Old Man Emu Suspension Installed on the 2013 Toyota Tacoma
The long awaited day finally arrived. When I showed up to the house late on Friday evening one big box and two leaf springs partly wrapped in packaging sat in the garage. I swear I saw the ARB bumper on my Tacoma turn up in a smile when it saw the new addition for the truck. The Old Man Emu Suspension had arrived. The truck build was one step closer to being done. Well almost, first I had to install the suspension.
A Story Worth Living
At a very pivotal point in my life I read the book “Wild At Heart” by John Eldredge. Or maybe that time in my life became pivotal because of reading “Wild at Heart.” Either way, when I arrived at the theater last evening to watch the special showing of “A Story Worth Living”, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the same John Eldregde that penned one of the most influential books in my life was also responsible for this movie.
There are no immediate plans to replace the stock rear bumper on the Tacoma. The stock one is fine for how we use the truck. However, the location of the trailer plug is just asking to be ripped off and damaged. So, I moved it. This simple modification cost $0.00 and took about 45 minutes to do. Which is a much better option than waiting until I ripped the trailer plug off when dragging the rear of the truck over a rock.
Overlanding vs. Car Camping
Neither one is right or wrong, but let’s call it what it is.
Several years ago Scott Brady published a great article for Expedition Portal called “What Is Overlanding?”defining the terms and activities of Vehicle-Dependent Expedition”, “Vehicle-Supported Overlanding” and “Back Country Adventures”. I believe Scott has done an excellent job describing the difference between car camping, overlanding and expeditions.
Why get caught up in a name? As long as you are out having an adventure its’ all good, right? Sure it is. But I guess I feel like the term “overlanding” has reached a popular level where the term is over used when what most of us do is really camping. Again, the important part of the equation is that we are out and about and not sitting home watching TV. But to those adventurous souls who truly partake in an overlanding adventure for months or years experiencing remote locations and other cultures, I feel we belittle their achievements by including a weekend trip to the National Forest in our home state on the same level.
Long before the term overlanding gained popularity here in the US, I was wandering around and camping. There is one trip I remember that reminds me that running around in my vehicle searching for cool stuff to see and do is, and has always been, a part of who I am. Whenever I begin to question why I fight the norms of society and pursue my own path, I reflect on my high school senior week trip of 1984.
“…Hunting,” the Old Man said, “is the noblest sport yet devised by the hand of man. There were mighty hunters in the Bible, and all the caves where the cave men lived are full of carvings of assorted game the head of the house drug home. If you hunt to eat, or hunt for sport for something fine, something that will make you proud, and make you remember every single detail of the day you found him and shot him, that is good too. But if there’s one thing I despise is a killer, some blood crazed idiot that just goes around bam-bamming at everything he sees. A man that takes pleasure in death just for death’s sake is rotten somewhere inside, an you’ll find him doing things later on in life that’ll prove it.”
Those words from Robert Ruark’s The Old Man and The Boy recently sank deeply in my soul while resting under a large swamp oak with the Spanish moss hanging from the branches lazily tossed about in the warm March spring breeze. I was taking a break on my South Carolina wild hog hunt.
The Next Step in the 2013 Toyota Tacoma Build – BudBuilt Skid Plates
I just don’t feel comfortable going out unprotected. So to protect myself and my Tacoma, I installed some protection in the form of a set of BudBuilt skid plates.
Product Review – Hydro Flask Water Bottle
A few years ago a co-worker was telling me about a water bottle he bought. At the time it was made from a small company called Hydro Flask. Soon after hearing about this product, I was browsing around a local outdoor shop and saw these Hydro Flask bottles on display. I picked out my favorite color and it quickly became my favorite water bottle.
Augie’s Adventures – Shad Fishing Report
According to my fishing journal, last year the shad fishing was the best the second week of April or there about. But the weather was too nice not to give it a try yesterday afternoon. So, on March 24, 2016, I headed over to Fletcher’s Cove and put the boat in the water.
Augie’s Successful Hog Hunt
Flood waters slapped the front bumper. We had driven 4oo miles to South Carolina for a hog hunt, only to get denied reaching our riverside camp due to flooded roads. I smiled to Larry. The adventure had begun.
Bending Branches Kayak Paddle Review
Last summer I purchased an Old Town NEXT canoe, which is a hybrid canoe / kayak for a solo paddler. I’ve been super happy with the boat but I felt I was not getting the most out of it because of the paddle I was using. A bunch of years ago I picked up a whitewater composite paddle at a yard sale for $20.00. While I liked how light it was, with the NEXT canoe it was just too short. So I ordered a 260 mm Bending Branches kayak paddle.