Postcards from Real Life: Cabin Fever

Ok, it’s time to get outside. I’ve been plugging away at the new Val in Real Life HQ and I’m cooked. Painting, shopping, assembling furniture, sorting through boxes… all while juggling the return to the homeschool activities has me feeling quite detached from what invigorates me. For an outdoors person it’s hard to take all this on without a break …

Postcards from Real Life: Limits

One of the things we have to recognize in all aspects our lives is our limits… and that includes travel limits even when you’re a traveler. Taking note of that point when something usually enjoyable tips over to not-so-fun is crucial. So that’s where I find myself after relocating Camp Granola HQ then leaving for a trying 6-week, ten-thousand mile …

North America’s Best Campgrounds: Elkmont

This week my fellow outdoor enthusiasts and I are highlighting our favorite campgrounds in North America. While I have several favorites across the country, I wanted to bring the love down south into Camp Granola’s main stomping grounds. To highlight our home state, I’ve got Cloudland Canyon for you. But you know I can’t help but share some Great Smoky …

Postcards from Real Life: Why?

Today I head off yet again to my home-away-from-home, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This trip marks my final class in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification program so as of Sunday I’ll have officially graduated! One of the most frequent questions I get about the program is why I chose to do it. Well for one, I’m a …

Postcards from Real Life: Delight

My time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been sparing of late but today, in spite of the current downpour, I’m glad to be back. This weekend I’m joining my fellow photography enthusiasts for the Tremont Spring photography workshop and I’m very grateful to the people who had the foresight to preserve this place and to those who continue …

Shameless Self-Promotion…

Two things are upon us my friends… and they’re both about the fabulous Great Smoky Institute at Tremont. This week marks the beginning of their annual photo contest as well as the time for you to sign up for the Spring Workshop. Of course, I’ve only reminded you after I made sure my spot is secure. 😀 As for the …

Postcards from Real Life: Anticipation

I’ve confessed to not being very snow-savvy before but I’ve definitely acclimated to the cooler winter climate of North Georgia. I’ve also fully embraced a love of winter in terms of it’s stark beauty. I know many people find it dismal and dreary but I challenge those folks to take another look at winter. Even on cold days, the sun …

Postcards from Real Life: Winter

We’re in the thick of winter finally. It was beginning to look like we wouldn’t have to break out the heavy coats here in Georgia this season but it is here now. And just in time for me to head off to Tremont for the Winter Woody Plant ID class. The funny thing is that I’m no longer acclimated to …

Postcards from Real Life: Future

As the New Year is building up steam and I read all of the blog posts about what’s in store for folks around the world, I’m pondering what’s in store for Camp Granola this year. Fred and George are very much at the age where they can contribute to their communities, whether it’s our neighborhood, the geocaching community, their homeschooling …

Apricity

One of the great things about road-schooling Fred and George is that I get to learn a lot along with them. Our newest guilty pleasure in terms of podcasts here at Camp Granola is A Way With Words. I never really considered myself a true word nerd before now but I’ve come to realize that I enjoy the show way …