Tuesday, May 11, 2021

OUR NEWEST FREE EVENT!...SIDEWINDER PADDLEBOARDING TREK!.....THIS SATURDAY (INCLUDES LUNCH)!!


This Saturday GTD starts skimming the water with our new paddleboards! Yayyy!! PTL!!!

We only have 10 of the 20 total spots still remaining so register ASAP to claim a paddleboard. 
  
We will be serving lunch then practicing in a protected inlet before heading out on open water to a nearby island. It's going to be a blast!!
  
COST: Free (lunch included)
DATE: Saturday May 15th
TIME: 11:30am - 3:30pm
LOCATION: Shelter #2 - War Veterans Memorial Park (next to Bay Pines just outside of Seminole, Florida)
AGES: Must be 16 or older
  
For details and to register click on these links:
  
SIDEWINDER WEBSITE: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/sidewinder-paddleboarding-trek.html
 
SIDEWINDER REGISTRATION: https://gtdbullhorn.blogspot.com/p/registration-sidewinder-paddleboarding.html
 
Thank you to our amazing supporters and donors who make equipment acquisition and free events like this possible! We love you GTD supporters!!
  
Celebrating 25 years of God-awesome adventures!!


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Sunday, May 9, 2021

FREE PADDLEBOARDING DAY TRIP......THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY!!

  
Sorry for the short notice (soooo much going on), but I'm excited to let you know that this upcoming Saturday (May 15, 2021) GTD will be providing our first ever Paddleboarding Day Trip... and it's FREE (including lunch)!!
  
We will have at least 15 spots available. The location will be at War Veterans Memorial Park. The time and details are TBD (To Be Determined)... but will probably take place around lunchtime.
  
I just wanted to post a quick update to put this on your radar while I nail down the details.
   
Comment below if you're interested and you'll be the first to know how to register for this event =) 

ONE TOUGH MOTHER! ..."I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A RED HEAD."

Happy Mother's Day to one of the toughest and funniest moms on the planet. Usually on Mother's Day you post a flattering picture of your Mom with some gushing words that epitomizes her selfless and giving character. So that's exactly what this post is... Last weekend my Mom fell around 4am while coming back from the bathroom. We've probably prevented over 100 falls over the past 4+ months of 24/7 caregiving, but this is one that fell through the cracks. She hit the top of her head on the dresser. The gash would later require a trip to the ER and 4 staples. While laying face down on the floor at 4am at the end of the bed in the shape of a typical chalk outline of a deceased body you would see on a TV detective show my Mom simply said, "Excuse me" in a humorous tone to my Dad who was about to step on her (LOL!). Dad heard the thud and got out of bed to check on her. With some help she sat up. As we tended to her wound with blood flowing down her head saturating her hair my Mom, without missing a beat and with perfect comedic timing, simply said, "I always wanted to be a red head!" Hahahahahahaha!!! In that moment the essence of my Mom was captured. Selfless, giving, strong, peaceful, and never-wanting-to-be-the-center-of-attention she cracks a joke that puts laughter in our hearts, sets us all at ease, and reminds us that she'll never be a victim... she'll always be the first reponder - even in her own injury. In the middle of her personal suffering she is always more concerned about us than she is about herself. That's my Mom being a MOM! Later on that morning Traci took Mom to the ER. Mom had 4 staples put into her head WITH NO PAIN MEDS (or even a bite stick). And what did she ask for?! A box of Kleenex to wipe away her tears?? No way! Just a bowl of ice cream so she could savor the moment while sitting on the ER bed with 4 staples in her head. So while these pictures are a little unorthodox for a Mother's Day post they are some of the most flattering and gushing (no pun intended) pictures and words I could ever show and tell to describe my Mom and how special, amazing, strong, funny, and truly beautiful she is. Even with blood oozing down her face =) 
  
God totally nailed it when He invented MOMS! Happy Mother's Day to all you selfless, strong, loving Moms out there!! This day is for you!
 










  

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

CRAMMED REGISTRATION OFFICIALLY OPEN!...$25 PER PERSON (PLUS RAFTING)!!....ONE MONTH AWAY (CRAMMED: June 2-6, 2021)

 
There are 25 spots currently available for our 5-day / 4-night CRAMMED Adventure Trip! Rock climbing, rappelling, waterfall slides, optional white water rafting, campfires, seeking God first, and sooooo much more!!
 
