Life Verse:

"...I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." -- JESUS in John 10:10

Monday, August 30, 2010

Caffeinated Marshmallows Turn S’mores Into Rocket Fuel

Caffeinated Marshmallows Turn S’mores Into Rocket Fuel: "

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Next time the Perseid meteor showers come along and you think you can’t stay up until their peak at 2 a.m., you might want to consider firing up some s’mores made with Stay Puft Caffeinated Gourmet Marshmallows. These bad boys pack 100mg of caffeine in each little mallow–24 in a $20 pack, for a whopping 2,400 milligrams of jump juice. Or about as much in a can of Red Bull.

Are you serious??? Caffeinated Marshmallows... make S'mores out of these and everyone will be jumping around the campfire! ;-)


Friday, August 27, 2010

Nature Photo of the Week: Happy Bay

Nature Photo of the Week: Happy Bay: "

This gorgeous beach in St. Maarten was photographed by Flickr user Fabi Fliervoet and shared through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr Group.

Anyone for an Expedition to St. Maarten??? I could really use a place like this today!


Pastor Larry <+><

Monday, August 09, 2010

Walking The Amazon Update: "Job Done"

Walking The Amazon Update: "Job Done": "
We're still awaiting an update to the Walking the Amazon website and blog this morning, but according to the Expedition's Twitter feed, Ed and Cho reached the Atlantic Ocean this morning, bringing an end to their amazing journey. The Twitter update had this to say:

'Job done. 28 months and Cho and I have finished walking the Amazon. I always knew it was possible. :-) Blog/images in a couple of hours....'
The expedition began back on April 2nd of 2008, and now, 4000 miles and 859 days later, it is finally over. It has been a very long and grueling, trek for Ed, who has now walked the entire length of the Amazon River, from source to mouth. The past few days haven't been easy ones however, as the two men were walking long hours in hopes of reaching the finish line at dawn today. Completing the journey was in doubt even to the very end, as Ed even collapsed unconscious on the side of the road yesterday. Help arrived quickly, and he was taken to a hotel, where he was able to regain his strength and get some rest. Apparently it was the result of exhaustion, and after a few hours rest, he returned to the point of the collapse and continued on to the end.

While I'm sure the two Amazon Walkers are relieved that their trek is finally complete, it'll probably be some time before reality actually sets in. They'll need time to reflect on what they've accomplished and re-integrate themselves into normal life. I have a feeling that might be a bumpy re-entry.

Major congratulations to both Ed and Cho for completing the expedition at long last. I can't wait to hear more about their story and see the images of them arriving at the sea. I'll post more when we know more.

Awesome job! 28 months, 859 days, 4,000 miles of trekking through the most wondrous jungle I can imagine, the Amazonian Rainforest. Wonder if there will be a book?!... ;-)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Family Ends Seven Year, Round-The-World Sailing Journey

(Ahh... can you imagine this?!!!)

Family Ends Seven Year, Round-The-World Sailing Journey: "
After seven years sailing the high seas and exploring the world, a Maryland family of five has returned home, 83 months after their departure, and 30,000 miles behind them. The Crafton family consists of father Tom, mother Kathleen, and 22-year old Jena, 18-year old Kalena, and 15-year old Ben. The kids have spent much of their formative years aboard their 43-foot sailing yacht, and are now dealing with the rough re-entry into normal life.

Departing in 2003, the family spent the first few years sailing throughout the Americas. In 2006 they made the big move to cross the Panama Canal and enter the Pacific, where it was on to Vanuatu and other locations in the South Pacific. They took an 18-month break, staying in New Zealand for an extended time, but after that they pointed the ship west, and kept on sailing, finally making the last crossing for home, a 43-day journey from Ascension Island.

The Crafton kids practically grew up on the boat, and it brought them all more closely together as a family. Even though they are now back in port, they are still living on the boat while the decide what to do next. For the older girls, it's on to college, for Ben it is home schooling, while the formulate a plan for getting back to a more 'normal' life.

And what brought them home after their seven year sojourn? Two things. First, the kids are all getting older, and Ben and Kathleen wanted them to have their own life and a more stable environment. But perhaps more importantly, as Kathleen says with a chuckle, 'we're flat broke!'

What a way to grow up huh? Traveling the world from a sailboat, visiting distant lands, and visiting place that few people ever get the opportunity to see. Personally, I think a return to life in the U.S. would be nearly impossible for me after a journey like that one. I won't be too surprised to hear that the kids will be heading out on circumnavigation expeditions of their own in the near future. The wanderlust will no doubt hit them hard after being on land for awhile.