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Monday, March 8, 2010


So...some of you may remember a little POST I did last year...about a trip we were going to be making to Arizona for the FIRST ANNUAL OVERLAND JOURNAL EXPO. Unfortunately, we decided at the last minute that it wasn't in our best financial interest to make the trip at the time. We had just returned from my brother's wedding in Hawaii, had some other things come up, Syd was only turning 1, and we had several other trips like Montana and Germany to think about. So, we decided to post-pone this adventure for another year, and they graciously allowed us to transfer our registration for this coming April 2010.

For those of you who don't know what overlanding is...try this on for size...Overlanding is about exploration, rather than conquering obstacles. While the roads and trails we travel might be rough or technically challenging, they are the means to an end, not the goal itself. The goal is to see and learn about our world, whether on a weekend trip 100 miles from home or a 10,000-mile expedition across another continent. The vehicle and equipment can be simple or extravagant - they, too, are simply means to an end. History, wildlife, culture, scenery, self-sufficiency - these are the rewards of overlanding.

Matt and I have always talked about how we grew up traveling, car camping with our families, endless roadtrips...and we hope to provide those same adventures as well as others for our kids. The Overland Expo is an avenue to learn about how to take camping and traveling up a notch. It helps prepare you for what you might encounter and what you can do if you find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere and you have to patch a tire or four-wheel over terrain you've never seen before. Yeah, yeah...there are some of you laughing right now because you would never put yourself in that position to begin with. But that is where we differ...Matt and I want to explore this world by whatever means we have available to us. We want to show ourselves and our kids that there is so much more to this place than the suburbia we currently live in. And it is by experiences things like the OJEXPO and traveling across this beautiful country of ours that we hope to fullfill some of those adventures!!!

We can't wait to cruise down to Amado, Arizona mid April and share all of the wonderful techniques and information we bring back with us. Sydney is fortunate enough to get to tag along with Mom and Dad...we'll be camping onsite and attending classes at the Expo. More to come as we finalize our route, pack up the vehicular modular and hit the road next month!!!