A Motorcyclist Wonders… Can You See Me Now?

motorcycle safety - val in real life

It’s no secret that, in spite of a lot of effort by motorcyclists to remain visible while riding, the all-too-common scenario of “I didn’t see you!” is still the predominant reason riders are involved in crashes. In the UK, there’s a motorcycling acronym: SMIDSY. It stands for Sorry-Mate-I-Didn’t-See-You. It has a flippant tone to it, but this is a very real issue …

2014: Real Adventure. Real Life.

Seems it’s that time again… to review one year before beginning another. With the 2015 calendar staring at us and inspiring introspection, I marvel at what 2014 held for me as well as my boys. 2014 Recap… Overall, 2014 was a year that began in lots of excitement but ended on a mellow note. The bulk of our adventures were …

Throttle and Torque: Outdoor Research’s Trail Duds

We’ve reached the final installment in my Outdoor Research review series. I shared my thoughts on the Supercharger pants as well as the Redline jacket, both of which are now among my favorite outdoor clothing. Now I get to move on to the Throttle Shorts and Torque Tee, the last of the goodies OR send my way. As you know, …

North America’s Best Campgrounds: Cloudland Canyon

The state of Georgia is an outdoor wonderland. From mountains to beaches to swamps to rivers and everything in between, my home state has a lot to offer the outdoor-minded explorer. So when you’re trying to pick a place to highlight, it can be tough simply to choose what kind of outdoor adventure to focus on, much less which one of …

Gettin’ Joggy with it: GeoPalz Pedometer

Sorry, couldn’t resist a really bad pun. But, in truth, George has been getting joggy/jiggy with his new GeoPalz pedometer. Seriously, the kid has been walking, wiggling, skipping, and jumping his way all over town to watch his activity count soar. The backstory… We happened upon this handy little gadget as part of a giveaway at Outdoor Blogger Network. It’s …

Cumberland Gap: Wilderness Road Campground

With the bulk of the things-to-do-and-see items covered in this series of posts on Cumberland Gap NHP, I thought I’d switch gears into review mode. And so my granola-munching peeps, here are my thoughts on the Wilderness Road Campground at Cumberland Gap. Overview… This is a cozy little campground nestled amongst a wonderful landscape of tall trees and scenic mountains. …

Home Sweet Home: The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6

At long last, I’ve jotted down my thoughts on our new tent. Parting is such sweet sorrow… We here at Camp Granola have had many a wonderful outdoor adventure with our much-adored REI Geomountain 4. It’s been with us nearly as long as Fred has and she has sheltered us from some pretty intense weather over the years. So before …