Click here for details & registration
 
NOTE: CRAMMED is the same Adventure Trip as SLAMMED, but with a different name so you can tell them apart easier. SLAMMED is scheduled for June 30 - July 4, but CRAMMED is scheduled for June 2-6. Both events will be in the same city (Brevard, NC), but at different campgrounds. And both events will be for the same unheard of price of ONLY $25 to celebrate 25 years of ministry!!
   
It's a great way to celebrate 25 years!!
 
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Sunday, May 2, 2021

DEJA VU?...NO, DEJA TWO!....ANOTHER TRIP TO THE ISLAND =)

 
On Friday we hosted a kayaking trip to an island for PPEA Homeschoolers. On Saturday we hosted a kayaking trip to that same island for the Zeal Youth Group of Calvary Chapel Fellowship! It was another God-awesome day full of fantastic people, fUntastic activities, and spectacular weather! It was like deja vu!
  
And thank you so much to our super terrific donors and supporters for enabling us to purchase new kayaks and gear this year!!! They are already being used to share the gospel and further the Kingdom of God! God bless you all!!!!


Saturday, May 1, 2021

PHENOMENAL TRIP with PPEA Homeschoolers yesterday!!


PHENOMENAL TRIP with PPEA Homeschoolers yesterday!! Great people, great adventure, great day! Thank You Jesus =) 
  
Check out all the pics here:

https://goingthedistance.smugmug.com/2021/2021-Day-Trip-PPEA-Homeschool-Youth

Friday, April 30, 2021

It's a beautiful day!

Preparing to take 30 homeschoolers kayaking over for an island clean-up adventure!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

YESSSS!!! WE'VE GOT PADDLEBOARDS!!! ...GTD ACQUIRES 20 PADDLEBOARDS!!! ....THANKS TO OUR AMAZING DONORS!!!

 
 
This is one of my happiest updates of all time! Thanks to our phenomenal donors from our Annual Fundraiser this past December (and continued donations thereafter) GTD now owns 20 new recreational paddleboards!! We are thrilled beyond words to now be able to add this incredible activity to our list of local adventure options!!! Literally thousands of people will use these paddleboards over the next few years as we venture into God's amazing playground. We believe this is a gamechanger type of addition into our ministry... to our Day Trip Program... to our Retreat Program... to our future Birthday Bash Program... to our future local Summer Adventure Day Camp Program (coming this July)... and so much more!!
  
Thank you soooooo much to our faithful GTD supporters and donors for making this acquisition possible!! We thank God for you, and we are blown away by your faithful generosity!
  
Yayyy for GTD! Many thanks to our amazing supporters!! Aaaaaand all glory to God!!!
 







Monday, April 26, 2021

STOP THE THEIVERY... ...SECURE THE PERIMETER... ....HERE'S OUR NEXT VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS!

 


 
Last week someone stole one of GTD's retired EZ-UP 10 x 10 portable canopies from my backyard. They also tried to steal one of our kayaks. Thankfully I keep all of the kayaks locked with metal cables so he/she could only pull the kayak out about 4 or 5 feet. Then they picked up the retired canopy and took off with it. 
  
I don't have fencing set-up at either end of my property so access in & out of the backyard is very easy. One of my neighbors down the street found the canopy the next day along with 2 stolen bikes (not mine) stashed near her house. 
  
Soooooooo guess what the next work project is!! You got it - SECURE THE PERIMETER! The yellow dashed lines in the picture represents the remaining portions of the property that needs fencing.
  
I've already had most of the fencing and security lights for a couple of years... so now is the time to tackle this project. I've also got security cameras on the way. 
  
