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Meet Pedro. He may not seem like your typical adventure van...but he’s ours.

The 1999 Honda CR-V lived without a name for the first few years of me owning him. One day I was sitting in traffic and found myself staring at the little butthole of the blue Labbit by Frank Kozik hanging on the rearview mirror. So I thought...maybe Blue Bunny. But that was an ice cream brand. Finally I landed on the sassy version of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit and we have Pedro.

This isn't my first car. But this is my first car that's not a Volvo. I used to drive a 1993 Volvo 960 then the Edward Cullen car (C30). But after a series of unfortunate events, I was left without a car and a job that was about a 2.5 hour commute every day. Thankfully, my uncle had an extra car that was just taking space in his driveway, but it was a little...special. When I first got Pedro, you couldn't open the driver side door from the inside (which now has been fixed and I learned a new skill). Also to make sure the obnoxious alarm doesn't go off, you have to click buttons like a secret code so that's fun.

Pedro may not be Overland material, but he gets us where we want to go. He's taken us plenty of trips to the Catskills, through the rolling fog of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a winery/brewery tour in the Finger Lakes. Hopefully he can hold up in a cross country trip one day.

Along with his trusty kidekick Simone the GPS (a Christmas present from Mom and Dad), we have quite the crew for all the adventures to come..