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Hi Tom,Hey there! I'm Tom and it's been 36 hours since I've been overlanding. Ok, maybe it was camping. But the intention was a multiday trip. I just cut it short because it was raining. Heavily at times. And it looked like it had been raining for quite some time. Would you believe that when it rains in Utah, everything turns to mud? Crazy, I know.
Apparently I rolled into Green River about the time a 4 day trip was wrapping up from you guys. I stopped at the restaurant across the street from the museum you were at and the guy driving the 1999 Ford Expedition came over to check out my 2000 Ford Expedition. Out of all the Land Cruisers, FJ Cruisers and other rigs lined up in that parking lot, I also spotted his rig. Like moths to a flame, we are drawn together! I didn't catch his name though- typical car guys: we know each other by what we drive, actual names come later.
So anyway, I'm Tom. I'm not from Utah. I'm from Colorado. Littleton more specifically. But Utah is just so gosh darn cool and offers tons to explore that I find myself going there more and more. This was my 4th time this year. I'm active with our local group here called Rocky Mountain Overland. Our forum's traffic isn't what it use to be, but our monthly "meet and greets" are pretty well attended and we get out on a few organized trips throughout the year. Nothing quite like what I've seen from you guys though.
I've been camping my entire life. Back when I was a kid, my parents had a Coleman popup camper. We drug that thing all over the place. One summer we spent nearly every weekend camping. I tried to recreate that when I was older with my family and got a popup camper of my own. But it wasn't the same. I discovered that I didn't like camping next to people running generators into the night. I bought a Ford Explorer with the intention of it being my camper tow vehicle, but as the camper got used less and less, the Explorer was being used more and more offroading. It was just day trips at first, but then I had the bright idea to throw the dome tent, a couple sleeping bags and larger cooler into the Explorer, plot a trail between a couple points of interest and the rest is history.
I'm currently split between 2 vehicles for my overlanding: a 1997 Ford Explorer (the original camper tow vehicle) which has since been SAS'd and otherwise heavily modded, and my daily driver 2000 Ford Expedition that is much more stock due to the lessons learned on the Explorer. The Explorer is a great trail rig, but sorta sucks on the pavement between the trails. The Expedition is a great road vehicle (I've driven it to both coasts) and does surpringly well on the trail. The Expedition has been getting called up more and more for my trips.
And because no introduction post is complete without a picture, I give you one from this weekend's failed attempt just outside Goblin Valley State Park.
Hello Ken,Hello Everyone! My name is Ken Hoglund. I am relatively new in the truck world, two years ago the past May I bought my brand new 2015 Toyota Tacoma. I like to take my 3 young kids on adventures and I tend to spend a lot of time in the truck. I just hit 40,000 miles. I live on the south side of Draper near highland so I tend to explore AF Canyon more than anywhere else. I really enjoy photography and I've been doing it seriously for the last 12 years. It's fun to bring my hobbies together.
I have three young kids, Liam (5), Elsa (3) and Asher (1). They all love spending time in the truck and going for adventures. Here's a few pictures of my favorite places to explore:
FR193 - The trail that continues past Silver Lake Flats in AF Canyon:
Cascade Springs Area:
This past winter I turned west towards the Pony Express and found the wild horses, it's become easily one of my favorite places to spend a half day exploring:
This last year I discovered Skyline Drive and I'm looking forward to getting back up there and exploring some more of the trail. I've driven the northern section and hoping to do the southern section soon.
Sorry for the long post, I hope to meet some of you guys sometime and join you on some adventures.
welcome I am sure that I will bump into you around WJ.. I drive the Black 99 Expedition that says Adventure Expeditions on the back, I have a tendency to attract police and I have no idea whyWell I'm very glad I came across this site. I'm Dustin from West Jordan and I work with a local police department. I love getting out in nature but I've generally been confined to hiking or roads my Subaru can handle. I've decided to buy and start working on an overland build (possibly this weekend) so I can fill up my weekends with some adventure.
Glad to meet all of you and I look forward to all the new places I'll be traveling.