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 once again. It will be the kick-off destination of another 10,000-mile(ish) road trip. As we well know, a trip of this scope lends itself to major changes along …

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 …

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 …

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 I juggle trying to get functional in the new HQ as well as sifting through hundreds of images and six weeks of memories to share with you. So having spent …

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 it all come together will take some more time. I promise there are lots of posts in draft though. Coming home from any journey usually meets with mixed emotions, the …

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 in terms of the pace and what I was trying to accomplish. But as of yesterday, we’ve entered Stage 2 and we will be able to ramp down but only …

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 at Overland Expo, three days with friends in California, stepped into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, took my first studio yoga class (Ouch! BTW), and nabbed my westernmost …

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 my area but I was curious to see more what it’s about. So far it’s been interesting to see a very different approach to outdoor fun. I’ll probably never be …

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 at this point with the number of changes and tweaks that have been made as it has evolved. Thinking back to last year’s Geowoodstock and TBEX expedition, our plans did …