Monthly Archives: November 2015

Homeland Security…


BAT2 and secret signals…

Drove my truck to work as to drop it off at Those Military Guys later in the day.  Had to have some minor work performed.  Anyways, the truck takes about four vehicle spaces to park and the only available spots were near the antenna array.

Where I work, I am surrounded by federal agencies to include Homeland Security, DoD and a few other government agencies.


Through out the morning, I notice US Federal police and Department of Homeland Security police would come by and check out the truck. Finally after the fifth visit, I went out there and introduced myself to them.  They told me because of how the truck was parked, and the antenna configuration on my rig, “I may have been trying to intercept signals from their array system.”

I laughed and showed them my federal ID and they laughed with me.  The officer told me he would tell the other agencies all was good. I showed both officers the inside workings of BAT2 and they both wanted to use it for work going forward.

Later in the day I watched a few of the officers pose in front of BAT2 taking pictures.

Overall, it was a pretty interesting morning and if I ever bring BAT2 back to work, I will park it on the other side of the building.  JB

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Desert Drifter is back…

It has been some 15 years since was up.  But at last, the time has come to bring back and to start posting write-ups about my trips into the Southwest and beyond. The write-ups though will only be blogs about the trips associated with BAT2, my expedition RV. I will not be writing historical articles nor publishing specifics about the trips. The blogs will include humor, horror, be personal, our adventures and the cultures or historical venue(s) we encounter. It will be about family and friends having a good time or not so good of a time! Regardless, it will be about BAT2 and getting lost on some log forgotten road where the dead-end is the story!


East Jesus, Salton Sea, CA., USA

As I am getting older and retirement is coming up quickly, 2020, my once upon a time of rock climbing, exploring old mine shafts and hiking long and hard have come to a closure. With this closure, a new chapter in my life has begun with “overlanding”: vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures.

I have discovered overlanding opens up the world with new horizons as to encounter new cultures and different landscapes very few get to enjoy.  To go beyond the limits of the local tourist zones and conquer what lays beyond these zones.  To be touched and to touch those cultures and individuals where the paths cross.

To say its easy, I must shake my head in disbelief. I have learned overlanding requires new skill sets of determination, navigation skills of what ifs, the proper use of off-roading equipment and understanding your rig and its capability with no doubts.  To come back unscathed and with memories of a life time.  And to never get discouraged!

This is what I hope the new website instills in you…

Peace out,
Joel – the desert drifter

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