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What is an Axolote?

What is an Axolote?

Israel has a small hatchery to try to reintroduce the axolote into the canals of Xochimilco. Ever heard of an axolote? Don’t feel bad – most people haven’t. What is an Axolote? The axolote can grow to be up to 90 cm long. An axolote (ah-o-low-tee) is a reptile similar to an iguana. They live […]

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History of Los Voladores de Papantla

History of Los Voladores de Papantla

The voladores climb up the pole one by one. The Voladores de Papantla may very well be one of the most interesting sights one can see in modern-day Mexico. It is certainly one of the most spectacular. Los Voledores – meaning ‘those who fly’ – are extraordinarily courageous men who climb to the top of […]

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El Tajin

El Tajin

El Tajin is an ancient Mayan city in the Mexican state of Veracruz, near the town of Papantlas. In the modern-day language of Totonac, Tajin means ‘city or place of thunder”. For that reason, it is now believed hat El Tajin was one of the names for the Totonac god of thunder, lightning, and rain. […]

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Learning Spanish the TAMALE way

==This post is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of the World. While we are hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this summer, I’ll post an excerpt every Monday.== “Mommy! Mommy!” Daryl shouted as we pulled into the parking lot. “They have tamales! They have […]

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Gatorade Angels: Random acts of kindness

We’ve met many Road Angels along the roads we’ve traveled. Hundreds of people have come out of the woodwork to help us out in more ways than I can count over the years we cycled the Americas together as a family. I remember each and every act of kindness demonstrated and am humbled by the […]

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Ethiopian children

One moment in time: A lifetime of adventure

What was your moment – THE MOMENT? That is the question. What was the moment when you knew you wanted more out of life? When it suddenly became clear and you knew, deep down in your heart, that you weren’t cut out for the normal drill. When you knew you wanted to live a life […]

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Dreams to Reality: One family’s story

John nailed it this time – this is his best video ever!  I wanted a 3- or 4-minute video that summarized our journeys and he delivered!

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davy in Mexico

Newsletter – Cycling in the Yucatan Peninsula

March 14, 2009 This is it – our last day in Mexico. We arrived into the border town of Chetumal yesterday after a grueling 400-km jaunt across the southern part of the Yucatan peninsula. The headwinds were howling, heat was extreme, and we faced the first hills we’ve seen in I-don’t-remember-how-long. But we’re here – […]

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Newsletter – Cycling in Mexico

February 21, 2009 Where do I even start? This past month has delivered an inordinate amount of adventures for us, and we are more grateful than ever for having the opportunity to live our dreams. Before we crossed the border into Mexico, we were barraged with concern from nearly each and every person we met. […]

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Newsletter – Cycling in northern Mexico

January 24, 2009 Finally – a new chapter in our journey! We crossed the border into Mexico ten days ago and started a whole new adventure cycling in Mexico. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and we’re looking forward to the rest of our time in Latin America. Since I last wrote, we’ve […]

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