Around Atlanta: LEGOLand Discovery Center

A few weeks ago, the Camp Granola crew was invited to visit the LEGOLand Discovery Center in Atlanta. While my preference is obviously for parks and museums, there is obviously a good bit of educational value to be had through LEGO activities. The boys were excited by the opportunity to get their LEGO on so I stuffed away my dislike …

Val in Real Life vs. the Atlanta Snowpocalypse

As you know, Atlanta has been the focus of scrutiny and ridicule following the absurdity of last week’s snow-induced debacle. And, as you also know, we were right smack in the thick of it. The setup So in a nutshell, Tuesday marked the first day of the new semester of Fred and George’s classes at their homeschool co-op. That morning, …

Survival

Last week when I talked about safety in the backcountry, I had no idea I’d be struggling to find safety in my own city just a few days later. Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I, along with Fred and George, were among the millions who got caught stupidly unprepared for a crippling weather situation in …

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. …

Around Atlanta: Georgia Renaissance Festival

So have you been wondering what Camp Granola does for fun when we’re not out exploring on some crazy cross-country roadtrip? Well, we do search out urban experiential education at museums and such but the thing you should know about Fred and George is that they’re total sci-fi/fantasy geeks. Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Star Trek, Dr. Who… they …

Around Atlanta: Our Top 5 Adventures

Like I mentioned in this week’s Real Talk on experiential education, we here at Val in Real Life are do-ers. We like to get out and get our hands on things. While we like to keep a good bit of variety in our lives, Fred and George do have some favorite Atlanta haunts that they never seem to tire of …

Around Atlanta: The Center for Puppetry Arts

One of Atlanta’s “secret” little gems is the Center for Puppetry Arts in Midtown or as we like to call it…the puppet place. It doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention, especially amongst out-of-town visitors, but it’s a haven for imaginative types like Camp Granola’s Fred. George really likes it too but he’s more of a datahead. It’s our …

Around Atlanta: Buck Moon

Yours truly is mired in the midst of many almost-but-not-quite-finished posts and a site redesign (Stay tuned. I have no idea when we’ll have that done). Throw in the house projects and homeschooling and you’ve got a recipe for insanity. In other words, please excuse the sporadic posts. Since there’s no better way to cure the insanity than to get …

Around Atlanta: A different kind of camping

This week the boys were in science camp at Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center which you should read as “Woohoo, a little free time for mommy!” I like to mix in a camp week here and there to shake things up a bit ie keep the minions off-footed enough to maintain the upper hand. The little jolt to their routine …

Around Atlanta: Finding our out – Part 2

As promised, the continuation of our Camp Granola adventures. The Plan… Last week instead of a pure hiking/nature exploration, I thought the boys could use more general outdoor frolicking including some biking practice and a picnic. So I made the executive decision to venture to a newish local park we’ve been meaning to visit. For most parents, getting out of …