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 the state to complete the Georgia State Parks Geocaching Challenge. Being the types inclined to head to the mountains, the challenge has forced us to step put of our comfort …

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 geocaching challenge but it was more so for some Vitamin N. Fred grouses about camping these days, summoning discontent from the depths of his teenage bosom. But once we’re there, …

Val 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 the thick of it. The setup So in a nutshell, Tuesday marked the first day of the new semester of Fred and George’s classes at their homeschool co-op. That morning, …

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 of you who follow me on Facebook know that I, along with Fred and George, were among the millions who got caught stupidly unprepared for a crippling weather situation in …

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 visit to Atlanta and wanted to get in some trail time. Unfortunately, he decided to visit during the infamous Polar Vortex and it was about 100 degrees below ridiculous here. …

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 outside the city of Gainesville and provides state park appeal to lake lovers. Of course, being huge fans of our state’s parks, we had to go check it out for …

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 adventures and explorations, we hadn’t done a true hike in awhile so I wasn’t sure what I was going to get from them. In younger years, getting through the 5-mile …

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 until I had more life experience under my belt that it began to fascinate me. Beyond the big events though, I often wonder about the individual stories of the people …

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 sound like a broken record, always talking about the benefits of using geocaching to explore the world around us. Aside from the intriguing places this sport takes us though, it’s …

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 explorer. So when you’re trying to pick a place to highlight, it can be tough simply to choose what kind of outdoor adventure to focus on, much less which one of …