When contemplating states blessed with scenic landscapes, the state of Arkansas may be one of the most underrated. The Buffalo National River winds through small mountains, tall bluffs, and past cave entrances—all of which make up the Ozark National Forest. Thanks to the humid climate, the trees become a colorful wonderland in late October, and that͛s when the paved roads in this area are frequented by sports cars and motorcycles.
In October, the 4th annual Texas Avid Outdoors Expo was held in conjunction with Texas Overland at the privately-owned Oxford Ranch Campground in the Texas Hill Country, just 30 minutes north of the rather famous towns of Luckenbach, TX and Fredericksburg, TX. The surrounding area features a network of dirt roads that are great for exploring. Jump on one of the county roads and you are likely to encounter historic German churches, old homesteads, and multiple shallow water crossings.
Back in 2016 we did a review on a really cool RC4WD Ready To Run Trail Finder Toyota Pickup. URL: http://tctmagazine.net/winter-2016/first-look-trail-finder-2-rtr-from-rc4wdThat truck continues to provide a great way to explore the backyard or a campsite, and our 7 year old is becoming quite the RC crawler driver.
Our history with a Toyota Land Cruiser began with the purchase of a 1989 Toyota HJ61 in 2012, and our journey with it has been intense. Not only did we travel with it all over the Americas, we did a complete frame-off rebuild of the entire truck prior to the expedition.
The only all-female off-road competition in the United States recently completed the trek from Nevada to California, covering over 2,000 kilometers (1,242+ miles). Adventurous women from all walks of life tested their skill & stamina, left technology behind, and participated in the ultimate road trip.
The reputable Australian made Patriot Campers off-road trailers are now available in the USA! Patriot is well-known throughout the world for their rugged and feature-rich trailers, built to tough Aussie specifications. Check out their popular YouTube marketing video for the X1 trailer—the video has over a half-million views.
The 650 acres at Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events in Arkansas is nestled in the hilly Ozark National Forest and serves as the ideal environment for the overland-themed expo “Rendezvous in the Ozarks”. Event organizer Randy Putt came up with the idea while attending Overland Expo West in 2014. He wanted something in the central part of the U.S., according to Randy: “As I watched the number of overland related Facebook groups and vendors from the central US grow over the last two years, I decided to start Natural State Overland specifically to host this event, promote Tread Lightly principles, and showcase the beauty of the Natural State!”
When you’ve been publishing a Toyota magazine for over 10 years, you’re used to researching, covering, and drooling over amazing trucks. One of my favorite pastimes is browsing the various forums on both IH8MUD.com and ExpeditionPortal.com, and sometimes you come across a vehicle that’s nothing short of astounding.
For many, the SEMA Show alone is an event worth traveling the world for. In recent years, the journey to the Show has become a great adventure, and the Show is an added bonus. For those in the Show, the battle to get everything developed and built for the Show is the hidden story that many attendees do not get to see. These hidden stories are what elevate the SEMA Show from a standard auto show to THE premier auto show, and one worth coming back to. Year after year, these companies continue to push the boundaries within their industry and we are lucky enough to witness their dreams come to life.
Today we're excited to publish our final issue of 2017 and complete our 10th year of amazing Toyota adventure!
The entire team really knocked this one out of the park, so don't delay - enjoy the Fall 2017 Issue now!