Guest Post: From Wild Child to Wild Bird Lover

I mentioned earlier this month that I’m a fan of backstories. I love to hear about the experiences that have shaped interesting people. One of the perks of doing what I do is virtually communing with folks active in the outdoor community all over the continent. One of those interesting outdoor people is Ernie Allison. Ernie hails from Idaho and …

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 …

Last Reflections of Winter

I’ve written a bit in recent months about my conversion from South Florida girl to winter-cold-weather-embracing North Georgia girl. One of the things I love about being in a place with a true winter is the bare trees. Being able to ponder their intricate structures, I feel that in winter we get to see the secrets they hide the rest …

Postcards from Real Life: The Fantasy of Nature

Awhile back I shared with you the story of how the Disapproving Beagle got his middle name. It was a tale of Natural Inspiration courtesy of George. Today though I get to share with you a little insight into Fred’s world. You see, Fred is Camp Granola’s fantasy boy. He’s insanely creative; wears a black hooded cloak just about everywhere …

Postcards from Real Life: Natural Inspiration

This week I highlighted some of our favorite urban Atlanta adventures that Fred and George love as well as our thoughts on experiential education. While they do get a jolt from attractions like The World of Coca-Cola, the less frenetic outdoor fun we usually tend toward is really where they build their character and skills. Which leads me to this …

Postcards from Real Life: Nature

Dear friends, I’ve been inside too much in the last few weeks. Semi-convalescence is apparently not something I do well. I’ve been trying very hard to allow my toe it’s healing time but it seems even at home, and especially with the pressures of house showings, I’m getting nowhere. In the meantime, I’m also going a bit batty not getting …

Getting to know Marco

Edge of the Storm

The Florida Chronicles continue… In spite of Jester’s parents having moved to Naples many years ago, we hadn’t spent much time on it’s neighbor, Marco Island. Nestled off the southwest Florida coast, Marco is very much a vacation playground. Very little remains in its natural state but that isn’t to say you can’t find a few natural little gems to …

Around Atlanta: A different kind of camping

This week the boys were in science camp at Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center which you should read as “Woohoo, a little free time for mommy!” I like to mix in a camp week here and there to shake things up a bit ie keep the minions off-footed enough to maintain the upper hand. The little jolt to their routine …

Around Atlanta: Finding our out – Part 1

Thought I’d catch you up on our adventures while my other works in draft marinate a bit. And since this covers two Camp granola adventures I guess it will have to be a two-parter. As you know, we’re fans of getting outside in the woods to play. The problem is that right now, we’re trying to get our suburban nightmare …