I can't say how glad I am to live in a region that has such an active group of FJers. In a way, I think we are pretty spoiled. Post up a trail run at least a week in advance and you are sure to have two or three people interested in joining, if not 15. Post up a happy hour social a couple days in advance and ditto.
Prior to coming out to the midwest this week, I decided to gauge interest in a beer social in the local area. I figured I come out here at least twice a year, so I may as well meet some local FJers and exchange trail/mod stories. Last week, I posted up in the regional forum in the Blue Room and I have not received any responses to date. Hmm.
Now if you look at the reverse, it's completely opposite. There have been numerous times when the NorCal region has offered advice or suggestions to visiting FJers, if not throw a beer social in their honor. I think that is pretty cool. Don't get me wrong, it's not just NorCal...many other states (primarily those in the west) adopt the same behavior. And I think that is good.
A well-respected member of NorCal FJs once told me that the reason why he liked the NorCal FJs so much is that we are not just an online community, but a strong offline community as well. Equally important, we may come from different backgrounds and beliefs, but our love for the great outdoors and FJs/Land Cruisers supercedes all of that to create a common bond. And, most importantly, we all like to actively promote the sport of responsible off-pavement recreation, let alone contribute our time and vehicles to benefit others (see: Wampler Foundation and clean-up days).
I feel fortunate to belong to such a non-club. Hope to see all of you on a trail or at a social this year. Cheers!