Life

On Being Timid

I recently returned from my western adventure, the trip that was to help me regain my Val-ness after January’s crash. And it did in so many ways. It was needed […]

Outdoors

Rethinking Adventure Food with Fishpeople Seafood

A few weeks before I set out out on the Pacific Northwest Tour, I got a treat. The folks at Fishpeople Seafood contacted me to see if I’d be interested […]

Travel

The Pacific Northwest Tour – Week 3

Three weeks into the Pacific Northwest tour and I’ve collected Fred and George in Denver for Stage 2… the actual Pacific Northwest part. What I’ve been up to… 1 final […]

Outdoors

Postcards from Real Life: Comfort

If you’ve been following along the Pacific Northwest Tour, particularly on Facebook, you know that I just spent eight solo adventure days of camping, hiking, photographing, and relaxing at the […]

Travel

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 […]

Outdoors

Postcards from Real Life: Self-Reliance

A lot of folks think I’m nuts for taking off on 16 days of solo travel and adventure. For some it seems daunting and/or dangerous, for others it seems lonely. […]

Travel

Overland Expo to TBEX: Post-mortem

Back at the end of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, I gave a break-down of the journey in numbers and a couple of the larger take-away points. After chronicling […]

Travel

Overland Expo to TBEX: Toronto Bound

Some places are harder to leave than others. Great Sand Dunes is one of those places for me. Toss in knowing that the next week of our trip was going […]

Travel

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 […]

Travel

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 […]

Life

Postcards from Real Life: Angle of Repose

Greetings dear readers… I piled too much into my life yet again but with each advancing year I learn to recognize the signs and rein them in more quickly. Whether […]

Travel

Overland Expo to TBEX: The Taos Edition

As you know, early on in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, the Camp Granola crew had a severe case of the grumpies as we made our way towards Taos. […]

Travel

Overland Expo to TBEX: Three weeks in…

In a complete blur, we’ve completed the first three weeks of our seven week journey. As I mentioned before I set out, I knew Stage 1 would be completely bonkers […]

Outdoors

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. […]

Life

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 […]

Outdoors

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 […]

Travel

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. […]

Travel

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 […]

Life

Postcards from Real Life: Reminders

There’s always chatter in the travel community about souvenirs… as in, how do you go about remembering your journeys? As you can imagine, there are a wide array of philosophies […]

Travel

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 […]

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