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Overland Expo West 2015 – Saturday, Part 2

May 16 Late Afternoon – Evening

  

 
With all of this rain, we saw lots of rainbows this weekend. 

We walked around the Vendor area for quite a while longer. It had mostly stopped raining. 

  
We dropped by a few vendor activities. Goal Zero and DeLorme had a joint brat and beer event. We have several Goal Zero solar charging products. 

Goal Zero
We are big fans of the DeLorme’s inReach two way global satellite communicator. No matter where we travel, we know that we can get help or contact friends and family with it. We also love their Atlases & Gazetteers. Jon gave me the ones for all of the Western States for Christmas.

DeLorme inReach
  

Earth Cruiser had a launch party to celebrate the EarthCruiser FX, their new fixed roof model. We visited there as well. 

Earth Cruiser
  

Fred and Denise Cook were making Indonesian noodles at the Mojoe Griddle booth. We dropped by for some samples. It was tasty. It was great hanging out with them for a bit.

Mojoe Griddle

We wandered over to Happy Hour after that. We stopped by a couple of other parties after that. We eventually went back to the Fuso to sleep.

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Overland Expo West 2015 – Saturday, Part 1

May 16 morning to early afternoon

  
It had snowed during the night. The tent next to us had collapsed due to the weight of the snow. The occupants had slept in their car overnight. They were able to get it back up again. There was a big pile of snow from the top of it the tent.

  
The snow melted very quickly. The ground went from a little muddy to incredibly muddy with standing water. Jon left for the morning Instructor’s meeting. He was participating in the “Regional Q&A: Continental U.S.” at 10:00 and the “Regional Q&A: Mexico and Central America” at 3:00 today.

  

I went to the “My Perfect Overland Vehicle (Small): Honda Element” by David Hoffman. I have a Honda Element and was interested to see how this one had been set up. it. 

   

He had an ECamper on the top of it. It seemed like a very useful, space saving idea for someone overlanding in a Honda Element. 

 

The ground got progressively wetter and muddier as the day went on. 

  
Note the snow on top of the mountains in the background.

And this was nothing compared to the general camping area.

They were still running recovery classes on the driving course.

  
We walked around when it wasn’t actively raining. We met Susie & Gary Bowman who were camped nearby. They are trying to sell their new GXV vehicle. 

   
 

We talked with Luisa Bell from A2A Expedition.

  

After lunch, Jon and I walked over to the general camping area. We tried cutting through a closed driving course with the hope that it would be a little less muddy than the road. It didn’t make any difference. It was all incredibly muddy. 

   
  

There were quite a few people leaving. A lot of vehicles were very stuck. We watched a number of those vehicles get pulled out. 

  

We were able to get a ride back to our campsite in a Halflinger. It was really cute and very capable. It just made it through the mud without any problem. 

  

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