Jeep Ducking is a thing, you wouldn't understand
Leaving rubber ducks for fellow Jeepers has become a social media craze
Photo credit: Michelle Finchum White - Used with permission - Duck Duck Jeep on Facebook
People got into some pretty creative hobbies and activities this summer to pass the time during our lock-downs and social distancing. For Jeep owners, Jeep Ducking became a thing, then it exploded. It's no secret that Jeepsters are a very social group with their waves and whatnot. I had a '93 YJ Wrangler for my first car fifteen years ago, but I've never forgotten what Jeep culture was all about. Basically with Jeep Ducking, if you find another Jeep in the wild, you leave a rubber duck somewhere on it for the owner to find. The hope is that they'll post a picture of it on social media, and then pass the duck along to keep the game going.
Photo credit: Michelle Allison - Used with permission - Duck Duck Jeep on Facebook
I actually stumbled upon Jeep Ducking after Google recommended that I read an article by a local paper from my old stomping grounds in southeastern Massachusetts. As I looked into it further, it became clear that Jeep Ducking wasn't isolated to the state I used to live in. There are Instagram accounts and Facebook pages dedicated to this new and wholesome activity with posts pouring from all corners of the United States.
Photo credit: Janet Leeman - Used with permission - Duck Duck Jeep on Facebook
The biggest of these groups is a public Facebook page called "Duck Duck Jeep". It was only created this past July, but already has over 24,000 members; that's crazy! People have been getting all sorts of wild duckies too, not just the classic yellow rubber ones. Giant pool floats, ducks dressed as doctors, crocheted and stuffed ducks, and even live fowl have been left for fellow Jeepers. It looks to be mostly a Wrangler thing, but Jeeps from the entire family have been included.
Photo credit: Stephen Minahan - Used with permission - Duck Duck Jeep on Facebook
Photo credit: Patricia Keys Fountain - Used with permission - Duck Duck Jeep on Facebook
Hopefully this trend keeps going. The woman from the newspaper was quoted as passing out as many as 350 ducks! I've joined the Duck Duck Jeep Facebook group and the new posts keep coming in non-stop. My wife rocks a Grand Cherokee, but we haven't been ducked yet. We could easily pass out a ton of ducks in our neighborhood alone. I know the people of DriveTribe might want to get in on it, so go out there, and get ducked!