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…

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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…

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…

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…