JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
One of the places I have always wanted to see is Tillamook the wet, muddy trails opening up to beautiful Pacific Ocean seem right up my alley. Fortunately, I at least get to once again live vicariously through the crew at TeraFlex...because they go to all to cool spots. Check out TeraFlex at the 2017 Jeep Jamboree...Tillamook Edition!
Sometimes it isn't that easy to find the good in this world. It seems like every new day breeds more hate than the last. We as a people are less united and more angered by the others belief system than ever. Our own political view, religion and morality have somehow shifted from defining who we are to defining who others aren't. The idea that social media has become reality and a platform for hate is so far removed from who we are meant to be. It doesn't have to be that way though.
We are made for something greater. We are suppose to be a benefit to each other's lives not a thorn in it. That's why I absolutely love getting outdoors with new and old friends. We laugh, we eat, we help each other on the trail and off I suppose. We set differences aside and focus on commonality for a while, and taking those relationships to find where they fit in nature is something magical. You just can't experience that kind of thing anywhere else.
This past weekend we had our monthly Jeep run with OC Motorsports. It was such a great time! First, let me say Pilot Rock is an awesome trail that offers something for everyone! Second, if you haven't jumped in on a Jeep run with our group before, you are missing out. It's a world where good people from all walks of life get together and have the time of their lives with people they may never have the chance to hang with outside of the Jeep Life. It's challenging, it's rewarding, it's encouraging and educational. We help each other try new things, we share some of the best trail food we can get, and more than anything else...we laugh...A LOT!
Look, there's plenty of bad in the world we have to face every day, for a few brief moments let's all be part of something good! If you want to head out with us next month, contact http://ocmotorsports.com/ or reach out to one of the regulars and one of us will be more than happy to get you signed up. In the mean time...check out the all fun we have.
This morning I woke up just a bit more stiff and sore than I usually am. I have to admit, I caught myself thinking...I'm getting to old for this lifestyle. I mean, maybe there's a reason we stop dreaming of the next great adventure as we grow up. Maybe getting older is suppose to mean that it's time to grow out of the desire to see what's out there and just settle in to our "responsibilities". You know, like going to a job you don't like, or waking up Monday morning already living for the upcoming weekend. Maybe we are suppose to accept that watching TV shows about people pretending to be the people we want to be is as good as it gets now. Maybe being "normal" is the way to go here, yes?
OORRR...maybe I should realize the normality SUCKS! It's full of doubt and insecurity. It's accepting things as truth simply because we are told that it is. Normal is debt, broken relationships, addiction, and a whole lot of being someone we may not want to be. The last thing I want to become is domesticated to the point of fitting into the box of normality.
So, instead, I'm going to get up, stretch out, take a few deep breaths and thankfully decide how I am going to live today. How am I going to find and be the best version of me I can be. How I'm going to escape the status quo and explore more, live more adventurous, and dig deep enough to push myself past my limits and discover what I can really do. Life is not about growing old and fading off into the sunset. It's about chasing your dreams without settling. It's about enriching the world and people in it because of who you are. It's about laughter, challenge, occasion pain and pushing through it to refine yourself for the next go. Life is about love and you can't possibly love living in the doubt, fear and regret of being "normal". So, instead of being "normal" today, just worry about being you. Right now is all we have folks, let's live it.
Overlanding through some of the most beautiful places with friends is definitely one of my favorite things to do. The beautiful landscape, the sitting around a fire at night talking and laughing with friends, and driving the trails just can't be beat.
The Trail itself is unfolding more and more everyday. When it's finished it will actually be one the longest mapped trails in the US, but for now we all can enjoy the miles and miles of open desert across Arizona and for those of you that don't want to spend 3 or 4 days on the trail don't worry, there's plenty of opportunity to grab the highway and get in and out for a fun day or two.
You can pick up the trail in several places. But once you're on it you're going to want to see it all so plan accordingly. The trail gets pretty narrow at times which makes it great for a Razor, but not so great for you Toyota folks. All I can say is this, DON'T WORRY, it will buff out...probably.
You can expect hill top ridgelines over looking miles and miles of desert landscape, dropping down into the beautiful valleys that are full of life and springtime bloom and just about everything in between on this one. I would say any stock Jeep will be fine, this one isn't to technical but go prepared because the desert is no joke, and like all of nature should be given the respect it deserves or you may find yourself dehydrated, suffering from hypothermia and trying to scare off the wild life as they pick your rotting flesh from your dying bones with no help,to be found! (what?? To much??) :-)
The bigger point here is whatever you do, have fun doing it. Who ever you go with, enjoy the moments good conversation and humor to the fullest AND...never close your eyes without taking in the majesty of the sun setting over beautiful state of Arizona.
Here's a fun batch of B roll from the trip...check it out.
"Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal."
That's what Wikipedia says anyway. To take it one step deeper still, it's what we learn along the journey that becomes the goal. For some it's what they learn while exploring the world. Seeing new places, learning new cultures, finding things that are different and interesting. For others, it's about learning more about themselves. It's about being able to be self reliant, being able to exist not just in this world, but with this world. Kind of a partnership with nature I suppose.
For me, it's about all of that and more. I love Overlanding because that's when I learn the most about myself, more importantly...where my place in this world is. How I can be better, how I can impact the people around me to be better. There's just something so real and honest about being in nature, especially when I'm alone. I often say there's no clearer way to see the Creator than through the Creation.
Overlanding for me is not only a fun, adventurous way to spend time hanging out with friends exploring what's out there...it's also a place to find peace and balance. It's spiritual and grounding. It's the ultimate connector to remind me what's important in life.
If you've never tried it, the next time you get the privilege of overlanding find a moment to spent in silence. Use all of your senses to take in nature and see what you learn. It will be different for everyone for sure, but I guarantee you this...you will leave that time better than you went into it.