Trip to Vernal and a most unexpected “Nugget” found.


We were driving out to Vernal, Utah to look at a Studebaker 1953 Custom hot rod pickup truck I was interested in purchasing. We ended up purchasing a 1923 Ford Model T Roadster from a guy in Mapleton.


23 Model T Roadster 1

Bryckelle had come along for the ride. She was pretty quiet in the back seat and Misty and I were enjoying the long ride and just chit-chatting about life events and what we desired in our future. What a great day.

When we arrived in Vernal, Utah, we called the man who was going to show us this Studebaker Hot Rod pickup truck. What a kind and friendly man. He had us follow him to his huge three building warehouse. When we arrived, we got out of our truck and had a friendly introduction in which we all shook hands and small talk.

He then leads us to one of his warehouses. We were pretty excited to see this Studebaker. During the past week, I had searched and completed a pretty in-depth research on this particular Studebaker build. I was really excited to see it in person. We had made the trip to Vernal, Utah with the desire to purchase this truck.

The man unlocked the ware house doors and asked us to wait outside as he went to turn the lights on. Oh, when the lights came on. What a thrill. This warehouse was stuffed like a sardine can. Full of antique muscle cars, the classics, and a few modern beauties. I must be clear of the vastness of this ware house. It was huge. Wall to wall mint condition cars and trucks. As we entered the ware house it was difficult to navigate around these vehicles and not brush up against them. He explained that the Studebaker that I was interested in was in the next ware house to the right. In order to get there, we had to walk to the back door of this warehouse and through another door we would find our Studebaker.

As we slowly made it through this first warehouse, we asked if he would mind if we took our time so we could admire each car as we went through. It was purely amazing. We saw Corvettes from many years, T-birds, classic Caddies, Ford Mercuries, Furies, a Dodge fast back Dart, Old 30’s ford pickup trucks that were pristine. New Ford F-150’s and Mustangs.

We then entered the second warehouse. The 1953 Studebaker was directly in front of us. It was the closest to the door. It was amazing. This ware house was also packed full of classics. Directly behind the Studebaker was a 1939 F-150 classic in excellent re-built condition. It was difficult for me to stay focused on the Studebaker in which we came to see. But I did, I inspected the ’53 Studebaker from top to bottom climbing under it and touching every bolt, spring, frame, and whatever else I could touch. This ’53 Studebaker was in perfect restored condition. It was beautiful and something to be admired. We checked under the hood and the motor was remarkable. Every inch of the engine and related parts had been chromed or polished aluminum. The brakes, calibers, springs, and every little connecting rods had also been chrome plated. This vehicle would blow anybody’s mind. It was one of those show cars that comments would be made about, “Attention to detail”.

After we had finished admiring and drooling over the Studebaker, the owner asked if we would like to tour the rest of his cars. We absolutely did. He took us around the other two warehouses and it was purely amazing. He had a had a 1955 Ford pickup that was restored and customized into a hot rod. He had more Cadillac, mustangs, T-birds, Fairlanes, Coupes, Olsmobiles, Grand Torinos, A Mustang BOSS Shellby, and many more. It was absolutely a thrill to be toured around his warehouses.

We went outside and discussed the cost to purchase this 1953 Studebaker R3 Show Truck. It was beautiful and the work on it was pristine. However, after seeing all of his other collection, I wondered if this truck was now the one I wanted to buy. We told him that we would get back to him after we had discussed it and decided the direction we wanted to go.

We left Vernal feeling really good. We had a great couple of hours walking through this gentleman’s museum of historic cars. What a collection and what an amazing man. Again, we were having such a wonderful day. It was a nice long drive through the mountains. He drove by many lakes and had nice long discussions with our daughter and my beautiful wife.

Now, with all of this being said, this was not the most amazing part of our day. Not even close. What happened when we got back to our home was the most amazing thing. We arrived home around 11:00pm. It was late. We were all exhausted. Each of us taking turns showering and putting our jammies on. Bryckelle was about to get in the shower and Misty checked her phone for missed messages. I was gathering my P.J.’s so I could shower next. Misty then became emotional as she read something on her phone. She went and gave Bryckelle a big hug and said, “Thank you so much, I love you too”. I inquired what Misty had read? Misty told me that I would have to read it myself. Bryckelle, was now in the shower and I was too last to get my phone off the charger so I continued to beg Misty to read whatever it was that she found.

So Misty did. Wow… What a “nugget for life”. These are the moments that parents treasure forever. These are the times that pull everything back into real perspective. Simple sentences written for no occasion. Words written out of love from a teenage daughter to her parents expressing a rare truth that will burn in my soul forever.

Now, about the awesome warehouses packed full of classic hot rod cars. So fantastic and pristine that would certainly make any man crazy with boyish dreams. Shattered by comparison by a simple letter put on Facebook by my daughter. I’ll always remember the driver to Vernal to check out the 1953 Studebaker. I always remember the tour of dream cars and the thrill of seeing the classics. But nothing will ever compare or compete with a simple post from my daughter, Brykelle, and the wonderful message of love for her parents. These precious moments are so rare. I would rather keep this Facebook post in my “Nugget Folder” for the rest of my life then to have purchased any of the classic cars we saw that day.

What made this trip to Vernal precious? The post from Bryckelle on our drive that we were unaware of until bedtime. Thank you Bryckelle, these are the moments that change everything.


Bryckelle’s Facebook Post: (8/18/2018)


It’s not a special day or anything.

I just wanted to take the time to talk about my parents and how much they affect my life every day.

My dad, he is such a hard worker and even though he may seem like a very angry guy he really understands and cares about others.

I want him to know that he’s not alone in his struggles and I really look up to him even though it may not seem like it at times.

I love that when he puts his mind to something he works for it and accomplishes it.

I love that and that’s something that I take after him.

I love him dearly and would do anything for him.


My beautiful mom, she’s so caring and will do anything for others.

I know that she can get frustrated with her job at times but always seems to find a way through the rough patches in the best way possible.

Her beauty can be beyond compare at times and I’m glad to have her in my life.

I wish them the best for both of my parents and thank them a lot for what they have taught me and how they’ve raised me to be… well whatever this is. 😹 love you guys lots. ❤️

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