A year in pictures: 2011 in review

As the new year approaches I look back upon the past twelve months and am amazed at the sheer variety of experiences our little family had. Here’s just a few of them.


Shrine in Argentina

In January we were cycling along the foothills of the Andes. Each time we went up and over a pass, there was a small shrine where people asked the virgin for safe travels. It seemed like we passed at least one every day.


guanaco in Patagonia

In February we passed through the enormous flat pampas of Patagonia. Guanacos kept us entertained as they leapt over the fence as we approached.


valley near Ushuaia

Rather than using the same photo of the end of the world that we always use, I figured I'd represent this month with the awe-inspiring valley we cycled through shortly before reaching Ushuaia.


baby goose

Spring in Boise meant the birth of hundreds of baby geese. We loved cycling and walking through the city parks watching all the birds.


Davy playing soccer

One of the best parts of being back home was being able to play on a soccer team. The boys had missed that tremendously while on the road!


leetes island

In June we were thrilled to spend time with Grandma and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The whole family gathered together in Leetes Island in Connecticut and had a blast.


our house

After being nomadic for so many years, we were excited to move into a house and put down roots. In July, we purchased this little house and started remodeling it to make it home.


deep fried Oreos

Who can resist a good fair? And fair food? As I was growing up we always spent my birthday at the Western Idaho State Fair. We did the same this year.


bird at the Boise River

Most of September was spent frantically trying to get the house ready to move into, but every once in a while we took some time to head down to the Boise River.


back patio construction zone

We figured as soon as that toilet moved from the back patio into the house we could move in. In the meantime, the house was little more than a construction zone.


Occupy Boise

By the end of November we were happily settled into our house and could start paying attention to the rest of the world. We spent some time at the Occupy Boise settlement trying to learn more about the movement.


Playing with a mindstorm robot

Both Davy and Daryl have long been fascinated by robots. They've joined a robotics team and will start building a BIG robot next week, but in the meantime they've been learning all they can from a small Mindstorms Lego robot.

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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11 Responses to A year in pictures: 2011 in review

  1. walkingon travels December 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    So happy to see the Oreos made the photo cut! Happy New Year Vogel family!!!

  2. Mary December 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Those oreos are amazing aren’t they? I do miss our country fairs!

    • Nancy December 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      It was so much fun to go the fair again! I hadn’t been for quite a while so it brought back wonderful memories!

  3. Lisa Wood December 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Oh wow – what a great idea….looking back on 2011 with photos! Love the ones with animals, and the one with the toilet in the back yard! Priceless.
    You guys are such inspiration.

    • Nancy December 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      @Lisa Wood,
      I just HAD to put in the toilet one! That bathroom was such a huge part of our lives for so long!

  4. Lynda M O January 1, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Happy New Year, Nancy and to the men in the family as well.

    Boise-you are there and my older daughter will move there in Fall 2013 when she finishes her accounting degree (she’s in Oklahoma now w her family). I will make a trip to see them and would love to get some coffee with you while i am in the neighborhood–if you are still there then…

    • Nancy January 1, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      @Lynda M O,
      Absolutely! Be sure to let me know when you are coming! That would be awesome!

  5. D Murphy January 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    What a great idea and great pics, especially the valley, wow!! Happy New Year 🙂

    • Nancy January 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      @D Murphy,
      Happy New Year to you as well! May 2012 be your best year ever!

  6. Lorna d'Entremont January 4, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    Priceless memories! Thanks for sharing. The best in 2012 to you and yours from Nova Scotia, Canada.

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