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Embracing Community with Horizons Unlimited

When I attended my first Horizons Unlimited Travellers meeting in April of last year, I didn’t know what to expect. It ended up being a delightful feast of adventurous souls, […]

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Overland Expo East 2015

Even for adventure travelers, the conditions were somewhat daunting for this year’s Overland Expo East event in North Carolina. The rain and winds were the courtesy of Hurricane Joaquin. At […]

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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 […]

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Overland Expo to TBEX: Last stop… North Carolina

After nearly six weeks on the road in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, we decided to cut the trip short by a week to accommodate our weary teen traveler. […]

Outdoors

Great Smoky Mountains: The Spruce-Fir Nature Trail

The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited National Park in the U.S. and if you follow this blog with any regularity, you know this is one of my favorite […]

Outdoors

Autumn in Elkmont

A few weeks ago I took the boys to the Smokies for a long weekend and it was simple and blissful. It wasn’t a trip highlighted by outrageous adventures with […]

Outdoors

Going Solo

I know you parents out there feel my pain. As rich as our kids make our lives, sometimes you need a little adult time. And when you spend as much […]

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Great Smoky Mountains: Deep Creek Campground

In an effort to stick a fork in our Cumberland Gap/Deep Creek adventure, let’s wrap up the whole series with my thoughts on the Deep Creek campground…just in case you […]

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Going “Deep” in the Smokies

Our rather damp arrival in Bryson City was coupled with an equally damp first night at Deep Creek. But we awoke to clear skies and were ready to explore, even […]

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Moving Right Along: Bryson City

When I last left you in the tales of our fall adventure, we were heading to Bryson City, NC after a brief stopover in the ever-fabulous Asheville. Our goal was […]

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Adventures in Asheville – Part 2

In the first installment of our time in Asheville, I detailed my planning folly and how it nearly ruined our trip. We were quite relieved that Asheville is all sorts […]

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Adventures in Asheville – Part 1

…or when good trips go bad…and back to good. So as you know, on our adventure to Cumberland Gap NHP, we boogied out earlier than planned, mostly because of campground […]

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Hiccupy Road Trip

Well all, we have returned from our weeklong camping adventure. We here at Camp Granola like flexibility on our journeys so we plan our adventures only in a cursory sense. […]

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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 […]

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