Playing in Mud during the Inaugural Gone Country Jeep Weekend at the Redneck Yacht Club

Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014
Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014
Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014

There’s something refreshing about the earthy scent of mud and I got up close and almost personal with it during the inaugural Gone Country Jeep Weekend at the Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park in Punta Gorda, Fla. It was a glorious gathering of all things Jeep with no other vehicles allowed on the grounds.

Here Come the Jeeps! Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014
Here Come the Jeeps! Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014

I watched as some took on the obstacle courses in efforts to climb man made hills stacked with cement culverts. From what I saw, more didn’t make it over the top than those who did. I don’t consider myself a car or truck person – a vehicle is a means of transportation – but it was pretty impressive seeing these vehicles climb.

Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014
Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014

As for the mud, Jeeps seemed to be having a jolly time rolling through the pits, coating them from roof to tires in a chocolate-brown, gooey layer. I even saw people splattered with mud. The extent of my interaction with mud was picking some up on the treads of my pink Converses and brushing up against the Jeep escorting me through the grounds.

See the Jeep Logo Under the Mud? Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014
See the Jeep Logo Under the Mud? Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014

Although the Gone Country Jeep Weekend (Jan. 24 – 26, 2014) was for Jeeps only, the Redneck Yacht Club offers other mudding and non-mudding events open to the public throughout the year. The 800-acre property is available to rent for private events and includes a concert stage, Florida wilderness, primitive camping and of course, tons of mudding opportunities.

Buggy Wash at Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014
Buggy Wash at Medium Obstacle Course, Gone Country Jeep Weekend, Redneck Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, Fla., Jan. 25, 2014

Personally, I’d think it’d be interesting to hold a Burning Man-type event out there for a weekend or week. Or, I can see a corporation hosting a weeklong retreat or meeting, using recreational vehicles for lodging accommodations and headquarters. It’d also make a fantastic product launch site for various outdoor products, such as ATVs, four-wheel drives and apparel. I also wonder if a spa vendor has entertained the idea of offering mud massages and treatments during mudding events. Hmm.

Anyway, visit www.redneckyachtclubmudpark.com for additional information on future events and learn more about what the Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park offers.

And yes, the name Redneck Yacht Club, LLC, is licensed from the writers of the song, “Redneck Yacht Club,” Thom Shepherd and Steve Williams.

Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park
44570 Bermont Road
Punta Gorda, Fla. 33982
Tel: 239- 209-3773
www.redneckyachtclubmudpark.com

Visit my Flickr account for additional photos from my adventure and search #GCJeeps on social media channels to find more photos of the event

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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