My passion for ‘off-roading’ started in 2008, shortly after I purchased a new 2008 Jeep JK Unlimited. Granted, when I bought my Jeep I had no intention of getting it off-road, it was just another SUV in a long line of SUV’s I’ve owned over the years; yep just another mall crawler! For some reason though, this one was different, maybe it was because this was my first jeep, maybe it was just that I needed some adventure in my life, whatever the reason, I decided to look for a local group that could get me off-road and show me the ropes. I joined the Christian Crawlers 4×4 club in early 2008 and by the end of the year I was elected as club president for 2009! I would go on to make every monthly meeting and trail run for the next eight years and served as club president six of those years and vice president for one.
In 2011, as I was researching off-road trailers, I ran across a group called Central Overland and was intrigued by the idea of overland travel. Central Overland was sponsoring several 3-day trips a year through the Ozark National Forest and I decided to give it a try. The rest as they say… Fast forward to 2014 when I decided to purchase a J30 top for my jeep and attend the Overland Expo West. Little did I know that when I returned from that trip, I would think often about the expo and wonder if there would ever be enough interest in the central US to support an overland related event. Well, last year, as I saw overland related facebook groups popping up in states all around me (Arkansas), I decided to start an organization called Natural State Overland with the purpose of hosting an expo style event in 2017.