Lappy’s first LARP

For those of you who don’t know me all that well, every month or so I participate in a live-action role-playing game (or LARP for short).  One of the things that factored into my decision to get Lapis was her cargo space and the all-wheel drive, because I need to load a bunch of gear into a car and drive out into the country with it.

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Lapis has way more space than the Nissan did, and can hold a heck of a lot more stuff. We actually managed to load the giant trash can full of foam weapons into Lapis – which I never would have been able to do with the old car.  And climbing those dirt roads going up steep hills was a breeze.  Speaking of dirt roads, someone ended up very dirty after that weekend in the woods…

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We even got to splash around in a bunch of mud puddles, and drive through a downpour – it was an exciting weekend, driving-wise. 🙂  Today, Lapis and I are going on our first camping trip together, to Elf Fest! 😀

Lapis’s odometer reading: 642 miles

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The adventures begin

Well, actually, the adventures began… what, 425 miles ago?  That’s a heck of a lot of miles for only having Lapis for two and a half weeks.

Anyway!  I used to run a blog for my old scooter, Mia, but I ended up stopping posting when I got my driver’s license and sold Mia to my little brother in law.  I missed posting about my road adventures, but the car I had before Lapis wasn’t very… adventuresome.  It was a 2015 Nissan Versa Note SV – not the most impressive, powerful, or comfortable car out there.  I was terrified of driving, though, and wanted something that wasn’t all that big compared to some of the other cars I’d seen out there.  (Ross’s old XV Crosstrek was like a cruise ship compared to Mia, for example.)

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There’s the old Versa.

When I finally got my driver’s license last June, I ended up driving the Versa quite a bit – I commuted to work, I drove out to visit friends, but never really went more than about 20 miles away from home.  In the beginning, it was due to my lack of confidence, but as I spent more time driving and getting comfortable on the road, I realized that the Versa wasn’t exactly the most comfortable car.  Nor was she all that powerful – she struggled to get up hills, and didn’t handle snowy weather or rough roads all that well.

Enter Ross and his shiny new Outback, Luna.  He’d traded in his 2015 Crosstrek for a super fancy 2018 Outback, in Dark Blue Pearl.

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Oh Luna, you’re so fancy.

I’m not gonna lie – I was jealous as heck. Luna is a beautiful car – she’s got a moonroof, heated seats (even in the back!), welcome lights, EyeSight with Lane Assist and Blind Spot Detection, and loads of other features.  When I compared his fancy new Subaru to my sad old Versa Note, I thought to myself, “Maybe I could trade it in for a Subaru…”

And so I did.  Meet Lapis.  (Or, more accurately, Lapis 2 – but she feels far more like a Lapis than the Versa did.)

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So shiny new, she hadn’t even been home yet!

She is perfect.  She’s not as tricked out as Luna is, but she doesn’t need to be.  She drives like a dream, is incredibly comfortable, has a wonderful sound system, doesn’t take half my commute to get warm air pumping out of the vents when it’s cold out, and handles bumpy roads easily.  And oh, she’s powerful.  It’s hard to keep myself from going a little too fast in her.

I took her out for our first long trip together this week – not just her first long trip, but the longest drive I’ve ever done – 102 miles, up to Lafayette, IN for a conference.  And we both did just fine!  (Except for the tiny scratch she ended up with on her front bumper by gently booping the wall of a parking garage as I was adjusting her in a parking spot.  Oops.  Then again, I’d done way worse to my scooter, and she survived!)  There were some scary stretches of open plains combined with windy weather that weren’t exactly fun, but we made it.

And I swung by my office on the way back to snag something I had a fellow UITS co-worker make up for me…

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If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a bit of a Steven Universe fan.

Yep, Lapis has a Lapis decal now, which makes me super happy.  (I need to get her a Peridot decal soon!)  That was our little treat for traveling over 200 miles in three days. 200 miles that involved some 4-lane highways, some twisty back roads, and a fair bit of construction.

Maybe I’ll finally be brave enough to deal with the construction on IN 37/I69.  Maybe.

Lapis’s odometer reading: 425ish miles (I’m too lazy to go out and check at the moment)