Overland Expo to TBEX: The Rain in Maine

When I last left you in the Overland Expo to TBEX saga, we were leaving Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire a couple nights earlier than expected. The combination of the iPhone debacle and worsening weather led us to the conclusion it was time to take our chances elsewhere. And with few Apple stores in the area, we had …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Franconia Notch State Park

After surviving our frenetic entrance to Franconia Notch and our first night in the new tent, it was time to explore. The rain had subsided to an occasional sprinkle so we could get out and see what New Hampshire was all about. My buddy Will Clay suggested this stop and I was looking forward to getting serious with my baby… …

Overland Expo to TBEX: The Long Way to New Hampshire

After our brief stop in Seneca Falls, the Camp Granola crew had some decisions to make about how to tackle the remainder of our Overland Expo to TBEX expedition. We needed to address issues of road fatigue, a too-fast pace, and too much hotel-hopping. Which is why we opted to shorten our original plans of spending a few nights camping …

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

At this point in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, we’d been living out of the car for three weeks. This trip was unusual for the minimal camping we’d been doing and the hotel-hopping was starting to wear on us. Combined with the blistering pace up until this point, I could see the effects of fatigue. I started pondering what …

Solstice in Florida

Greetings from Florida! Camp Granola has spent the week in the Sunshine State, visiting family and exploring with friends. With stops in Ft. Lauderdale, the Keys, the Everglades, and Fort Myers Beach, it’s been a whirlwind adventure but we’ve gotten to see and do some great stuff. Amidst our travels though, we wanted to wish you a groovy Winter Solstice …

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York

After taking the National Lampoon approach to our visit to Niagara Falls and inching our way through border crossing #2, we set our sights for the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. We had ramped down from the blistering pace we set in Stage 1 of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition which meant I slowed our driving …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Outdoor Chick in Toronto

As you know, the Camp Granola crew had quite a time getting to Toronto for TBEX so we spent the first night in the hotel detoxing and regrouping. After a little breather, some laundry duty, and some seriously gross, overpriced pizza, we were ready to face a few days in Toronto. TBEX… I’ll spare you the details of the conference. …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Toronto Bound

Some places are harder to leave than others. Great Sand Dunes is one of those places for me. Toss in knowing that the next week of our trip was going to be urban rather than outdoors and you can imagine that it took tremendous effort to squash notions of bagging the rest of our trip and staying out west. So …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Great Sand Dunes Edition

The Camp Granola entrance to Great Sand Dunes was anything but smooth. With a few months to ponder my folly I can now laugh at my foibles. In truth, the whole thing went pear-shaped back in the planning stages and I didn’t even know it. One of the problems of not having a traditional schedule is that you forget that …

Overland Expo to TBEX: For the love of Great Sand Dunes

When I last left you in the tale of Overland Expo to Great Sand Dunes I was feeling triumphant about finding a better travel pace, one that didn’t leave us feeling run ragged. I also mentioned that my happiness was short-lived. Travel math… If you recall, we were headed towards Great Sand Dunes and it was Memorial Day weekend. The …