The posts here at Augie’s Adventures have been lacking here lately, but for good reason. I’ve been spending my time finishing and preparing my first book for publication.
We’d Rather Be In The Woods is a tale of two boys who grow up in the suburbs of Baltimore and much rather go fishing or hunting than hanging with the other kids of the neighborhood. The book originated as a series of short stories I wrote for the Hunting and Fishing Journal over a 3 year span. I then compiled the stories together, added a few and reworked much of it and bam! I had a book.
Taking advantage of Maryland’s late season resident goose season
I have not waterfowl hunted much this hunting season. The schedule seemed to accommodate chasing whitetails more than goose hunting. At some point last week, I realized I still had time to get out and enjoy a goose hunt or two. The Maryland late season resident goose season is open until March 8, 2017 with a 5 bird daily limit.
So yeah, I had never been to Flagpole Knob in Virginia. Well, that was until last weekend, when after hearing so much about this “awesome” place to go wheel’n, I tossed a sandwich and drinks into the Tacoma and took a Sunday drive.
To be honest, I was just looking for something to do on Sunday and wasn’t expecting much in the way of off-roading. Sure, the roads in George Washington National Forest are not paved but in my experience most of the roads in the National Forest are just good old fashioned bumpy dirt roads rough enough to make you drive slow and bounce around but not 4×4 worthy.
Overlanding has gained popularity over the last few years. It seems everyone with a 4 wheel drive adds a few do-thingys to their rig and goes camping for the weekend and calls it overlanding. That is all well and good because in my mind the more people who get out exploring the natural world the better. However, recently I found The Overlanding Podcast by Andy Smith and through listening to the folks he has interviewed, I’ve gained a new appreciation for those “real” overlanders. Our weekend holidays camping or two week treks exploring local national parks does not compare.
Deer steaks fill the freezer and the ducks have been flying good all season, but it was time to change things up and do a little upland bird hunting. I sent out the call and arranged a group of hunters for a pheasants and chukar hunt at Twin Ridge Upland Bird Farm
Right as the New Year begins, so does the requests to attend the ever growing overlanding events for the year. Most of these events occur during the summer months with some later in the fall. Please don’t take offense if I don’t attend. I’ve got my own exploring plans.
Categories: Camping, Exploring and Wandering
Tags: Augie's Adventures, Camping, Canoeing, Edward Abbey, Exploring, Exploring and Wandering, fishing, Garrett County MD, Life's Choices, Wanderings
Coins Placed on a Soldier’s Gravestone
Last Sunday in the cold winter weather with a light dusting of snow on the ground, I traveled to Arlington National Cemetery for a photoshoot.
Right before Christmas, at the request of a friend, I photographed a family friend’s tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery. After our FaceBook conversation of the shots, two more friends requested photographs of their family member stones at the National Cemetery. With honor I accepted to shoot the stones and wanted to take the photographs before the Christmas wreaths were removed, hence why I was there in the 20 degree weather.
The topic of which vehicle do I buy for an overlanding vehicle has been popping up regularly in a few Facebook groups I follow and the answers always seem to be something like, “I’ve got XYZ and it is the best for overlanding, you should get one just like me.” Thing is, the commenter’s needs and requirements for their choice in vehicle is most likely very different that the person asking the question.
Sometimes the answer is the vehicle you own is the best one to use and spend the money to go explore and play instead of worrying about having all the gadgets and the coolest rig. But let’s assume it is time to replace the vehicle.
Categories: Auto Parts Reviews, Exploring and Wandering, Gear Reviews, Off Roading, Opinions, The New Tacoma, Uncategorized
Tags: Augie's Adventures, Choosing an Overlanding vehicle, gear reviews, Life's Choices, Overlanding, Toyota Tacoma
My buddy over on Dirt Road Trip climbed up on his soap box, (because he wanted to be heard, not because he is short) and proclaimed that the “Built Not Bought” slogan proudly asserted by those who turn their own wrenches is a load of crap. I guess I agree on some level, but take issue with some of his points used to make the point.
Traveling Incognito Overlander Style
The trend in the 4×4 world these days seems to bolt on as much stuff to the outside of the truck, jeep or SUV to give it that “overlander” look. Roof top tents, extra fuel tanks and traction aids mounted on the rear bumper with the spare tire are just a few basics one needs to add if he or she wishes to look the part.
Sure, most of that stuff is needed when hitting the road for an extended overlanding trip, but is it needed for a weekend camping trip to George Washington National Forest or the beach? probably not, but it sure is nice to have for that just in case scenario. I’ve just taken a different approach to my truck.