Adventures in Leave No Trace Training

Last week I set out to add another piece to my outdoor-chick toolbox. Having secured my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification last year and renewed my Wilderness First Aid certification in January, I had nothing else on my radar. But when my dear, insane soul-sister, Karan of E-Corps, told me in no uncertain terms I needed to join her for a …

Death Valley with David Middleton and Brenda Berry

As you know, back in November I ventured out to Death Valley for the rare delight of a kidless adventure. It was a two-part trip of camping with friends and a photography workshop and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. The combination of location and people was spot on but I’ve already talked about that. Now …

Tremont’s Naturalist Certification Program: Discover the Great Smoky Mountains

You all know by now that I love the Great Smoky Mountains and that I’m obsessed with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. In fact, I’m a Junkie. I’ve written about their fabulous photography workshops (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C) and even highlighted why Tremont is so awesome for kids, but I’ve never taken you through the nuts …

Tremont Kids Have Their Say…

I’ve sounded in quite a bit on my love of The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, particularly the photography workshops they offer. So you already know how I feel about this place even without me having yet reported on the SANCP program I’ve been immersed in this year. But as I mentioned in last week’s postcard, I spent some …

Find Your Photography Bliss at Tremont

As you know, I’ve become a bit of a Great Smoky Institute at Tremont junkie. It’s becoming a second home to me this year as I’m working toward my Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. I simply love my time there and it’s time to catch you up a bit on why. A little background… On my first visit to Tremont last …

Finding our way at REI

One of the hazards of homeschooling is that you spend a lot of time with your kids. I know that outwardly sounds like a benefit…it is. But it has a flipside. And that flipside is that when you spend that much time together, they tend to tune you out. I mean more so than your typical school-going young ‘uns. So …

Autumn Brilliance at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

So what seems like an eternity ago but what was really only a few months, I got a little uber-mommy time. That’s right, I got to spend a glorious long weekend at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for the Autumn Brilliance Photography workshop. With the boys shipped off to Gma for safe keeping, I got four days away …

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time

Last Friday, I slipped out of Camp Granola for a little green indulgence, a screening of the new Aldo Leopold biography, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time. Any greenie worth his or her Birkenstocks has read Leopold’s work. He’s one of the most enduring icons of conservation so obviously I wasn’t going to miss my …