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How We Began Our Overland Journey and What We Learned

Two weeks before the start of our overland adventure, my mother and I went to Spain for a week. Coen was flabbergasted. Buried in a list of things he felt needed to be done, he couldn’t understand why I went on vacation. On the other hand, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about….

Eastern Sierra Magic: The John Muir Trail in Photos

In 2017, my partner, Amanda, and I hiked the John Muir Trail from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mt.Whitney. It was a spectacular 15-day trip that tested our spirits, our relationship, and our physical abilities. But like so many big adventures that give us insight into the very fabric of what makes us…

Destinations :: Trona Pinnacles

  If spectacular desert landscapes get your heart racing, you should add Trona Pinnacles to your bucket list and make sure to bring your camera when you go. Trona Pinnacles is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed land near Ridgecrest, California, southwest of Death Valley National Park in the expansive California desert. What…

The Efjord Cabin is a Glass Masterpiece

Norway is lucky to have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. It is a landscape of extremes, where snow-capped peaks plunge into icy fjords, and quaint fishing villages bask under the ethereal glow of the aurora borealis. Because of the almost never-ending scenic vistas, the Norway countryside is a fitting setting for…

Field Tested | Webasto Thermo Top Evo Coolant Heater

Recently, my husband, Andy Lilienthal, and I rallied a 1991 Mitsubishi diesel-powered Pajero in the Alcan 5000 Rally. Not only did we pilot this right-hand-drive Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) 4×4 over 5,120 miles of ice, snow, and blizzard conditions, we had to ensure it started every morning after it slept in Arctic temps of -40°…

Nova Scotia | Overland Routes

Editor’s Note: This article was originally featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Overland Journal  As a child, there were a few things I “knew” about what lay beyond the borders of Texas. In the States, the Southeast was a land of sugary sand beaches and muggy afternoons; the Northeast was home to big cities,…

Caught Up in the COVID-19 Crisis in Saudi Arabia

A life on the street, a life in a van—after more than four years in Africa, we thought that nothing and nobody could stop us. But then came coronavirus. Africa We spent 1,561 formative days on the African continent, and every country left its mark—a total of 36 countries, 49 border crossings, and countless roadblocks…

How an Elite Marine and Afghan Dog Saved Each Other

Craig’s candor caught me off-guard as he described the experience of narrowly avoiding death in Afghanistan, but then again, elite Marine Corps members have a unique lens through which they interpret their experiences. Craig went overseas as a CI/HUMINT (counterintelligence/human intelligence) operative, but little did he know that going to Afghanistan to serve his country…

The Sweat Box in the Gambler 500

The Gambler 500 inspires some amazing vehicles—the 1955 Desoto “Chupacabra” and Lightner Racing 911 Rally Porsche both come to mind. If you don’t yet know, the Gambler 500 is an off-road rally adventure challenge with weird cars, weird people, and, most importantly, an epic trail cleanup. This year at the OG Oregon event, based near…

Sustainable Electric Transportation on Aotea with Motubikes

Aotea, also known as New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island, is a Southern Pacific adventurer’s paradise. If you’re planning a visit, you’ll quickly learn that Aotea is a destination of diverse environments, with remote beaches, windswept sand dunes, rugged hill country, old-growth forests, and wetlands.   When exploring a pristine environment like this, it feels most…

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