Family on Bikes

A Family Cycles from the Arctic to Patagonia


Boise, Idaho, USA
August 31
Our family of four (with 13-year-old twin boys) dreamed the impossible dream and reached the unreachable star! On March 21, 2011 we pedaled the final mile to arrive at the end of the world in USHUAIA, Argentina! We spent three years cycling 17,300 miles through 15 countries starting in Alaska to get there.


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APRIL 13, 2012 8:00AM

Thinking out loud, Outside the box

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by Linda Dobson

The most remarkable thing about the technique of thinking out loud is that every parent can do it every day while going about the business of life with her child(ren). Thinking out loud is yet another interesting, fun non-time-consuming way for children to learn, no complicatedRead full post »

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by Mary Hickox

As an unschooling parent, I often struggle with thoughts of what happens to all the other children that are still in the public school system. While we believe very strongly in the benefits of having our children at home and following an unschooling lifestyle, I know that it… Read full post »

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by Clark Vandeventer

All of my life I’ve maintained an interest in public policy and I’ve been no stranger to strong opinions.  Taxes, healthcare, energy, foreign policy.  If you want an opinion I’ve got one for you.  Yet there’s been one area of public policy that I’ve had very l… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2012 7:57PM

Imagine Something Better Than School

On Community learning and a world without school
                Imagine what it could be, what it should be, what is will be…

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by Laurette Lynn

Imagine a life that is not prescribed, predetermined or prearranged in any way.  This means a child will not automatically be bused… Read full post »

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by Jennifer Miller

Education is a particular passion of mine. I’m the third generation of professional educators in my family, so perhaps it runs in my blood.

I have four kids, aged 9-15.

We’ve homeschooled them from birth.

We also travel a bit.

Over the past ten years I’ve worked as… Read full post »

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by Lisa Niver Rajna

Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning by Marc Prensky details the importance of real learning in our students. As a teacher, I am always looking to share connections with my students. I want them to ask, “Who cares about this topic?†I know that brain r… Read full post »

Talk of “education reform†is viral all over the internet. Despite multiple failed attempts at “reform†over the past decades, society refuses to think outside the “box†of schooling and consider a radical return to how children learned for millennia- By playing, living and doing!… Read full post »

redefining education logoI don’t get it.

A few years ago I remember watching some documentary about the 9/11 conspiracy. They took the exact same set of facts the rest of us had and somehow interpreted them to conclude that the destruction of the World Trade Center was a deliberate act of the US… Read full post »

redefining education logoThe Industrial Age changed the world forever. Today, we’re surrounded by the effects of it, which to us seem ‘normal’ and permanent. But the world wasn’t always like it is now.

In only a few generations, the world has moved from an agrarian, disconnected society, to a c… Read full post »

I’m worthless when it comes to airline points. In fact, I’ve opted for a cash-back credit card rather than deal with points. But Justin, proud papa of the InACents family, knows the ins and outs of accruing those points. Here he’s got some ideas about actually using them.

money bagI a… Read full post »

I believe in the goodness of mankind. I’ve been on the receiving end of the kindness and generosity of my fellow human being too many times to deny it. Now I’m asking – no, I’m pleading – that you reach out and help a cancer victim/survivor in need. (Scroll to the… Read full post »

I am honored to have the opportunity to interview Lisa Merrai Labon, a contributing author for Pearls of Wisdom:  30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life. This little book featuring best selling author Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), includes thirty chapters with ideas… Read full post »

I was talking with a friend the other day when she blurted out her biggest fear of traveling abroad. “What about medical issues? What do you do when something happens overseas?”And I responded, “I go the...

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I was talking with a friend the other day when she blurted out her biggest fear of traveling abroad. “What about medical issues? What do you do when something happens overseas?”And I responded, “I go the...

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MARCH 29, 2012 8:09PM

Debt: The #1 Dream Killer

big debt small manI hear so much about debt in this country and, truth be told, I’m puzzled. I don’t understand how anyone can put themselves into the massive amounts of consumer debt this country is known for. It seems to me that debt is the main dream killer in our country.

I get… Read full post »

My husband’s sick. It’s Sunday evening and clinics are closed and we should probably head out to the ER, but we’re still at home because we’re living in the United States of America and we don’t have health insurance.

We’re having to make decisions based on knowledge we don’t hav… Read full post »

“I’m so alone,†I sobbed into the phone. “I’m so totally alone. I’ve never been this alone before.†Tears streamed down my cheeks; my shoulders heaved as I tried telling my mother, thousands of miles away, what was going on. I was alone. More alone than I ever thought possible.

I… Read full post »

This was us one year ago today

cycling near ushuaia argentina in tierra del fuego

At that time we were cycling through our very last valley before rounding a corner to get our first glimpse of Ushuaia – our target, our goal, our destination.

It had been a long slog to get there. The most intense year of… Read full post »

As it turns out, all those clichés you’ve heard all your life really are true. Jessica Bowers, who blogs at Suitcases and Sippycups, discovered that one day in London when… Wait! I’ll let her tell the story:

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Jessica and baby exploring England

With a baby sleeping in the Ergo… Read full post »

“How did you keep going?â€

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There were some days when I thought I couldn't take another pedal stroke. But I always could.

That’s one of the most common questions we get after Why did you ride your bikes from Alaska to Argentina? And How? And How did you keep the kids… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2012 9:00AM

It’s all about perspective

It’s amazing what a difference perspective can make. Two people look at the exact same set of circumstance, but come to radically different conclusions. You know what they say…

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

I’ve known a few military families in my time, and itR… Read full post »

MARCH 8, 2012 11:31PM

Seven tips to overcome fear

“You’re so brave,†a friend said. “How do you overcome fear?â€

fearWe, as humans, have this tendency to build up the unknown into some kind of great big monster out to slay us. We look ahead into the vast expanse of indefinite spread out before us and see it as something… Read full post »

How badly do you want to make your dream a reality?

We’ll help you!

Jenn Miller from Edventure Project and I have teamed up to create a brand new program designed to get YOU out the door and living your dream!

Our very exclusive Dream Intensive is a 3-month boot camp… Read full post »

I’m loving living here in Boise, Idaho, but a gal can dream, eh? I’ve often thought that I’d like to cycle Europe, but have never quite made it there. I’ve cycled plenty of other continents, but Europe has remained the elusive one.

So when Hostelbookers wanted to write a postRead full post »

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Michael Korda

You all know how I feel about THE BOX. The box society puts us in and that we grow up believing we need to live in. The box that places certain constraints and expectations upon… Read full post »