Well, I started a new project. Not so much a project, but something I've wanted to do for a long time. We launched Pangea Expeditions & Tea society, an overlanding club. If you aren't aware, overlanding has exploded as a lifestyle in those who love to do outdoor things. Overlanding is an Australian word meant to convey the moving of cattle from one pasture to another. The distance off-road enthusiasts took the word for their 4x4 shenanigans across the globe. Basically, off-roading over distances longer than a day. Carrying all your camp and survival gear, trekking to hard to get to and far off places near and far.
Why start a club? There are lots of clubs around overlanding. Many are specific to a region. Yet, I've always wanted to start something that is mine, that caters to women wanting to learn more off-road skills, new people (both men and women) who are new to the lifestyle, and bring a group of people together I like, for long trips.
What's with Pangea and Tea? Like I said, many clubs are location specific and can be quite boring in how they name themselves. I wanted to be different. I wanted to convey that we may plan and take trips across the globe, as well as trips locally. Pangea was the name of the single super-continent all our current continents were part of. Plate tectonics (how the earth's crust moves) moved our land masses to where we see them today. But oceans won't hold us back from planning an adventure. So, we might as well be overlanding Pangea.
As for tea, well, it's cute. It harkens back to the time of Gertrude Bell and T.E. Elliot in the deserts of Arabia. English chaps in safari gear. Where one could count on great food and drink along with great adventure. Most of us drink coffee and bourbon (even if I'm on a Mosco Mule kick at the moment), but a Tea Society says we are something different. Gentlemen and Gentlewomen of the desert. Or, it's just odd-ball.
Any rate, check us out and join up via our Facebook page: www.pangeateasociety.com