Happy Independence Day

On this day in 1776, the nation that many of us call home adopted its Declaration of Independence. Today, we celebrate that independence, as well as honoring the sacrifices so many have made defending it through the years. Whether you choose to spend your time grilling burgers with the family, hanging by a lake, or exploring this beautiful nation’s backroads, we hope you enjoy every second of this holiday. From everyone here at Expedition Portal and Overland Journal, Happy Independence Day, and be safe out there!


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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.