A Jillion Miles with a Thule Roof Box

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For quite a few years my trusty Subaru Forester has served as the main adventure-mobile for my explorations with Fred and George. She’s been in semi-retirement as life has moved on but this week “Blubaru,” as she’s known, is headed out for her first cross-country trip in a couple of years. George and I will be trekking from Georgia to …

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 18 of those days exploring solo before Fred and George joined me. In that time, I ventured to Overland Expo and explored the joys of eastern Nevada. After I picked …

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 to TBEX, Overland Expo to TBEX, and The Pacific Northwest Tour. As you can see, I’m a road trip veteran and today I begin another one. But this one is …

The Pacific Northwest Tour – Week 7

Week 7 of the Pacific Northwest tour marks the end of our journey this time around. I wish I could say it wasn’t mostly just driving but we did try to break it up. I fact, this ended up being our biggest week of geocaching as we used the sport to add life to our drive. What I was up …

The Pacific Northwest Tour – Week 6

It’s now been six weeks on the road in the Pacific Northwest tour and we’ve finally made it to Canada… and started moving back eastward. What I’ve been up to… 1 day exploring Seattle: We did a big day in the city and visited the Great Wheel, the Space Needle, the REI flagship store, the Pike Place Market… and the …

The Car-Camping Guide: Road Trip Essentials

You’ve probably figured out by now that I spend a lot of time on the road. There are a great many facets to making a road trip come together and, as you can imagine, there’s a method to my madness in how I prepare for a trip. Part of that method is breaking the process down into manageable chunks. One …

Overland Expo to TBEX: The rain in Maine… again.

So we were driving back through Maine. Again. Through torrential downpours. Again. It was a slow drive, but fortunately I’d left myself plenty of time to get from Fundy National Park to Bangor for our appointment at the Subaru dealer. Blubaru’s TLC… We’d been asking a lot of my poor girl the whole trip. At this point she’d gone 7,600 …

Val in Real Life vs. the Atlanta Snowpocalypse

As you know, Atlanta has been the focus of scrutiny and ridicule following the absurdity of last week’s snow-induced debacle. And, as you also know, we were right smack in the thick of it. The setup So in a nutshell, Tuesday marked the first day of the new semester of Fred and George’s classes at their homeschool co-op. That morning, …

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 …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Lessons from the road…

So I’ve finally finished the tale of last year’s Geowoodstock to TBEX expedition. Took awhile huh? It was a necessary, albeit lengthy, exercise for me to process the experience and begin to wrap my brain around the upcoming 6-week trip from Overland Expo to TBEX… the obligatory debriefing to prepare for the next expedition. That brings me to what lessons …