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 …

Overland Expo to TBEX: The Taos Edition

As you know, early on in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, the Camp Granola crew had a severe case of the grumpies as we made our way towards Taos. With great effort we managed to keep them from taking over but they lay just below the surface, threatening to undermine our trip only one week in. We were planning …

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 …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Limping Home…

There are many ways for something to end. There’s can be a big finale, a long-and-sorrowful farewell, or possibly a satisfied exit — you get the idea. Anytime an end visits our lives, there’s a variety of emotions associated with it. After almost five weeks on the road, our Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition was at an end. With many ups-and-downs …

Postcards from Real Life: Longing

This was the view I was denied at Great Sand Dunes. It’s kind of a rite of passage at the dunes, to make it all the way to the top. Beyond the act of making the climb and the mental and physical challenges it represents, the view is unlike any other. Looking down on the dunes from within the dunes, …

Postcards from Real Life: Perspective

I’m fascinated by how differently we all see the world in both the factual and artistic senses. We can all witness the same event and have a different story to tell. You can set loose a bunch of photographers in the same spot, they’ll all come up with vastly different compositions created with the same raw materials. In essence, we …

Aftermath of an Accident

So last time I gave you the break-down on how I ended up with a mangled toe at Zapata Falls. This time I thought it would be worth a Granola Talk discussion on accidents, responsibility, and common courtesy. First though, let me brief you on life since the “toe” incident… The post-break blues… Initially, after consultation with my foot guy …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Zapata Falls and a Tale of Toe Woe

I’ve alluded often since last June to the demise of my big toe while visiting Great Sand Dunes on the final leg our Camp Granola’s five week cross country expedition. Well, it’s finally time to tell the tale. Zapata Falls… Like I mentioned in my post about Great Sand Dunes, there are lots of trails to be explored in the …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Colorado’s Phenomenal Dunes

So last time I told you about getting to Great Sand Dunes. This time I get to share the fabulousness of this place that I so often wish wasn’t two hard days drive from Camp Granola HQ in Georgia. When words fail… Ok, I’m not generally the most eloquent or persuasive writer. That’s very much so in this case. I …