Overland Expo to TBEX: Of hiccups and detours…

So friends, I have at least a dozen posts in draft about the current Overland Expo to TBEX & beyond expedition, but none of them seem to be approaching completion given the pace and hiccups of this trip. I also have another series of posts filled with advice for cross-country camping trips that was supposed to be completed before we …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Limping Home…

There are many ways for something to end. There’s can be a big finale, a long-and-sorrowful farewell, or possibly a satisfied exit — you get the idea. Anytime an end visits our lives, there’s a variety of emotions associated with it. After almost five weeks on the road, our Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition was at an end. With many ups-and-downs …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Val in Real Life takes on Colorado…

Ah the great American road trip, so much to see yet sooooo much time in the car. At this point in our Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition, we’d worked our way through fourteen states over the course of seventeen days. When you’re covering that kind of ground, there are days that are simply driving…and driving…and driving. Our exit from Custer State …

George’s Birthday Adventure: The Mojave

Well we’re at Episode 4 in the saga of George’s Birthday Adventure. This is where Camp Granola finally gets to breathe a sigh of relief for having finished the extensive (i.e. epically butt-numbing) drive from Georgia to California. To do this we set to exploring the Mojave Desert. Truthfully, with only one full day to visit, it was really more …

George’s Birthday Adventure: Episode 1

As you know, our little George has a great sense of adventure just like his mom. So as I mentioned a few weeks ago, he requested a birthday trip to Nevada so he could geocache the E.T. Highway. Given it’s distance from our Camp Granola home-base in Georgia, this obviously involves more than a weekend getaway. If you’re going to …