Here’s to a Breath of Fresh Air!

First, it was a pandemic, one with tiny airborne particles, then it was the fires and days on end of smoke and hazardous air. We hate to ask what else 2020 could bring—so we won’t—but given all that we have been through, we will ask, when was the last time you changed your air filters? If you’re not sure of the answer, you can check your vehicle maintenance records. You can also check your vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended replacement frequency. Under normal circumstances, this would be fine. However, as we all know, 2020 has been far from normal. So as a prudent measure, we are suggesting that now may be the best time to replace your engine and cabin filters, especially if it has been more than a few months. Here is why. Engine Filter When working properly, the engine filter prevents dust, dirt, and other environmental contaminants from getting into the engine, while providing the air it needs to run. Keeping your engine filte ... read more

New Habits We Love (And A Few We Won’t Miss!)

Feel like the world has turned on its head? Yeah, us too. But in spite of all the closings, re-openings, and the new normal – whatever that really is – it does feel like we’ve settled into a groove of sorts. How long things stay this way is anybody's guess, but we’re willing to make a few predictions! Besides, there are some new habits we kind of like and wouldn’t mind continuing. New Habit #1: The Elbow Bump Yes, we miss handshakes and hugs too, but let’s face it, they’re not exactly the best form of greeting during cold and flu season (which is all the time now)! So as awkward as bumping elbows seemed a few months ago, it’s really not so bad and we’ve all gotten rather used to it. Plus, the elbow bump doesn’t feel as silly as touching toes or raising jazz hands in greeting! New Habit #2: Contactless Service We’ve got to admit, we like this one. A culture of caring is something to be embraced and contactless se ... read more

Social Distancing In Your Car

Getting in your car and going for a drive just for the sheer pleasure of the open road is about as American as baseball and apple pie. Well, COVID may have taken away baseball, at least for a while, but baking—apple pies and otherwise—has become a favorite pastime during lock-down, and social distancing from our cars is the thing to do! From drive-thru graduations and celebrations to birthday parties and simple coffee dates sitting car-to-car, our friends, neighbors and fellow quarantines have become quite creative with how to come together and still enjoy some of the hallmarks of daily life. Here are some of our favorites. The Drive-By Party or Party Parade – Have a special occasion coming up, a birthday to celebrate, or just feel like throwing a party? We say go for it! Invite your guests to decorate their cars with happy wishes for the guest of honor, or a fun theme with balloons, streamers, and signs. Then give them a designated time to dri ... read more

Adopting An Attitude Of Gratitude

In the face of all that has happened in our world during the first half of 2020, it may come as a surprise that we find ourselves adopting an attitude of gratitude. Between a global pandemic and a social uprising sweeping across our country, our lives have been thrown into turmoil, to say the very least. Yet, through it all, rather than sinking into a funk of gloom, we have found so much to be thankful for and this has left us, well, in a pretty good mood. So, what has us feeling so good? Well for starters, we are lucky enough to live in a great community—a community that comes together during tough times to support each other and a community that isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right. We are grateful for this. We’re also fortunate to have an army of frontline workers and businesses who have remained open to make sure we can still get the goods and services we need. We are grateful for this too. And we are especially grateful for you, our loyal cus ... read more

Dreaming Of A Road Trip?

If the past few months of indoor confinement have left you with an acute case of cabin fever, you are a lot like us, and your daydreams are filled with thoughts of getting away. It could be some time before we all start flying to far off destinations and tropical vacations, but things are starting to open up, restrictions are lifting, and road-trips are a real possibility. How lucky that we live in such a natural paradise! With beaches, mountains, high desert, lush valleys, rivers, lakes, and streams, all within driving distance, it’s no wonder the open road is calling! Before you jump in your car, truck, or RV and dash off to the coast, or some other favorite Northwest destination, a bit of pre-planning and prepping is in order. Not just to make sure you are welcome—not every community is open to outsiders yet and many parks are still closed—but to also make sure your vehicle is travel-ready. Of course, the first step is finding out what’s open! Whether you ar ... read more