A Beginner’s Guide to Death Valley

In recent years, I’ve had the good fortune to explore Death Valley National Park in a variety of ways: by camping and hiking, motorcycle travel, family travel, a photography workshop, and 4×4 excursions. Through those adventures, I’ve become a huge fan of the park. That means I often get quite enthusiastic about extolling the virtues of what it has to offer …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: A Tour of American Icons

After our adventures in Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, we’d hit the northern extent of our expedition and it was time to start working our way back southward. Our next big stop was Custer State Park near Rapid City, South Dakota but we had a few pit-stops to make on the way that included some heavy-hitters in terms of …

George’s Birthday Adventure: Death Valley

I know I left you hanging on George’s Birthday Adventure with the story of the E.T. Highway but I promise I’ll keep sprinkling it in here between our other antics. It certainly seems odd to still be chronicling that trip when we’re already two weeks into our next expedition…the 5-week journey that I’ve come to know as Geowoodstock to TBEX. …

Cumberland Gap: Rangers in the Making

Obviously one of our priorities as parents here at Camp Granola is fostering a love of the outdoors, adventure, and nature in our littlest granolans. Fred and George are curious about a great variety of things, not all of which are related to these pursuits but it makes for a happy granola mom when they embrace it. Part of fostering …