Overland Expo West 2015

Last year we attended Overland Expo West on a day pass.  We learned a lot and had a blast.  This year we were fully registered for the entire event and had a great time!  Thanks to Hallmark RV for having us as a guest in their vendor area!  

Last year we were in shorts and t-shirts.  This year it was cold with record-breaking rain, snow and frozen mix!  However, we are talking overlanders here - it's all about the adventure and unexpected weather is part of it.  Follow along below on a pictorial review of our experience.

Day One - Rain and Frozen Mix

Yep those white streaks are frozen mix on the first day after rain showers off and on all night.

Yep those white streaks are frozen mix on the first day after rain showers off and on all night.

Richard Snogren at the stove for his "One Burner Cooking" class.  We attended all three of Richard's classes.  He's a great cook with 50 years of camping experience.  He also makes first rate camp kitchens which you can see   here .

Richard Snogren at the stove for his "One Burner Cooking" class.  We attended all three of Richard's classes.  He's a great cook with 50 years of camping experience.  He also makes first rate camp kitchens which you can see here.

Joni catches me ducking under a vendor's awning as the rain comes down hard.

Joni catches me ducking under a vendor's awning as the rain comes down hard.

Day Two - The Rain Continues

Joni captures a vendor with his flood control.

Joni captures a vendor with his flood control.

Day Three - Bright, Sunny and Muddy

Saw this Ural sidecar rig giving rides all weekend.

Saw this Ural sidecar rig giving rides all weekend.

A real nice fellow and his wife stopped by to see our rig.  We gave them the tour and talked for a while about pop-up truck campers.  Then he gave me his card.  WOW it's Mello Mike!  I've been following his blog for a long time and have learned a lot from him. What a pleasure it was to meet him!  Click   here   to go to Mello Mike's blog site.

A real nice fellow and his wife stopped by to see our rig.  We gave them the tour and talked for a while about pop-up truck campers.  Then he gave me his card.  WOW it's Mello Mike!  I've been following his blog for a long time and have learned a lot from him. What a pleasure it was to meet him!  Click here to go to Mello Mike's blog site.

Joni finds a lot of mud.

Joni finds a lot of mud.

With all the rough weather the driver's course had been closed the entire expo.  Late on day three after the expo was over Joni captured this Jeep braving the mud.

With all the rough weather the driver's course had been closed the entire expo.  Late on day three after the expo was over Joni captured this Jeep braving the mud.

Just can't beat the license plate on this expedition vehicle from Australia.

Just can't beat the license plate on this expedition vehicle from Australia.

Overland vehicles come in all shapes and sizes including a fat tire unicycle with a brake.  That's just waaay cool!!

Overland vehicles come in all shapes and sizes including a fat tire unicycle with a brake.  That's just waaay cool!!

Joni captures our shadows late in the afternoon as we return to our nomadacy support vehicle.  What a memory we made at Overland Expo.

Joni captures our shadows late in the afternoon as we return to our nomadacy support vehicle.  What a memory we made at Overland Expo.