Still in Love (With My Car)

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/18 sec, ISO3200
“Crosstreks” Austin, 2020

I’ve loved the design of the Subaru XV Crosstrek ever since I first saw it years ago, and since I’ve bought one, I love it even more. It seems I’m not the only one who does, as there are plenty of Crosstreks on the road here in Austin.

This photo was taken in the parking lot at BookPeople/REI (my Crosstrek is the blue one in the background). After dropping off Koa at rehearsal, I’ll often browse the camping gear and then read while sipping a coffee at the bookstore. Always a relaxing evening. 😊

Hiking Inks Lake State Park, Texas

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/7.1, 1/80 sec, ISO200
“Trail Signs” Burnet, 2020

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I did a bit of hiking at Inks Lake State Park, which is about an hour away from our house. There’s a nice group of trails that meander around the hills just south of the lake, and also several primitive campsites that I wanted to check out. I also wanted to try my hand at making a hiking video using my Fujifilm X100T and tripod. I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt! Please check it out:

On a side note, I noticed that there was a nice representation of Subarus at the trail-head. In fact, the only other car when I arrived was this brand-new Forester. And when I left, a much older Forester was parked next to me. It’s fun to be part of the Subaru family!

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/470 sec, ISO100
“Subarus” Burnet, 2020
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/13, 1/170 sec, ISO200
“Subarus” Burnet, 2020

I hope you had a great day!


Subaru Snapshots

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/5.6, 1/1900 sec, ISO200
“Crosstrek Train” Georgetown, 2019

Went to my Subaru dealer for a State Inspection today. Saw a bunch of cool Crosstreks, but of course mine was the coolest (in front!). 😆 The Subaru Outback plushie was pretty cool, though:

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/30 sec, ISO285
“Subaru Plushy” Georgetown, 2019

Clean Car

Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 28mm, f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO100
“Clean Car” Cedar Park, 2019

Behold, a photo of my clean Subaru Crosstrek! It’s a rare picture because I don’t wash my cars often. In fact, I think I only washed my Honda Odyssey (which I owned for ~14 years) maybe a dozen times. And my motorcycle has only been washed by the rain.

What’s the reason why my Crosstrek is clean? The body shop that replaced the windshield and fixed dent in the hood washed it. 😆

Cat and Car

"Sphinx" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/110 sec, ISO6400
“Sphinx” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today’s weather was a huge change from yesterday – a 40° F drop from 84° to the 40s! How crazy is that? So, we spent most of the day indoors staying warm. As you can see from the first photo, Yuzu is keeping me company on my desk as I blog away. 😺

However, I did make a short trip to the store to buy some margarita fixings. Tequila, Cointreau, and limes were in order, and I also picked up some whiskey. Gotta stock up just in case, right? On the way back home I filled up the tank and was pleasantly surprised that I set a record for my fuel efficiency:

My Subaru Crosstrek has about 5,500 miles on it and the MPG is getting a little better after its break-in period. The car has a built-in fuel calculator, but it’s usually about 3 MPG on the optimistic side, which is normal across most cars, so to get an accurate measurement, I’ve been using Fuelly to keep track of how much gas I put into the car and the mileage. I also enter in how much the cost is per gallon so I can get the total amount I’ve spent on fuel over the life of the car. It’s very interesting (to me) and it makes me more mindful of trying to drive more efficiently. The Crosstrek has a real-time gauge to show the efficiency so I can kind of adjust how heavy my foot is on the gas pedal as I drive. 😄 My Subaru isn’t nearly as efficient as our Prius, but the ~30 MPG average is much better than the 19 MPG I was getting with the Honda Odyssey. I’m happy about that!