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Travel

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 […]

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Travel

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 […]

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Life

Embracing Nevada: A Georgia Girl Moves West

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 […]

Outdoors

Celebrating Winter

Here in the Peach State, winter is a conundrum. The respite from summer’s brutal heat is welcome yet we don’t have the benefit of snow to liven up our outdoor […]

Outdoors

Postcards from Real Life: Pay it Forward

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know that one of my favorite local haunts are the trails in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area because I post […]

Travel

The Pacific Northwest Tour – Week 7

Week 7 of the Pacific Northwest tour marks the end of our journey this time around. I wish I could say it wasn’t mostly just driving but we did try […]

Travel

The Pacific Northwest Tour: Week 1

I’m one week into the Pacific Northwest tour and I find myself in Cortez, Colorado. I’m currently hunkered down in a hotel room trying to catch up on work. The […]

Photography

Postcards from Real Life: Building Bridges

Last weekend I scooted off to the Georgia Nature Photographers Association’s annual expo at Unicoi State Park. As you can imagine, an event like this is energizing in many ways. […]

Travel

Around Atlanta: LEGOLand Discovery Center

A few weeks ago, the Camp Granola crew was invited to visit the LEGOLand Discovery Center in Atlanta. While my preference is obviously for parks and museums, there is obviously […]

Outdoors

Adventures in Leave No Trace Training

Last week I set out to add another piece to my outdoor-chick toolbox. Having secured my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification last year and renewed my Wilderness First Aid certification in […]

Photography

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 […]

Outdoors

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 […]

Life

Val in Real Life vs. the Atlanta Snowpocalypse

As you know, Atlanta has been the focus of scrutiny and ridicule following the absurdity of last week’s snow-induced debacle. And, as you also know, we were right smack in […]

Life

Postcards from Real Life: Survival

Last week when I talked about safety in the backcountry, I had no idea I’d be struggling to find safety in my own city just a few days later. Those […]

Life

Real Life Connections: An Epic Adventurer

Those of you who follow my antics on Facebook and Instagram know that last month I had the pleasure of meeting David Wherry of Hiker Adventures. David made a quick […]

Outdoors

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 […]

Outdoors

Postcards from Real Life: Progress

The Camp Granola crew spent the first part of this week in the North Georgia mountains at one of our favorite haunts, the Hike Inn. In spite of our constant […]

Life

Postcards from Real Life: History

Growing up, like most kids, history never excited me. Maybe it was the way it was taught, maybe I wasn’t old enough to understand the importance. Either way, it wasn’t […]

Outdoors

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 […]

Outdoors

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 […]

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