Real Life Connections: An Epic Adventurer

Those of you who follow my antics on Facebook and Instagram know that last month I had the pleasure of meeting David Wherry of Hiker Adventures. David made a quick visit to Atlanta and wanted to get in some trail time. Unfortunately, he decided to visit during the infamous Polar Vortex and it was about 100 degrees below ridiculous here. …

Postcards from Real Life: Safety

A couple of weeks ago, I took the time to re-certify in Wilderness First Aid. I’ve never had to use my skills to handle extreme situations but I have had to bandage up some scrapes and assess some bumps and bruises. Well, those kinds of things and the infamous toe incident. Going through the course again got me thinking about …

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 …

Our Best Years

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of the A Way with Words podcast. It’s one of our favoriteĀ on-the-road education resources and it’s filled with the marvels of language and culture. In an episode we listened to yesterday, they shared the story of author Harriet Doerr. She quit college to start a family and eventually returned to school at age …

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… …

Backstories

I’m a sucker for a story. I love all kinds. I find a particular sweet spot when I get the opportunity to learn the backstory behind something I’m fond of, whether it be a song, a photograph, a place, or a person. Suddenly what you viewed from your own experience is reshaped and reformed through someone else’s experience. An interview …

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 …

Postcards from Real Life: Finding Joy

Earlier this week as I sifted through my images from 2013, something struck me. It was disappointment. It wasn’t a soul-crushing-why-do-I-even-bother-trying kind of disappointment, just an acknowledgment that I didn’t give my photography the energy and effort I used to. When I look at my body of work for 2013, I simply don’t feel like I grew artistically or improved …

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 …