It isn't about showing off, it's about showing the possibilities... and sometimes a glimpse is all it takes to put wondrous plans in motion.
Fresh produce has an allure that is nearly mythical in our house. Picking your OWN fresh produce is turning the taste knob up to eleven. With sunshine in the forecast and a nice breeze to complement the moderate temperatures, the family was ripe (ha, ha!) for berries right off God's organic display case.
It was warm out-- not hot-- but definitely a warm day and Serena was going to be sitting in the sunshine. I figured the blueberry-picking-crowd wasn't generally made up of thieves (and the car was empty anyway) so I left the panoramic roof open to keep the interior from getting hot. Visions of birds with full bowels-- by the flock-- flashed through my mind but I talked myself out of irrational fears of fowl reasoning that mostly they do that when taking off... and we were well away from any trees. It didn't matter. It was still a mistake to leave the panoramic roof open.
We returned with buckets and buckets of blueberries after a gorgeous afternoon picking. It was simply glorious weather with quiet conversation between us as we worked. They let you eat while you pick (gleaning?) and my daughter's pick/eat ratio probably destroyed their profit margin. Serena was free from bird droppings and didn't seem to have attracted any attention-- but she that had managed to trap many of the area's lazy bugs. It seems that the intellectually challenged critters would wander into the open roof and get lost inside. It would take several rounds of flicking over the next couple days to get all of the survivors knocked out opened windows.
I think the argument that air suspension is necessary for such "light-off-roading" is very overblown. Maybe if there were deep snow on top of this uneven ground or if it were muddy in addition to being soft soil... Realistically though, I wouldn't seriously consider driving my car over land much less "refined" than this. It's a road car and easily able to go any place a normal road car would go... probably more so-- as there are no low hanging exhaust pipes/mufflers to ignite the dry grass or get caught on the lumpy ground, but if you're really trekking through rough country you're not going to take a Model S, regardless of your suspension choice. There are other reasons people opt for the air over the coils, but this should not be one of them.
As far as I know we didn't change any minds or set any hearts a-flutter during our travels that day, but I still enjoyed it. Every time I drive the Tesla I smile. Every time. There is just something magical about the way these cars move and respond... So quick, it's almost like they are anticipating your inputs instead of reacting to them. More akin to putting on and wearing an electric suit, whereas gas cars feel slow-witted and burdened. Effortless power and silence-- there isn't anything else like it-- except maybe a horse. I've read how cowboys will bond with their horses over the years to the point where commands are almost unnecessary. Watching the sun go down over my ride resting on the edge of the field, I think of where this amazing vehicle has already taken me. I feel more in tune with this car than I ever did with any of the others, even ones I've owned over a decade are still just reactionary machines. They're just tools. This is a magic carpet.
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