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Let’s Go Places: Skim the legendary pond at Stevens Pass

It's the final weekend at Stevens Pass, and that means the annual Pond Skim!!! Folks dressed in crazy outfits bombed down the ski hill and hit a 75-foot pond. Some stayed dry, and others got soaked! (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

In the frigid winter months, Seattle locals flock to Stevens Pass to ski, snowboard, and get out of the city for snow-filled festivities.

But when the snow melts and summer adventures begin to take root, the end of another season of frozen fun needs to be celebrated—hence, the birth of the Stevens Pass Springfest and the annual Pond Skim.

On April 22, the northwest’s bravest donned crazy outfits and sped down the ski hill attempting to glide across a 75-foot pond. Some stayed dry while others sank with their skis or snowboards (don’t worry—a rescue team was ready to take action).

To live such an adventurous lifestyle requires a car that’s just as valorous and triumphant, like the Toyota Tacoma, which has been America’s best-selling mid-size pickup truck for 10 years running. The 2017 Tacoma packs even more action and sport into its build for endless weekend adventures.

Impeccable design

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma will boost your credibility on and off the road. It’s available in 31 configurations based on two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab – both of which come in a 4x2 and 4x4. The vehicle’s exterior design showcases its power with an aggressive grille up front as well as muscular fenders and defined, chiseled lines throughout.

In the back, the vehicle’s easy lower tailgate opens smoothly, is easily removed if needed, and is lockable to secure cargo. The Tacoma is also available with a hard tri-fold tonneau cover that is lockable, water resistant, and folds to the cab for bed access. Additionally, the rear combination taillights on the TRD Off-Road and TRD Sport models feature smoky lenses for a bold touch.

Built to lead the pack

The off-road capability allows you to explore with confidence, and a standard feature of the TRD Off-Road is Bilstein shocks that help soak up heavy dips and bumps during rocky driving. The Tacoma TRD Off-Road is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 and has a Tow Package that can haul up to 6,800 pounds. The vehicle’s electronically controlled locking rear differential, Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select equipment also help drivers navigate some of the toughest terrains.

And don’t worry about your travel equipment: The Tacoma’s truck bed is comprised of an ultra-durable, fiber-reinforced Sheet-Modeled Composite (SMC) surface with a built-in deck rail system to strap down gear. Even better? The available bed-mounted 120V/400W AC outlet provides power for tools and other equipment when on the go.

Comfortable interior

Work (and play) can be demanding. That’s why Toyota implemented soft-touch materials to boost your comfort in the Tacoma. Plus, advanced engineering and materials on the inside help to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness—keeping drivers calm, cool, and collected.

Let the outdoors in on a beautiful day with the available power moonroof, all while cranking your favorite tunes on the Entune Premium JBL audio system complete with six speakers.

Check driving information like current MPG and individual tire pressure on your 4.2-inch color Multi-information Display. The available Entune Audio system also allows you to access your phone, apps, traffic, and weather through its 7-inch touchscreen. And capture all of the action with the integrated GoPro mount on the windshield.

Peace of mind

Forward-thinking construction ensures drivers remain safe while exploring. The 2017 Tacoma features an Advanced Airbag System on the driver and passenger’s side, as well as knee airbags and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA). Every Tacoma also comes standard with the Star Safety System, an advanced integration of safety technologies including Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology.

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma starts at $24,575 and the Tacoma TRD Off-Road starts at $32,195.

For more information about this amazing vehicle, visit one of the local Western Washington Toyota Dealers near you today. You can also visit www.buyatoyota.com to read more about the 2017 Toyota Tacoma and to see the interior and exterior pictures.

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