Meet the #FAM: Ken Hoglund @hoglundoverland
Ken Hoglund is an avid overlander and super photographer, adventuring Utah with his wonderful family. He is a native of Southern California who grew up outdoors, camping in the mountains and riding bikes with his brothers thanks to his scout leader father. Living overseas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at an early age gave him a zeal to explore. Read more about Ken and his favorite destinations.
CVT: What's your favorite camping spot?
Ken: All my favorite places to camp are within a few hours of my home. My wife and I talked about how interesting it is that people pay so much money to travel to faraway places and do not take the time to explore where they are.
One quote that really resonates with me is from Wayne Dryer when he said to "Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe."
I hope to get into a five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude. I think it's great to have a bucket list of places to visit, but it's equally important to just take time to see the beauty around you.
CVT: What's your most memorable #CVTfamily adventure?
Ken: One of my most memorable adventure was this past summer along with three buds, Mateo, David and Jeremy. Over four days we crossed the 650 miles of the western section of the Pony Express National Historic Trail. The original trail, which is 2,500 miles, covers eight states – California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.
Nevada's high desert passes were some of the most memorable parts of our journey, along with fuel issues (not having enough) and using my truck to climb to the highest views without having to hike. We were just out there enjoying the trip!
CVT: Who do you bring with you on your #CVTfamily trips?
Ken: I love to grab my kids and take them with me on my trips. It is always a blessing and gives my wife some rest from the craziness of having four kids under the age of nine. Because most of the trips I take are solo with my children, staying on dirt roads and avoiding dangerous routes helps me get home safe. They are also real troopers; a box of crayons and some fresh notebooks go a long way to keep them entertained on our trips.
Recently while venturing Utah's West Desert, where the temperature dipped to 26 degrees and a balmy 20 the next morning, my oldest daughter wrapped herself in a blanket and ventured out of the warmth of our tent with the heater to spend time with me next to the fire.
CVT: What do you like about owning a CVT tent?
Ken: The space and comfort! I did not start with a CVT tent - my first taste of overlanding was with a bed tent. It attached to the rails and allowed me to sleep in the bed with my kids. It was nice just throwing everything in the truck and having the ability to sleep off the ground.
After sleeping in the bed 5 or 6 times, I grew tired of the tight spacing. Having a short bed and being 6'2" meant if I wanted to lay flat, I had to sleep sideways. If it were just me, that tent would have been enough; but taking my kids along meant it was nearly impossible to get comfortable at night. My feet would stretch to the sidewall of the tent, and I'd wake up to my feet feeling freezing. I only slept a few times in the cold before ditching that tent and getting the rooftop tent.