Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meeting Mother Earth

This is a story about our trip in our local St. Louis Park magazine.  It includes a letter we wrote at the end of the article.  We did the first interview for this back in November last year.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Video Trip Summary (through Africa)

Here's a 2 1/2 minute video we created for the St. Louis Park School Board and community.  It provides a good and quick summary of some of the interesting experiences we had on the first 2/3 of our trip.  We made it just after arriving in Africa in late March.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


As planned, we are spending this summer in Europe.  For much of the summer we are traveling with or meeting family and dear friends, and are taking a break from frequent posts.  In late July we will be traveling to Arctic Norway (Lofoten and Svalbard), and plan on posting about our experiences there.  We do regularly put our latest photos up on our photo page, and you can always find out where we are on our "Where are we now" page.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our Picky Eater and Climate Change: Part Two

This is a follow-up post that Lauri did on the ClimateMama website to a post she did back in September/October.  The original post can be found here.

Also check out a post that Jason did about our vegetarian experience.

By Lauri

I wrote a post in October, 2013, about our son, Jason, and how he convinced our whole family to be vegetarians for a month.  We accepted his challenge; now that we've gone "veg" for a month in India, it's time for an update on our Jason-inspired project.

Our family at the Taj Majal in Agra, India
Click here to read the rest of the post on the ClimateMama site.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Black Rhinos: A Success Story in Namibia

Here's a post we did for The Wilderness Classroom about rhinos in Africa.  This was really interesting for us, because while in Vietnam we met with an organization, ENV, that is trying to stop the demand for rhino horn that is causing rhino poaching in Africa.  While in Namibia, we met with an organization that has successfully protected black rhinos over the past decade.  And this organization is affiliated with the Minnesota Zoo!

Save the Rhino Trust entrance
Black rhino

Monday, June 2, 2014

Food & Trees for Africa

Here's a post we did for The Wilderness Classroom on a great organization, Food & Trees For Africa, we connected with while in South Africa.  Read more to learn about two of their programs and how they help people and the environment.

Jamie carrying a tree to be planted, near Johannesburg, South Africa

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Peter Hobart fundraising

When we were back in Minneapolis around Thanksgiving, one of the things we did was give presentations at Peter Hobart, Jamie and Jason's elementary school.  Jamie and Jason asked the kids of Peter Hobart to help them raise money for the Children's Eternal Rainforest, the first place we visited on our trip, and a place that is very special to them.

Well, the kids in Peter Hobart's GLOW program (which Jamie is part of) took up the challenge and earlier this month, organized a school fundraiser that raised $1100!

We are all so excited about what they've done, so proud of them, and thankful to be part of such a great community.

Here's a video Jamie and Jason did to kick off the fundraiser.

And you can click here to get to the video thank you that Jamie and Jason sent to the kids of Peter Hobart.  This was on Peter Hobart's home page for a couple of weeks towards the end of the school year.

It just goes to show that kids can make a BIG DIFFERENCE in the world.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Elephants Everywhere

We’ve seen lots of African elephants on our trip — in South Africa, Namibia, and especially, Botswana.  Did you know that elephants can snorkel?  That sometimes they eat soil?  Here is a link to a post Lauri wrote for The Wilderness Classroom about elephants.

And after you read the post, be sure to watch the short video we put together that shows a snorkeling elephant and some elephants eating soil.

Africa Animals Slide Show

Here's a slide show of most of the animals we saw in the wild in southern Africa.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mafura, Miombo and Mozambique

Here's a post Lauri wrote for The Wilderness Classroom about an interesting visit we had with a new business in Inhambane, Mozambique.  We spoke with Ana Alecia Lyman of Bio Oleos, who is trying to revive the mafura trade in Mozambique with a soapmaking venture.

Click here to learn about mafura and miombo.

Jason & Jamie with Ana Alecia Lyman of Bio Oleos

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Africa Mystery Photos - Week of May 5-9

We didn't have Internet access for the first few days of this week, as we're now in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on the border between South Africa and Botswana (also close to Namibia).

Monday, April 28, 2014

Africa Mystery Photos - Week of April 28-May 2

We'll be doing 2-3 mystery photos a week.  You can check back at the end of the week to this link, as we'll add more to this post during the week (if we can - sometimes we don't have Internet).

Click here to guess this animal.

Click here to guess this animal.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Africa Mystery Photos - Week of April 21-27

Because of all the fantastic animals we're seeing in Africa, we figured we'd start doing mystery photos again.  But we're going to do them a bit differently.  Jamie and Jason are going to write the clues, and we're going to try and do 2-3 photos every week.

Click here to see the clues and guess the first one.

Click here to see the clues and guess the second one.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Coral Reef that Recovered from Bleaching

Here's a post we did on The Wilderness Classroom site about a coral reef in India that recovered from a 1998 bleaching event, and why it recovered.  It is a continuation of the great conversation we had with MD Madhusudan of India's Nature Conservation Foundation.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tiger conservation programs in India

Here's a post we did on The Wilderness Classroom site about tiger conservation programs in India.  It's based on a very interesting conversation we had with MD Madhusudan, one of the founders of the Nature Conservation Foundation, in India.

New Foods

One of the questions that a lot of kids ask us is what new foods have you tried.  So we created a chart on Jamie and Jason's blog which you can find at this link.  We've updated the chart through India.  There are some pretty interesting additions - check out Cambodia especially.  And if you want to see some photos of the Cambodian crawly things we tried, you can see them in our Cambodia photo album (they are the first pictures you'll see in the album).

Also, we have gone a few weeks without a post.  We are now camping our way through southern Africa, and our Internet access has not been good.  But we will have some more posts out in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tigers in India

Here's a post we did for The Wilderness Classroom on the state of tigers in India.  We visited Ranthambhore Reserve in Rajasthan, India and were lucky enough to see a tiger in the wild.  Check out this post to learn about these magnificent creatures.

Also, click here to see a post that Jamie and Jason did about tigers on their blog.