Gear Review: Tuff Stuff Roof Top Tent

Two years ago, I started looking into Roof Top Tents.  My objective is to take us to go further out and do more dispersed camping.  In typical overland style where we plan a route and move places every night, an RTT made a lot of sense giving me an assurance that my family will have…

Keweenaw Peninsula

Earlier I have planned to join a group from the Facebook group MN Overlander on a trip to South Dakota.  Unfortunately i had last minute conflict with work and I had to make change in plans quick.  The first thing that came up to my head is High Rock Bay at Copper Harbor. Last year,…

Utah 101 Part 3 – Lockhart Basin

We conclude our Utah 101 Trip by taking on Lockhart Basin Rd.  Just outside of Utah, this route will take us 60 miles off-pavement passing thru Hurrah Pass and Chicken Corners trail then to the main Lockart Basin Rd all the way down to Canyonland Needles District.  The trail takes you to the walls of…

Utah 101 Part 2: Bryce, Zion and Arches

We left Capitol Reef and headed towards the more popular parks, Bryce and most especially Zion National Park.   The drive out of Burr Trail Byway and thru Scenic 24 heading to Bryce is nothing short of spectacular views.   Bryce is a much higher elevation, so it was a chilly 30 degrees when we got…

Utah 101 Part 1: The Journey to the Cathedral

  Our Utah 101 Spring Break Adventure was over before we know it. Overall, it was a success — about 10 days on the road, paved and dirt, and at times just rock boulders, and everyone made it home.  We were able to hit majority of the destinations we planned for, made few adjustments along…

The Toyota, errr, Lexus is getting TLC

It is a Lexus, but yeah it is a Toyota.  I haven’t’ done much to it since I got it at least until lately.  I was gonna drive it over the winter and evaluate if it is worth keeping.  And so far, I am feeling comfortable with it as the day goes.  It has been…

Our First Winter Adventure

My boys and I have planned to do some winter car camping.  We couldn’t pick a better day, the forecast was high 30s daytime and 20s overnight this weekend — far better than the previous weekends were the temps dipped down to -15. We set out to meet with two other folks up by the…

A Loss in the Family, E46 BMW M3

I saw several missed calls and a text message from my wife, “Call me right away”. I picked up the phone half expecting what I am about to hear. She got into an accident, an older woman turned left on her while she was crossing the intersection. She was able to punch the throttle so…

Back to a Yota

Growing up, I was surrounded by Jeep clones we call Jeepneys. The funny thing is our Jeeps have been powered by assorted of Toyota engines (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_R_engine). Funny because I’ve learnt over the years about the rivalry between 4x4s, with Jeeps and Toyotas (or Toyotas vs the rest of them) so you can say our Jeepneys…

Is a Roof Top Tent For Me (You)?

A popular topic in forums I frequent is RTT vs Ground Tents.  I’ve thrown in my thoughts in many of these very opinionated discussions, and my points have always been no one size fits all. One observation though, ground tent users can get annoying to a point of jumping into threads about RTTs uninvited —…