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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4 thoughts on “Desert Drifter is back…

  1. Tony Franco

    Good to see back Joel. Best of luck



  2. Steve Austin - Ruth at Trona

    Hello Joel,

    Hope you and your family are doing well.

    Glad to see you back online. You have an extremely cool vehicle.

    Stuart still talks about our Ruth exploration. Sorry all of our work with AAC fell through. If you are in contact with the two Toms, please say Hello for us.

    Best from Texas

    Steve Austin


  3. Ryan McCormack

    JOEL!!!!! Ryan McCormack here, from the good ol Osborne Cabin days. Great to see you back and would love to hear from ya. Nice rig by the way. Take care old friend


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