Betsy the Toyota Tacoma

10 Jul, 2009

Along each journey a snowboarder makes, there is one consistent and reliable mode of transportation that gets you from home to shredding.  For me, a truck named Betsy the Toyota Tacoma has made every journey, every snowboard trip and has safely brought me home each time.  I bought her brand new in 2004 and now 24,000 dollars later I have just made my final payment.  

I figured if my truck had a name, it might last longer and treat me better.  She’s been along for the journey of being dependent to independent.  I knew when I bought her that I needed to buy a manual, that I drove too often in the snow and being able to downshift through snowy conditions would be beneficial, unfortunately for me when I bought her I couldn’t drive a stick-shift, I never learned so I bought my brand new truck without ever driving it (thanks dad for test driving it for me).  As soon as I got home, I learned to drive it on the street I grew up on…stalling it a lot.  

After a day of learning to drive a stick-shift, I hit the highway and lived at Mt Hood for the summer where I learned even faster how to drive a stick-shift without stalling in front of the camp vans during stops.  Eventually by the end of the summer, I was better and I didn’t have to think how to change gears anymore.  From then on, my truck took me everywhere.  We traveled to Whistler countless times, to Tahoe to enjoy the epic season, to Oregon, to Washington, from mountains to ocean and finally to Colorado, she was there for every journey, trip and fun moment.  

Over time my truck has changed, the stickers I represent on my truck have changed from websites to companies to websites.  I now represent (trying not to piss off too many people with my driving skills of course) and Never Summer.  

The best part is my truck has helped me shred, reliable and always got me to the mountains when I needed to be there.  I could have gotten there faster with a subaru but the toyota keeps me in check, makes me watch the road conditions and know that I’m not indestructible.  She’s hit black ice many times, she’s hit a guardrail once with no damage and she’s taken on dings, scratches and marks from the years of abuse.  But she’s taken them in stride and still looks good. 


Even though I live in a resort town, I spend a lot of my winters on the stretch of highway between Steamboat and Summit County, a mere 1.5 hour drive that can turn into 3-4 hours if a snowstorm is in effect, no visibility, no lanes on the road, snow and ice on the road and winds blowing hard so you have no idea if you are on the road or not.  Each time I have made the drive, I’ve made it to my destination safe.  The best part is in the safety of my truck, I come up with all the ideas behind this blog and things that would be great to write about.  

 Now that I have finally paid off my first brand new vehicle, I’m relieved and proud that I actually did the monthly payments and still survived.  The best part is my truck is still running, still getting me from home to the shredding and I’m looking forward to keeping her on all my journeys I continue to make…after all, she’s Betsy the Toyota Tacoma.

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. July 10, 2009

    Congrats on paying off Betsy! How many miles have you put on her so far?

  2. July 10, 2009

    Thanks! Yeah paying her off is like a wow moment…now I can afford to spice her up and fix her 4WD.

    She’s got 110,000 right now on her, she got around since I’ve had her.

  3. Pam
    July 10, 2009

    Congrats on paying off the truck! I just started my payments on my Subi…long ways to go, but if you take care of your car it’ll pay you back for a long time.

  4. Chang
    July 10, 2009

    Yeah! Congrats! I own a Subaru Impreza, for sure it climbs quickly!

  5. July 10, 2009

    Congrats!! I don’t think we’ll finish paying for the WRX for like another 5 years hahahaha. I love her though, and she has a name too, it’s Bobo 😀 cuz of the turbo… WOOSH! Adrian says it’s a boy though… I say girl. Hmmph. Must be because I grew up around muscle cars lol everyone refers to their cars as “she”. I didn’t know you learned to drive a stick in Betsy, you drive it like a pro!! Especially when offroading!

    And Betsy… lol my friend had 3 trucks named Betsy… the first one he had was Grandma Betsy, 2nd was Old Betsy, and current one is New Betsy… wonder what the next one will be. lol.

  6. July 10, 2009

    Good luck Pam! I remember when I signed the agreement thinking what the hell am I doing, 5 years! But it goes by quick and I used to see 50 payments left, when I got down to 10 payments it was a dance in the street stoked day.

    I like the name Bobo Lauren, awesome! I think all cars are girls, haha. Yeah learned stickshift in my truck, funny stuff how that happens and yeah now I feel good when I’m climbing rock trails in it without stalling.

    I think the next vehicle won’t be named Betsy, haha gotta create something new each time.

  7. Hanh
    July 10, 2009

    had one of those tacoma things man they are awesome. just about to sell my civic soon to get a subaru wagon. very jealous shay… my down payment is going to be around 40-50% of my car and the rest is gonna be paid in hopes and dreams. maybe you’ll meet us up in tahoe this upcoming season… congrats!

  8. JT
    July 11, 2009

    Shay congrats.. this is awesome.. I want to point out for Jay (sorry bro) vehicles should always be females! 😉 So Shay and Lauren stick with the female names. In fact my rover is Badbass Betty hahaha. Congrats again, it’s an awesome feeling!!!

  9. JT
    July 11, 2009

    that should be badass betty.. damn macbook keyboard hahahah

  10. jordan
    July 11, 2009

    Well I’m sure betsy will last you a while, Toyota trucks are indestructible. But don’t just take my word for it.

  11. July 11, 2009

    HAHA I love Top Gear!

    I saw this video on the Ford Fiesta, oh man totally worth watching…they make it look awesome!

    Betsy did me good today on the mountain, the high clearance went through a deep puddle on the way to riding and did great, no worries and man…glad I wasn’t the vehicle that got stuck like the pathfinder that came up after!

  12. Rocca
    July 14, 2009

    Hello Shay,

    Congrats on you paying off the truck thats an awesome feeling to have. I love my 4×4 and although for the better part of it i dont really need such a big vechicle in England when i do make my trips, it makes it worth it. If i dont need it for my snowboarding trips, it works a dream for the summer months for mountain biking, skateboarding road trips and the occasional wakeboarding…Time to start spoiling her with some customisation…hah