IN­TRO­DUC­TION

4WDrive - - Contents - Perry Mack Edi­tor, 4WDrive

Meet­ing and trav­el­ling out­doors - I doubt there is an­other ac­tiv­ity that is more Cana­dian - we call it overl and­ing. The dic­tio­nary def­i­ni­tion is too lit­eral and lim­it­ing. Over land­ing en­com­passes ex­plor­ing, over­com­ing hard­ships, im­pro­vis­ing (dare I say MacGyver’ing), ca­ma­raderie, learn­ing, self-suf­fi­ciency, ap­pre­ci­at­ing his­tory, fishing, camp­ing, im­mers­ing your­self in na­ture, the list goes on. The list goes on be­cause although we share a num­ber of com­mon pas­sions, we also have our own unique per­sonal rea­sons to go over­land­ing, ac­tiv­i­ties that we en­joy over all oth­ers.

Over land­ing is some­thing you need to ex­pe­ri­ence to ap­pre­ci­ate. Spend­ing the time and money to book a Caribbean va­ca­tion is easy. You know what to ex­pect and you’ll prob­a­bly get it - a safe repet­i­tive re­lax­ing (or not) time off work.

I find that I’m not al­ways re­laxed when I get home from th­ese ‘va­ca­tions’. What I did last week is eas­ily ex­plained to col­leagues and friends. ‘I was in Mex­ico’. That’s all you need to say as ev­ery­one has ex­pe­ri­enced the same va­ca­tion. In fact, I find th­ese va­ca­tions have a ten­dency to run to­gether in my own mind as I can’t tell the dif­fer­ence from one year to the next, or even from one des­ti­na­tion to the next.

Which is one rea­son I have come to ab­hor them. There are oth­ers (in­clud­ing man's new­est forms of tor­ture - air­ports and air­planes).

An over land­ing trip on the other hand is al­ways unique. It’s of­ten a new trail or des­ti­na­tion, a slightly dif­fer­ent group dy­namic, new gear to test, or un­pre­dictable weather that can change your trail from week to week, and with the sea­sons.

‘What did you do last week­end?’ now be­comes a tale worth telling and re-telling. Which brings us to this 4WDrive

Overland Spe­cial Edi­tion - a col­lec­tion of tales from the pages of Canada’s 4x4 and off-road pub­li­ca­tion. It is a retelling of Cana­dian ad­ven­tures and achieve­ments, in­clud­ing some epic fails. But even the fail­ures have great merit, since the ad­ven­ture, the jour­ney, was (and is) the re­ward. As the for­tune cookie said, ‘only the per­son who reaches too far knows how far they can reach.'

I hope you en­joy the tales and tips, and that they in­spire and en­cour­age you to plan an­other trip for your­self, whether it’s a week­end, a week long, or longer, prefer­ably much longer if pos­si­ble.

We would love to hear your tales. You can sub­mit your sto­ries and pho­tos for pub­li­ca­tion to edi­tor@sun­cruis­er­me­dia.com, or share pho­tos, videos, links and com­ments on our so­cial me­dia; Face­book: 4WDrive Twit­ter: @4wdrive­canada In­sta­gram: 4WheelDriveCanada YouTube: youtube.com/ c/4WDMagazine

I espe­cially en­joy liv­ing vi­car­i­ously through your ad­ven­tures on the days I’m stuck in the of­fice, a small ap­ple and a large screen act­ing as my wind­shield to the world.

Un­til next time, re­mem­ber the sage ad­vice of that lowly for­tune cookie, and keep an ear to your ra­dio - I’ll look for you on the trails - and we’ll meet if you ‘stay where you’re to 'til I comes where you’re at’.

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