This is Thayer. We met this badass adventurer at 4xFAR this past January. Over the course of the weekend we learned she’s an offroading fiend, mom, and Land Rover lover. Months later, still thinking about her calming energy & treasure trove of life experience, we emailed her and here’s what she said:
How did you first get into offroading/Land Rovers?
I grew up in the mountains of Colorado, namely Crested Butte and Vail, and spent my free time as a teenager driving down winding dirt roads in cars that probably would have preferred paved ones. I never reallystarted off-roading as much as I just neverstopped. It just seemed natural to me to keep driving farther and deeper into the mountains and deserts as I ended up owning trucks that were more capable of handling the terrain than the original '80s Subaru DL's that I had taken.
I got into Land Rover originally looking for a family car that was capable of going all the places I loved, holding the entire family (and kid gear) and still handling well on the road. Strangely enough, it was after I had beendriving my first LR4 for a while that I really fell in love - its capabilities sure but more importantly with the community that surrounds Land Rovers. In a 110 degree heat training session I had the engine overheat on my first LR4 in the Glamis sand dunes. All of a sudden I had Rover friends coming out of the woodwork to tow the car, bring tools to try to fix it, find me a new engine.. you name it! Since then I've been hooked to my leaky Landys because of the amazing people I meet while driving gorgeous terrain.
What is the Rebelle Rally? What's your involvement in it?
The Rebelle Rally is the longest off-road navigation rally raid in North America and it just happens to be for only women. It is an 8 day, all off-road, map and compass only rally. There is absolutely no technology (which is one of my favorite parts) so it becomes just you, your teammate, and the truck in the middle of what feels like nowhere. The rally runs from Lake Tahoe down to the Glamis Dunes and finishes in San Diego, so you're really never that far off the grid. Scoring is based off of plotting and locating up to 20 latitude and longitude points a day, within a set amount of time, before joining other competitors at a basecamp. 2020 will be my third year competing and I have high hopes of placing well. Last year we did very well until a roll-over crash the last day.
Your favorite place in nature & why?
Just about anywhere off the grid, especially by a lake, or in the middle of the desert does it for me. Being able to enjoy nature, spend time with those you care about, and have fun driving are probably my favorite things.
Any advice to any other parents looking to do outdoorsy stuff with little ones? (Your daughters are ADORABLE by the way) -Thanks!
I've hoped to pass my sense of adventure and love of the outdoors to my girls. We go on a lot of nature walks, either from the house, or after taking a drive off-road. When you're 4 and 5 years old, collecting dandelions is apparently the best thing ever!
And I've learned that there basically isn't anything s'mores can't fix. That might apply to adults too.
How long have you been writing for Rovers Mag? Is that your primary job? What else do you do for work?
I've only been writing for Rover's Magazine for a few months now, but am so excited about the opportunity! My "new" 1990 Range Rover Classic, Ruby, will be in the next issue. I also work for Voyager Racks and DMOS Shovels. I've been excited to work with others in the industry that I love.
And lastly, what do you think about the Sleep System?
I just started sleeping on my Hest in the back of my truck camping - OMG life changing. I previously used some thick foam to cover the entire back of the Land Rover. Now I have a Hest and my partner is still stuck with the foam… what a difference. Probably the best night's sleep I'd had camping, maybe in general. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone that spends anytime in the outdoors.