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Back in March 2022, I took my Big Bend in for an oil change. My dealer had a bare bones Badlands on their lot for the first time, allowing me to test drive the 2.0L. That sealed the deal and I ordered my dream Badlands on the spot (Velocity Blue, best color ever, plus premium and towing packages with the beautiful Carbonized Gray roof)
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) ezgif-2-db78a046a7


After waiting 6 months for it to be built, it got lost in transit for over two months. My dealer nor Ford knew why it hadn't been loaded onto a train and sent across the Mexico border to my town in Arizona. I was starting to lose hope. The day it arrived at my dealer, it was covered in railyard dust and the Ford tracker still showed it sitting in Mexico. I was just so happy it was sitting in front of me, but my dealer could hardly believe it when it came off the transport truck.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221021_164837


I said goodbye to my Big Bend and picked up my Badlands two days later. The night I brought it home, the wrench warning light came on in my garage. I was terrified I'd bought a lemon, but replacing the factory shift module fixed the issue. I still sat in my garage for a while each day to gawk at it. Couldn't believe how vivid Velocity Blue was in person and just how much of an upgrade it was from my Big Bend.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221024_180351


I did take one fully stock photo before I started modding.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221028_122053


Then the mods progressed:
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221028_143357


Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221106_081507
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221209_175640

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221028_165157


First off road outing in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) Side.JPG

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) P9910272.JPG


Then, we made our big move to North Carolina so I could start my dream job on the Pisgah National Forest. I threw a set of KO2s on and continued modding. It drove like an entirely different vehicle after swapping the tires - Huge improvement.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230618_143951
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230828_190822

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20231009_155519


I showed my Badlands in a car show, the first annual Great Smoky Mountain Bronco Stampede. It was the first time I'd ever done it and I had a blast. I'll be back next year with even more mods to show off.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230819_102302

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230819_154829


One year and 13,256 miles later, this car continues to be far more than just a means of transportation, at least to me. It's taken me down every nasty forest road I've pushed it to, cruised along the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbed to the top of the sky islands in Arizona, hit the sandy beaches of South Carolina, hauled everything from plants to groceries to heavy loads of rocks and pavers, and it's taken two cross-country road trips in comfort and style. It gets compliments from folks almost daily just driving around town and continues to be a springboard for me to meet the nicest "Bronco people" everywhere I go. Best of all, it makes me feel proud and confident whenever I get behind the wheel. I'm seeing more and more Sports on the road nowadays, but this one is special because it's mine. One year is in the books, and hopefully many more to come.

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) P9910258.JPG
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20231005_162240

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230808_183818

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20211213_210444
Nice story! Looks like you have been enjoying your Bronco, is that bricks of weed? :D
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Nice story! Looks like you have been enjoying your Bronco, is that bricks of weed? :D
Hahahaha, not quite! 😂 I don't think my federal job would like that very much. We bought a new construction home and no landscaping at all was done prior to closing. They just unevenly chucked some grass seed down and called it good. We're definitely using the "utility" piece of the SUV.

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Hahahaha, not quite! 😂 I don't think my federal job would like that very much. We bought a new construction home and no landscaping at all was done prior to closing. They just unevenly chucked some grass seed down and called it good. We're definitely using the "utility" piece of the SUV.

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) received_1382158699382304
Is that a 'spooky' rock? :cool:
 
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Is that a 'spooky' rock? :cool:
He's an owl rock. I was gawking at it in the garden store one day and my boyfriend surprised me and brought it home while I was at work. They sold them in 3 different sizes, but he picked the biggest. The cashier at the counter was making fun of him for spending money on a rock, but he did it for me. 😁

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20210930_081518
 

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He's an owl rock. I was gawking at it in the garden store one day and my boyfriend surprised me and brought it home while I was at work. They sold them in 3 different sizes, but he picked the biggest. The cashier at the counter was making fun of him for spending money on a rock, but he did it for me. 😁

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20210930_081518
I think it would be cool to paint him.
 


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Back in March 2022, I took my Big Bend in for an oil change. My dealer had a bare bones Badlands on their lot for the first time, allowing me to test drive the 2.0L. That sealed the deal and I ordered my dream Badlands on the spot (Velocity Blue, best color ever, plus premium and towing packages with the beautiful Carbonized Gray roof)
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) ezgif-2-db78a046a7


After waiting 6 months for it to be built, it got lost in transit for over two months. My dealer nor Ford knew why it hadn't been loaded onto a train and sent across the Mexico border to my town in Arizona. I was starting to lose hope. The day it arrived at my dealer, it was covered in railyard dust and the Ford tracker still showed it sitting in Mexico. I was just so happy it was sitting in front of me, but my dealer could hardly believe it when it came off the transport truck.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221021_164837


