When it comes to our National Park system, national monuments tend to be sorely overlooked compared to the marquis parks that visitors flock to in their travels. Bandelier is not one of those … [Read more...] about New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument
What is Experiential Education?
The best learning doesn’t happen sitting indoors behind a desk. To have a full, rich understanding of our world, history, people and life, you have to get out there and dive into it with all of your senses. Reading or hearing about it can only get you so far. True understanding of anything somes with experiencing every smell, sound, taste, touch, and sight for yourself. That's what experiential education is all about.
I hope these posts I've written help illustrate why I think experiential education is so important.
As you know, we here at Val in Real Life like to learn when we're traveling. Fred and George don't travel with me as often these days but when they do, I still like to sneak in some learning that … [Read more...] about Roadschooling at Arizona’s Meteor Crater
Seems it's that time again... to review one year before beginning another. With the 2015 calendar staring at us and inspiring introspection, I marvel at what 2014 held for me as well as my … [Read more...] about 2014: Real Adventure. Real Life.
As some of you know, I'm originally from the Sunshine State. Which means I have lots of extended family strewn about the peninsula. So this year I met my parents and my brother's family in Amelia … [Read more...] about Florida’s Fort Clinch State Park
Where do you go after you've been to hell and back? Last month at the end of my epic Hell Hike and Raft adventure, my crew mates headed back home but I grabbed a rental car and pointed myself … [Read more...] about Virginia City: Historic Nevada Delight
By the time we exited Philadelphia, we'd been on the road for 37 days in the Overland Expo to TBEX expedition. As we slowly moved southward back towards home we could feel the trip winding down even … [Read more...] about Overland Expo to TBEX: Maryland, West Virginia, & Washington D.C.