Hey guys! My name is David Gonzalez, and I love the outdoors. I have been exploring in my 1994 Toyota Pickup 4WD that I call “The Nomad”, for almost eight years. I also have a ’02 Toyota 4runner that I have been using for adventures with my son. The Nomad has a WilderNest camper that flips open like a book and has an area to sleep in and stand in.
What I refer as exploring, is my backyard, my surroundings. I am one that doesn’t have a lot of means to travel far away, so I explore what I have.
It all started when I got this pickup back in senior year in high school. I would take my girlfriend and friends to South Padre Island here in Texas and camp out between sand dunes. Hearing the waves crashing and having only the moonlight reflecting on them is just a beautiful way to spend the night. Years later, I went on a backcountry camping trip to Big Bend National Park, and that’s when my outdoor adventure addiction took off. Since then I always make time to explore in my free time. Now with a wife and two children, I want to make sure that they see what I see in the beautiful nature that we have.
Early Saturdays are the days that I go out and photograph different local backroads and historical locations. Other weekends we travel up north to meet with other overlanders and explore other places. They all involve nature, offroading, camping, and spending time with great people.
It’s tough to make time to explore when you have a family, and you support them, but I always make time. This year I am planning a camping adventure, every month, with my son and dog, and documenting it on my Instagram and Youtube channel.
Use what you have NOW, and get out and explore. Time is precious, and you have to use it wisely. There is a lot to see, even in your surrounding area.
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