Overland Expo West 2015

ovelranad expo 2015 - val in real life

I’ve been debating what to write about Overland Expo this year… about writing anything at all, actually. Because it was such an unusual and trying endeavor this time, I’ve spent the last few weeks attempting to sort what the true take-away was. For my first foray into Overland Expo, I had no idea what to expect or if it would …

The Pacific Northwest Tour: Adventures in Cooking

So you know from my Fishpeople Seafood review that I’m quite the reluctant cook. The process just doesn’t excite me so I tend to muddle my way through for lack of inspiration and interest. This is why for me to be writing a cooking post is really very funny. But it occurred to me that someone has to keep it …

Discovering Death Valley

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time in Death Valley National Park. Unlike a typical lengthy road trip with Fred and George, this was a quickie solo blast out-and-back involving planes, rental cars, and the general travel mayhem I try to avoid. Those necessary evils were well-worth the effort though. The backstory This trip started …

Stumbling for Words

You may have noticed I like to travel. I feel at home out in the world. It’s not always easy though and some trips are certainly better than others depending on logistics and conditions. I spent last week in Death Valley, a combined trip of camping with friends and a photography workshop. It’s there I found one of the sweet …

Parks Folio Unveiled for National Parks 97th Birthday

Just a quick post today to let you all know about a fabulous new project that was unveiled today which happens to be the 97th birthday of our National Park System. Please allow me to introduce Parks Folio! (cue marching band and confetti…) This project is the result of a lot of hard work by the fabulous Tim Miner of …

Val in Real Life takes on Overland Expo…

The first official destination of the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition was indeed, Overland Expo. Go fig right? This event was big question mark for me. I knew fabulous blogger peeps would be there (more on them later) so I wouldn’t be lacking some face-time with some amazing travelers. But in terms of the Expo itself, true overlanding and off-roading …