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.
With Scott Brady, owner of Overland Journal from the U.S. (overlandjournal.com) and Michael Stahl from Germany (4-wheel-nomads.de).
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.
Checking out vehicles (www.zuidkaper.nl)
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.
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!