Quitting

This particular topic has been on my mind enough to finally sit down and write up my thoughts and see what you all have to say. But first let me preface: Community… Being a blogger has its advantages. One of those is to be a part of a community of groovy like-minded outdoorsy parents from all over the continent who …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Whirlwind in Keystone…

Just as I was nearing the end of the Geowoodstock to TBEX tale, life got in the way… the relocation of Camp Granola headquarters has proven to be quite an undertaking especially amongst all the other chaos of life and the holiday season. But as I mentioned, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things here at Val in …

Holiday Shopping, Granola Style

So the onslaught begins. Tomorrow marks one of my favorite days of the year, Halloween. After that, it’s you-know-what… the full-court press through the New Year. I know, many stores are already in that mode and I’m quite late by their standards. But I do hope I’ve caught you before you’ve made your gift decisions because I’m going to throw …

On Experiential Education

Since school is back in full swing at Val in Real Life HQ, I’m diving into experiential education today. Although, I use the terms “school” and “full swing” loosely because when your approach to expanding your children’s knowledge is experiential education, your entire life is a learning experience. And while that is actually true for all of us, kids and …

Real Life Connections: Family on Bikes

It’s one of those truisms of life that you don’t live it alone. The people you meet change you. Sometimes for worse but mostly for better. Sometimes in little ways, sometimes big. Sometimes they help keep you on the right path, sometimes they show you a new one. Some people you only meet briefly, others are with you for the …