Since trading for our new Ford F-150 Platinum EcoBoost, I've been trying to decide on a bed cover. Do you get the standard black or one that matches the paint color? These are the questions that try men's souls.
Painted or unpainted, UnderCover bed covers look great and do an excellent job of protecting items stored in the bed from the elements. They also allow truck owners to lock the cover and tailgate for trunk like storage. Both styles have the same LED lights and locks so the tough part of the decision is basically cost difference and how it looks on the truck.
On our Toyota Tundra, we opted for the black, unpainted cover and while it looked great with the dark graphite paint, I remained curious how the painted version might have looked.
The color of our new F-150 Platinum EcoBoost is Ingot Silver Metallic. It's a beautiful truck and the lighter silver looks fabulous with our shiny silver Airstream. While getting my first oil change in the F-150, I spoke with a most helpful lady in the Ford dealer Accesories Department and explained my color dilemma to her. She assured me they could have either one in 24 hours and made a strong case that the painted version would look best on a Platinum model F-150 pickup. I bit the bullet and ordered the Hard Painted Tonneau Cover by UnderCover in Ingot Silver Metallic to match the truck.
As promised, the Ford dealer called back the next day to schedule the installation appointment. The installation took about 45 minutes and the moment they pulled the truck out of the Accessories area I knew I had made the right decision. It's a keeper.
The Ingot Silver Metallic paint matches the F-150 perfectly and looks fantastic. The design of the Hard Painted Tonneau Cover by UnderCover mimics the lines and contours of the hood and top of the truck to give it a factory look. It also included a Ford logo on both sides at the front edge of the cover. Very nice touch, Ford. In short, it gives the already beautiful F-150 Platinum EcoBoost a more finished look.
Color me happy.
Spring break camping trip to Watts Bar Lake with our youngest. The chilly weather made sitting around a campfire perfect (those Boy Scout skills really paid off!).
We had a great time cooking out and hiking the "Top of the World" trail but time flew by too fast and it was time for him to go back to school. So thankful for the wonderful time we got to spend together.
The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located in Fort Myers, Florida. I had to look up the definition of slough which is prounounced "slew" and found that it is "a place of deep mud or mire." That sounds like fun! OK, let's go!
The slough has over 2.5 miles of boardwalk.
This is a Southern Florida Yellow Rat Snake. Totally freaked out by how long this snake was. You can see its tail down in the lower right corner of the picture. I hate snakes.
We found just one alligator in the slough. One was enough :-)
Cypress knees are protrusions from the roots of a cypress tree.
If you look closely, you'll see a turtle just hanging out.
Red bromeliads growing attached to the tree trunk.
We stood on the boardwalk for quite a while watching the feral pigs. Feral pigs are actually a big nuisance in the slough. National Geographic wrote about the problem back in 2006 stating that during flooding season in the slough, the feral pigs seek drier ground in nearby neighborhoods. Definitely not good news for nearby homeowners since the pigs can destroy a lawn by rooting resulting in potentially thousands of dollars of damage.
White Ibises wading in the shallow water.
One of my son's favorite hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is White Oak Sink. This is one of the lesser-known trails in the park and originates off the Schoolhouse Gap Trail on Laurel Creek Road in Townsend. The entire hike is relatively easy and short at approximately two miles.
White Oak Sink is especially beautiful in early spring when the ground is covered in blue phlox making is look like a fairyland. But even on this cold New Year's Day in the middle of winter with no wildflowers, the hike to the waterfall at the end of the trail is still rewarding and stays on our favorite list.