Virginia’s Appomattox Court House National Historic Site

Appomattox Court House - Val in Real Life

Back in April, I ventured out for my second time at the Horizons Unlimited Traveller’s meeting in Appomattox,Virginia. Before I left, I extolled the virtues of extended travel and how it gives a traveler the ability to have a richer experience. Because of changing how I approached this trips by combining with my annual spring photography workshop in the Smokies, I succeeded …

Embracing Community with Horizons Unlimited

Horizons Unlimited - Val in Real Life

When I attended my first Horizons Unlimited Travellers meeting in April of last year, I didn’t know what to expect. It ended up being a delightful feast of adventurous souls, practical knowledge, and the beginning of beautiful friendships. It was a no-brainer then, to dart off to to the Horizons Unlimited North Carolina event last October. Held at the Iron …

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. …

Cumberland Gap: Rangers in the Making

Obviously one of our priorities as parents here at Camp Granola is fostering a love of the outdoors, adventure, and nature in our littlest granolans. Fred and George are curious about a great variety of things, not all of which are related to these pursuits but it makes for a happy granola mom when they embrace it. Part of fostering …

Cumberland Gap: Grab Your Walking Stick

Muddy Summit

Welcome to the next installment of our Cumberland Gap adventures granola friends. I have no idea how many parts this Cumberland Gap series will be but there’s a good bit more ground to cover so I’ve just decided to dole it out in little bits and pieces in order keep the whole tale from being a 10,000 word opus. If …

Cumberland Gap: Heart of the Park

So diving a bit more into the details of our recent trip, let’s start with a short introduction to the first stop, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, shall we? The big picture… The timing of our trip put us too early to experience the fall colors but Cumberland Gap did not disappoint in spite of that. We spent three nights …

Mind the Gap

Well, honorary granolans, we are headed off to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park to see what we can see and escape SCGH, if only for a week. Since I will be hard-pressed to win the traveling blogger’s trifecta of time, electrical connection, and internet connection on our adventure, it will likely be slow here at Val in Real Life. Of …

What comes after Plan Z?

Don’t you love it when life just dishes out hiccup after hiccup? Yeah, me too. Good times. After much energy spent planning our New England car-camping adventure, those plans are in the toilet…along with the in-draft posts about the trip…and the efforts to get the McMansion on the market. With all of the changes and variations made to this collection …