Monday, October 25, 2021



We consider The GTD Annual Banquet to be our most important event each year. So to keep in step with our 2020 theme of FREE EVENTS (or extremely inexpensive events) we are kicking off this year's Annual Banquet registration with 100 FREE BANQUET TICKETS! Tickets usually sell for $25 each (or 2 for $40). We have super-sized our venue this year so we have room for more people, more enlarged pictures, and more "historical GTD artifacts".  As always, our Annual Banquet is being catered by everyone's favorite Italian Restaurant - Carrabba's - so you are guaranteed to have a delicious night while we celebrate 25 years of ministry and prepare for our 26th year of outrageous God-awesome adventures =)
In addition, Table Sponsorships officially begin tomorrow (Oct 26th). Table Sponsorships are a great way to:
<> Help GTD hit our fundraising goal of raising $100k by Jan 31st
<> Highlight your business or honor your loved one(s)
<> Reserve a table of 8 for your family & friends
<> Secure a table closer to the main stage
<> Get FREE GTD SWAG for you & your guests
On Nov 1st we officially begin tallying up funds raised and highlighting that good news on our blogsite and social media platforms.
Thank you in advance for supporting GTD and helping propel us into our next quarter of a century of impact for the Kingdom of God! 
Banquet Details, Registration Page, & Website Link:
EVENT: 2021 GTD Annual Banquet
LOCATION: Central Park Performing Arts Center - Tonne Playhouse
ADDRESS: 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL 33771
DATE: Nov 16th (Tuesday night)
TIME: 6:30p - 9p
DRESS: Semi-Formal / Business Attire
CATERER: Carrabba's Italian Grill
INCLUDES: 50/50, Balloon Pops, Raffles, Highlight Videos, Testimonials, & more
Registration Link
Banquet Website Link
Fundraising Tally Link
We can't wait to see you! God bless you and thank you for supporting GTD!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021


We are building something that I've always wanted to build.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Wow, it is already that time of the year when we prepare to get all dressed up and gather together to celebrate all that God did this year and prepare for all that He is going to do next year! 
Since we are celebrating our 25th year of ministry (thank You Jesus!) we supersized the venue (right next door to our regular venue) and we are bringing back Carrabba's to cater the event (Can you say "Chicken Marsala"?!). We have so much to celebrate! 
Whether you're an old school GTD'er or a newbie or somewhere in-between or maybe you just want to learn more about GTD, we would love to have you at what we consider our most important event of the year! 
Aaaaaaaaaand we could use a lot of help preparing for our BIG night! 

For the next 4 weeks our tentative volunteer schedule is:
 <> Mondays & Fridays (10am - 10pm... whenever you can arrive till whenever you need to leave) 
 <> and either Saturday (10a - 7p) or Sunday afternoon (1p-7p) (we alternate each week based on our Caregiving schedule)
 <> Location: Doug's house
 <> Snacks & hydration provided
For more information about our Annual Banquet click on this link
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry, Inc
Celebrating 25 Years of Ministry
To God Be The Glory!

Monday, October 18, 2021


GTD has been so blessed to have some of the best volunteers we could have ever imagined. The volume of volunteers ebbs and flows every few years, but the quality of volunteers always stays high. Over the past 2 years we've been blessed to have a phenomenal family step up to take all kinds of volunteer initiative and immensely lighten our load while at the same time blessing us and our participants with their fun-loving attitudes and Christ-like love for others. Earlier this summer they asked me what trip I needed the most help on (I love that question, by the way!). I had one Adventure Trip in June (in NC) with an awesome group called SOUL Adventures that I didn't have any available Staff or Volunteers. Well the Heberts solved that in about 1 day. They rearranged their schedules and moved things around. And just like that we went from 0 volunteers to 6! Not only were they bringing the whole family to help, but they were also bringing a family friend - Wyatt. They loaded up their SUV and drove 650 miles to serve God, serve GTD, and serve SOUL. Aaaaaaaaand wow, did they ever do a great job!! They blessed me personally beyond words, and SOUL absolutely loved them!! We have a saying in GTD for Staff & Volunteers, "You can add to the ministry, but you are not allowed to take away from the ministry." In other words, you can bring any of your talents, giftedness, & special abilities and add to what we already have in place and make it better. But you aren't allowed to bring any drama, or personal issues, or "liabilities" into one of our events and take away from the group's experience. And (once again) wow, did they ever take what we had and make it better!! They poured their hearts and sweat glands into every minute of that trip and we all walked away more blessed by having them there! Thank you Wyatt and Team Hebert for being a HUGE PART of GTD and not only going the distance, but going the extra mile (literally 1300+ round-trip miles on that event alone!) and making this ministry even better!! We are so blessed to have you on Team GTD!