I said goodbye to my Big Bend and picked up my Badlands two days later. The night I brought it home, the wrench warning light came on in my garage. I was terrified I'd bought a lemon, but replacing the factory shift module fixed the issue. I still sat in my garage for a while each day to gawk at it. Couldn't believe how vivid Velocity Blue was in person and just how much of an upgrade it was from my Big Bend.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221024_180351


I did take one fully stock photo before I started modding.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221028_122053


Then the mods progressed:
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221028_143357


Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221106_081507
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221209_175640

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20221028_165157


First off road outing in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) Side.JPG

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) P9910272.JPG


Then, we made our big move to North Carolina so I could start my dream job on the Pisgah National Forest. I threw a set of KO2s on and continued modding. It drove like an entirely different vehicle after swapping the tires - Huge improvement.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230618_143951
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230828_190822

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20231009_155519


I showed my Badlands in a car show, the first annual Great Smoky Mountain Bronco Stampede. It was the first time I'd ever done it and I had a blast. I'll be back next year with even more mods to show off.
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230819_102302

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230819_154829


One year and 13,256 miles later, this car continues to be far more than just a means of transportation, at least to me. It's taken me down every nasty forest road I've pushed it to, cruised along the Blue Ridge Parkway, climbed to the top of the sky islands in Arizona, hit the sandy beaches of South Carolina, hauled everything from plants to groceries to heavy loads of rocks and pavers, and it's taken two cross-country road trips in comfort and style. It gets compliments from folks almost daily just driving around town and continues to be a springboard for me to meet the nicest "Bronco people" everywhere I go. Best of all, it makes me feel proud and confident whenever I get behind the wheel. I'm seeing more and more Sports on the road nowadays, but this one is special because it's mine. One year is in the books, and hopefully many more to come.

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) P9910258.JPG
Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20231005_162240

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20230808_183818

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20211213_210444
We love seeing people having a blast with their Broncos! Congrats on one year, here's to many more years of fun 🎉 .
 
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I think it would be cool to paint him.
That would be cool! Everyone mistakes it for a ghost so I bet it would help define the fact it's an owl.
 

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He's an owl rock. I was gawking at it in the garden store one day and my boyfriend surprised me and brought it home while I was at work. They sold them in 3 different sizes, but he picked the biggest. The cashier at the counter was making fun of him for spending money on a rock, but he did it for me. 😁

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20210930_081518
That's a great guy right there! :cool:

Thanks for the close-up photo.

We like owls also. We have an old walnut tree just a few feet from the cabin, and one branch has an opening/pocket in it. Owls nest there about every other year.
 

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He's an owl rock. I was gawking at it in the garden store one day and my boyfriend surprised me and brought it home while I was at work. They sold them in 3 different sizes, but he picked the biggest. The cashier at the counter was making fun of him for spending money on a rock, but he did it for me. 😁

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20210930_081518
It looks like a Shmoo to me.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shmoo
 
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I saw this and love it. The interior accents especially. I'm pretty settled on how the exterior of my BL turned out (except for a bull bar and maybe aftermarket tail lights) but would love to bring some blue into the interior.
I have to admit I was taken with the blue accents on the wheel rims and side striping b/c generally I'm not a fan of those sorts of things. But on this it looked nice (and much nicer than the July-unveiled, multi-color vehicle the article referenced).

I was less thrilled with the blue scheme in the vehicle (needed more! Too much black). But I agree, bringing some blue into yours would be a great idea; we're trying to do the same with our Eruption Green BL.
 

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I remember the struggle with your wait, and wait, and more wait, then the wrench. It was harrowing even for us watching you go through it. I'm so glad it all worked out. The way you write about your Bronco sounds exactly like how I feel about mine. Congrats on a year of driving bliss.
 

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Thank you so much! I'm feeling very fortunate to have some stability in my life to be able to enjoy everything I've worked for. I'm easy to please, but driving the Bronco really does make me so happy.

The cup holder decal was actually a "bonus gift" with another Etsy order. I tried to find a link but there were no decals at all in the artist's shop, so unfortunately I think I've got a one-of-a-kind. The mountains on the quarter panel were purchased here. I do have one other interior decal on the center console found here.

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) 20231009_151803
I have this Badlands in the same spot, but mine is orange. The one you have in the rear cupholders I believe came with your rear side window mountains. I got the same (but in black) with my Bronco flags.

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I have this Badlands in the same spot, but mine is orange. The one you have in the rear cupholders I believe came with your rear side window mountains. I got the same (but in black) with my Bronco flags.

Ford Bronco Sport One Year Later with my Badlands Sport (A Photo Journey) IMG_0137
Really nice orange accessories! Looks really sharp.

May I ask where you bought them?
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