Geowoodstock to TBEX: Lessons from the road…

So I’ve finally finished the tale of last year’s Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition. Took awhile huh? It was a necessary, albeit lengthy, exercise for me to process the experience and begin to wrap my brain around the upcoming 6-week trip from Overland Expo to TBEX… the obligatory debriefing to prepare for the next expedition. That brings me to what lessons …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Limping Home…

There are many ways for something to end. There’s can be a big finale, a long-and-sorrowful farewell, or possibly a satisfied exit — you get the idea. Anytime an end visits our lives, there’s a variety of emotions associated with it. After almost five weeks on the road, our Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition was at an end. With many ups-and-downs …

Postcards from Real Life: Longing

This was the view I was denied at Great Sand Dunes. It’s kind of a rite of passage at the dunes, to make it all the way to the top. Beyond the act of making the climb and the mental and physical challenges it represents, the view is unlike any other. Looking down on the dunes from within the dunes, …

Postcards from Real Life: Perspective

I’m fascinated by how differently we all see the world in both the factual and artistic senses. We can all witness the same event and have a different story to tell. You can set loose a bunch of photographers in the same spot, they’ll all come up with vastly different compositions created with the same raw materials. In essence, we …

Aftermath of an Accident

So last time I gave you the break-down on how I ended up with a mangled toe at Zapata Falls. This time I thought it would be worth a Granola Talk discussion on accidents, responsibility, and common courtesy. First though, let me brief you on life since the “toe” incident… The post-break blues… Initially, after consultation with my foot guy …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Zapata Falls and a Tale of Toe Woe

I’ve alluded often since last June to the demise of my big toe while visiting Great Sand Dunes on the final leg our Camp Granola’s five week cross country expedition. Well, it’s finally time to tell the tale. Zapata Falls… Like I mentioned in my post about Great Sand Dunes, there are lots of trails to be explored in the …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Colorado’s Phenomenal Dunes

So last time I told you about getting to Great Sand Dunes. This time I get to share the fabulousness of this place that I so often wish wasn’t two hard days drive from Camp Granola HQ in Georgia. When words fail… Ok, I’m not generally the most eloquent or persuasive writer. That’s very much so in this case. I …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: TBEX to Dunes…

As you know, our time in Colorado for this trip was anything but smooth and easy. From a bad campground choice in Estes Park to the vortex of insanity that was TBEX, our visit to Colorado up until this point was nothing but chaotic. So with TBEX behind us and our trip winding to a close, we headed south. Our …

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 …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Val in Real Life takes on Colorado…

Ah the great American road trip, so much to see yet sooooo much time in the car. At this point in our Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition, we’d worked our way through fourteen states over the course of seventeen days. When you’re covering that kind of ground, there are days that are simply driving…and driving…and driving. Our exit from Custer State …