Thanks for visiting – we are excited about working with educators, schools and parents to raise geography awareness by sharing a variety of information on the places that we visit and providing updates from the road. The Press is an important partner in getting our message out to as many people as possible.
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About the Van Soye’s
After 25 years in the IT industry, we took an early retirement with the twin goals of seeing the world and giving back. In 2012 we embarked on a 424-day around-the-world journey to raise geo-literacy in K-12 students. Prior to this trip, we traveled to over 40 countries on six continents, most of it using independently organized itineraries. Learn more about Darren and Sandy here.
After our around-the-world journey, we decided to select something closer to home. In 2016 we completed a 1,828-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. And we visited 27 U.S. National Parks during 2017, hiking more than 400 miles over four months. Our focus was on the lesser-known parks and what makes these public lands unique and thus, worthy for continued government protection.
In 2018, we completed four multi-day treks in Europe, totaling over 500 miles. As we hiked, we focused on the cultural and natural significance of the places that we visited. Our 2019 trekking took us over 500 miles in three states on the Pacific Crest Trail and the Arizona Trail in the U.S. West.