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 you call it wisdom or school-of-hard-knocks, I am much better than I was at managing the balancing act of life than I was, although I don’t know if I can …

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. With great effort we managed to keep them from taking over but they lay just below the surface, threatening to undermine our trip only one week in. We were planning …

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 in terms of the pace and what I was trying to accomplish. But as of yesterday, we’ve entered Stage 2 and we will be able to ramp down but only …

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 …

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 on the matter that range from things like buying favorite little trinkets to only taking pictures. But on my trip to Florida last month, I had a couple of reminders …

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 …