The shakedown approach to camping prep

It’s something we do far too often. Hours from home, we arrive at our secluded campsite only to discover we’ve forgotten something important. It’s more than an inconvenience, it’s often uncomfortable. Forget the fuel for the stove and you’ll be relegated to cold Tuna or PB&J sandwiches. Forget something more important like the tent stakes…

Our Adventuremobile

Meet our Adventuremobile, a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. We picked up the Jeep back in March 2016, with a little over 50,000 miles. For what we were getting, it was a steal… or so we thought, we’re still finding problems a year later. Those problems haven’t prevented us from taking this vehicle to some…

Finding the adventurer in all of us

Another year has passed with this crazy, nature-loving adventurer. I’m still here, I still don’t like hiking, and I still want to go on more adventures. Tobias asked me to write a few words about this last year and the next year to come. Since I am new to blogging and I’m not sure how…

What a year – Adventure Bent turns one

What a wild ride this first year back at blogging has been. Today the Adventure Bent celebrates its first anniversary. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s already been that long. It seems like just yesterday I was clicking publish on the first post. “Hello world,” I wrote. “Welcome to the Adventure Bent blog.” In…

Stalking serpents in Perrot State Park

I shrieked “Sna-Aake!” my voice rising mid-cry as my brain processed what I was looking at; simultaneously, I made a comical two-step hop to the other side of the trail and safety. My sister Frannie, her husband, Dusty, and their two dogs, Nala and Sarabi, had been hiking with Niecie and me along the Riverview Trail…

Everything looks better in red even shocks

I’ll be the first to admit shock absorbers are not the most glamorous part on a Jeep, but this week that’s exactly what were talking about. A little while back I put a fresh coat of emergency-red spray paint on my shocks. Why red? Everything is more glamorous in red. Yes, even shock absorbers. I’d been…

Why I hike – Hint: sometimes it’s for tacos

For some people, hiking is nothing more than a long walk in the woods, through the desert over or across the plains. I’m one of these people. Even before I could walk I was hiking, I may have been strapped to my mother’s back, but I was hiking. I spent my childhood stomping around the Pembina…

Building stamina for the long walk

The week is over and my body is sore, cut and bruised. A thick callus covers my right heal, proof of every step of the 12 miles of trails I’d covered. To some, 12 miles may sound like a lot, to veteran hikers and backpackers it may sound like a drop in the bucket. For me, it’s simply progress….

On rust patrol, going to war on the red rot

4x4s are designed to take a beating; for this reason, most are still made from steel. Steel skid plates protect vulnerable parts like your engine and fuel tanks from rocks and other hazards. The problem with steel is, if left unprotected, it rusts. When the bare metal is exposed to the elements, that gritty-red rot we call…

Changes on the way

You may have noticed some changes around the Adventure Bent website lately. The blog is currently undergoing some renovations. Let’s call it spring cleaning if you will. Out with the old and in with the new. Along the way, you may experience some glitches and bugs. Sometimes changes can take some tweaking to get right….

Escaping the mundane, don’t forget to get out there

It’s easy to get caught in a state of mundanity. You start by making excuses for why you can’t do something. That’s exactly what I caught myself doing as Niecie asked me to take a walk with her at the wildlife refuge near Myrick Park today. My first thought was “I don’t feel like it,…

Lets talk about tools, the bush mechanic’s essentials

Breakdowns happen, and no amount of the preventative maintenance can completely rule them out. Broken axles, snapped wheel studs or bent tie rods can quickly stop you in your tracks. The right tools, a few spares and a little luck can shift the odds of getting back on the road in your favor. Until recently, I’ve…