Overland Reunion 2015 in Photos

Overland Reunion 2015 (©Maud van Woerden).

Overland Reunion 2015 (©Maud van Woerden).

This year was our tenth Overland Reunion. The first three were at friends’ homes but since 2009 we have organized our reunions on a campsite in De Lutte, in the east of the Netherlands.

Over the years the number of visitors has been growing and we guess that about 30 vehicles and some 60-70 people joined the fantastic weekend this year.

De Zuidkaper owned by Jos and Maria Kemme (©Scott Brady).

De Zuidkaper has driven through, among other places, South America and the Stans. Learn about Jos and Maria Kemme’s journey on www.zuidkaper.nl (©Scott Brady).

We had a number of motorcycle overlanders this year (©Scott Brady)

We had a number of motorcycle overlanders this year, among whom Noel Di Pietro (©Scott Brady).

If overlanding on your own sounds too intimidating and you'd prefer traveling in a group, or if you'd like to get a feeling for off-roading through a workshop, you may want to check out Active Drive. Teun and Anneloes have organized expeditions to Africa as well as events and workshops around off-roading. For more info, see www.activedrive.nl (©Scott Brady).

If overlanding on your own sounds too intimidating and you’d prefer traveling in a group, or if you’d like to get a feeling for off-roading through a workshop, you may want to check out Active Drive. Teun and Anneloes have organized expeditions to Africa as well as events and workshops around off-roading. For more info, see www.activedrive.nl (©Scott Brady).

This year there were quite a few families with kids, some of whom traveled with kids, others who started a family after their overland journey.

Dogs are welcome, but on the leash.

Dogs are welcome, but on the leash.

The number of visitors from other countries has increased as well. This year we had friends from Belgium, Germany, England, the United States and even Australia. All in all a mixed and fun bunch of people.

The Belgian and the Aussie in the back.

The Belgian and the Aussie in the back.

Scott Brady, owner of Overland Journal from the U.S. and Michael Stahl from Germany.

With Scott Brady, owner of Overland Journal from the U.S. (overlandjournal.com) and Michael Stahl from Germany (4-wheel-nomads.de).

Peter is preparing a BJ45 for an overland trip and is listening to overland stories from Marco and Yvonne, currently in South America, and Jan who traveled with his wife Gerda through South America a couple of years ago (©Jos Kemme).

Peter is preparing a BJ45 for an overland trip and is listening to overland stories from Marco and Yvonne, currently in South America, and Jan who traveled with his wife Gerda through South America a couple of years ago (©Jos Kemme).

While we never had more than a slight sprinkle of rain during one or two weekends, the weather has never been so fantastic as this year. Many drove to De Lutte on Friday. In fact the first family already arrived on Wednesday, and one couple decided to stay until after the weekend to do some cycling in the beautiful, forested surroundings of the campsite.

Quiet, peaceful start on Friday.

Quiet, peaceful start on Friday.

Checking out vehicles (www.zuidkaper.nl)

Checking out vehicles (www.zuidkaper.nl)

Getting ready for a drink.

Getting ready for a drink: Brazilian caipirinha (don’t worry; the sunflower oil in the back is not part of the recipe…).

Other than that we’ve continued the ritual that seems to work for all of us: we came and went as we pleased. Some stayed the entire weekend, others simply checked in for a cup of coffee or the BBQ on Saturday night. We all brought our own food and beverages while freely sharing with new visitors who were not familiar with the system, or those who intended to drink a glass of wine but who ended up staying for the BBQ because they were having such a great time.

We bring the BBQs, you prepare your own meal (©Scott Brady).

We bring the BBQs, you prepare your own meal (©Scott Brady).

BBQ time.

BBQ time.

What I really appreciate about this event is that digital devices are conspicuously absent. While few may show slides on their laptop to elaborate on technical or car-building issues of their vehicles, our overland reunions have been proof that it is still possible for people to spend a weekend without freakishly checking mobile devices!

Good food, good company (©Scott Brady).

Good food, good company (©Scott Brady).

Time for some food and drinks (©Jos Kemme).

Time for some food and drinks (©Jos Kemme).

Until the wee hours in the morning.

Until the wee hours in the morning.

The morning after (@Jos Kemme).

The morning after (@Jos Kemme).

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All Posts on the Overland Reunion

  1. Overland Reunion – How Did it Start and How Does it Work?
  2. Overland Reunion – How Do I Sign Up?
  3. Overland Reunion 2013
  4. Overland Reunion 2014 – Photos and Impressions
  5. Get Ready for the Overland Reunion 2015
  6. Overland Reunion 2015 in Photos
  7. Overland Reunion 2016 in Photos
  8. Overland Reunion 2017 in Photos

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