We always enjoy going to the Overland Expo here in Arizona. There are some pretty cool things to check out and sometimes things you had not known that you needed! This is how this goes at our house, we open the back door and the Jeep door and the dogs run and jump into the Jeep (okay Hoodlum runs and jumps into the Jeep while Suki runs towards the Jeep in her excitement and jumps up and down until you put her in said Jeep). This excitement always gets to me, they don’t have a clue what they are doing but man are they happy to be doing it. So we drive over to Flagstaff and as we are walking to the entrance Suki is stirring up interest. She was cooed at, pet, fussed over, and asked what her mix is (Corgi and a Sheltie). She is 15 and the white is taking over but she is strutting through the Overland Expo like she is revisiting old friends. Imagine princess wave except without waving and instead barking at each dog she sees. She is not being aggressive she is simply letting her delight be known (but that isn’t acceptable so I hush her). Why is this of interest you ask? Because really the fuss is usually all about Hoodlum the Heeler. And with good reason, he is great. He is friendly, sweet and minds his manners (mostly). Suki often gets overlooked for her attributes but not at the Overland Expo, we can just call it Overland Expo with Suki.
But back to the actual Overland Expo. There are a lot of vendors and lots of stuff to see. I love looking at the trailers. Some are easy, some are extreme. There truly is something there for everyone. A friend of ours was there with his set up. He has a Conqueror. It is an off-road camper/trailer that provides a lot more room that you would expect and even has a shower area. It is pretty snazzy and I can see how one could go to faraway places for an extended period of time rather comfortably. They also had many car top tents (various makes) and I am enamored with these. I am not really sure why exactly, maybe for the ease of driving (no trailer) or maybe because it is simply off the ground. They had trailer set ups with full kitchens, there was one with a mounted “ice chest” that was more of a refrigerator as you did not need to add ice (ohhhhhhhh) to the basics of getting the humans out of the elements. Really, something for everyone.
There were many add on tents to add to your current outfit. I mentioned this to Jeff because our current easy up is pretty heavy and bulky. We do not generally take it out with us but having cover and even one that could be closed up seems like a pretty great idea. Sometimes eating outside is, well uncomfortable. So, like almost everywhere we go I can find a way to spend money.
There was a gentleman there that was showing off his fire pit put-outer and/or fire protection. Okay the proper name for this is the Campfire Defender. It is pretty slick. You cover the fire with the specially designed “blanket” and can choose to have the fire out completely or protect your coals for up to eight hours from rain et cetera. The gentleman we spoke to went into how it was designed and his trial and errors and was really quite interesting. Man, I am glad there are smart people in this world who figure out all kinds of cool stuff.
So many products and so little time. But really there is something for everyone at the Overland Expo. Big ticket items and more reasonable. You can find something that fits your budget and your adventure level. A lot like Suki and Hoodlum, sometimes the big dog is all the wonder and sometimes, like this day the little dog gets all the excitement. On a good note Hoodlum did poop right at the edge of someone’s camp. Which is funnier than you think – he doesn’t care to poop “in public” and generally will wait until we are alone. Then he did get some attention as a lady scowled at me (unwarranted I cleaned it up – I always have poop bags with me). The truth is sometimes you get to play ball and sometimes you have to poop at someone’s party.
Suki was a hit at the Overland Expo.
Some random pictures.