Val in Real Life takes on Overland Expo…

The first official destination of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition was indeed, Overland Expo. Go fig right? This event was big question mark for me. I knew fabulous blogger peeps would be there (more on them later) so I wouldn’t be lacking some face-time with some amazing travelers. But in terms of the Expo itself, true overlanding and off-roading …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Of hiccups and detours…

So friends, I have at least a dozen posts in draft about the current Overland Expo to TBEX & beyond expedition, but none of them seem to be approaching completion given the pace and hiccups of this trip. I also have another series of posts filled with advice for cross-country camping trips that was supposed to be completed before we …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Three weeks in…

In a complete blur, we’ve completed the first three weeks of our seven week journey. As I mentioned before I set out, I knew Stage 1 would be completely bonkers in terms of the pace and what I was trying to accomplish. But as of yesterday, we’ve entered Stage 2 and we will be able to ramp down but only …

Postcards from Real Life: Connections

After nine days and over 3,000 miles, the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition has been a whirlwind adventure so far. Aside from many days of driving, I’ve spent three days at Overland Expo, three days with friends in California, stepped into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, took my first studio yoga class (Ouch! BTW), and nabbed my westernmost …

Postcards from Real Life: Overland Expo

This week’s postcard is actually a postcard. I’m currently at Overland Expo in Arizona, learning about all sorts of crazy off-roading experiences. For naturalist granola-girl here, it’s quite out of my area but I was curious to see more what it’s about. So far it’s been interesting to see a very different approach to outdoor fun. I’ll probably never be …

Memories of Trees

So the good folks over at Boots N All have been issuing weekly Indie travel Challenges all year. For all of my good intentions, I’ve yet to get a post submitted…until now. Last week’s challenge was to simply to pick five travel photos to share. As you can see in the challenge post, the author chose images from some obviously …

George’s Birthday Adventure: The Long Road Home

When you’re facing the end of a trip, it can be hard to let go right? George’s Birthday Adventure had been truly epic and the 2,000+ miles back to Georgia seemed so boring. So in true Camp Granola style we opted to make it not boring… Four Corners… Which is how we found ourselves at the Four Corners Monument. With …