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Risk taking as parents: Where’s the line when we’ve gone too far?

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit the Ambri research and development laboratory. If you haven’t heard of them, I would encourage you to watch this video now, before reading on. As we toured the facilities, I was struck by the level of innovation and critical thinking that was going into their […]

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cycling Nicaragua

Is bike touring dangerous?

“Isn’t it dangerous?” We heard those words all the time as we cycled from Alaska to Argentina and, frankly, I was always a bit confused when I heard them. Dangerous in what way? What should we be afraid of? Yes, what we were doing was dangerous. We could have been hit by a car, bitten […]

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Dangers of family travel

Danger. It’s a word that strikes terror through our heart. It’s a place we would never go, and we most certainly wouldn’t take our kids there. I mean – it’s dangerous. And that’s a bad thing. Right? I’ve had a lot of fun putting this piece together. I contacted other traveling parents and asked if […]

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family bike touring

How dangerous is family bike touring?

I’m never quite sure how to respond to the whole “danger” issue of bike touring. Although the vast majority of people understand that traveling on bike is not inherently any more dangerous than biking to school in your own city, not everyone sees that.  Biking is one of those activities that appears outrageously dangerous to […]

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Cycling on a foggy morning

Risk assessment – A personal decision

I love it when people challenge my thoughts and ideas. Each time they do I learn something new and am challenged to think about the world and my actions in a different light. One man responded to a blog post I had written about cycling to the ends of the world. “I just don’t see […]

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Meeting the Freisens

Isn’t bike touring dangerous?

“I was driving down the road the other day and saw some cyclists ahead.  I braked and waited until I could get by safely, but I’m concerned about them – the other motorists who won’t do that.” “I saw a cyclist riding through my town last week, so I invited him over to my house […]

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Tips for bike touring safely

“Isn’t it dangerous?”  We hear those words all the time and, frankly, I’m always a bit confused when I hear them.  Dangerous in what way?  What should we be afraid of? Yes, what we are doing is dangerous.  We could be hit by a car, bitten by rattlesnakes, die of food poisoning, or slip in […]

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Dear Jack Marshall, are we self-absorbed parents?

Dear Mr. Jack Marshall, For a variety of reasons I’ve chosen to remain silent for a while about your scathing opinion piece about us. Now, I have decided to respond publicly to your preposterous allegations and accusations. You state that John and I are “self-absorbed parents who are unwilling to make the necessary lifestyle sacrifices […]

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Life Doesn’t Come With a Money-Back Guarantee

“Aren’t you scared?” a friend asked me the other day.  “Aren’t you afraid something might happen on your trip?” “Of course,” I replied.  “I’m afraid every day of my life.  I’m afraid I’ll fall down the stairs in the morning.  I’m afraid my boys’ bus driver will fall asleep at the wheel.  I’m afraid we […]

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