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Five Years of Overland Expo

With just under a week to go before Overland Expo East 2019 I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at all the Overland Expos I have attended over the last five years. In total I’ve been to seven so far and this fall marks my eighth total. I’ve been […]

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American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous

There is one event every year that I go to that is for me. I know that might sound selfish, but it’s true. It is hands-down my favorite event for a number of reasons. I enjoy it so much I think you would to. Read on for why you should add an American Adventurist Rendezvous […]

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[Event Report] L.T. Wright Knives 2019 Pout House Campout [Raccoon Creek State Park, PA]

Many people view “sponsorships” as either a sellout or a way to just get free stuff.  However, when I arrange a Corporate Partnership with a company one of the things I always stress is that it’s a two-way street.  This past weekend was an opportunity to work with longtime partner L.T. Wright Knives and assist […]

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[Event Report] 2019 Smoky Mountain Overland Rally (Cosby, TN)

I was finally able to make it to Tennessee for the Smoky Mountain Overland Rally (SMOR).  This is an event I have been wanting to make since it’s inaugural event but there always seemed to be a conflict. Home, for the weekend at least, just outside Great Smoky Mountain National Park.It’s good to be out […]

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2019 Overland Skills Weekends

From day one the mission of ECOA has been built on the cornerstone of education.  This is a reflection of my own professional past working in academics as well as my personal desire to share my knowledge and experience with those around me. Over the last four years I have attended large events like Overland […]

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Woolrich Factory Tour (MAOF 2017)

As part of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival this year the Henwoods organized a tour of the Woolrich Woolen Mill in nearby Woolrich, PA. Arriving at the Woolrich Woolen MillIt’s like living in an “How It’s Made” episode. This was by far the highlight of the trip since it combined a little overland adventure through […]

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[Event Report] 2017 Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival

Each year a few hundred overland adventure enthusiasts descend upon the Henwood Farm near Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  The Henwoods are a trio of brothers behind the Main Line Overland shop in southeast, PA.  The Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival is their way to bring together like minded enthusiasts and celebrate the overland adventure lifestyle. It’s that time again.2017 […]

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Heading over the mountain to the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival

For the third year in a row I’ll be heading over the mountain to the annual Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival.  I can’t complain that this event is all but in my back yard.  I also can’t complain that it’s always one of my favorite events of the year.  And, for once, it looks like I can’t […]

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[Event Report] 22nd Annual PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show, York PA

This will be a relatively short report, but I thought I would type it out while things are fresh on my mind.  This past weekend I attended the PA Jeeps All Breeds Jeep Show, for the tenth time, but the first time I had my own booth. Loaded up and ready to roll to York, […]

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[Event Report] 2017 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival – A lesson in compromise

This past weekend I trekked up to northwestern Pennsylvania for the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival.  Each year thousands of Jeep enthusiasts descend upon the town of Butler each year to pay homage to the birthday of the Jeep.  As a Jeep enthusiast I’ve made the trip a few times myself.  However, this year things […]

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[Event Report] Disconnected Offroad “Rock the Clock” 2016

Last fall I was able to tag along and hit the trails for the first “Rock the Clock” event with Disconnected Offroad as a passenger. Nick making his way over the rolling hills at the intersection of Trails #1 & #2 When they started planning this year’s event I was approached to be a trail […]

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[Album] American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous – Saturday’s Potluck and Raffle

As mentioned before, Saturday I spent some time on the fire roads in Uwharrie National Forest.  That was a pretty intense day, but still lots of fun.  Once back on site at the UORTC I checked out some of the setups around camp and got ready for the evening’s potluck and raffle. Uwharrie Off-Road Training […]

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[Album] American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous – Friday Trail Ride

The Friday of the 2016 Appalachain Rendezvous was spent with the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center staff on some of their private trails.  All in all it was a good day on some tight twisty forest trails. Getting ready to roll out.Not the guide this time around, but as far front as I could get. Started […]

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[Album] Photos from the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA

Earlier I shared photos from my two week trip down to NC.  Here is the first of three extensive photo galleries from the trip. Overlanding US Military Style This one is from the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.  It was a very cool place to stop and see a bit of US history and […]

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[Trip/Event Report] Two weeks in North Carolina for the 2016 Appalachian Rendezvous and Overland Expo East

Wednesday morning I woke up, kicked the Jeep in drive, and pointed it south.  The plan was to spend two weeks in North Carolina for the American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous in Uwharrie National Forest followed by Overland Expo East in Asheville.  Last year I had attended both events and had a great time.  This year […]

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[Event Report] 2016 Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival

Had I been a good boy I would have been 100% packed and ready to go by the time it was time to leave Thursday morning.  I would have gotten a full night’s sleep, taken a shower, eaten a healthy breakfast, and taken the dog for a walk.  But I wasn’t packed.  I did’t get […]

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[Event Report] 2016 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival – Butler, PA

Three years ago I bounced from my home in south central PA up to northwestern PA for the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler.  I made a long day trip out of it and left before the sun came up and returned home long after the sun went down.  This year I vowed to […]

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[Event Report] A three week swing of fall events: Appalachian Rendezvous, Expo East, VT Overland Rally [Part 3]

After a day of volunteering on the tear down crew at Overland Expo East I hit the road in the mid-afternoon.  With my sites set north I relished in the idea of a warm shower and a comfy bed after a 400 mile drive to PA. After taking two days to do laundry, nurse my […]

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[Event Report] A three week swing of fall events: Appalachian Rendezvous, Expo East, VT Rally [Part 2b]

In Part 2a I got a little sidetracked talking about my own personal experiences attending the expo as a volunteer and my own personal thoughts and opinions about the role the weather played in the overall expo experience. Overland Expo East taking shape around the lake at Taylor Ranch To be a little more “on […]

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[Event Report] A three week swing of fall events: Appalachian Rendezvous, Expo East, VT Rally [Part 2a]

If you recall when I attended the Mid-Atlantic Overland Fest earlier this year I did so as a presenter.  I did one workshop on Photography 101 and co-faciliated a workshop on Visual Storytelling.  Originally that was my plan for Overland Expo East as well… sadly I missed the deadline while on the “No Highways Tour” […]

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