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 …

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 …

Cumberland Gap: Grab Your Walking Stick

Muddy Summit

Welcome to the next installment of our Cumberland Gap adventures granola friends. I have no idea how many parts this Cumberland Gap series will be but there’s a good bit more ground to cover so I’ve just decided to dole it out in little bits and pieces in order keep the whole tale from being a 10,000 word opus. If …

Cumberland Gap: Heart of the Park

So diving a bit more into the details of our recent trip, let’s start with a short introduction to the first stop, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, shall we? The big picture… The timing of our trip put us too early to experience the fall colors but Cumberland Gap did not disappoint in spite of that. We spent three nights …

Mind the Gap

Well, honorary granolans, we are headed off to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park to see what we can see and escape SCGH, if only for a week. Since I will be hard-pressed to win the traveling blogger’s trifecta of time, electrical connection, and internet connection on our adventure, it will likely be slow here at Val in Real Life. Of …

What comes after Plan Z?

Don’t you love it when life just dishes out hiccup after hiccup? Yeah, me too. Good times. After much energy spent planning our New England car-camping adventure, those plans are in the toilet…along with the in-draft posts about the trip…and the efforts to get the McMansion on the market. With all of the changes and variations made to this collection …