Explorer and Adventurer, Dale Stewart, visits SylvanSport!

Over the summer, SylvanSport had the opportunity to partner with world explorer and adventurer, Dale Stewart. Dale has traveled all over the world and has spent time in remote areas learning about the cultures and history of the area’s indigenous peoples. This past summer, Dale decided to keep his travels a little closer to home, but maintained the his theme of exploration and learning throughout his trip. We were proud to have our GO pop up camper accompany him along the way.

Dale Stewart

While many folks are familiar with “The Trail of Tears“, the removal of Native Americans from the east to the reservations of the mid-west along 4 different footpaths, there was also a lesser known water route that followed the rivers, which was the premise of Dale’s expedition. Although the various sections of the water route have been traveled, Dale’s journey is the first known expedition with the purpose of exploring and learning about how the Native Americans traveled along the rivers and what they had encountered.

Trail of Tears Water Route

Last week, all of us at SylvanSport were treated to a talk and Q&A session with Dale about his trip and how his GO pop up camper helped him out. Also joining us was Brevard College professor, Michael Oliphant, who is connected to their Voice of the Rivers program.

Dale Stewart @ SylvanSport

Dale gets into his paddling stories.

Tom Dempsey and Dale Stewart

Michael Oliphant and Dale Stewart sharing thoughts.

It was a real treat to get to hear about Dale and his expedition along the Trail of Tears Water Route. Since then, he is already working on a book, television documentary, giving talks all over the country, and his kayak is headed for DC to be put on exhibit. It’s amazing how much we still have to learn about where we live and it’s exciting to be able to be part of expeditions like Dale’s, where it’s not just physical exploration, but historical as well.

You can check out more about Dale and his trip at www.expeditionunbound.com.

GO road trips to Moab, UT for the Land Rover Rally.

Last week (Oct. 2-6), Land Rovers (and their drivers) from all over the country gathered in beautiful Moab, UT for the annual Land Rover National Rally. Always excited to jump in on an adventure, we hooked up South Carolina photographer, John Powell, with a GO trailer and set him loose in the wild, wild west.

Land Rover National Rally (photo: Nathan Hindman)

I know there is some debate about the use of motorized vehicles in natural areas, but Land Rover seems to be committed to traveling off-road responsibly and with minimal impact. They’ve worked with Tread Lightly for over 20 years trying to educate folks on low impact recreation of all types, as well as commitments to lowering CO2 emissions and dozens of other initiatives. So, this isn’t a new green bandwagon they’re jumping on…they’ve known for decades that if people don’t use the outdoors responsibly, there will be nothing left for any of us or all the other critters, plants, etc. But I digress.

Truthfully, there is something about Land Rovers that bring out the kid in me. I don’t own one nor do I do any kind of off-roading. When I see one though, it conjures up memories of being a kid and playing with toy cars in the yard or setting up miniature obstacles in the living room to navigate through. I can’t help it. I think part of it is that they are truly designed to travel off-road. They aren’t jacked up and modified pick up trucks or over-blown SUVs. They aren’t made to crush cars or tractor pull. They’re made to travel the safaris of Africa, the jungles of Asia, the volcanoes of South America, or in the case of last week, the rocky slabs of Moab. They do what you made them do when you were a kid. So out of their entire line-up of trucks, if I had to pick just one to play with, which one would it be??? Hands down, it would be the Land Rover Defender 110. I mean, come on…it has a snorkel. What’s not to like?

Land Rover 110 (photo: www.vehiclepdf.com)

All that said, John Powell had the chance to travel out to Moab, GO in tow, and experience a little Land Rover fanaticism for himself. Here are some pretty incredible pics of his journey:

Foggy camping in Kansas. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

Camping at Alta Lakes in Telluride, CO. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

Traveling the Lost Dollar Rd in Telluride, CO. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

Camping along the Lost Dollar Rd looking at the peaks above Telluride, CO. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

So, get out and GO! Remember to play responsibly, tread lightly, be nice to others, don’t litter, make sure your dog has plenty of water, and most importantly…have fun!