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Getting my Nevada State Parks Passport

I spent many of my years in Georgia exploring the vast offerings of its state park system. Much of that was with Fred and George in tow as we pursued […]

love note to the peach state

Love Note to the Peach State

Oh Peach State, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways—mountains, swamps, beaches, rivers, pinelands, farms, waterfalls, museums, gardens, rich history, beautiful people. The list goes on and […]


George L. Smith State Park: A Photo Essay

Last weekend, the Camp Granola crew set off for a camping adventure in George L. Smith State Park in central Georgia. It was one of many trips we’ve taken around […]


Postcards from Real Life: Campfire

Last weekend we trekked off for a little local adventure here in Georgia. Part of the purpose of this trip was to make progress in completing the Georgia State Parks […]


Georgia’s New Don Carter State Park

This spring, Georgia added a new park to its collection of wonderful places to play outside. Don Carter State Park is perched on the north end of Lake Lanier, just […]


Going Caching: Georgia’s Geocaching Mega-Event

Anyone who follows the adventures of Camp Granola knows we’re nuts for geocaching, even going so far as to drive across the country to geocache the E.T. Highway. Sometimes I […]


North America’s Best Campgrounds: Cloudland Canyon

The state of Georgia is an outdoor wonderland. From mountains to beaches to swamps to rivers and everything in between, my home state has a lot to offer the outdoor-minded […]


The Len Foote Hike Inn: Unplug in North Georgia

If you’re unfamiliar with the Len Foote Hike Inn, it’s time to get familiar! Georgia’s unique lodge getaway in the North Georgia Mountains is located five miles up the Appalachian […]


Postcards from Real Life: Good Weather

One of the things I believe in…. and I try to get Fred and George to understand in spite of their complaints, is that we can explore in all kinds […]


Unexpected Treasure: Skidaway Island

I’m going to fess up from the start. I’m a mountain girl. So when I visited Skidaway Island for the first time in November 2011 it was because of a […]


Postcards from Real Life: Serendipity

Given my track-record of glacial reporting on our adventures, I’m sure it will take me another year to share our current little ten-day jaunt to the Georgia coast. Hopefully I’ll […]


Postcards from Real Life: Senses

Today finds us nestled at Skidaway Island State Park along the Georgia coast outside of Savannah. We’re here for our second go at the pirate-themed Going Coastal geocaching megaevent. I’m […]


Park-hopping in Georgia

So I was going to go more in-depth on Fred and George’s list of Atlanta favorites but I felt the need to get back to our granola roots and delve […]


Getting to Work at The Hike Inn

I’m an unabashed fan of the Len Foote Hike Inn. It’s a place everyone should visit at least once in their lives and it’s one of Georgia’s amazing granola getaways…simple, […]


Go For Gold in Dahlonega

So lucky Atlantans that we are, we’re just down the road from the fabulous town of Dahlonega. Centered on the old courthouse, it’s ripe with quintessential Georgia charm. It’s one […]


Paddling…just like riding a bike

As I mentioned last time, we here at Camp Granola have been up to all sorts of adventures the past few months. And way back in November, you know, before […]


Cloudland Canyon

Now that winter is upon us, I’m finally finishing up this post on our fall adventure to Cloudland Canyon. Because you know I like to keep things timely. (Insert heavy […]


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 […]

Falls Falls Everywhere

Her name was Lola

Well, Amicalola actually but how else could I stick you with a Barry Manilow earworm. (You’re welcome in advance BTW.) In spite of my dated…and exceedingly cheesy, reference she is […]


Vogel State Park: A Creek Runs Through It

Actually lots of creeks. At long last I’ve gotten around to the travel report for our last camping trip to Vogel State Park. I ambitiously got the pix posted to […]

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