Postcards from Real Life: Moments

So the Camp Granola crew spent a long weekend at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains last weekend. After the blistering pace we set on our Overland Expo to TBEX expedition this summer, we were due for a low-key pure camping trip. That’s why I let the boys drive our time-frame and activities this weekend… to decompress from our more …

Postcards from Real Life: Getting Lost

Earlier this week, my buddy Steve shared his moment of getting lost in the pursuit of finding himself. Steve’s story resonated with me because I’ve had a few of those epic moments. They’re usually out exploring some natural wonder but not always. But Steve’s moment got me thinking… is getting lost the same thing as finding yourself, or maybe one …

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 …

Postcards from Real Life: 99 Days

99 days. That’s what I’ve got left to prepare for the Tough Mudder in Charlotte. That seems like a big enough number right? But this is an intense race and not to be taken lightly. And it is entirely out of my league in terms of any physical challenge I’ve taken on before… which is exactly why I’m doing it. …

Postcards from Real Life: Limits

One of the things we have to recognize in all aspects our lives is our limits… and that includes travel limits even when you’re a traveler. Taking note of that point when something usually enjoyable tips over to not-so-fun is crucial. So that’s where I find myself after relocating Camp Granola HQ then leaving for a trying 6-week, ten-thousand mile …

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 …

Postcards from Real Life: Summer Solstice

Greetings from Camp Granola on Day 38 of our Overland Expo to TBEX adventure. As you know it’s been a wild ride and since my last quick update we’ve covered quite a bit of ground through the northeast including stops in Boston, Rhode Island, and Philadelphia. The ride hasn’t been quite as bumpy in this last stretch although we’ve had …

Postcards from Real Life: Get Out the Map

Today’s postcard was supposed to be about slowing down and exploring as the wind blows us… getting out the map and moving from place to place dictated only by whimsy. Since we’re now firmly in Stage 2 of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, the stage that was supposed to be about free-form journey, we should be traveling loosely by …

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 …