Musings on Roadschooling…

Today I’m moonlighting over at Mommy Hiker with my thoughts on roadschooling with Fred and George. I hope you’ll go check it out and show Jen some love. She is one of my favorite outdoor moms and I’m so honored she’s allowed me to share our story with her readers. Memory lane… It’s been a wonderful trip down memory lane …

Connecting: Travel, Life, & Social Media

We’re all learning to navigate this modern, hyper-connected world. As a forty-something, I’m in that category of people who didn’t grow up with the internet and social media but have had to embrace it as it has come. And now I find myself deeply intertwined with it, not only as part of my life, but also as a crucial part …

Quitting

This particular topic has been on my mind enough to finally sit down and write up my thoughts and see what you all have to say. But first let me preface: Community… Being a blogger has its advantages. One of those is to be a part of a community of groovy like-minded outdoorsy parents from all over the continent who …

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 …

Real Talk: Kids and Travel

Greetings from Camp Granola! Normally for Granola Talk I muse on something I’ve read that’s put me in a semi-philosophical mood. Today though I’d like to dive into a practical subject… travel with kids. What’s got me noodling is this post by fellow blogger Hilarye over at Dotting the Map. Is it worth it? So Hilarye’s conundrum is overcoming the …

On Experiential Education

Since school is back in full swing at Val in Real Life HQ, I’m diving into experiential education today. Although, I use the terms “school” and “full swing” loosely because when your approach to expanding your children’s knowledge is experiential education, your entire life is a learning experience. And while that is actually true for all of us, kids and …

Passion…TED style

Let me go ahead and admit I’m addicted to TED Talks. They are chock are full of people doing amazing things. It’s inspiration porn. But I wanted to share this particular one with you that just came out. At first watch you’ll probably wonder what it has to do with the outdoors and such I blog about here. Just give …

Real Talk: Gather No Moss

Well lookie here, it’s the first installment of the new and improved Granola Talk. Honestly, I thought it would be much longer before I took the time to write one. But serendipity has struck again as two posts came across my path that had me playing blog-connect-the-dots. So I’ve set my other in-draft posts aside to present you with the …