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Today, many believe that our plug in and tune out culture has caused us to lose touch with the people around us. But three social media mavericks have a different perspective. Their story reveals a world where Instagram has actually helped shape some of their most rewarding connections. Armed with just their cameras, a vast network of internet contacts and two Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk vehicles, this trio of online innovators took to the road to prove you can turn "followers" into lifelong friends. Stay tuned for the film and scroll to explore their journey.


Jeep Renegade Trailhawks Driving in Chicago

PHOTO BY: @thecraighensel

After our @Chitecture meet up (an Instagram account I help manage in Chicago), we drove around the city exploring, hitting a few iconic spots before leaving. At one point, a couple of city workers yelled from across the street, "What is that??!" We said, "Come on over and see!" We chatted a bit before venturing off to our next stop.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Driving in Chicago

PHOTO BY: @littlecoal


Standing on a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk in Pismo

PHOTO BY: @thecraighensel

This night might have been the only argument of the entire trip. We had originally planned on camping near Big Sur, I was already half way there when I got a call from Eric saying they set up camp at Pismo Beach. I was like, "But it's Big Sur!" So...Turning back from Big Sur, she'll have to wait till next time, I arrived to the beauty of one of the only places in the country where cars are allowed on the beach. After the sun set, mist rolled in off the ocean creating an epic scene for photos.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Off Road in Pismo

PHOTO BY: @littlecoal

Always drive within your ability and experience level
and consistent with conditions.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Beach in Pismo

PHOTO BY: @littlecoal


Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Grass Trail in Big Sur

PHOTO BY: @neighborhoodfilm

Eliu (my DP) and I got lost trying to take a short cut to Big Sur. But we made the most of it. We were driving through these back roads and saw all these amazing visuals -huge rock formations, rolling meadows, endless dirt roads. And we kept saying, "Man that would be awesome to film us racing down that, or up those rocks, etc.". Then we suddenly started laughing and thought, "Oh yeah, we can." Our short cut turned into us being well over 2 hours late since we took footage of racing through dirt roads, abandoned fields, and over rock formations. We pushed the Renegade to the max. Thankfully it could handle the beating because a tow truck out there would take days. Plus we didn't have reception so that would have made matters worse!

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Rock Climbing in Big Sur

PHOTO BY: @neighborhoodfilm

At this point we realized we could push the Jeep Renegades full tilt and they could handle it. Eliu and I wanted to climb that rock so bad so we literally cut the wheel and started tearing across this open field. Originally we stopped about 50 yards from the base of the rock so we could hike up but then, again we realized, lets see what this Renegade can handle - so we gassed it and drove right up to the base hopping and thrashing all the way there. It was awesome! Later we ran into a convoy of military personnel who said they saw us tearing across the field. At first I thought we were in trouble but then they were just curious as to what vehicle we were driving and why we were driving up the rock base and jumping and taking pictures!

Always drive within your ability and experience level
and consistent with conditions.


Jeep Renegade Trailhawk in San Francisco

PHOTO BY: @thecraighensel

Eric (in the car) was a highlight of the trip. We had partnered with @jj_community on Instagram and had people submit stories on how IG had changed her life. Her story is powerful. When she arrived, we drove around the city snapping iconic photographs. It was also the night where Eric had his phone ran over by a truck...Story for another day...


Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Route 66 Offroad

PHOTO BY: @littlecoal

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Route 66 Night Driving

PHOTO BY: @littlecoal

Standing on a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk on Route 66 at Night

PHOTO BY: @thecraighensel

We saw a sign that read Window Rock, took the exit and started driving. Under a bit of a time crunch we never got there, but we saw this beautiful sky on a Navajo Reservation and pulled over for a look. As we were staring off into the distance, the glowing eyes of the locales (wildlife) looked back at us.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Route 66

PHOTO BY: @thecraighensel

Near a couple ghost towns, this had a "road to the sky" feel. Ricky skated, grabbed a few shots of the Renegade. Always wanted to hit Rout66, it didn't disappoint.

Renegade Life New Community Craig Hensel


Craig Hensel

Craig is a former Pastor turned professional advertising photographer based out of Chicago, IL. Whether he is capturing scenic nature shots or eclectic urban landscapes his photography combines mood, great light and showcasing the world as a reverent yet joyful place. Craig balances out family and work life by taking middle of the night road trips and watching the stars with his kids.

Renegade Life New Community Eric Ward


Eric Ward

Eric Ward has found incredible success on Instagram with over 300k followers. He discovered Instagram about four years ago while teaching elementary school in Northwest Ohio and became fascinated by the prospect of visual storytelling. His calming yet striking style has lead him to many amazing opportunities, all the while keeping his focus on his family and the faith that guides his Instagram feed as well as his life.

Renegade Life New Community Ricky Staub


Ricky Staub

Ricky Staub is the owner and founder of Philadelphia based Neighborhood Film Co. Ricky has been in love with filmmaking for as long as he can remember. His love of storytelling combined with a desire to share it with others has been the greatest journey of his life thus far. Neighborhood Film Co. gives back to those who need it with an apprenticeship program that provides career opportunities to the formerly incarcerated.

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