Jamie and I had decided to attend our first Overland event. The Natural State Overland event was being held at Byrd's Adventure Park, in one of our favorite areas of Arkansas, so it was an easy choice. Besides our friends from Dallas, OKC and the Hill country would be attending so we had to go.
We loaded up the jeep and hit the road on Saturday. We took the fastest way there so we could get set up and walk the event and catch up with our friends. Camping is always so much fun. Doing it with friends is even better.
We got all set up with no issue. You could tell it had been raining a ton, as the site was rather damp and all of the roads were muddy. We had fantastic weather the entire time we were there. We caught up with friends and then just walked around and enjoyed all of the rigs in attendance. There are some amazing machines out there.
Another cool thing from this event was the Fly in. There were a number of small planes, coming and going all afternoon. It was so cool camping right across the road from the run way. What a cool idea.
Now I have never had the flight bug, however this was really cool. It was fun walking around, looking at the planes and chatting with the pilots. Then I saw this..
I decided to walk back to my safe Jeep that has been approved. haha! It was a great afternoon of catching up with friends. We did a short little drive to get some lunch, before heading back and doing some sight seeing in the vendor area.
We got back in to time to attend the raffle. I was amazed at how many gifts were handed out. We wanted to win the portable fridge but it did not work out. The Roof Top Tent would have been great as well but alas we did not win that either. It was cool sitting around and chatting with all of the folks in attendance. It is truly a family affair as kids young and old were there enjoying the activities. Everyone was so friendly and it was a great vibe hanging out with people who enjoy the great world of off-roading and camping.
We enjoyed a great evening. It was a little chilly but nothing unmanageable. We got to use the new table that I just installed on the JK to prep for dinner. My only bummer for the night was that my coleman stove would not fit on the table as the bottle was to large. So we cooked in the back of the JK and that worked well. That is until I decided to make some coffee to go along with my Baileys and pie. I left the lid on and so BOOM, it exploded all over the back of the jeep. It was actually funny, but it was a mess to clean up. The steaks came out great and tasted amazing! I love the taste of camping food.
We woke up Sunday morning to a chilly 38 degrees. It was not bad, just a little chilly. Today was going to be a great day. It was our wedding anniversary of 13 years! I love that my girl enjoys these types of events. It seems we spend every anniversary on the motorcycle or in the jeep. I love Jamie and I am so glad that we are living our life adventure together!
Jamie and I cooked breakfast for the guys before we picked up camp. We were going to take the Dallas crew to Spainhour falls for a little off road fun before breaking off and heading back to the house. They were staying another day to enjoy more camping and wheelin. What a great little trail. It was a beautiful day and the company made it even better. I miss our friends from the DFW area, however I DO NOT miss the Dallas area itself. The move to Arkansas was the best thing we have done in years and we are so thankful for all of the cool things this beautiful state has to offer.
We ran into Clarksville and had lunch before saying our goodbyes to Rob and David. It was such a fun day. Can't wait to do it again soon.
We really enjoyed our first Overlander event and will be looking to attend more in the future. It was a great time and we look forward to meeting more people with similar interests. We got home, enjoyed a tasty beverage while setting up the camping gear to dry out. It was a great weekend and not a bad way to spend our anniversary. You can see all of the pictures here: Natural State Overland Event. You can see all of the videos here: Jerry's YouTube Channel
Until next time. Drive safe and go Explore!