I’m sure it was already over 100°F/37°C when John and I tossed the last of the gear - and Bodhi, his Jack Russell Terrier - into the back seat and pulled away from his house that Friday morning. Despite being long term Phoenicians - and both driving trucks with AC issues - we were dripping with sweat and ready to get moving. This trip had been a long time coming and we were eager to get back to the “secret”… read more »Field Tested: The Mummert Knives Phoenix Stove
It’s been a few months since we first took delivery of our Mummert Phoenix wood burning stove and due to a very kind winter, as in virtually spring-like since Christmas, we’ve had ample time to put it to good use. With the real spring right around the corner, we feel it is time to give the Phoenix a proper mid-term evaluation. Before we dive into the performance details, it’s probably best to start with a proper introduction to the stove… read more »36 Hours of Adventure: Bill Williams Mountain
Summer brings many things in Arizona; long days of sunshine, relentless heat, monsoon rains, and of course plenty of adventures. With the recent drought thrown into the mix and weeks since our last 36 hour excursion, Chazz Layne and I decided to grab the girls and head for the hills. The plan was simple, pick up some cold drinks, easy food, and head for cool weather. Looking at the map we quickly found a route leading out of Chino Valley, up Perkinsville… read more »The Worst is Over Now
As overlanders, we often make a conscious decision to leave the comforts of pavement and seek out risky roads and trails. We spend hours pouring over maps, planning routes, addressing logistics - the least of which are water, fuel, food, shelter. We read trail reports and scour forums and buy more gear to make things either more doable or more comfortable. When the time comes we leave behind the pleasures of “civilized” life for the pleasures of a well-organized overlanding… read more »Jack of all Trades
There are towns in the world that shine as frontiers for overland travel: Moab, Ulaanbaatar, Maun, Arusha, Perth. There are other examples, but they all have something in common: superb 4WD vehicles outfitted for true function. Walk down the streets and you see the the different makes—Toyota, Land Rover, UAZ, Jeep, Mercedes, many you didn't know existed—and the local nuances of preparation: tire choice, roof racks or no, bull bars or no. Winches? Sand mats? All this you compare to… read more »Dirt, Dust, and… a Craving for Chicken Tikka Masala?
I have just spent over a month with the newest Sportsmobile, and the vehicle had an unusual effect on me: a persistent craving for Indian food. Why? Because every time I got inside my first thought was, Taj Mahal. Furthermore, after a few hours in this 2008 E350, my wife Stephanie, Overland Journal’s director of design, had practically adopted the vehicle, making some mention of decorating in French country with toile curtains. Obviously the change from traveling in a compact pickup… read more »