The Car-Camping Guide: Road Trip Tips and Tricks

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Before I left on The Pacific Northwest Tour, I shared my road trip essentials… the things I do to prepare from a safety standpoint. Now for a random selection of road trip tips and tricks I use on the road that help make the trips more manageable and fun. Urban stops… For myself, I could quite do with minimal hotel …

The Pacific Northwest Tour: Adventures in Cooking

So you know from my Fishpeople Seafood review that I’m quite the reluctant cook. The process just doesn’t excite me so I tend to muddle my way through for lack of inspiration and interest. This is why for me to be writing a cooking post is really very funny. But it occurred to me that someone has to keep it …

The Car-Camping Guide: Road Trip Essentials

You’ve probably figured out by now that I spend a lot of time on the road. There are a great many facets to making a road trip come together and, as you can imagine, there’s a method to my madness in how I prepare for a trip. Part of that method is breaking the process down into manageable chunks. One …

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 the entire journey though, I’ve had time to consider the triumphs and pitfalls more fully. I always like to do a trip post-mortem to make sure I take the time …

Going Caching: Georgia’s Geocaching Mega-Event

Anyone who follows the adventures of Camp Granola knows we’re nuts for geocaching, even going so far as to drive across the country to geocache the E.T. Highway. Sometimes I sound like a broken record, always talking about the benefits of using geocaching to explore the world around us. Aside from the intriguing places this sport takes us though, it’s …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Lessons from the road…

So I’ve finally finished the tale of last year’s Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition. Took awhile huh? It was a necessary, albeit lengthy, exercise for me to process the experience and begin to wrap my brain around the upcoming 6-week trip from Overland Expo to TBEX… the obligatory debriefing to prepare for the next expedition. That brings me to what lessons …

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 the Road: Our Favorite Audio Edutainment

Last week I highlighted my thoughts on experiential education in a broad sense. I also mentioned that we do have materials we use that are the platform for where we start exploring the world around us. In order to help Fred and George find things they’re interested in learning more about, they have to be exposed to a wide variety …

Fitness on the Road

So this post really must begin with the confessions of a marshmallow. As I mentioned in George’s Birthday Adventure: The Mojave, combatting Stay-Puft Syndrome on the road is a tall order. And so far this year, between George’s Birthday Adventure, Geowoodstock to TBEX, two week-long camping trips in Georgia, and four trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and …

Have dog, will travel?

If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been busy little explorers so far this year. Between March and June, we took two major road trips. In these two trips alone we have: driven 13,000 miles… through 29 states and one Canadian province, logged 1566 geocaches, camped at 9 different campgrounds, visited 12 state and national parks, and stayed …