Unfortunately the group campground we had reserved for Oct 29-31 for a special "Ex-Scream" autumn version of IGNITE has been closed down till the end of the year due to "Public Safety Concerns". What are the public safety concerns? Bear activity? The proliferation of pythons? Crazy people causing havoc to campers? Dangerous gases escaping from a nearby cave? I was wondering the same thing so I called and asked. The safety concern culprit is our newest culture phenomenon: A staffing shortage due to the pandemic. There you go... we will roll with it and pivot to a couple different emphasises to finish off the year: (1) Our Annual Banquet (Nov 16th) and (2) Lots of Volunteer Work Days at GTD Headquarters. We've got lots of work projects and banquet preparations to get done as we prepare for 2022 and our 26th year of ministry >>> Praise The Lord!! IGNITE will be back on the calendar for the spring along with a lot of other cool GTD adventures... More info to come!

Thursday, October 14, 2021


One of coolest and most organic developments for GTD in 2021 has been the natural blossoming of a new demographic into our ministry - young families!! We've successfully worked with middle schoolers, high schoolers, young adults, and middle-aged adults... but other than occassional attendance by young families (many times youth pastors with their family or our young volunteers with their family) we haven't had the honor of expanding our impact to young families. Well you can now check that one off of the list. Probably the largest demographic that we served this year was young families. And it happened so organically. We've been wanting to get involved with young families for the past 15+ years, but we've just never had the time to make that push. Well God decided that this year He was going to enlarge our footprint in that directions... and we couldn't be happier! Because of our amazing supporters and donors we've been able to offer our public events this year for FREE or $25 (to celebrate 25 years of ministry). That really blessed a ton of young families to be able to afford a God-awesome adventure for the entire family without breaking the bank. I can't fully put into words (but I'm going to try) what an INCREDIBLE BLESSING these events were to a ton of amazing young families this year. And I also can't tell you (but I'm going to try) just how much these events UNLEASHED so many kids that have been shackled down for the past 18 months and relegated to watching TV and playing on computers instead of being a healthy functioning kid having fun in the great outdoors with other kids. These kids had so much fun day after day... from sunrise to sunset... soaking up every ounce of adventure with new found friends. Aaaaaaaaand the young parents built lifelong bonds & never-ending memories with their spouses and children. It was a HUGE WIN for every family this year and I will be sharing lots of pictures with you in the weeks & months ahead as we prepare for 2022 and an even larger impact in the lives of young families. Pictured here is one of the young families that came on a private event just for families called D.A.R.E. (Dan And Ron's Excellent) Adventure For Families. This photo was taken in front of Rainbow Falls in Sapphire, NC (it was one of our main destinations in 2021). This family had so much fun!!
The Best Is Still Ahead!
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry
Celebrating 25 Years of God-awesome Adventures!
To God Be The Glory!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


This is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite GTD pictures. A few weeks ago we were blessed to run an Adventure Trip in north GA & NC for about 16 college students of Calvary Chapel Fellowship's Zeal School of Ministry. This is "The Jump Team" made up of 6 of their students along with Stacy & myself preparing to head over to do a 20' cliff jump along side of the mighty, the majestic, the emphasis Rainbow Falls! I can't even begin to tell you how much this crew LOVED this thrilling jump! Getting to the jump was as much of an adventure as the jump itself! This picture makes them look like the "rock" stars that they are! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this entire group!!
Going The Distance Adventure Ministry 
"The Greatest Show On Earth!"
Celebrating 25 Years of God-awesome Adventures!
Praise Jesus!!

