Join the Adventure Bent Community on Facebook

A few weeks back we launched the Adventure Bent Community on Facebook. It’s a place for the wonderstruck adventurers out there; a watering hole for all those people who love to travel, hike, camp, off-road, overland or just explore the world. We created the community because we wanted a place for our readers to discuss and…

four-wheel drive the new vs. the old

In principle, four-wheel drive is a pretty simple concept. Power from the engine is sent through the transmission to a transfer case that sends power to the front and rear wheels. In the last couple years, traction control, antilock brakes and stability control programs have become integrated into modern four-wheel drive vehicles, vastly improving their…

10 Amazing pics from our Audubon experience

Do you love spending a day at the zoo? Like escaping the summer heat at the aquarium? Or, do you have an obsession with animals of the creepy crawly variety? If any of these apply to you, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Audubon Nature Institute during your next visit to The…

Forget the night life, New Orleans is about the food

Everyone comes to New Orleans for a different reason. Whether it’s the architecture, the rich history or the nightlife, I’d wager it’s the food that keeps people coming back year after year. Our exploration of The Big Easy’s rich culinary history began our first night in the city when Niecie led us to a little…

A wild welcome to New Orleans

It’s mating season at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo, as we and too many children so unfortunately discovered during our visit Monday, Aug. 14. A pair of particularly frisky baboons and hump happy otters either had parents shielded their children’s eyes or pointing and laughing. I felt sorry for all the parents who would inevitably…

Server Interruptions — Update

Over the last week, we have experienced serious problems with our web host Go Daddy. After several hours working to trim the fat on Adventure Bent blog and countless tests. We have determined the root cause of the problem was Go Daddy’s servers themselves. We apologize for any interruptions to service, disappearing posts or missing comments. We…

Eating up the miles — Day 2 on the road to The Big Easy

We’re back on the road again today eating up the miles on the way south to The Big Easy. We’ve got just under 530 miles to go today to reach our camp in Lefleur’s Bluff State Park outside Jackson, Mississippi. This whirlwind journey will take us another 7.5 hours closer to New Orleans and ever…

On the road to The Big Easy — Day one

We left this morning in a state of blurry-eyed excitement. Our trip today would take us 7.5 hours closer to our final destination New Orleans. We’ve been teasing this trip ever since Niecie decided on our vacation destination last fall and after months of planning, we’re finally underway. This trip, much like our trip Westward…

Why is Overlanding in the U.S. so expensive?

Over the last few months, I’ve been following an interesting trend in the U.S. overlanding communities. Heavily overbuilt rigs with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment strapped to them, and I can’t help but think how unnecessary all that is. I’m not saying that the heavy steel bumpers, big 35-inch tires and roof-top tents…

Niecie’s new Adventuremobile

When life gives you lemons, you don’t make lemonade, you buy a Jeep and run over those stupid fruit and say, “to hell with lemonade.” Joking aside, the last few weeks haven’t been the easiest for Niecie. About three weeks ago she totaled her car in an accident while on her way to visit her mother….

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…