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The Crystal Mill with fall colors

Destination: The Historic Crystal Mill in Crystal, Colorado

Destination: The Crystal Mill in Crystal, Colorado Colorado has plenty of beautiful destinations and scenic vistas, and more often than not, a handful always seems to rise to the top, like the Crystal Mill, aka, the Sheep Mountain powerhouse. It’s one of those images of “classic Colorado,” and I’d wager a guess that you’ve already…

Video of the Week: 3 Weeks Inside Afghanistan

This video of the week gives us an insightful and beautiful look into the country of Afghanistan. Leigh and Steph, aka GrizzlyNbear Overland, find that despite the worries and fears expressed by many, their trip through this unique destination is characterized by warm welcomes and generous, friendly people. “It’s too dangerous, don’t go, you guys…

Mink 2.0 Icelandic travel overland trailer

Featured Teardrop Trailer :: The Mink 2.0

Featured Teardrop Trailer :: The Mink 2.0 The Mink travel trailer is mildly reminiscent of a space ship escape pod, ready for a quick departure from urban environments to more rustic destinations. Founded in Iceland in 2015, Mink travel trailers are designed and constructed with a focus on minimalism, functionality, quality manufacturing, and robustness. At…

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Destination: Green Mountain Modern House, Vermont

Photos: Courtesy Green Mountain Modern House   If the rolling green hills, farms, and mountains of Vermont are your kind of escape, then you’ll love the Green Mountain Modern House. This contemporary box-shaped dwelling is located in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest near the town of Jamaica, Vermont, just minutes away from…

Destination: Red Canyon Ranch, South Dakota

Photos: Courtesy VRBO   South Dakota is almost at the top of the list when it comes to the least-populated states in the U.S., but despite its low population density, there is plenty of public land (over a million acres) just waiting to be explored. This includes the Black Hills National Forest and Badlands National…

Best 4x4 campervan of 2020: Sportsmobile Classic 4x4

Best Campervans of 2020

Best Campervan of 2020 Best campervan of 2020: my head almost instantly began spinning when I tried to envision what my selection would be. Why the anxiety? Well, to begin with, there’s the challenge of distilling a huge amount of information into a digestible piece of writing for you, the reader. Campervan of the year…

Video of the Week: Overlanding the Altar Desert

If you are not already subscribed to the Expedition Portal YouTube channel, drop what you are doing and make it so (if you don’t want to miss our newest content, that is). In addition to hands-on vehicle tests and the Overland Journal podcast, there are beautifully-edited overlanding videos like the one below: Overlanding the Altar…

BFGoodrich Releases New Off-road Wiper Blades

What’s more off-road than BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires? How about BFGoodrich off-road wiper blades! If you have a confused look on your face, don’t worry, I was a little perplexed as well. Here’s the deal: BFGoodrich has built quite the reputation with their KO2 all-terrain tire, and now they’re taking a stab at wiper blades….

Featured Campervan Upfitter :: Benchmark Vehicles

Benchmark def: a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. As the definition would suggest, Benchmark Vehicles positions themselves as the standard by which quality campervan conversions are measured, and that’s no small task. There are hundreds (thousands?) of upfitters out there, and many offer high-quality builds for the…

Kachi Lodge on Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Any of you who have traveled to or researched the South American continent are probably familiar with the Bolivian Salt Flats, aka Salar De Uyuni. But did you know that you can camp at 11,811 feet above sea level in a luxury eco-dome on the Salar? That’s right, the Kachi Lodge has seven geodesic domes…

Overland News of the Week

Scout Leather Co. Hex Bit Driver If you’ve worked with high-quality hand tools, you’ll appreciate Scout Leather’s titanium hex bit driver. It accepts 1/4-inch hex bits and makes detailed work a pleasure, thanks to a ball bearing assembly that sits snugly in the palm. The knurled thumb grip provides purchase when you need to put…