What Really MuddersSeptember 14, 2018
Story and photos by Nic Antaya
Kyle Aders creates memories with his family by playing in the mud.
The Ferdinand resident proudly drives his 1997 Jeep Cherokee, which has no front doors, to the Interlake State Recreation Area in Lynnville to drive his vehicle off the road.
A few times a year, Kyle, 27, makes his passion for riding in the mud into a family trip, bringing his wife, Rachel; son, Gabe, 6; and daughter, Grace, 2, to join in on the fun.
“It brings us closer together when we’re out there,” Kyle said.
He said most people only take their doors off if they drive a Jeep Wrangler. However, Rachel said Kyle’s a trendsetter.
“They would turn their heads just to watch him go around the block like, ‘What! He had the doors off that?’” Rachel said.
Kyle doesn’t care about the opinions of others.
“Make it your own,” he said.
And that’s just what he does while off-roading. He creates his own adventures by driving trails with obstacles like mudholes and steep hills.
He wants his kids to have a similar childhood to his own. He grew up in the St. Meinrad and Bristow area and started playing in the mud with his brothers — Josh, Ashtin and Colton — and father, Tracy, when he was about the same age as Gabe (Kyle also has a sister named Marisa and his mother is Phaedra Savage). He used to ride through mudholes while in the back of his dad’s truck.
“I always liked getting dirty when I was young,” Kyle said.
Kyle and Rachel hope the memories they create with their family will be long-lasting and impactful enough that the tradition will continue with their children’s families.
“Even in the craziest of everything going on, we can always go out there and have a good day,” Rachel said. “No matter what’s going on, it’s like you just take a break from life.”
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