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 …

Big Service from Big Agnes

Ah dear readers, let me put you in the way back machine… ok, only back to April but it seems like really a long time ago. As you’ll recall, our Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 met with some adversity in Death Valley. Granted, it was user error, but adversity nonetheless. You would expect your tent being blown pancake-flat would result …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: South Dakota’s Gem – Custer State Park (Part One)

As you know, I’m a huge fan of public lands here in the United States. And in the course of camping our way all over the country we’ve been to a lot. While I’ve never discovered one that I felt unworthy of preservation, there are certainly ones that simply stand out above others for me. My newest love is Custer …

George’s Birthday Adventure: Death Valley

I know I left you hanging on George’s Birthday Adventure with the story of the E.T. Highway but I promise I’ll keep sprinkling it in here between our other antics. It certainly seems odd to still be chronicling that trip when we’re already two weeks into our next expedition…the 5-week journey that I’ve come to know as Geowoodstock to TBEX. …

Home Sweet Home: The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6

At long last, I’ve jotted down my thoughts on our new tent. Parting is such sweet sorrow… We here at Camp Granola have had many a wonderful outdoor adventure with our much-adored REI Geomountain 4. It’s been with us nearly as long as Fred has and she has sheltered us from some pretty intense weather over the years. So before …

Let the camping begin…

Ah Spring! Like the birds, flowers, and trees, we humans reemerge from winter, ready to get out and play. Campgrounds fill up with a wide array of campers, from minimalists to pack-the-whole-housists. (I’m looking at you RV bus!) You may think that a criticism but it isn’t entirely. I’d much rather see people having a good time out in the …