Embracing Nevada: A Georgia Girl Moves West

Embracing Nevada - Val in Real Life

Twenty-two years. Half of my life. That’s how long I’ve called the Atlanta area home. (The other half was in Florida, for those that aren’t in the know.) And now I’ve left the southeast. Sort of… More on that in a moment. My tapestry… I’ve talked about the art of living with you before in a slightly different context. But largely I …

Florida’s Fort Clinch State Park

As some of you know, I’m originally from the Sunshine State. Which means I have lots of extended family strewn about the peninsula. So this year I met my parents and my brother’s family in Amelia Island for Thanksgiving as sort of a mid-way rendezvous between our respective hometowns. Because it was a family holiday, not necessarily an adventure trip, …

A Plea for the Everglades…

Last week I dragged the Fred and George down to South Florida. We did a great many things in my old stomping grounds and one of the places we visited was the Everglades. While there, I got to see my buddy Bill Lea’s new Everglades book standing tall in the Visitor Center shop. He’s been working on this project fiercely for …

Solstice in Florida

Greetings from Florida! Camp Granola has spent the week in the Sunshine State, visiting family and exploring with friends. With stops in Ft. Lauderdale, the Keys, the Everglades, and Fort Myers Beach, it’s been a whirlwind adventure but we’ve gotten to see and do some great stuff. Amidst our travels though, we wanted to wish you a groovy Winter Solstice …

Contrasts

Greetings from the watery world that is South Florida. Although I grew up in this sultry, soggy land, it’s always an eye-opener to return here after having been away for so long. When you spend most of your time along mountain rivers, the flat expanses of water and cypress here seem otherworldy. The mangroves, bromeliads, alligators, and cormorants of the …

A Three-Hour Tour

For all of our family time, private adventuring, and fishing in Florida, Camp Granola also embarked on an eco-tour that I highly recommend if you get down to Marco Island. Yes, it was in fact a three-hour tour and no, the boat was not the S.S. Minnow. There’s nothing at all Gilligan about the fabulous folks at The Dolphin Explorer …

When in Florida…

Three Musketeers

Florida, being what it is geographically speaking, lends itself to all things water-related. So when visiting, one of the things you might be tempted to do is fish. I actually quite enjoy fishing. It’s a peaceful process infused with moments of sudden anticipation and excitement. Plus there’s usually a fish story at the end of the day and you know …

Getting to know Marco

Edge of the Storm

The Florida Chronicles continue… In spite of Jester’s parents having moved to Naples many years ago, we hadn’t spent much time on it’s neighbor, Marco Island. Nestled off the southwest Florida coast, Marco is very much a vacation playground. Very little remains in its natural state but that isn’t to say you can’t find a few natural little gems to …

Over the river and through the woods…

…to Grandma’s house we went. As you know, Camp Granola wandered off to Florida to visit the grand-parental units. It wasn’t one of our typical vacations in which we go wandering about geocaching and camping. This one was all about the extended Camp Granola family. In other words, this trip was actually about the destination, not the journey which is …