Highlights From the Tennessee Bike Summit

The second annual Tennessee Bike Summit took place during May in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Sizing up the Next US Secretary of Transportation

Less than a month ago, President Obama announced that his choice for the

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Let’s Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children Begins NOW!

#srts #letsgonc

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Health Economics, Diabetes and the Daily Trip to School

In March 2013, the American Diabetes Association released their most recent five-year update

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Finding Lost Dutchman on the way to Los Angeles

The desert is a dramatic and surprising place.  The sounds of birds, coyotes and insects have their appointed times.  At other moments, the silence is deafening.  Then, out of seemingly nowhere comes the wind.  Swirling across the landscape during the day as a dust devil and then at night, the wind howls as it twirls around the canyons.

Lost Dutchman State Park campsite.

Lost Dutchman State Park campsite outside of Phoenix, AZ

Having left our tent unsecured without staking it down, we came back from our Window hike in Big Bend to find it in the brambles.  Elle felt the shelter was too small anyway. Now that it had small punctures throughout, it was time to shop for a new tent.  So while driving from Big Bend west on I-10 we used our smart phone to look for a camping store.  We found the Bass Pro Shop in Mesa, AZ.

IMG_1636I especially love the cactus, rocks, flowers and animals of the desert.


Elle mainly likes shopping.

IMG_1637We bought hiking boots, socks, a “camo” hat, lots of jerky and a fabulous tent with a screened in porch.  Having learned our lesson about the strong gusts, we tied down with boulders and the stakes.


It was a good thing we purchased better foot wear.  The climb to the top of Flat Iron Mountain was very challenging.  The trail is basically straight up the mountain.  It took us 7 hours.  It took lots of water, snacks and effort but the hike was beautiful and the view spectacular.


The next day we drove up the road past a very cold lake to Tortilla Flats where we heard the food was good.  The little town has been rebuilt after a fire but the original settlement dates back to before 1900.  People still arrive by saddle.

IMG_1642 The chili was amazing!  We like spicy.  Time to replace those 3000 calories we spent on the climb to the top of Flat Iron.

Chili dog = $7.00,

Dollar bills as wall paper = $100,000

Spicing it up with the Spice of my life, Elle = Priceless IMG_1641

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Mississippi is Rolling with Bicycle Month

Along with the transition from cold to a warm climate,

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Get With the Student Transportation Department: They Move Students Safely

Ever find yourself banging your head against the wall trying

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Those Who Celebrate Together, Change Policy Together: Southern California Association of Governments’ General Assembly

Last week, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) convened the annual Regional

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Washington, DC Area Celebrates Bike to School Day

This week has been jam packed with great Safe Routes to School events.

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Head West You Girls!

National Parks are an American Treasure!  While researching our route to CA, I’m planning to visit as many National Parks as we can.  Big Bend N.P. in Texas is one of my favorite Lone Star destinations.

Photo from N.P. website and is used in their park map.

On the way to Big Bend, we stopped at the Alamo to pay our respects and saw many other important landmarks we want to share with you here.

We made it to Big Bend.  It was amazing.  We both want to come back and bring friends with us next time.  It’s a place you want to share!

The Chisos Mountain hikes are breath taking, literally.  Didn’t have phone service but the hotel in Chisos Basin has wi-fi.


Once we near Tuscon, Arizona, we want to visit Saguaro N.P.   The cactus look like the kind we draw as children because we see them in cartoons.  Gotta see them in real life because the plant is such an animated personality.

saguaro np

Image from N.P. website and is used in the park map.

Another amazing place we have to stop is Joshua Tree N.P.  Again it’s the flora that is such a fabulous attraction.  Many reference Dr. Suess’ The Lorax quote ” I Speak for the Trees”  because the plants are so odd.

Image from N.P. website and used on their official map.

Image from N.P. website and used on their official map.

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