Monday, October 11, 2021


It's a couple weeks late, but thank you all so much for all the awesome birthday wishes!! I was blessed to go for a scooter ride from 10pm till 3am with 2 of my all-time best friends (Jon Jano & Bryan Milbourn) along Gulf Boulevard down to the Don CeSar as well as on to Waffle House for a 2am pecan waffle! There's nothing like staying 22 forever haha! We had so much fun reminiscing about so many amazing memories from the past 30 years of friendship including driving out the route from 20 years ago (July 5, 2001) when we chased down a few bank robbers on Gulf Boulevard. At that time in 2001, we were riding motorcycles and as we passed a bank a guy jumped through a window (literally crashing through the glass) and was running from the police. Jano and I circled around to chase down one of the guys (there were 5 guys). As we circled around he was running towards us and I tried to run him over with the motorcycle, but he jumped out of the way and climbed a wall surrounding a condominium. I got off the bike, climbed the wall, and chased him down (along with some other Good Samaritan who gave chase) and we waived the cops over and they arrested him. It was pretty wild and pretty stupid because he could have easily turned around and shot us dead if he had a gun, but my buddy Jano had chased down a guy the week before that was running away from 7/11 with a stolen case of beer. In our friendship we all compete for having a good story to share and Jano had just gotten this great story about chasing down a thief so I had to get my own story to tell as well hahahaha! It's hard to explain irrational behavior so just humor me on this one LOL. Back to the bank robbers... Our buddy Milbourn (still on his motorcycle) had chased down a different guy and cornered him as police arrived to arrest that guy. At the end of the day, they ended up not being your classic bank robbers, but rather counterfeit check writers... so instead of carrying guns they carried fountain pens... but we thought they were classic bank robbers so we were in hot pursuit. The next day when the article came out in the paper there was no mention of us. I mean, I thought we would at least get the key to the city or a small parade or something, but they just left us out of the entire story LOL. Anyways, that was just one of the memories we would make over 30 years of friendship. We could write a book. No one would read it, but at least we would have a story about writing a book haha! Back to my birthday... I had a wonderful time with my family enjoying a nice meal at Red Lobster... a little surf and turf with lobster bisque... one of my favorites. It was a great few days. Thanks for all the b-day love!



Since I don't currently have the time to elaborate on all the good things God has done this quarter, this season, or this year I've decided to just upload whatever pictures I can whenever I can along with a quick blurb... or burst... or blast... basically a quick summary to communicate the gist of the matter. In essence, I'm going to use social media like most normal people do haha! I'm very loquacious so just leaving a blurb is a bit unorthodox for me LOL. But, something is better than nothing... and the reality is that when it comes to communicating effectively on social media - less is more. It's just not me, but I'm trying to teach an old do(u)g new tricks ;). I'm sure it's an answer to prayer for many of you haha! Let the blurb'ing begin!!

Thursday, September 23, 2021


I'm so saddened to see so many friends going through so many heartbreaking situations - the loss of parents, spouses, friends, and loved ones as well as the brutal hurts and pains that others are currently enduring. I haven't had any time over the past 6 weeks to check-in on social media and I've been learning of so many devastating things that friends are experiencing and it breaks my heart. I'm so sorry dear friends... and I'm very sorry I'm such a lame friend right now that I can't even support you in some of your hardest hours.
My own personal situation pales in comparison to the devastating losses so many people are going through. I'm not trying to be MIA or distant in any way... I just have been racing back and forth from Caregiving for my parents to my job & life responsibilities. I'm so far behind on everything that I can't even put it into words - mail, emails, voicemails, text messages, social media - basically all forms of communication. My job, my other top priorities, my other daily & weekly responsibilities, my personal health, everything other than Caregiving are all suffering at a greater and greater amount with every week that passes. Almost every other day I have another small set-back like broken-down air conditioner, broken-down washer & dryer, dogs clawing through drywall when they get freaked out by thunderstorms, lightning strike that blows out the internet router, regular lawn flooding, wind & rain damage to several outdoor items, running out of propane for house gas stove with a 3 week waiting period because of worker shortages, blah, blah, blah. For nearly 3 months I haven't had any time to address these small issues that pile up week after week.
After returning in July from 5 weeks of fantastic summer camps (PTL!) in North Carolina I had 5 weeks of Caregiving hours to make up for. My awesome partner in crime and I split the weekly hours in half and each take-on about 85 hours per week of taking care of our parents. To make up for my weeks away I bumped up my weekly Caregiving hours to around 120 hours for the rest of July and most of August. Any small openings in the Caregiving schedule I race over to put out one of the fires or run a GTD event. Most days I honestly don't know if I'm coming or going. My brain is a fog. I daily struggle with frustration, anger, and honestly I'm defeated most days. The past 9 months have worn me down and worn me out. The grace of God, the role Jesus plays in my life, and the ability to endure tough times that my Mom has passed on to her kids have enabled me to survive... on some days I barely survive. There are so many other layers to this Caregiving journey that we've been on the past 9 months that I don't have time to explain, but it has been torture watching my Mom go through the emotional pain that Alzheimer's can cause. Basically her mind is reliving the worst years of her life over and over and over again, and we can't do anything to stop it. I looked forward to helping take care of our parents as they aged. I severely underestimated many aspects of it. I recently heard of a Caregiving term that I unfortunately find myself identifying with more and more. The phrase is: "Dying From Trying". That pretty much sums it up. My Mom's physical health is strong. She could easily live 10 more years, but what my sister and I are doing is unsustainable. At the rate we are going we won't be healthy enough to take care of our parents in a few months. We are having to reevaluate our current situation and our current trajectory. We knew we couldn't sustain this for more than a few months. We have lasted 9 months. We have to make some immediate adjustments. We have no other choice. Thank you for your prayers and love. Please pray for wisdom and discernment as we start making some necessary changes in order to find a sustainable solution. We know our Mom wouldn't want us to do all that we've been doing for the past 9 months. Our love for our parents compels us to try.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021


