maybe all the way to Long Beach (I mean Oak Island now). Old habits die hard.
Kids go into the water. Parents under the nice big pop up tent. Every so often the kids come up for a swig of water from the bottle inside that nice and cold Yeti cooler ($300-$400 ), maybe a bathroom trip to wherever they can find and if they can’t you have that 4 wheel drive vehicle to take them to the pier or fast food place to use the facilities. Thank you Jesus for the 4 wheel drive because I’m not sure you could make it to the pier on a hot asphalt road. Hot asphalt can be soft and you might need the 4 wheel traction to make it down the road, so better be safe than sorry.
Lunchtime, kids eat and you drink whatever and announce we need to leave by 4 in order to get home and get cleaned up and watch the Bachelorette or Southern Charm tonight. Don’t want to hear any arguing when I tell you it’s time to go.
4 pm comes, holler at the kids, car is repacked, trash is picked up and discarded properly, and you are on your way westward towards RobCo.
Pull in the driveway, kids get showers, you unpack the car, drinks are still cold in the Yeti but you take everything out of the Yeti so it will be ready for the next 8 hour trip. Everything goes into the house and put away. Yeti goes up on the shelf in the garage to await the next time. Oh yea. The ice is still in the Yeti after 8 hours.
Kinda tongue in cheek here. My cooler costs $2.95 and I can get ice for $2.25 per bag give or take. I have been driving since I was 16, and a few months ago I listed every car I ever owned or that my parents owned. None of those vehicles were 4-wheel drive. I don’t know anyone that uses 4 wheel drive on asphalt roads except possibly on a snow day every other year or so. So why do we do this.
Unless you are a fisherman and going on a long trip and need ice cold for 5-6 days or you go off road or driving in sand why spend the extra money. Why not put in your child’s college slush fund and let it grow and give it to them when they are dropped off at college that first day.
So my question is “Is the extra cost for the Yeti or the 4 wheel Drive vehicle worth it”. When I was a young teenager we camped all over the eastern part of this country. We would go to Myrtle Beach to Lake Arrowhead and camp for 2 weeks in a pop-up camper. We kept everything in an ice chest and would replenish the ice every other day or so. We got along fine without a $300-$400 ice chest.
Course I would guess, the Skipper wishes Gilligan would have had a Yeti to put ice in before they went out on the 3 hour tour in the USS Minnow.
We are almost into August which means football season is getting ready. And yes I do have my 65” 4K television ready to go. Can’t get by with a 27” anymore.