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Tom Lais Bicycle Tour Logan Pass

Tom’s Bicycle Tour of Africa

Home is where the bicycle is. Editor’s Note: I’ve met few men who love bicycling as much as Tom. That’s actually an understatement. Tom just thinks and sees the world like a bicyclist. “What if everyone commuted to work on a bicycle…?” “What if they made a bike path here…?” Or, “What if…?” He loves… Continue Reading


Monarch butterfly garden blacklight art show. Here are the pieces being assembled with the blacklight on.

Collateral Projects for the Monarch Butterfly Book

Classroom Activities and Upcoming Celebration Above is a hint of what is coming to Parker Woods Montessori Science Fair. This fantastic black light butterfly garden. An amazing art show by Suzanne Nall and the students. Just one of the great activities going along with our upcoming book: Mirabella the Monarch. Below you can see the… Continue Reading


Student illustrations for Mirabella the Monarch's Mysterious Migration

Illustrations for Mirabella the Monarch

Make-A-Book Project Update Summary: Illustrations are done (except for our make-up session). Ms Nall, the art teacher, has been great to work with. I learned an incredible amount about teaching from her, not least of all crowd management. And her personal teaching style is visible in the student’s drawings. I can say they are more… Continue Reading


Butterfly Ballot Boxes

Character Creation Contest

The Make-A-Book Project begins at Parker Woods Montessori I’m excited to announce that the new book will be about the monarch butterfly, which is truly one of the most amazing animals (insects are animals, too) on the planet. The monarch butterfly migrates from Canada to Mexico. It takes 4 generations to fly there and back.… Continue Reading


Cycling Europe. Courtesy of Memory Catcher

4 Europe Cycling Tours You’ll Enjoy

A healthy and relaxing adventure. By Nikki Jones Location: Europe If you’re looking for an active and healthy, but also exhilarating holiday, setting out to a cycling tour is the best choice. While passionate cyclers wouldn’t think twice about hitting the road, those who prefer recreational cycling should also pack their bags and enjoy a… Continue Reading


San Jose, Puerto Rico Hotel

Living like a local to improve your Spanish

Travel Tips for Full Immersion Language Learning Editor’s Note: Adventure and exploration can mean many things like learning a new language; and, learning the basics of a new language is an essential tool for any world traveler. I can testify that the best way to learn a language is the full immersion method. But it… Continue Reading


Rachel Hugens and Patrick on the equator in Africa. Before and After. 1994 to 2015.

Dreaming of Doing the Absurd

And 3 strategies to achieve the impossible Editor’s Note: I’ve been following Rachel’s adventures for awhile, and I can say I’ve been jealous and inspired more than once, especially with her recent bike ride across Mongolia. We’re honored to have her as a guest, and she reminds us that despite the obstacles that “the important… Continue Reading



Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire Ad

Mini Maker Faire: The greatest show and tell on Earth

Celebrate Creativity and Invention! Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back and is at an exciting new location. The event brings together amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, chemists, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. And according to @MAKE Magazine, “is the greatest show and tell on Earth –… Continue Reading


Map of the 159 best bicycle touring destinations in the world

159 bicycle touring destinations you must see

Editor’s Note: Here’s another great infographic with over 50 original drawings of cyclists. And, I’m one of them. And—Yes!—it looks like me. Scroll down and try to find my favorite 3 places to cycle tour in the world. All the other bicycle tourists contributed a lot of great suggestions that I’ll have to add to my bucket list of places to cycle. (I need a bigger bucket.) Thanks again to Mads for all the hard work that goes into collecting this information and making it look pretty. If you like this, see Mads’ other that shows 121 examples of trips that other bicyclists took.


Bike USA ad, full-page, 4-color newspaper ad. This is the ad that got Scott fired from his job as art director.

The advertisement that got me fired and “ruined” my life

This career-changing and life-changing event led to the incendiary moment which compelled me to ask, “If I could do anything, what would I do?” And if you know me, you know my answer was to ride a bicycle around the world and find the meaning of life and happiness or die trying. Well, I came close to dying, but I lived to write my best-selling, independent book Falling Uphill about my quest for happiness


International Space Station over Earth the pale blue dot.

Spot the International Space Station

Here is an easy backyard adventure that have done 3 times already. You can easily spot the International Space Station flying overhead. Nasa will send you an email with a time and place when the International Space Station (ISS) will be overhead. It looks a lot like a fast airplane. The timing will be down to the exact minute, so it is very easy to spot. I even used a pair of binoculars that got at Goodwill.


Colin Angus R2AK Day 10

Race to Alaska

Colin finally got out of the Grenville Channel. Yesterday he had 20 knot winds against him so he had to pull into an anchorage early and this morning the current and winds were still against him. Finally, when the current slackened in the late morning he left his shelter and continued rowing north through the channel.

It’s been another soggy slog of a day and he rowed for the entire day except for half an hour when the wind puffed. All day, he’s had light head winds and weather that alternates between drizzle and downpour. He described as monsoon rains but without the warmth.

Colin passed the mouth of the Skeena River without any issue, voyaged along the west side of Kennedy Island and crossed over to Porcher Island, where he is now anchored. He’s about 180 km from Ketchikan and he’d like to reach the end within 2 days. If not, he’ll run out of food and have to start fishing.


3 book projects in the works

Ruby the Red Worm inspired hundreds of homes to begin kitchen composting, and not just the families involved with the book, but the friends, families and neighbors one to two times removed, maybe more. Just a quick update to let everyone know that the we have not one, but three book projects are in the… Continue Reading


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