In April of 2019, I purchased a brand new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport from West Mitsubishi. My favorite way to relax is to take long drives in it, and I love taking along a camera on every trip, hoping to find something to point it at. Naturally, I was infatuated with my new car, and took several photos of it, which I showed the owner. Since that time, I’ve had his permission to take out any vehicle from West Mitsubishi’s inventory to photograph.
I Chose A 2016 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4×4 Lariat
In 2002, I purchased a brand-new Ford F250 Crew Cab 4×4 with a 7.3 liter Powerstroke Diesel engine. I loved that truck. When I saw a similar, though much newer, truck in West Mitsubishi’s inventory, I felt compelled to choose to take it on a long drive through the countryside. I ended up taking more than 100 photos of the truck, all of which I’m going to share with you, here. These photos were originally taken in RAW format using my Nikon D5600, at 24 Megapixels in resolution. Obviously, sharing so many photos taken at that resolution would be ridiculous, and would take up more than a gigabyte of server space, so what I’m sharing are the un-retouched 1.7 megapixel JPGs that my camera sent to my iPhone using Nikon’s Snapbridge app. For you photo geeks, I highly recommend looking into a DSLR that utlizes Snapbridge. My iPhone connects to the camera via bluetooth, and is then used to imprint GPS information into each photo. The software automatically imports the lower-resolution images shown in this article so that I can view them on my phone in real time, or share them to social media if I so choose.
Leaving West Mitsubishi in Orland, I headed south on 6th street, taking the fastest way I knew to get lost in the countryside. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s mostly farmland up here. I find it gorgeous. If ever you wish to hear the sound of silence while looking at some beautiful scenery, go get lost on the back roads between Orland and Willows, and head east towards Chico and Oroville. Just wander, with no particular destination in mind. You’ll find serenity.
If you’ve never driven a Ford diesel 4×4, you have no idea what you’re missing. I’d use one as my daily driver if such a truck were within my budget. Alas, these trucks are three times as much, new, as was my 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
The 6.7 liter Powerstroke diesel hums along with all the power of Thor, and when outfitted with 4-wheel-drive, it will take you just about anywhere you want to go. I had all the time in the world, so I putted along and looked for places to stop and take photos. I found a dirt path that went through the center of a rice field, so I decided to take it.
I mentioned peace. There is little traffic out in farm country. Breathing in the oxygen emitted from all the surrounding plant life, free of city smog, is a pleasure. I very much enjoy it. The only sounds that disturbed the sounds of nature were the hums from the Ford’s air conditioning unit and the music I’d paired through bluetooth to the truck’s sound system. This truck is a Lariat version, and has all the bells and whistles. The moniker “Cowboy Cadillac” is incredibly appropriate. This truck is the very epitome of luxury.
Heading on from the rice farms to continue my drive, I ended up in Ord Bend, a tiny little town roughly 20 minutes driving time southwest of Chico, California. At Ord Bend County Park there’s a boat ramp to launch fishing boats into the Sacramento River. If river fishing is your passion, this is an area you should check out at some point. Call me odd, which would be an accurate description in any circumstance, but I felt compelled to back this 2016 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4×4 down the ramp. I wanted to test out the rear view camera in such a situation. In the past, I’ve pulled a large wakeboard boat behind my vehicle, and although I wasn’t pulling a trailer behind me on this day, I felt I could get an idea of what it might be like to launch a watercraft using this particular truck. Those of you who know better, just let me hold onto the thought.
After leaving the Ord Bend boat launch, I headed south on 7 Mile Road. If you’ve ever been a resident of Chico, and you have had reasons to fly out of Sacramento International Airport, you might be familiar with 7-mile road. Almost two decades ago, when I resided there, this stretch was part of a short-cut I took when heading to the airport. The drive is uncluttered by traffic, and cuts through areas where you’re likely to find all sorts of waterfowl. Take the right path in your wanderings, and you just might come across some nature preserves and the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. This is truly a beautiful area.
Perhaps I overdid it a bit, taking 107 photos of this truck. Back in the days of film, I likely wouldn’t have taken a tenth of that amount. But storage is cheap, and my philosophy is that if I shoot enough, I’m much more likely to find one or two images I actually like.
West Mitsubishi is located in Orland, California. It’s within reasonable driving distance from Redding, Chico and Sacramento. For those who live in Humboldt County, who are used to driving long distances to find the right vehicle, I’d say it’s worthwhile to take a trip over. With over 1000 ratings on Google, West Mitsubishi has a user rating of 4.9 out of 5. It really is a great dealership with whom to do business.
Get out of the city, drive to this country dealership, and discover for yourself how nice it is to be treated as a customer should be treated. If you’re looking for a really nice used truck in the Redding, Sacramento, Chico or Eureka area, consider this one. And if it’s sold before you can get to it, check out their website for what’s presently in stock. They’re also able to obtain vehicles for you if you’ve got specific requests.