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Yesterday, we drove to Yankee Doodle Lake to test out the off-roading finesse of the Freedom Fridge before we really start to work on it.

Met up with some friends, got stuck, tested the winch, almost drove off a huge cliff, hiked up to Yankee Doodle, and then got pizza. Good day for sure.

The road up to Yankee Doodle still has an snow drifts, making Doodle and the Needles Eye currently inaccessible to vehicles. However, the drive is still a good one, giving you a great view of Rollinsville and the valley.

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A vardo (also wag(g)on, living wagon, van, and caravan) is a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people as their home. Possessing a chimney, it is commonly thought of as being highly decorated, intricately carved, brightly painted, and even gilded. The British Romani tradition of the vardo is seen as a high cultural point of both artistic design and a masterpiece of woodcrafters art. The heyday of the living wagon lasted for roughly 70 years, from the mid-1800s through the first two decades of the twentieth century. Not used for year-around living today, they are shown at the Romanichal (British Romani) horse fairs held throughout the year, the best known of which is Appleby Horse Fair.