Overland Expo 2014

Overland Expo 2014

I’ve finally gotten around to going through all the photos from my trip to the 2014 Overland Expo and back. This was the first major trip in my FJ; it’s maiden voyage of sorts. This was my first trip to the Overland Expo, and although I have followed it vicariously through others’ eyes, I was blown away by it’s magnitude over the course of those few days. I met many people, heard many stories, and saw some of the world’s famous expedition vehicles in person. I’ll be going through notes I took during the Expo and it’s classes for months to come as I build up my vehicle. I’ll post some photos of my truck from some of the trails I ran on the way back from the Expo shortly. These are only a handful of pictures, and I wasn’t even able to get around to seeing all the vehicles that I wished, there were thousands of attendees. Enjoy the photos, and those of you that are as adventure-minded as me should make it out there for this event at least once in your lifetime.  ...
Creamy Corn Chowder w/ Roast Pork

Creamy Corn Chowder w/ Roast Pork

While this dish is primarily cooked trail side on a open fire, that backyard fire pit can be a great substitute transforming into a unique exotic meal sure to amaze.  Sometimes just a little change like this reminds us of how special dining al-fresco should be and serve not only a hunger pain but also that need we all have to get out of the house at times. Yet how do I start? Start to tell the tail of why such an elaborate set up.  I have to admit to a subtle personality flaw, I am a snob.  Not as an individual, but rather regarding many aspects in my life.  For those of you that know me this may seem a bit hypocritical seeing how I routinely find myself spending nights either hot, cold, damp or just plain muddy.  This combined with a few little pleasures (like a trail side hot shower) keep me from going native streaking through the forest under a full moon. First vice, Coffee.  I don’t mean a cup of joe from a dough-nut shop with perhaps a pump from some plastic housed chemically infused simple syrup. I am talking about real top shelf, fresh ground, steeped perfectly and strained through all natural fiber nectar of the gods (this obsession will be covered in a future article).  Second vice are meals, and like the first I enjoy simple items brought to a higher level then just plain camp fire food.  Anyone can bring a pack of weenies but only the truly sick and obsessed will source hand crafted sausages, pair them with a beautiful full...