The Pacific Northwest Tour: Week 2

Two weeks into the Pacific Northwest tour and I’m still in the southwest. After Overland Expo, I ventured to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where I’ve been hanging out for the last week. What I’ve been up to… 1/2 day driving 220 miles to Great Sand Dunes from Cortez, CO: The drive from Cortez through the San Juans …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Great Sand Dunes Edition

The Camp Granola entrance to Great Sand Dunes was anything but smooth. With a few months to ponder my folly I can now laugh at my foibles. In truth, the whole thing went pear-shaped back in the planning stages and I didn’t even know it. One of the problems of not having a traditional schedule is that you forget that …

Overland Expo to TBEX: For the love of Great Sand Dunes

When I last left you in the tale of Overland Expo to Great Sand Dunes I was feeling triumphant about finding a better travel pace, one that didn’t leave us feeling run ragged. I also mentioned that my happiness was short-lived. Travel math… If you recall, we were headed towards Great Sand Dunes and it was Memorial Day weekend. The …

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, …

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: 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 …

Good Stuff

Well this week is all about thankfulness here in America. We’re celebrating the good stuff of life. That’s why I’m highlighting this month’s header photo of sunset at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. And in spite of being side-lined to the edges of the dunes on our last visit due the …

Memories of Trees

So the good folks over at Boots N All have been issuing weekly Indie travel Challenges all year. For all of my good intentions, I’ve yet to get a post submitted…until now. Last week’s challenge was to simply to pick five travel photos to share. As you can see in the challenge post, the author chose images from some obviously …

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 …

Favorite Places: Great Sand Dunes National Park

We here at Camp Granola cover some ground but don’t necessarily get around to sharing all of that with you. Time constraints you know. Plus, many of the great places we’ve been were pre-Val in Real Life. So in an effort to at least share the high points of the places we’ve been…and to quit being a blogging delinquent, I’m …