My Trusty Sidekick
by Dan Allbery
I spend my year as a middle-school teacher, but when summer arrives, I head for the trails. My Subaru has taken me to eight different U.S. National Parks (Olympic, Mount Rainier, Redwoods, Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon), and I can’t wait to visit more.
Pictured is my trusty sidekick, my 2011 Subaru Outback Sport. This trail parking lot is at Obstruction Point in Olympic National Park. One of the best sights to behold.
I love my Subaru and the places it takes me.
Happy and Dusty 2005 Impreza
by Rich Wendel, Reno/Sparks, Nevada
I’m a 60-year-old Nevadan (more like 20) who treasures his 2005 Impreza. (Why does everyone want to buy my car?) It transitions from Interstate to playa, then to mountains, seamlessly. It enjoys rugged terrain, slowly, as long as the trails are pretty smooth. Nevada is a big, beautiful state.
If my photos appear to be out-of-bounds 4WD territory, then my camera takes OK photos. Below zero, above 110 degrees, mountains, or desert. Plain real photos – day trips, or around town. Yes, I have survival training, medical, and related gear, and prevention is job No. 1. Your car allows for this to come together, with some after-market assistance. I’ve helped and treated others, for instance, in stuck Hummers, etc., but I will not pull vehicles of this weight out of sand or snow.
Please note I do not abuse my Subaru; couldn’t do that. But I do use it, and maintenance is serious history. I have not reached the Impreza’s potential (or even 70,000 miles!). It’s just an amazing vehicle, that I do know.
Reno is gateway crossroads, easy access, air or ground. Photos from within 78 miles of town. Plenty of experiences. Favorite was camping out on playa on July 4, 2012. Sun rising in NE, full moon was still 15 degrees AGL in the NW. Was next to the Forty Mile Desert trail. Splendid American experience.
OK, I hit one of three deer once, in Idaho, on a real highway, 30 mph, 3:00 a.m., -18 degrees. Everything worked out fine, but the critter didn’t survive.
Mostly, this is a letter to thank you for your time now and for a vehicle I really, really appreciate.
All in Stride
by Denis Stenwick
I have owned four Subaru vehicles, the latest being a 2009 Forester. They are excellent in the snow since we regularly drive to eastern Washington and Oregon to visit friends in the winter.
The photo shows two of my son-in-laws when we were varmint hunting in Montana. The back roads are wet and the mud is unbelievable at times, but the Subie takes it all in stride with all-wheel drive and that extra clearance. Keep up the good work.
Like most tools, people appreciate a tool that really works, and a Subaru really does work well in adverse conditions. Thanks.
by Loretta Kuhland, Princetown, New York
My current 2006 Legacy is my third Subaru. My first was a used 1974 that I had in graduate school, second is still on the road with over 200k miles. My third now has over 170k.
I encourage everyone to buy a Subaru. My mother (Teddy Farrell, Brewster, New York) did. She has the 2005 Legacy L 35th Anniversary Edition.
“Bye-byes” with Miss Noodles
by Robin Lapp, Pennsylvania
I want to tell you that I LOVE my Subaru, but I think Miss Noodles loves it more! If I say “bye-byes,” she stands by the car and jumps in her seat. Yes, she has her very own car seat.
She has travelled from Pennsylvania (our home) to Santa Fe, New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; and Pensacola, Florida, and has been on many other great adventures in our Subaru. It is and has been an awesome vehicle for our adventures.
Thank you for your commitment to quality and comfort, and Miss Noodles says that if you ever need a spokesperson, she’s your girl!
by Chip Howle, Columbia, South Carolina
Toka, who is a rescue that joined our family in September 2013, has found security in the back of the 2012 Outback. She’d rather sit back here instead sitting in the house.