Great American Outdoor Show

We are in the final days of the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg PA.  It has been a long week with some exhausting days.  Coordinating assistance, working with the event staff and organizing the display has caused anxiety, frustration and sapped me of much energy.  Although I’m happy to see it coming to an end I am even more joyous about the connections I have made and the countless people I have shared my message with.  The turnout and response from the attending crowd have made it all worth wild.  Nash and I will return home on Monday and I am excited to see my children.  I miss them very much and long to spend some time relaxing and just being near them.   Continue reading “Great American Outdoor Show”

Roadblocks and Detours

Hello friends,

I know it has been a while since I posted anything.  I don’t want you to think I have given up on this or you.  Unfortunately, the past couple of weeks since my last event have been really really rough.  I have received a quadruple nut slap, sorry but that’s the best way to describe it.

These different and overall unrelated issues really beat me down and discouraged the hell out of me.   So I had to spend some extra time just getting back to a state that is good for me before writing again.

On the good side, I have done some good work and these things that would Continue reading “Roadblocks and Detours”

What’s the plan?

Well, I’ve been away from the keyboard for a couple of weeks.  I’ve been struggling with some things and doing some major work on myself.  I’ll put that on another blog, but right now I wanted to get back on and engage you all a bit.

I have added a map page to the site.  Raise your hand if you saw that already if so I thank you for being so attentive.  If not no worries, now you know though so go take a look.  These are the events I’m applying to for display space.  This will give you an idea about my travel schedule.  I hope to attend some smaller local fairs or events while traveling thru rural America.

I’ve been getting needed material from the non-profits I’m representing and gearing up for my 1st major event of 2018.  The Garden State Outdoor show in Continue reading “What’s the plan?”

The Line of Departure:

In the Corps, we have a term “the Line of Departure”.  It refers to the starting point for an attack on an enemy position.  It’s your last chance to get your shit together or make changes before the attack kicks off.  Well, this weekend the line was crossed for me.  I had my first event as an ambassador to Mission 22 and The Weekly Fight.  I made my 1st assault on an enemy that has been viciously attacking me and so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform.

Saturday, Nov 11th, I attended the Jeeps in the Vineyard hosted by Grass Roots Jeep Club.  Although cold, the weather at Valenzano Family Winery was beautiful.  It was an amazing showing at this Veteran’s day event. Continue reading “The Line of Departure:”

First fundraising Event

Jeeps in the Vineyard:

I will be attending the annual event at Velenzano Winery in Shamong NJ.  This is their 9th year hosting the event and expect over 300 Jeeps in attendance.  It is designated to honor Veterans and show off Jeeps.  It’s said to be the biggest one day Jeep show in the North East.  So if you’re a Jeep lover this is an event for you.  Jeeps, American pride, and wine.   I will be in attendance with a table and some free Mission 22 swag.  I will also be providing information for The Weekly Fight.  This is my first event on a path to many more.

I have finally set up a Go Fund Me page.  All funds raised will go to support my trip via, fuel, tolls, some camping costs and event entry fees.  I will be looking to keep costs low and I am still actively seeking sponsorship in order to ensure a majority of donated funds go to these outstanding organizations and the programs they have in place.  I will supply further details in a followup blog and video.

Until then, hit the road, thank a vet and officer.

Semper-Fi & God Bless

 

Overland Expo East Part 3, the People:

Well, I finally finished the final piece of my overland expo series.  The people of Overland Expo are what really made it extraordinary.  They came from all over the world for the love of travel and sharing.  I met people from almost every continent and a good number of people who have traveled the world.  There was even a select few who have circumvented the globe twice.

What made the people truly amazing was the way they intermingled and connected with each other.  They were real, they were passionate and they were friendly.  There were many social groups within the overland community as a whole also.  The motorcyclist, the Jeep drivers, Tacoma drivers, Landrover enthusiasts,  ect.  But! introduce some craft beers in a central tent and they all came together and talked about their adventures.  Continue reading “Overland Expo East Part 3, the People:”

Introduction to a Worthy Cause

Good day friends.

I’m sorry about the long delay between posts lately.  I have been working diligently on a very important manner regarding the upcoming expedition.  While traveling home from the overland Expo earlier this month I had a lot of time to really think hard about things.  My focus was on this journey and what it was going to look like.  After a long and emotional ride home I came to the indisputable decision that this trip had to be something bigger than me.  Although it essence it is still my journey to find a deeper version of myself I had to do something for others along the way.

I am incorporating a side mission of bringing Awareness to Veteran and First Responder SuicideContinue reading “Introduction to a Worthy Cause”

Overland Expo Experience Part 2: “The Equipment Trap”

On the first day of the Expo, I began walking through the vendor area and found all kinds of really cool gear I never knew I needed.  Well, at least, at that moment I needed it.  I did rethink a lot of the gear and, although it is really cool and useful, I knew I didn’t need it right now.

On the top of my list to look at were rooftop tents and an overland trailer.  Like I’ve mentioned before, I am so done with sleeping on the ground when I don’t have to.  Sleeping in a hammock every night while traveling with a dog, and at times, 3 kids just isn’t practical either.  So a roof top tent fits in with my picture of traveling, giving me the camping feel, but with more sleeping comfort.

There are an unbelievable number of different companies out there putting out rooftop tents.  I personally plan to

Continue reading “Overland Expo Experience Part 2: “The Equipment Trap””

Overland Expo Experience Part 1: “The Journey the Experience”

The Overland Expo 2017 East was held in Asheville, NC on the Biltmore Estate this past weekend (Sept 29-Oct 1).  It was a 9.5hr drive from NJ filled with spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. I took Interstate 81 for most of the trip.  A majority of the driving was done in Virginia, but I also spent time in Tennessee before arriving in the area of Asheville, NC. There were blinking moments in Delaware and Maryland too.

I got a late start on Wednesday 9-27, so I decided to find a place to camp before it got dark.  I looked for free camping online in the area of Wytheville, VA.  Freecampsites.net informed me of an abandoned picnic site on top of Walker Mt. Unfortunately, this turned

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Overland Expo

Ok, I’m all packed up and ready to hit the road tomorrow morning for Asheville, NC.  I’ll be posting on Instagram and twitter along with a detailed blog after the weekend, so follow me get instant updates of exciting new products and rigs out there.