My name is James and I live in North Texas with my beautiful wife and three kids. I have a 6 year old daughter and two 3 year old sons. My daughter is a true girly girly and the boys are boys in every sense of the word.
The goal of this blog is to document my journey from novice camper to experienced Overlander. I plan to bring the family along just as much as they will allow. The boys are all aboard with the project and always want to tag along with daddy. The girls, not so much. The first time I broached the subject of “pooping in the woods” I was met with little enthusiasm from the ladies, especially the girl.
So, why Overlanding? It is trendy now so it caught my attention, but there is more to it than that.
When I had kids, I swore that I would not be one of those absentee dads. I intend tomake some memories and this is a great way to do it.
The idea of vehicle based exploration is very appealing as well. You get to be out in nature while still bringing a few of the comforts of home. Let’s face it, hardcore camping is not for everyone and the idea of a bed at the end of the night, even an air mattress in the back of a Jeep, is very appealing.
But, if a bed is so important, why not just get a camper?
I considered that but came to a simple conclusion, it’s boring. Some people are all about it, but parking in a crowded campground, 20 feet from another family has no appeal whatsoever to me.
That is not to say that I will not be hitting some campgrounds of course. Texas has very little public land and I will be forced into some campgrounds from time to time, especially if I want to do a short overnighter.
Overlanding allows you to get out and explore nature and set up your campsite far from the campground. Nobody else in sight, just peace and quiet. It combines much of the adventure of hiking with some of the comforts that an RV would provide.
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