Another Solstice on the Road

Another summer solstice is upon us tomorrow. The length of the days here in northern Washington and the extreme arc of the sun through the sky are foreign to me but I’m enjoying seeing a solstice from an entirely new perspective. It makes me think about where I am now and the differences from where I’ve been on the summer …

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

At this point in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, we’d been living out of the car for three weeks. This trip was unusual for the minimal camping we’d been doing and the hotel-hopping was starting to wear on us. Combined with the blistering pace up until this point, I could see the effects of fatigue. I started pondering what …

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York

After taking the National Lampoon approach to our visit to Niagara Falls and inching our way through border crossing #2, we set our sights for the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. We had ramped down from the blistering pace we set in Stage 1 of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition which meant I slowed our driving …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Outdoor Chick in Toronto

As you know, the Camp Granola crew had quite a time getting to Toronto for TBEX so we spent the first night in the hotel detoxing and regrouping. After a little breather, some laundry duty, and some seriously gross, overpriced pizza, we were ready to face a few days in Toronto. TBEX… I’ll spare you the details of the conference. …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Toronto Bound

Some places are harder to leave than others. Great Sand Dunes is one of those places for me. Toss in knowing that the next week of our trip was going to be urban rather than outdoors and you can imagine that it took tremendous effort to squash notions of bagging the rest of our trip and staying out west. So …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Great Sand Dunes Edition

The Camp Granola entrance to Great Sand Dunes was anything but smooth. With a few months to ponder my folly I can now laugh at my foibles. In truth, the whole thing went pear-shaped back in the planning stages and I didn’t even know it. One of the problems of not having a traditional schedule is that you forget that …

Overland Expo to TBEX: For the love of Great Sand Dunes

When I last left you in the tale of Overland Expo to Great Sand Dunes I was feeling triumphant about finding a better travel pace, one that didn’t leave us feeling run ragged. I also mentioned that my happiness was short-lived. Travel math… If you recall, we were headed towards Great Sand Dunes and it was Memorial Day weekend. The …

Overland Expo to TBEX: The Taos Edition

As you know, early on in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, the Camp Granola crew had a severe case of the grumpies as we made our way towards Taos. With great effort we managed to keep them from taking over but they lay just below the surface, threatening to undermine our trip only one week in. We were planning …

Overland Expo to TBEX: The Road to Taos

In this episode of Overland Expo to TBEX, the Camp Granola crew starts the haul back east… the long way. Exiting California… After getting a west coast education from friends in Santa Monica and Topanga, the boys and I geared up for a driving day. Before we could bid farewell to California though, a couple of matters needed to be …

Val in Real Life takes on Overland Expo…

The first official destination of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition was indeed, Overland Expo. Go fig right? This event was big question mark for me. I knew fabulous blogger peeps would be there (more on them later) so I wouldn’t be lacking some face-time with some amazing travelers. But in terms of the Expo itself, true overlanding and off-roading …