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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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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Getting this holding tank was a MAJOR accomplishment! We had to dig the pit entirely by hand, then build the retaining wall to prevent it from tumbling down the hill.

Merry Christmas from Family on Bikes

It’s Christmas. Again. It’s funny how I mark the years as our sons have grown up according to where we were for Christmas.   And now – we’ve been in Boise for five years. Five years? Really? It doesn’t seem possible that we arrived back here from our PanAm journey nearly five years ago. And […]

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What if the critics are right?

All dreamers talk about critics. We complain about how they bring us down. We complain about how they just don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s easy to come to the conclusion that they are speaking out of fear, or jealousy, or lack of knowledge. But what if they are right? What if we are […]

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A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 5

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains last week. When we left off after Day 4, Davy was exhausted after carrying Kiara all day, but they still had 14 miles to go before reaching the car. If you missed them, here are the entries from Day One, Day […]

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A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 4

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed them, here are the entries from Day One, Day Two, and Day Three. Davy:Last night was terrible. There were things chewing on our bags so we decided to move […]

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Not only were the dogs exhausted, but Kiara was limping badly by the end of the day. We discovered that she had worn down her paw completely. This was a problem, as we still had a long way to go.

A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 3

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed them, here are the entries from Day One and Day Two. Davy: Today started very difficultly. We got up at around 7:00, when it was still very cold out. We didn’t eat […]

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A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 2

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. In case you missed it, here is Day One. Davy: Today we had a good day. We slept in late and when I got up, Dad had a fire going. Breakfast was great […]

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Little Moe curled up with Daryl in the tent.

A hike in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains: Day 1

John, Davy, Daryl, and the pups spent a week backpacking in the Sawtooths last week. Here are their journal entries and photos. Davy: Today started poorly. After we left home, Daryl and I both fell asleep and we ended up missing the turn down to the trail head. That was because the sign was in […]

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On Travel and that Socialization thing

Today’s post is really only half a post – the other half can be found over at Travel Deep and Wide. Stacey-Jean Inion, the awesome mama of many who has been traveling for eight years with her tribe of nine children, has additional thoughts about the socialization issue. In short, I feel it’s something parents […]

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When solo travel isn’t the best teacher

When everybody is raving on the benefits of traveling solo, can I say that traveling with someone taught me a much stronger lesson. It seems that lately, all travel related sites and blogs have been raving on the greatness of solo travel, publishing seemingly inspiring posts highlighting the benefits of traveling solo for just about […]

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From human rights lawyer to travel blogger: How Cuba changed my life

I frequently talk about living your life on your own terms in this blog. I am a firm believer that we have one life to live, and it’s up to us to make it good. I also understand the pull of society – all those societal expectations can be difficult to buck, and it’s rarely […]

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What is FIRST Robotics and how does it work?

As you know, my sons are involved with FIRST Robotics. In fact, I would go so far as to say that our lives are nearly consumed with robotics. Robotics this, robotics that. Robotics here, there, and everywhere.  Over the past few years, I’ve gotten several questions from people about how this works – what do […]

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How to get paid to build YOUR online business

Today I’d like to introduce you to Rachel Denning. Again. She’s written articles for my blog before. Here’s one she wrote about education.  Here’s another about the importance of getting kids out in nature. Rachel and her family are (supposedly) driving a veggie-powered truck from Alaska to Argentina, but they keep getting waylaid here and […]

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When the dream doesn’t work out

Today, I want to introduce you to an incredible woman. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with a number of ladies striving to make their dreams happen. It’s a lot of work and requires tremendous amounts of tenacity, but I’ve seen people reach for the stars and make it. That’s always exciting, […]

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