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    Hiking Death Valley (Feb 2019)

    The Day the Tent Closed...with Us Inside Before it even began, the trip was off to a rough start. See, we'd planned - if you can call deciding to go on a trip just a few days prior to departure, "planning" - to leave two weeks earlier, but inclement weather caused us to push the trip back...
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    We Travel the Mojave Road

    Excited to test out the rear shock relocation I'd just completed with the help of Zane @Speedytech7, I headed north toward Las Vegas to pick up @mrs.turbodb who was flying in for a two-ish day trip along the Old Mojave Road - a historically significant trail through the Mojave National Preserve...
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    Winter Escape - Hot Springs & the Alvord Playa

    Winter Escape - Hot Springs & the Alvord Playa (Part 1) "Let's go somewhere." said @mrs.turbodb after I'd been home just a short time from my previous trip. That was of course fine with me, and so we set about finding a place to go. It was going to be cold and rainy on the Washington coast, so...
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    Exploring the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bears Ears and more! (Oct 2018)

    I'd returned from The Re-Tour a mere three weeks before our departure date, but that didn't mean there were only a few short days to plan for our next epic adventure. In fact, quite the contrary - we'd been planning our trip south to Arizona and Utah for nearly a year - knowing that there was...
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    The Re-Tour (Aug 2018)

    August 24, 2018. How does that saying go? "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, ..." If you've been a reader of previous trip reports, you may recall one of the craziest trips to date - The De-Tour - which occurred almost exactly one year ago. That trip was a great one for many reasons...
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    Somwhere in the Sierra's (July 2018)

    Part 1: We Arrive, and It's Amazing July 8, 2018. Our awesome trip to Idaho ended like no other trip we'd taken to date - in more ways than one. Of course, we'd found the Overland Trail, but more importantly we'd ended the trip in another state, with no pit stop at home to shower, refuel...
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    Two-and-a-Half Days in Idaho (Jul 2018)

    July 1-2, 2018. The previous 17 hours had been a whirlwind, but we were on our way. Headed east this time, towards Idaho - to a ridge above Garden Valley, where we were set to meet up with Ben @m3bassman, Kirsten, and their pups as well as @pizzaviolence and his family (at this point unknown to...
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    Oregon-to-Canada on the WABDR

    Day 1: Joe and Daisy's First Big Dirt Adventure June 24, 2018. It's not often that we end up on a trip in our own backyard. There are many reasons for that - there are amazing sights far and wide, adventurous friends are located states away, and of course the weather in Washington makes...
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    How-To: Planning a Trip/Route (with Google Earth, GPX, KML, and more)

    How-to: Planning a Trip/Route Part 1 (with Google Earth, GPX, KML, and more) Route planning for an offroad adventure can be daunting to say the least. Just finding a geographical area to explore is often time consuming, and that doesn't even take into account the time spent figuring out the...
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    Big Sky and Green Hills - Montana in May (2018)

    May 24, 2018. Eastward to Adventure! We were packed and ready to go by 8:00am Thursday, having been looking forward to a Memorial Day trip with Mike (@Digiratus), Monte (@Blackdawg) and Devin (@MissBlackdawg) for the better part of a month. Still early in the season, we weren't sure what we'd...
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    Back to Death Valley (Apr 2018)

    Having had an amazing time in Death Valley earlier in the year, I couldn't wait to get back. Of course, I had no idea what was in store on this completely solo trip! A Struggle from the Start April 11-12, 2018. If our first trip to Death Valley taught us anything, it was that our adventures...
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    The Maze, Canyonlands

    March 15, 2018. Day 0. As we pulled out of the parking lot in Idaho Falls, we were already late. See, the plan had been to show up at @CBI OFFROAD FAB when they opened at 8:00am, and have the new bumper install done by 10:00am so we'd have our choice of routes down to Hanksville, UT where we...
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    Our First Trip to Death Valley

    Death Valley: Intro and Day 1 - A Day of Driving Winters in the Pacific Northwest, (but perhaps especially this one) are tough to swallow when you like to get outdoors to explore and experience new adventures. The weather gets cool and wet, and it often takes a multi-state trip south to escape...
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    AdventureTaco - turbodb's build and adventures

    AdventureTaco The story of a 2000 Toyota Tacoma XtraCab SR5 V6 4WD TRD The story of the truck actually started in 1999, but nothing was written down until early September 2016. As such, there are surely important (and unimportant) parts that have been forgotten. And of course, there are sure to...
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