Geowoodstock to TBEX: South Dakota’s Gem – Custer State Park (Part Two)

As I mentioned last time, South Dakota’s Custer State Park is far too fabulous to be contained in one post. But beyond the excitement of hail storms and miles of bison, we actually really enjoyed our home base… The Stockade South Campground… There are a variety of campgrounds to choose from at Custer. We chose Stockade South which is located …

Postcards from Real Life: The Fantasy of Nature

Awhile back I shared with you the story of how the Disapproving Beagle got his middle name. It was a tale of Natural Inspiration courtesy of George. Today though I get to share with you a little insight into Fred’s world. You see, Fred is Camp Granola’s fantasy boy. He’s insanely creative; wears a black hooded cloak just about everywhere …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: South Dakota’s Gem – Custer State Park (Part One)

As you know, I’m a huge fan of public lands here in the United States. And in the course of camping our way all over the country we’ve been to a lot. While I’ve never discovered one that I felt unworthy of preservation, there are certainly ones that simply stand out above others for me. My newest love is Custer …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: A Tour of American Icons

After our adventures in Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, we’d hit the northern extent of our expedition and it was time to start working our way back southward. Our next big stop was Custer State Park near Rapid City, South Dakota but we had a few pit-stops to make on the way that included some heavy-hitters in terms of …

Considering Vigor

Here at Val in Real Life HQ, we’re currently studying the early scientists and thinkers that paved the way of the world. One of the key ingredients to the spread of their ideas was travel. When their ideas were shared across distant lands, other great thinkers then had the opportunity to expand on them. This is how our society has …

In the Land of St. Teddy

One of the major stops of the five-week Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition was Theodore Roosevelt National Park (South Unit). As I mentioned in the post on Medora, the Dakotas were a slow-travel priority for us. After not really getting out of the Land of Leopold what I’d hoped, I was bent on making sure I gained more understanding of this …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Discovering Medora

After a full-court press from Minnesota and across the entirety of North Dakota, we finally landed in the town of Medora, gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park (South Unit). This is one of the areas where we wanted to spend more time and so hacked into our Canada time to get it. Over the course of our four days in …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: In and Out of the Land of Leopold

So our Geowoodstock to TBEX adventure hit a few bumps in Wisconsin as we ventured into the Land of Leopold. But our tales were not all of misery. In this segment, we dip a little further in before we head back out… Turning the tide… One of the places I have long wanted to visit is The Leopold Center along …

The Sunflower

For all of the magnificence of a place like the Great Sand Dunes, it’s easy to miss the details that pull the whole scene together. It’s one of the joys of macro photography to highlight those details in a way that changes your whole perspective of a place. Suddenly you see a small world in a whole new light and …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Into the Land of Leopold…

So when I last left you in the tale of our Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition dear readers, Camp Granola was exiting Indiana. As I mentioned back in May, George had a “No State Left Behind” policy for our travels. And since we had to grab Michigan, we figured we might as well slip a little further north which is how …