Overlanding and Off-Roading in San Antonio with @satx_taco
To date, my favorite trip was exploring Big Bend National Park and taking in the scenic views. Sunsets and sunrises are on another level when not blurred by city lights.
San Antonio is one of the largest cities in Texas. With a population of just over 1.5 million people, the city is rich in history and culture. One of the perhaps less well-known areas for off-roading, there are quite a few adventure parks just outside the beautiful city. When you're ready to escape, you can check out the 281 Country Club, Hidden Falls Adventure Park, Creekside Offroad Ranch, or Xtreme Off-Road Park and Beach. Don't knock 'em till you try 'em... San Antonio has a lot to offer.
That's where our guest this month comes in, ladies and gents, meet Paul aka @satx_taco. You know the drill, let's get started!
What's your name and tell us a little about yourself?
Nice to meet everyone, my name is Paul aka @satx_taco. Born and raised in the great state of Texas and a lifelong San Antonion. Being a part of corporate America, I look forward to the great outdoors to unwind and recharge. I would consider myself as an introvert and always looking for other avenues to meet new people. My objective is to get outside my bubble to test my limits and discover new passions.
How often are you able to get out and go and adventure?
The plan is to get out at least 4 times a year. Whether that be in my home state or beyond that boundary. For a day trip or a five-night stay, the plan is to get out as much as possible. Build your rig for a reason, to get out and enjoy it.
What terrain is your local overland/offroading scene like?
You get a mixture of hills, mountains, plains, and plateaus in the great state of Texas. Known for its dry, hot, and rocky terrain, you can encounter many challenges. With miles and miles of trails, you can experience every surface Texas has to offer.
In your opinion, What's one modification everyone has to have?
This may come as a surprise but the first approach/mod to Overlanding/off-roading is knowledge. Know how you’re going to use your rig and get to know its limits. Build to your usage. But if it's a general question of where to start, I would strongly recommend a good set of A/T or M/T tires. A set that allows you to traverse on a multitude of surfaces.
What was your first mod?
With off-roading in mind, I aimed for a lift/level kit and A/T tires. Eliminating the concerns of clearance and grip on those unknown adventures.
Tell me about your favorite trip? Any close calls?
To date, my favorite trip was exploring Big Bend National Park and taking in the scenic views. Sunsets and sunrises are on another level when not blurred by city lights. Rocky climbs, water crossing, washboards, cliff overlooks are a few of the many experiences in this great park.
Close calls ...... I cannot emphasize enough, always travel with others when in unknown territories and have resources (GPS) in hand on your travels. As a tourist in this huge park, you can lose track of time real quick. Not realizing the length of the trail can get dicey. Getting caught on an unfamiliar trail at night can create many challenges. Am I going the right way? Is the water too deep to cross? What are those eyes in the distance? A simple 3-4 hour trail turned into 6-8. But the famous River Road to Black Gap Trail did not disappoint. Night wheeling is on another level. ALWAYS BE PREPARED, YOU NEVER KNOW.
Domestic – The Great Moab
International – Mountsides of Japan
Favorite terrain and why?
Ideal terrain would be a mixture of dirt trails with an occasional rock climb challenge. The best spots to pull over or camp are where most can’t travel.
Out of all the trucks why Tacoma?
Dependability, Reliability, and Longevity. The aftermarket space opens up a wide range of opportunities in modifying your rig. Simply put ...... it's a badass truck.
We couldn't agree more. Always have a buddy, GET OUTSIDE and EXPLORE, and always be down dow a new adventure. Until next time!
At Cali Raised LED, we not only want to encourage riders to try something new, (with all the proper precautions of course!) but also to not be too shy when it comes to checking out trails that they may not have thought possible. It's in our very slogan, "Rise Up and Seek Adventure." We really mean it.
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