So Long, Summer

A last look at team member adventures on the open road, from sea to shining sea

September 12, 2018
This is it, guys. Summer’s last hurrah, if you will. And oh, what a summer it’s been.

We’ve seen snapshots from road trips around the world, all behind the wheel of a Toyota or Lexus. And yes, there’s a lot to like about fall – football, pumpkin-flavored everything, and cooler temperatures come to mind – but first, let’s live vicariously through our coworkers and enjoy one final edition of Road Trip.

Because wherever you go, there you are.
Camry Crazy – Drive a “really sexy” Camry? Why not take it down to Corpus Christi, Texas, like HR Communications Manager Greg Salvatore? The Salvatore family spent some time swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and visiting Mrs. Salvatore’s uncle who, coincidentally, used his Tundra to tow a stranded RV out of the mud.
FReSh – Ever drive a Scion FR-S down Historic Route 66 in Northern Arizona? Well, it’s enough to make you jump for joy, as you can see from Product Knowledge Support Administrator Christopher Hernando.

Fun at the Lake – Pulling a pair of jet skis at Little Elm Park in Texas is no problem for TFS’ Will Warner and his Tacoma TRD Pro.

Among Nature – Jessica McLellan, knowledge management specialist for TFS, hopped in her 4Runner to camp in the woods of Kaibab National Forest in Flagstaff, Arizona.
North Dakota = Best Dakota – See that person up there loving Lisbon, North Dakota, and that Lexus GX460? That’s Karley Lewis. Her mom, Amber Lewis is a loyalty strategy manager at TFS, and the duo caught their fair share of North Dakota sunsets and the Perseid meteor shower.

Happy Motoring TMNA’s David Cusworth road tripped from Texas to Colorado and back. One of the highlights? “Some abandoned gas station along Route 66.” Happy motoring, indeed.
Easy Peazy Lemon Squeezy – That’s how R&D’s Nate Warner describes “crawl control” in his Tacoma TRD Pro. That’s what you call backing up a 25- or 30-degree incline, using only a backup camera as your guide. Sounds a little complicated to us. Nate likes to crawl in Brighton, Michigan.

Keeping it Weird – Check out Xavier Arenas from TFS, motoring around Austin in his Lexus RC F. The blue really pops in the city where everything seems to be a shade of burnt orange. Hook ‘em?

All That’s Missing are the Bluebonnets – Seriously, how cool would this picture be with some bluebonnets? We digress. TMNA’s Robert Konkol went off-roading in his 2018 Tundra 1794 Edition in Junction, Texas. He says the truck had no problems in the Texas heat or rock terrain. We expected nothing less, Robert.
Head for the Hills – TMNA’s Dave Pyle is a proud dad. He sent us this photo of his daughter, Jessica, and his son-in-law Juan. They took their Tundra SR5 4x4 off-roading in the hills of Moreno Valley, California.

Camry on the Rocks – Toyota Financial Services Resolution Specialist John Viner knows how to road trip. And while the drive from Viner’s home in Iowa to the Colorado Rocky Mountains can be a bit, well, repetitive (looking at you, Nebraska), the payoff is unmatched. Viner and his wife found that out when they steered their Camry through the heartland to Colorado’s Guanella Pass and snapped this shot at 11,000 feet.

Ready for Anything – TMNA’s Luis Marroquin took his wife and pup along for five days of “dispersed camping” in the Daniel Boone National Forest. That sounds difficult, but he says they had a ball. He says this Quicksand
Tundra TRD Pro did great, too.

I Was Told There Would Be Dinosaurs – TMNA’s Brad Wyatt took the kiddos, Carter and Evan, to check out Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas, in his new Tundra.

By Kristen Orsborn and Dan Nied






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