Getting mileage out of 2013…

With all of the year-end recaps happening out there I got inspired to go through the images of Camp Granola’s 2013 adventures. I thought I’d pull out a few gems to share but quickly got overwhelmed. I’m simply amazed at what we’ve been able to do this year. I keep an annual set on Flickr but even that isn’t complete …

Opportunity

On the heels of talking about Women’s Rights and with a New Year on the horizon, I can’t help but think about opportunity. I love living in a time that I’m allowed to make choices for myself. For me, many of those choices involve finding opportunities and taking the risks to pursue them knowing there are no guarantees but that …

Another year of perspective…

Today marks another birthday for me. In the last year alone, I’ve gotten to travel from coast-to-coast, through 32 states and five Canadian Provinces. Seriously, in just one calendar year I’ve been to places like Big Cypress Swamp, Cumberland Island, Great Sand Dunes, Overland Expo in Arizona, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, Washington …

Stumbling for Words

You may have noticed I like to travel. I feel at home out in the world. It’s not always easy though and some trips are certainly better than others depending on logistics and conditions. I spent last week in Death Valley, a combined trip of camping with friends and a photography workshop. It’s there I found one of the sweet …

Home

When folks ask me why I travel so much, I often quip that it’s because home is a four-letter-word. It’s one of those half-joke, half-truths. I do really dig my little loft now but my time in the wrong places cemented the half-truth of my little joke. The difference now is that I found a place that is comforting but …

On Settling

So yesterday being Halloween, I chose to dress up like the incomparable Janis Joplin. I thought it appropriate to share this link to her final interview which is well worth a listen. Obviously she’s a complex character and I’ve always found her story painfully genuine in both her successes and failures. For all of the things she has been criticized …

Quitting

This particular topic has been on my mind enough to finally sit down and write up my thoughts and see what you all have to say. But first let me preface: Community… Being a blogger has its advantages. One of those is to be a part of a community of groovy like-minded outdoorsy parents from all over the continent who …

Inspiration and Friendship

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be in the Great Smoky mountains again after two anxious weeks of park closures. I’m back at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for the Autumn Brilliance workshop, my oasis of friendship and inspiration… that almost didn’t happen. It came down to the wire but the workshop is …

Angle of Repose

Greetings dear readers… I piled too much into my life yet again but with each advancing year I learn to recognize the signs and rein them in more quickly. Whether you call it wisdom or school-of-hard-knocks, I am much better than I was at managing the balancing act of life than I was, although I don’t know if I can …

Discovery

Today the boys and I set out for familiar territory… The Great Smoky Mountains. It’s our first trip together since the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition came to an end in June. This is a short trip, only five days, and we’re returning to our favorite Smokies front-country campground at Elkmont for some much needed R&R from urban life. But …