OVERLANDING WITH JUSTIN A. GREEN
Overlanding Spotlight - Justin A.Green
Since moving to Fort Worth, Cali Raised LED has fallen in love with Texas. The scenery, the people, and the off-roading community, it's all what people say it is. Texas has also been the home to this month's guest, Justin A. Green and his white Tacoma, you can follow him @justininatx. Born and raised in Texas, Justin found his way back home and down in the Austin area in 2017 where he now works as a digital creator, while getting in his hobbies and some fun off-roading in his free time.
Justin also heads up a group ATX Tacomas on Facebook and Instagram - if you're in the area and want to join, give them a follow and get ready to enjoy the ride! You can follow them here: ATX Tacomas
Justin has found himself staying in the off-roading/overlanding gig for the same reason most of us do - community. We don't ride alone not just for safety, but also in the true spirit off off-roading, we don't leave each other stranded or without a riding buddy. That's part of what makes this community and tribe worth it.
How'd you get into overlanding?
I started working out with a group of guys two years ago that were big into backcountry trips, overlanding, bow hunting, etc. I love being outdoors and overlanding/off-roading seemed like a great way to get out and explore. I used to ride bikes a lot and that would take me to some pretty remote places. Now that I don't ride much and primarily lift the truck allows me to still get out away from things and enjoy being outdoors and the adventure.
What keeps you into overlanding?
My love of the outdoors and the community. There are some truly great people in the community and we all share the love of adventure.
Tell us about your most recent trip, Why that location?
I was hoping to get to Colorado this past month but work has been so busy I haven't had the chance. My last trip was a small group of friends on the Texas Hill Country Overlanding trail. It starts just outside Marble Falls and is a 2 day 191 mile route through the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It finishes just outside of Fredericksburg and has several river crossings.
What is your favorite trail and why? What is your dream trail and why?
My favorite trail I have done is Ophir Pass in my 20s in my buddies Land Cruiser. Earlier this year I got to take the Tacoma cross country to Vegas for work and did a night run over Mt. Potosi Canyon from North Vegas to Pahrump. That was kinda fun. I am hoping next summer to spend a week or two in Southwest Colorado scouting for Elk season and want to hit Black Bear pass when I am there in July or August.
Out of all the trucks on the market, why tacoma?
I was honestly torn between the Raptor and the Tacoma. I have a 13 year old daughter and knew whatever I bought now I would be driving until she is done with college. When I looked at what I could spend modifying the Tacoma for my purposes and taste it just made sense financially and knowing how reliable they are. I am glad I got the Tacoma though because the Off-Road Yota community has been awesome.
Tell us a little about yourself and hobbies.
Just a born and raised Texan who has lived and traveled all over. I moved back to Texas in 2017 and now reside in the Austin area which I love. I've gotten really big into powerlifting, bowhunting, overlanding, jiu jitsu (though I have taken a short break and plan to roll again starting next month) and compete as a competitive shooter in a variety of competitions including the elite division of The Tactical Games. A lot of what I do aligns with my job at Sheepdog Response and just embodies what I love doing daily.
Tell us a little about your new group and how can people join it?
My buddy Rudy and I have been part of a very inactive group called ATX Tacomas based out of Austin, Texas. We had several hundred people on our Facebook group but nobody was really organizing anything. We decided to snag the IG handle @atxtacomas and have been having monthly off-road trips and rigs and coffee meetups. The turnouts are growing by the month and have been awesome. We are in the process of organizing our first big out of town camping weekend at Palo Duro Canyon later this fall.
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.
Thank you to Justin for sharing your story with us.
If you haven't figured it out yet, we've been featuring a trail or national park or other must see location each month of the year, and sometimes we are lucky enough to find other off-roaders who have been there. They are kind enough to share their experience and their expertise. Want to be featured? Have a trail you think we should feature? Submit your photos and story to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered!
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