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 …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Outdoor Chick in Toronto

As you know, the Camp Granola crew had quite a time getting to Toronto for TBEX so we spent the first night in the hotel detoxing and regrouping. After a little breather, some laundry duty, and some seriously gross, overpriced pizza, we were ready to face a few days in Toronto. TBEX… I’ll spare you the details of the conference. …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Toronto Bound

Some places are harder to leave than others. Great Sand Dunes is one of those places for me. Toss in knowing that the next week of our trip was going to be urban rather than outdoors and you can imagine that it took tremendous effort to squash notions of bagging the rest of our trip and staying out west. So …

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 …

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: TBEX to Dunes…

As you know, our time in Colorado for this trip was anything but smooth and easy. From a bad campground choice in Estes Park to the vortex of insanity that was TBEX, our visit to Colorado up until this point was nothing but chaotic. So with TBEX behind us and our trip winding to a close, we headed south. Our …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: Whirlwind in Keystone…

Just as I was nearing the end of the Geowoodstock to TBEX tale, life got in the way… the relocation of Camp Granola headquarters has proven to be quite an undertaking especially amongst all the other chaos of life and the holiday season. But as I mentioned, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things here at Val in …