The Car-Camping Guide: Road Trip Tips and Tricks

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Before I left on The Pacific Northwest Tour, I shared my road trip essentials… the things I do to prepare from a safety standpoint. Now for a random selection of road trip tips and tricks I use on the road that help make the trips more manageable and fun. Urban stops… For myself, I could quite do with minimal hotel …

Rethinking Adventure Food with Fishpeople Seafood

A few weeks before I set out out on the Pacific Northwest Tour, I got a treat. The folks at Fishpeople Seafood contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their products and sharing my thoughts with you all. One of the running jokes amongst the outdoor community, particularly ATQA, is my enthusiastic dislike of cooking. So …

The Car-Camping Guide: Road Trip Essentials

You’ve probably figured out by now that I spend a lot of time on the road. There are a great many facets to making a road trip come together and, as you can imagine, there’s a method to my madness in how I prepare for a trip. Part of that method is breaking the process down into manageable chunks. One …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Lessons from the road…

So I’ve finally finished the tale of last year’s Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition. Took awhile huh? It was a necessary, albeit lengthy, exercise for me to process the experience and begin to wrap my brain around the upcoming 6-week trip from Overland Expo to TBEX… the obligatory debriefing to prepare for the next expedition. That brings me to what lessons …

A lesson in less

It’s always amazing what you find when you clean house, even virtually. I found this little musing buried in my drafts and thought I should finally share it. I originally wrote it a couple of months ago after returning from our Cumberland Gap/Deep Creek adventure. We managed a week away from home with four people and dog in a Subaru …

Car Camping 101 – Getting Started

We here at Val in Real Life HQ tend to view life through granola-colored glasses. I know, I know…that’s stating the obvious. The point is though, that all this camping, hiking, geocaching and such is so normal to us that I forget how completely odd it seems to some. I honestly do forget that there are kids out there who’ve …

What comes after Plan Z?

Don’t you love it when life just dishes out hiccup after hiccup? Yeah, me too. Good times. After much energy spent planning our New England car-camping adventure, those plans are in the toilet…along with the in-draft posts about the trip…and the efforts to get the McMansion on the market. With all of the changes and variations made to this collection …