FordExpedition2When you come from generations of Ford owners, it’s not just difficult to break the cycle – it would be a major collapse of the family structure. I did it once as a young single mom, bought a non-Ford car because it fit my budget, and I thought my Dad was going to have a breakdown or heart attack.


I got the “you-know-I’m-a-mechanic-and-what-are-you-thinking?” lecture. Of course, this is the same Father who also purchased my first car, a Ford Pinto back in the mid-1970s. But I digress.

Since then, I’ve owned and driven a series of Ford vehicles, but my favorite vehicle was my first Ford Expedition in 1997, maybe 1998. Even though I only had two daughters to pile into the SUV at the time, I was coaching a competitive team of fast pitch softball players, and lugging them and their gear around really required a school bus, which wasn’t practical or affordable. That extra bench seat in the back allowed me to haul almost the entire team. Plus I’d always loved the looks of the Ford Expedition, and liviing in Colorado, I also needed the reliability of an SUV to get around in the winter. Of course, I’m part of a Ford Tough Family, so it fit into the family’s master plan. (Read: Dad approved.)

Currently I’m on my second Ford Expedition, a silver 2002 XLT model with just over 90,000 miles. I no longer coach softball, but I do like theFordExpedition flexibility of packing almost all of our extended family members into the Expedition. We now have four grown daughters, one son-in-law, two grandchildren, my hubby and me, for a happy family of 9.

What I really enjoy the most is that when we pick up the two grandkids in our Ford Expedition, we can fasten them into their car seats, fold down the back bench seat and load their bicycles — and pick a road trip and get out and enjoy our backyard of Colorado. That’s my Ford story, and I drive one.

What’s in your garage? And why?