Our Brand New Used Car

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This little beauty is a 2004 Honda Civic hybrid, which we picked up in California last week and drove home for our Spring Break vacation. I have to admit, I had reservations about a 900 mile road trip with two adults, two kids and all our gear squeezed into a subcompact, but it was awesome. Completely comfortable, roomy and fun to drive. And compared to the ol’ Montero (22 years young!), this felt like pure luxury. What? A CD player in a car? Awesome!

We flew to Sacramento on Friday and spent a wonderful Easter weekend visiting with the grandparents, then hit the road pointing north on Monday. And the mileage was mind blowing. Even loaded down with four bodies and luggage (not to mention the 50 pounds of organic fertilizer Stacy bought for the farm at Territorial Seed in Cottage Grove, Oregon) we made it all the way home on less than 20 gallons of gas. Of course, the Montero still lives for camping, fishing, boat hauling…but we can now zip around the Island with a much smaller impact on planet and wallet.

More from the road coming soon. In the mean time, I think I’m going to go sit in the car and listen to the CD player…

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