A quote

“Traveling makes one modest-you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. ” -Paul Theroux

Some people may or may not like this feeling, but I embrace it fully. Becoming modest and humble takes effort, neither is easy to obtain, and I have much respect for those who do.

The more we see, the less we know. It’s funny how I always thought as a child that I would know everything at some point in my adulthood. I figured that knowledge was a glass we were slowly filling up over time, and one day it would be full. Then on that day, you become a “wise old man” or something. Sometimes it feels like the opposite. As I go along through life and I start to see things for what they are, I realize that I’m actually not getting smarter. It’s like pouring water into a glass that keeps getting bigger and the more that I pour, the bigger the glass gets.

It’s funny how life is.

All that I know for sure is that I hope to never be a big fish in a little pond. I strive to be the microorganism floating in the sea of life. Watching, learning, enjoying the big picture.

Installing locking hubs on an IFS Toy

First remove the wheel and support the vehicle on a jack stand. Safety first!

Next remove the six retaining nuts and lock washers with a 12mm wrench, these will be reused.


To remove the cone washers use a small hammer and tap the area directly next to them on the side of the hub. Sometimes they go flying, so I usually put my other hand up to catch them.


The cap on the end of the old flanges is just pressed on. A pair of pliers removes it easily.


A 12mm wrench to remove the retaining bolt here. After this is off the old hub should slip right off. This bolt and washer are not reused.


Install the locking hub in reverse order and you are set to go.


Drag on the drive train should be much less now, and hopefully I’ll gains few mpg’s…. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Greenhorn Creek

Greenhorn creek is a place where many people in Nevada County take their 4×4’s, motorcycles and ATV’s to play. I hadn’t been to the psuedo offroad park in several years, so I decided to take the kids down to check it out in the new 4runner. The 4runner did well, as expected, and the kids had a great time.

It’s really interesting to see how much the place has changed over the years. When I first went there as a kid it looked considerably different. Every winter with the rains the water takes more and more gravel down stream, and the changes can be pretty significant. This place is a pretty good account of just how powerful erosion can be, considering the river bottom is now easily 20 feet lower than it was 20 years ago. The shear volume of gravel that is taken downstream has to be an astounding number.

The reason why Greenhorn is so good for off road vehicles, is because the gravel pits are fun to drive over, and there are many challenging hill climbs as well. The best part is that it’s constantly changing, so it’s always something different.

Access to Greenhorn creek is from Youbet road off of Highway 174 about half way between Colfax, CA and Grass Valley, CA. If you take this road around 15 miles out it turns to dirt and then drops down into the canyon. At some point in the middle it turns into Red Dog Road, which is the road that transits the creek and leads back into Nevada City, CA eventually.