2011 – An action-packed first week!

The School Food Tour enjoyed a week of snowy respite from blogging. Pictured above is a sparkling day on the ski trails of Central Oregon. Now – It’s GO TIME!

This week: Back to school…

I’ll be spending some time in middle and high school classrooms examining the most effective lesson flow and classroom management strategies for the SFT curriculum. Also: Camera Shopping! What do YOU shoot with?


Panasonic LX5:

Nikon D3100:

READERS: What do YOU shoot with? I would love your suggestions.


Cheers to 2011! -Sara

Cycling Math

Question: How many communities can a girl visit during a 6,000 mile bicycle tour?

Answer: It depends on how fast she rides!

In case you were curious: Planning a 6,000 mile, 9 month bike tour is a complicated endeavor!  I have been poring over maps, rereading emails, crunching numbers with the calculator and creating draft after draft of Tour calendars… A finalized route and timeline is almost ready. My most recent revelations:

  • Washington DC is a go!
  • 30: # of official Tour locations I will have time to visit
  • 50 miles/day is a conservative estimate of average cycling rate
  • What if it snows in Atlanta again next year?!

I will be posting a tentative list of communities soon. In the meantime you can see my detailed proposed route in segments*:

Oregon to San Fran

San Fran to Arizona

Arizona to Texas

Texas to South Carolina

South Carolina to Ohio

Ohio to Michigan

*note – the markers on the map are completely arbitrary and do not necessarily indicate Tour stops.

DoSomething.org – The Healthy Schools Campaign

Do Something’s Healthy Schools Campaign is a great opportunity for students to get involved in a Healthy Living project. The topic can vary – healthier school food, adding dance to your gym class options or getting rid of soda…  Inspiration and creativity will be rewarded: they’re offering incentives such as a school-wide party and $1,000 for college. Kids – GET ON IT!