2016 Overland Expo West

This was our third year at Overland Expo West.  Each year has been different yet still a lot of fun.  Like last year we arrived on Thursday afternoon and set up camp in the Hallmark RV vendor area. It's fun to arrive early and watch the expo come to life as vendors and participants arrive and begin to set up.  One can feel the excitement in the air! 

Joni captures me after we set up camp on Thursday.

Joni captures me after we set up camp on Thursday.

We were looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends.  We weren't there long when Mello Mike came by.  We met Mello Mike last year and enjoy his Truck Camper Adventure blog.  Scott, whom we met last year, showed up in his Ram PowerWagon loaded with a Hallmark Camper.  We also had the pleasure of camping next to John, a brand new Hallmark owner.    

Joni captures the Nomadacy Support Vehicle with John's rig behind it.

Joni captures the Nomadacy Support Vehicle with John's rig behind it.

Just like last year unexpected things popped up.  In the past Bill Ward, owner of Hallmark RV, came with one or both of his sons.  This year Bill was by himself.  That changed our focus as we had the pleasure of helping Bill by talking to people interested in Hallmark campers and showing them our rig.  The best result of this was Joni being able to talk to several women giving them the woman-to-woman perspective of camping in a Hallmark.  One fellow, speaking of Joni after she talked with him and his wife, told Bill "You need to put her on commission!".  Haha!

How was the weather?  Well it wasn't too hot and there was no snow or rain but it sure was windy!  We're talking gusts up to 50 mph on Friday and Saturday!  

The weekend was a whirlwind (no pun intended) of classes, talking to people interested Hallmark campers and, when we had time, looking at other overland rigs and all the cool equipment we "needed" (which, although a pleasure, was a danger to our wallets).

I found what may, or may not, be good advice!

I found what may, or may not, be good advice!

The Tembo Tusk Skottle.  Yes, we did buy one because we "really needed" it.  Very versatile and we believe it will be much better than the little Coleman grille it's replacing.  Of course our decision had nothing to do with Tembo Tusk being next door to Hallmark and always having something yummy on the skottle to sample (image courtesy of  tembotusk.com ).

The Tembo Tusk Skottle.  Yes, we did buy one because we "really needed" it.  Very versatile and we believe it will be much better than the little Coleman grille it's replacing.  Of course our decision had nothing to do with Tembo Tusk being next door to Hallmark and always having something yummy on the skottle to sample (image courtesy of tembotusk.com).

A highlight of our weekend came Saturday night.  Good friends of ours have a permanent camp at Mormon Lake Campground across the street from the expo.  We had a wonderful evening of wine, great food and great conversation around a camp fire.

All too soon it was late Sunday afternoon.  Vendors and participants alike were packing up.  As we did last year we stayed until Monday morning avoiding the hubbub of everyone leaving on Sunday while we watched the expo wind down.

Since we didn't take many photos this year I've included links below to articles on Overland Expo West with more photos.

Expedition Portal - Overland Expo West, Day 1

While we aren't into motorcycles there are many to be seen at the expo: Expedition Portal - Overland Expo West, Day 2

Expedition Portal - Overland Expo West, Day 3

Here are some of the more exotic expedition rigs:  Expedition Portal - Overland Expo West, Mobile Abodes