80 Days? No problem! Dueling Journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland Race Each Other On a Trip Around the World

80 Days? No problem! Dueling Journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland Race Each Other On a Trip Around the World

So by now you probably know that I like to go all-in when I’m researching a new idea to write about here.  When I read 80 Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer it reminded me of a podcast I had listened to a year or so ago about two women who were racing around the…

Have you read Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne? Did you know that two female journalists raced each other on a trip around the world just 16 years after the book was published in an attempt to beat Phileas Fogg’s record and each other? Want to know more about this historic record-breaking trip? Let's learn more about these plucky women, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, each traveling alone in opposite directions around the world, attempting to be the first one back to New York. via @behindeveryday
Road Trip Pioneer

Road Trip Pioneer

Have you ever wondered about the first cross-country road trip? Americans have driven millions of miles back and forth across the country over the years but someone had to be first. That someone was Horatio Jackson Nelson.   I’ll admit, I hadn’t given it much thought myself despite my own epic road trip history. A…

Quote from Ken Burns, documentary film maker:
"Through it all we could not help but drink up the powerful tonic, the powerful medicine, which moving across this extraordinary country always is.  We felt often as if we were moving through time as well as through the landscape, and came to understand as no armchair surveyor can, the immense size and almost stupefying distance that is the American West, both today and yesterday, when Horatio Jackson Nelson made his bold, and now to us almost unbelievable, run." via @behindeveryday
Grandma Gatewood – An Appalachian Trail Legend

Grandma Gatewood – An Appalachian Trail Legend

I first heard about Grandma Gatewood several months ago on Sharon King’s blog, Midlife Moments. Emma Gatewood, better known as Grandma Gatewood, was the first woman to thru-hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (AT), alone, in one continuous journey. In 1955,  at the age of 67, she hiked 2,050 miles wearing canvas shoes and…

Emma Gatewood, known as Grandma Gatewood, was the first woman to thru-hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (AT), alone, in one continuous journey. In 1955,  at the age of 67, she hiked 2,050 miles wearing canvas shoes and carrying a small sack of sparse supplies over her shoulder. A remarkable woman in an abusive marriage, Grandma Gatewood decided to go for a walk and what a walk it was! Read Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery to learn more about this amazing woman's life. via @behindeveryday
Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

How long do dinosaurs live?  Do carnivores live longer than herbivores?   If being a herbivore (vegetarian) makes you live longer, then why didn’t the carnivores switch or become omnivores?  Do omnivores live longer than either of the others?   This all started with a simple off-hand question from one of my students last spring –…

Dinosaurs via @behindeveryday
Smile!

Smile!

I have always loved the smiley face.  Its cheery, happy, yellow smile brings happiness wherever it goes.  If my life could have a logo, I think it might be the smiley face. (My theme song is Don’t Worry, Be Happy and my motto is “Oh well!”)  There – I’ve claimed it! I was driving through…

Smile! via @behindeveryday