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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Climbing out of Wadi Hidan

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 16 – Wadi Hidan to Wadi Mujib (9 miles)

Today was a physically challenging day. After saying goodbye to shepherds Saif, Ahmed, and Abbod I started the long climb out of Wadi Hidan. It wasn’t bad, but the 2400 foot climb was agonizingly  slow. When I got to the top of the canyon rim it was easy going until I had an insane descent. […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 15 – Wadi Ma’in Zara to Wadi Hidan (10 miles)

I finally did it, I slept with some Jordanian shepherds in their tent. They were young, in their twenties, and I got there about an hour before dark. They offered me a place to stay and showed me their tent. They had a pile of old dirty mattresses and several blankets. When I entered the […]

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Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 14 – Oyoun al-Theeb to Wadi Ma’in Zara (14 miles)

When I arrived at Wadi Ma’in I expected it to be Shepherds Central, with their camps lining the river with sheep and goats everywhere. But when I got there I had the whole place to myself. I found the perfect camping spot on a sandbar – the first time I wasn’t sleeping on a bed […]

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The view of Israel from atop Mt. Nebo

Hiking the Jordan Trail: Day 13 – Mount Nebo to Oyoun al-Theeb (6 miles)

Had a great night in the hotel, slept in, and visited Mount Nebo. “Go up on to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die.” Deuteronomy 32:49-50 Mount Nebo is where […]

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Biking in the Philippines

There is no doubt that the white sand beaches of Palawan and Boracay have put the Philippines on the map of must-see tourist destinations. These islands, after all, have not been named as one of the most beautiful islands in the world for nothing. Biking in the Philippines is nothing short of astounding. If you […]

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Your child is capable. Just say yes.

Your kids are capable of more than you give them credit for. It’s us parents who limit our children. We are the ones who tell them they aren’t big enough, strong enough, or capable enough to do hard things. Think about it – have you ever met a child who thought he or she could […]

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Colorado Trail scenery

Hiking the Colorado Trail: Molas Lake to Durango

John hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango in the fall of 2016. This is his journal and photos from the final leg of his journey. You can read from the beginning here: Leg 1: Denver to Breckenridge Leg 2: Breckenridge to Leadville Leg 3: Leadville to Princeton Hot Springs Leg 4: Princeton […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail: Lake City to Molas Lake

John hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango in the fall of 2016. Here are his journal entries and photos. Leg 1: Denver to Breckenridge Leg 2: Breckenridge to Leadville Leg 3: Leadville to Princeton Hot Springs Leg 4: Princeton Hot Springs to Lake City Day 29: September 7 Hiked 9 miles Got […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail: Princeton Hot Springs to Lake City

In fall of 2016, John hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. Here are his journal entries and photos. To start reading from the beginning, go here: Leg 1: Denver to Breckenridge Leg 2: Breckenridge to Leadville Leg 3: Leadville to Princeton Hot Springs Day 21: August 30 Hiked 15 miles Yah-who!  I […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail: Leadville to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

In the fall of 2016, John hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. Here are his journal and photos. You can find the first leg from Denver to Breckenridge here, and then onto Leadville here. Day 17: August 26 Hiked 15 miles Although I only went 15 miles, it was a long, hard […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail: Breckenridge to Leadville

In the fall of 2016, John hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. This is his journal and photos. You can find the first leg of the journey from Denver to Breckenridge here. Day 8: August 17 Hiked 0 miles Today I moved from the hostel to a motel room which I shared […]

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Hiking the Colorado Trail: Denver to Breckenridge

In the fall of 2016, John hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. Here are his journal entries and photos. Day 1: August 10 Hiked 10 miles The first day on the trail went pretty good.  I was really tired because I’m not properly acclimatized.  That won’t happen for apparently a week or […]

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Taiwan coastline

Five reasons to bike tour in Taiwan

We lived in Taiwan for a couple years when our kids were small, and I have fond memories of hikes in the jungle, visits to Buddhist temples, and more delicious food than should be legal. So when the Taiwan tourism board asked me to help them promote bike touring in their country, I jumped at […]

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Why You Should Step Out of Your Travel Comfort Zone At Least Once in Your Life

Every trip you take is a leap of faith, but each one varies in degree of difficulty. Take, for example, a family trip to the beach: you might not know how the weather will hold out, but ultimately, it’s a safe bet that everyone will have a good time, relax and bask in familiar and […]

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Simple Things That Even the Smartest People Tend to Forget

You might be incredibly smart, with the IQ score and the degrees to prove it. You might have scored impressive grade point averages all through school. You might hold a very high level job or make a huge amount of money – both indications of smartness. Smart is as smart does, though. Smart people tend […]

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RoadAir Mini Pump – a Review

First things first. I agreed to write a review for the RoadAir Mini Pump since we haven’t used a new pump for several years and were hoping that some new features had been developed. I was disappointed in that regard, but this is a good solid pump that will serve you well on the road. […]

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