Sounds like you got a good list rolling! If you are ever up in Mount Airy I run a Car Audio / Truck & SUV Accessories Shop!My goals for 2020 are below, easier to list them out visually haha
1. New suspension for my Silverado
2. Back seat delete, and build out my own version of drawers and fridge
3. Buy a fridge
4. Steel Front bumper
5. Find a rear steel bumper with swing out arm to house the full size spare tire
6. Plan & Complete my 2 week trip out west from NC
7. Have fun
Maybe you can be an advocate for the Off Road and Overlanding community there?My goal is to just get out more often - Ideally once a month. I joined an active 4WD club, so hopefully this will be easily achievable.
I miss being able to disperse camp, which I did often when I lived in the States. It's not really much of a thing in New Zealand, unfortunately. The same freedoms to go out into public lands and camp as , and where, you wish do not exist in New Zealand as they do in many areas in the US (such as State/National Forests, et al). However, the reasoning for this is sound. Tourists come from all over the world to New Zealand, most of whom are not practitioners of Leave No Trace, etc, and as a result, there has been noticeable negative impacts on the condition of certain areas.
I guess you are welcome for asking! lol! You have quite an extensive list and I think that's awesome! If you swing through the Foothills of NC, Let me know!.
I haven't been to Overland Expo for a couple years, so may do that again. I may apply to present workshops on a few things, as folks who already present or help run Expo keep suggesting strongly that I do.
Primarily, though, I intend to:
- Continue my long-distance, long-term adventuring around North America. I'm on the coast of Maine now re-gearing and preparing. In general I'll be heading down the Appalachians, through the eastern Ohio River Valley, then south to explore more fully the land south of I-10 from Florida to El Paso, maybe further, before heading up the Rio Grande Valley into New Mexico and maybe Colorado.
- I'd like to get back up to Maine and Canadian Maritime coast for part of the summer/fall. Especially back up to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Possibly explore more of New Brunswick and Northern Quebec around the north side of the St Lawrence Seaway. I was up there once in French-speaking Sept-Iles in winter and would like to explore the area in milder weather.
Remains to be seen if I get back up here or stay in the southwest.
Those are the Travel Goals for 2020.
- Expand my photographic skills in landscape and night sky work, including laser & IR triggered images of bats, lightning/storms, and insects & wildlife in general. Also want to expand illustrative possibilities with my images.
- Working on more desert flora and animal track documentation. I made over 1,000 images of the record spring bloom in the Chihuahuan Desert last year and lord knows how many animal track images, and would like to do more.
- I'm working on a couple hand-painted mural designs for businesses in the borderlands using the desert documentation I've done and am hoping to expand that to other creative mural work with factually accurate themes.
- Expand my writing with more essays, short fiction, and gear reviews for my blog and website.
- A couple other creative projects in the works, some digital, some not.
- eat better and more naturally
- exercise more
- continue exploring how simple and self-sufficient I can make a traveling off-grid life and write about it more.
Dang, @Granite Ridge Overland, 'til you asked I had not really seen this in a list. I always have a shitload in mind to do; helps me accomplish more than I would otherwise.
So, thanks, and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and everyone!
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Night Sky in the Borderlands
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Chihuahuan Desert Sunrise
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Purple Prickly Pear (Opuntia macrocentra) Blossom, spring 2019
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Leatherstem (Jatropha dioica) Blossom, spring 2019. These blossom bells are only 1/4" wide.
This is more or less the plan.Maybe you can be an advocate for the Off Road and Overlanding community there?
If you are looking to head down in a small group...give me a hollar. I want to head down to CABO but would prefer to be in a small group. I am flexible on the route but would prefer hitting the small coastal towns on the way down. I am flexible on the departure and how long. It will be me and my dog, Jax.April full Baja trip, hopefully I will have my rig n trailer ready for the adventure of a lifetime [emoji6]
- Two week solo trip to Colorado in August centered around Overland Expo Mountain West Aug 27-29. Goal is to run a few trails on my bucket list that can be done solo and run as many 11,000'+ peaks across the state as possible. Mt Evans and Bross being on the top of that list based on my travel route. Derived from:
Travel route will be -
ALBQ 1 night
Ouray 3 nights
Imogene Pass - 13,114'
Ophir Pass - 11,789'
Ouray Hwy North to Gunnison Valley NP
Jones Mountain Summit - 12,683'
Grand Mesa Summit - 11,332'
Parachute 2 nights - S of Breckenridge
Mt Bross - 14,178
Mount Evans Scenic Byway - 14,130'
Mount Lincoln - 13,854'
Mount Sheridan - 13,192'
Kuss Peak (Mount Repeater) 13, 569'
Loveland/Estes Park 5 nights
Estes Park - 7,522'
Rocky Mountain NP - Old River Road to Fall River Pass 11,796'
Pikes Peak/Colorado Springs 3 nights
Pikes Peak - 14,115'
- Finish a few small projects on the rig: removable fridge, roof rack lighting, undercarriage lighting, bigger awning.
- Personal stuff... finish writing my first book in 2020. It began at the end of 2018. It will go through first edit around spring.
My daughter is 3, and loves going on trips! Start em early, I say. We're hoping to do one trip a month, once it starts warming up a bit here in Idaho.
That's what I am hoping for. My wife and I have been planning 1 trip a month as long as the snow doesn't fly for about 3-4 years now in my daily 4x4 or kayaks. I also usually do a couple of solo trips or trips with buddies somewhere mixed in and usually about 4-5 days in august o go out to a local offroad/camping event. things are going to be a little different now that we have the young lad but i am hoping that we can still manage to get out and do some decent trips ( if family will let us have our free time back).My daughter is 3, and loves going on trips! Start em early, I say. We're hoping to do one trip a month, once it starts warming up a bit here in Idaho.