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Who We Are

by Brandon

February 27, 2022


Brandon is a software quality analyst for Garmin and on the board of directors for the non-profit organization Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation. In his spare time, he enjoys getting out on hikes with his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs, Gunner and Ember.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s probably something like “oh great… another overlanding/car camping blog.” Well, if you just hear me out, I’m hoping I might be able to change your mind. I’ll first start with that we aren’t experienced overlanders, campers, or off-roaders. Our intention with this site is to simply document our experiences as we set out to new places on adventures big and small—whether it be in our Jeeps, by plane, hiking, or any other mode of transportation. Our goal here is really a couple of things:

1. We want to inspire people to get out and enjoy what the world has to offer, whether it be your local park or somewhere across the world.

2. Since we are starting out fresh, with very little knowledge, we want to be able to share our experiences with those that may be on the fence about trying this “adventure” thing for themselves. We will be happy to tell you what has worked well and what hasn’t for us.

Sarah with the original Jeep dogs, Blaze and Beau.

We purchased our first Jeep back in early 2017—a brand new 4-door Wrangler Sport-S. We purchased it because our previous vehicle was on its way out and the Wrangler fit all the needs we had. Ok, so it was just one need: we had two amazing dogs, Blaze and Beau, and needed a vehicle that could haul 210 pounds of dogs around for hiking and swimming and wouldn’t permanently smell like wet dog after the first trip. Shortly after buying the Jeep, I stumbled onto the relatively unknown channel TrailRecon (lots of sarcasm about the unknown part). I had seen the really expensive adventure rigs in the past, but had never seen anything like a roof top tent. In the past, I had taken long camping trips to places like the Grand Canyon, but had no idea there was equipment that an everyday person could easily get to take them further away to see those lesser accessible places. I remember watching Brad’s channel thinking that it was something that I’d love to do someday, but my wife—who is very adamant about the need for certain comforts—would have been very much against a lot it. Only when she saw a video of Marco’s vegetarian cooking at camp did she start getting interested. At that point, even she would watch new videos with me. Fast forward a few years, and here we are. We’ve added eDogJeep, a Jeep Wrangler 4xe (plug-in hybrid) and we are starting our journey into our vehicle-based adventures. I hope you’ll follow along as we try to inspire you to get a bit out of your comfort zone and take that first step to getting out and enjoying more of what this world has to offer.

Our 2017 Wrangler Sport-S (DogJeep) on the left and our 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 4xe (eDogJeep) on the right.

To wrap this up, and since this is our first post, I’d like to introduce ourselves and the couple pups that you’ll see a lot around here. I’m Brandon. I am a Software Quality Analyst in Garmin’s fitness segment. I’ve always been interested in the outdoors as long as I can remember, and my current employer—and the products we make—has only made that interest stronger. I’m lucky in that I get to test products before they are released which means I get to use a lot of cool gear. Some of my favorite memories growing up were our ski trips out to Colorado, where I grew to love the mountains. I’d often spend time out with my uncle fishing along the Frying Pan River, mountain biking, and other activities out there.  With me is my wife, Sarah. She is a business and leadership coach that works with purpose-driven entrepreneurs. She loves the outdoors, (especially hiking!) but has been hesitant about camping, so part of this journey is to explore what needs to be in place for her to love it. Along for most of our adventures will be our two new pups, Gunner and Ember.

Brandon and Sarah on a hike with Ember (left) and Gunner (right).

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