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 …

Geowoodstock to TBEX: In and Out of the Land of Leopold

So our Geowoodstock to TBEX adventure hit a few bumps in Wisconsin as we ventured into the Land of Leopold. But our tales were not all of misery. In this segment, we dip a little further in before we head back out… Turning the tide… One of the places I have long wanted to visit is The Leopold Center along …

George’s Birthday Adventure: Episode 3

The saga of George’s Birthday Adventure continues as Camp Granola finally reaches the Mojave on Day 4. Show me the Mojave… After a grueling cross-country drive, we finally got down to Camp Granola business. Foregoing any extra stops in the fabulous states of New Mexico and Arizona aside from a couple of quick geocaches, we boogied to the Mojave National …

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 …

Let the camping begin…

Ah Spring! Like the birds, flowers, and trees, we humans reemerge from winter, ready to get out and play. Campgrounds fill up with a wide array of campers, from minimalists to pack-the-whole-housists. (I’m looking at you RV bus!) You may think that a criticism but it isn’t entirely. I’d much rather see people having a good time out in the …