Travels of the



In a truck named 




We are the Stringer Family. Doug, Louisa, Kora, Jilly, Sephine and our dog, Trip. You can add Lumpy in there too. He is definitely a part of us. Overland travel has become a universal enjoyable adventure experience for our family.

Beginning in 2008, Lumpy has been transformed from a stock Ford F350 to a stellar beast of an overland machine. Complete with two Eezi Awn safari tents and Manta 270 Awning, ARB fridge and lightbar, WilcoOffroad tire gate, nitto tires Icon shocks, and much much more, we have managed to travel tirelessly and enthusiastically throughout this land and these people on this gift we call Earth.

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What is overlanding?

Overland Journal describes overlanding as follows: " is about exploration, rather than conquering obstacles. While the roads and trails we travel might be rough or technically challenging, they are the means to an end, not the goal itself. The goal is to see and learn about our world, whether on a weekend trip 100 miles from home or a 10,000-mile expedition across another continent. The vehicle and equipment can be simple or extravagant - they, too, are simply means to an end. History, wildlife, culture, scenery, self-sufficiency - these are the rewards of overlanding."

Traveling this type of way is definitely a challenge. Most people just want to get to the destination instead of enjoying the journey, that’s why people created planes and jets. Overlanding is about enjoying what’s around you, having fun and taking your time. Sure you won’t get to where you want to be in a day but you can enjoy what is around you and take in the views. Many people these days will say “Oh, I’ve traveled the whole world.”
When they just mean they’ve taken an airplane from place to place. That’s not necessarily traveling, traveling is when you can take in views from the ground. When you can see beautiful sites around you and touch, smell and feel different things!
— In Kora's words, age 14, 2018
When we go on our travels many things excite me. Like the fact that every where we go we always find new things to explore! Spending time with family and meeting new people is always a gift. When you meet someone new, you learn new things about them and their travels or lifestyle. Traveling in Lumpy and setting up camp is very fun but sometimes challenging. Like for example, the climates are all so different that sometimes it’s hard to set up the tents or make dinner. Even though it is sometimes not the best, we stick together and get it done. When we are driving we see beautiful landscapes, so it’s all worth it to drive the ways in Lumpy. My favorite part of travel probably is seeing so many cool things like wildlife and the views of the landscape around us.
— In Jilly's words, age 12, 2018
Hi I am Sephine Stringer and I am going to tell you my favorite thing about this trip. My favorite thing about this trip is the bat caves and the hot springs. There was also the White Sands too. The White Sands felt like cold snow on my feet. We also loved the camp sites. My favorite camp site was the first one in Florida. The first one had really cool trees but the fun thing was that we saw was a snake. The snake was yellow and black and there were stripes. I need to tell you where me and my family are going. We are going from MA to Santa Barbara and we are going by our truck, Lumpy.
— In Sephine's words, age 11, 2018

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