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!! ...Here's our next Volunteer Work Schedule:
 THIS WEEK:
  <> Wed April 28 (Noon-4p) @ my house
  <> Thur April 29 (Noon-4p) @ my house
  ** Fri April 30 (9a-4p) Kayak Day Trip (Seminole, FL)
  ** Sat May 1 (9a-5p) Kayak Day Trip (Seminole, FL)
 NEXT WEEK:
  <> Mon May 3 (Noon-4p) @ my house
  <> Wed May 5 (Noon-4p) @ my house
  <> Thur May 6 (Noon-4p) @ my house
  <> Fri May 7 (Noon-4p) @ my house
  
If you're interested in helping, volunteering, and serving we would love your help! If you're available & want to help then let me know however you can... Leave a comment below or private message me or email info@goingthedistance.org or call the GTD Adventure Hotline and leave a voicemail (this is an office phone so it doesn't receive text messages... 727-394-9483) or text me if you have my cellphone number... or build a fire and send me a smoke signal =) 
  
Thank you in advance for your partnership and help in this ministry... many hands make for light work =) 


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Saturday, April 24, 2021

17 AWESOME PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO HELP TURN PROJECTS N2 PROGRESS!!

My profound thanks to the 17: Kyle, Aldon, Lisa, Camrun, Tammy, Heather, Kari, Lindsay, Dennis, Tom, Dani, Stephen, Justine, Logan, Carson, Mom, & Dad!!
  
WOW! I'll say it backwards, "WOW"! Last weekend I was blessed to have 17 awesome people come over and help me / GTD tackle some overdue projects and turn them into overwhelming PROGRESS! I can't even begin to express my gratitude to this awesome army of people that came out and did more in 2 days than I could have done in 2 months! From the bottom of my heart: Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! Soooooo! Muuuuch! God bless you all!!!
  
THE MAIN PROJECTS:
  <> RECLAIM THE GARAGE
  <> RESTORE THE SHIPPING CONTAINER
  <> REVAMP THE SHED
  <> REMOVE THE TURPENTINE 
  <> AND ANYTHING ELSE WE COULD DO
  
The GTD Homebase (AKA: my house) had become an episode of "Hoarders". Over the past 3 years I've accumulated:
  <> A lot of materials & tools for my home renovations. 
  <> During that same time we moved all of the GTD gear & equipment out of rental storage and into my garage, inside my house, and throughout the yard. 
  <> A few months ago a shipping container that held more of our equipment was generously donated to GTD. (Side story: The problem was that the shipping container and the equipment inside had all been contaminated with turpentine several years ago when I didn't fully tighten the cap on the turpentine can and it all evaporated into the sealed up shipping container. It got into everything! A few months ago we threw away about 75% of the outdated & overly contaminated equipment that was inside the shipping container and tried to salvage the remaining 25% that was still useable. For the past 4 months that 25% has been sitting outside airing out and the shipping container has been wide open airing out. We applied vinegar to everything including the shipping container over the past month. And praise God, it worked! The turpentine beast was vanquished!!)
  <> And in addition to all the items mentioned above, this has been a season of wonderful growth and GTD has acquired a lot of new equipment (GLORY TO GOD & THANK YOU AMAZING DONORS!!!). That new equipment had to be stored somewhere so it was added to the garage, the house, and the yard. 
  
ALL ADDED TOGETHER I was drowning in stuff!! Paralyzed by too much and too many as well as not enough time. Hello Hoarders! You can call me Lemont from Sanford & Son!! With our recent influx of Caregiving hours I was completely paralyzed from making any significant progress. The mountain of stuff and countless projects was a bit overwhelming. So I asked for help. Aaaaaand WOW!! I got more than I could have hoped for or imagined!! 3 awesome people showed up for 2 days (Wed & Thur) to get the ball rolling. And then 17 more awesome people came out over 2 more days last Saturday & Sunday!! Aaaaaand WOW, they were highly motivated nonstop hard working beautiful souls!!! The impact they made left this wordy guy nearly speechless!
  
The results speak for themselves! The garage has been reclaimed as a fitness area, workshop, laundry area, and lite storage area. No more narrow hoarder aisles to walk thru! The shipping container has been restored to our main equipment storage area! The shed has been revamped to a consolidated storage area! All the turpentine has been removed from contaminated items! 20 sleeping bags were picked up, washed, dried, and returned! Lunches were served! And 6 garbage cans worth of leaves have been sucked up and removed from around our kayaks & other equipment! THEY GOT SOOOOOOOO MUCH DONE!!! And with fun-loving attitudes!! It was a lot of hard work, but they made it feel like a few days of fun! I'm beyond grateful to these awesome and amazing people for all their hard work, help, support, encouragement, and love (in both words and in deeds)!!
   
Everything is "rough draft" organized... the next step is the "fine tune" organizing =) 
  
It's a new season of getting things done! More volunteer work days coming next week =)