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Postcards from Real Life: Fear

News flash. I’m not fearless. I’m often told Iam and it makes me laugh. I think “Are you kidding me?!?” Of course I have fear. Lots of it. To the […]

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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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Back to the Throttle With Moto Guzzi…

Last time I talked about the physical and emotional process of getting back to riding after a crash. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the technical aspects […]


Western Adventure Road Trip Wrap-Up

I recently wrapped up another western adventure. This road trip chimed in at 31 days, 5,890 miles, and spanned 11 states, making it one of my smaller undertakings. I spent […]

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Overland Expo West 2015

I’ve been debating what to write about Overland Expo this year… about writing anything at all, actually. Because it was such an unusual and trying endeavor this time, I’ve spent […]


Embracing My Wheelhouse…

I’ve gotten in the habit of naming my longer trips. It’s a label that makes for easy reference. Over the last few years we’ve taken on George’s Birthday Adventure, Geowoodstock […]


The Pacific Northwest Tour: Adventures in Cooking

So you know from my Fishpeople Seafood review that I’m quite the reluctant cook. The process just doesn’t excite me so I tend to muddle my way through for lack […]


Overland Expo West 2014

My first official destination of the Pacific Northwest Tour was Overland Expo 2014 at Mormon Lake in Arizona. This was my second year attending and after my first visit last […]


The Pacific Northwest Tour: Week 1

I’m one week into the Pacific Northwest tour and I find myself in Cortez, Colorado. I’m currently hunkered down in a hotel room trying to catch up on work. The […]


Postcards from Real Life: Overland Expo 2014

Greetings from Overland Expo 2014! I’m currently surrounded by a sea of about 7,000 travel enthusiasts and experts which means I’m immersed in a fantastic travel community for the weekend. […]


The Pacific Northwest Tour: On the Road Again

So now that I’ve finally finished chronicling the Overland Expo to TBEX trip… it’s time to set out on another journey. On Tuesday, May 13th, I’ll be heading out to […]


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 […]


Real Life Connections: ATQA

So it’s been quite awhile since I’ve inducted anyone to Real Life Connections crew, mainly due to being supremely busy but definitely not for lack of cool, influential people who […]


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 […]


Overland Expo to TBEX: Redux

It’s been nearly two weeks since Camp Granola arrived back at HQ after the Overland Expo to TBEX Expedition. The re-entry process has found me falling down rabbit holes as […]


Postcards from Real Life: Re-entry

Dear friends, my head is spinning from the dizzying effects of re-entry after our 6-week expedition. Processing not only the beauty of the experience but also the struggle of making […]


Overland Expo to TBEX: Three weeks in…

In a complete blur, we’ve completed the first three weeks of our seven week journey. As I mentioned before I set out, I knew Stage 1 would be completely bonkers […]


Postcards from Real Life: Connections

After nine days and over 3,000 miles, the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition has been a whirlwind adventure so far. Aside from many days of driving, I’ve spent three days […]


Postcards from Real Life: Overland Expo

This week’s postcard is actually a postcard. I’m currently at Overland Expo in Arizona, learning about all sorts of crazy off-roading experiences. For naturalist granola-girl here, it’s quite out of […]


Overland Expo to TBEX and beyond…

Tomorrow begins Camp Granola’s Overland Expo to TBEX expedition. The plan for this trip has undergone many changes since its inception. In fact, I think I’m well beyond Plan Z […]

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