Beach Archaeology near Astoria, Oregon

9. February 2011

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Beach Archaeology near Astoria, Oregon

We took a look at this coastal Oregon town’s past and present. It’s a place that’s seen a whole lot of ships pass by, some not so successfully.

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Northern Flicker

1. January 2011

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Northern Flicker

The year 2010 seems to have begun and then ended with a woodpecker.

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The Roadschool’s Return to Plumas County, CA

17. December 2010

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The Roadschool’s Return to Plumas County, CA

We loved it in the summer. And now we are heading back for more, only this time, it will include snow, the solstice, and a cabin near a small-town public library. Perfect for unschooling on the fly.

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Our Costa Rican “Bucket List”

23. November 2010

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Our Costa Rican “Bucket List”

Patacones—slices of green plantain that are fried, smashed, then fried again—never seemed to be on any local menus. So I didn’t learn about them until our last weeks in Costa Rica. It turns out that you only need to ask for them by name.

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Turtle Power

13. November 2010

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Turtle Power

On our weekend trip to the black volcanic sand beach at Ostional, Costa Rica, we saw how the 1 in 10,000 return rate for nesting Olive Ridley turtles gets its cruel start.

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Stacy and Charlie

10. November 2010

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Stacy and Charlie

We’ve had fun hanging out with Stacy, who, along with ziplining through the jungle, hunting for crocodiles on a river, and other great adventures, loves a little local dog we know named Charlie.

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Creepy Crawlies of Costa Rica

5. November 2010

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Creepy Crawlies of Costa Rica

Arachnids, reptiles, and insects at all times of the day and night: What’s not to love about Costa Rica when you’re a little boy?

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The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena)

16. October 2010

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The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena)

We were in a cloud, at 5,000 feet, straddling the continental divide of Costa Rica. Our tour was tough going. It rained. And rained. And because of the impossible weather this day, we three will remember it well.

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Canopy Zipline on Mombacho Volcano

14. October 2010

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Canopy Zipline on Mombacho Volcano

We had our very first “volcanic” zipline experience in Nicaragua. Special thanks to Francisco and his team of zipline guides at Canopy Tour Miravalle at Mombacho Natural Reserve, for helping us to overcome our skittishness!

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Masaya Volcano—A Great Place to Die

8. October 2010

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Masaya Volcano—A Great Place to Die

The town of Masaya in Nicaragua is close to a lake and an active volcano by the same name. But is that maybe not such a good idea?

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“Mono Frito”

23. September 2010

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“Mono Frito”

There are times when a bit of comic relief can help a kid deal with a real shock.

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