We are excited to announce our public event schedule for the 2nd half of 2021! Just like our first 7 months of public events as part of our celebration of 25 years of ministry each of these events are either FREE or $25!! Yayyy!!!

         Aug 21 & 22 (Sat 9a-6p & Sun 1p-6p) 
         Location: GTD Office in Pinellas Park
         - Lunch, snacks, & hydration provided!
         Sept 26 (Sun 1p-5p) 
         Location: TBD - Pinellas County
         - Our newest activity!
         Oct 29-31 (Fri 3p thru Sun noon)
         Location: Superb Campground in Ocala
         - We have our own lake, dining hall, & spots for RV's!
         Nov 16 (Tues 6:30p-9p)
         Location: Largo Cultural Center 
         - Celebrating 25 years of ministry!
         Dec 5 (Sun 1p-5p)
         Location: TBD - Pinellas County
         - A pre-CHRISTmas yakking edition!
Website and Registration links are in the works... more info to come... plan ahead to come play in God's amazing playground with GTD!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


This summer we were blessed with so many great volunteers to help out on each Adventure Trip! Here's our awesome crew from the CRAMMED Adventure Trip. They lightened our workload and added so much fun to the trip! A couple of them came as participants and ended up volunteering! We love those kind of conversions ;) 
Thank you Josh, Carson, Stacy, Duncan (the goat), Niki, EJ, and Sebastian!! You guys are M.A.D. (Making A Difference)!


Saturday, July 31, 2021


2 weeks ago 32 hard-working Jesus-loving singles from CS3040 (Christian Singles in their 30's & 40's) BLEW US AWAY with their volunteer efforts at GTD Central Command (aka: my house). And the most astounding part is that we didn't know a single one of them, and almost all of them had never heard of GTD! 32 "STRANGERS" blessed GTD beyond measure and 14 days later we are still savoring and cherishing the heart and efforts of this astonishing group of people. They had simply read some of our posts on Facebook a few months ago and contacted me to start coordinating the efforts. We planned & prepared, but I never anticipated the level of highly-motivated, hard-working, enthusiastic, loving, capable workers that would show up that day to work nonstop in 95 degree oppressively humid heat that day. It's such an amazing thing to see the Body of Christ in selfless service for a ministry for whom they did not know. And yet, it felt more like a family reunion than anything else. I love that the power of God and our shared bond in Christ makes for an instant Family of God. We are so so so soooooooo touched. We have organized mission trips to help total strangers and we've had plenty of volunteers help in this ministry that we've already known, but I've never been on the receiving end of the level of volunteer efforts from people I've never met before. I can't tell you how beautiful it was and how profoundly powerful it was to experience as the recipient. A friend recently told me that, "When it works right, there no more powerful force for good on this planet that God has ever invented that can compare to the Body of Christ." All I can say is that is exactly what I feel like I experienced!! And to top it off, Chris Wade from People Helping People of Pinellas Park trimmed 6 oak trees!!! He was a one man powerhouse of relentless selfless effort! Aaaaaand, if that wasn't enough, my Dad cooked up pulled pork and made homemade ice cream for everyone!! And my awesome neighbors made delicious egg roles that we all happily devoured! Thank you so much to this amazing group of selfless servants that abundantly blessed this ministry and those who coordinated their efforts!! They got so much done! We are forever grateful and humbled.
Projects included: prepping the top of the storage container for a future silicone cool-sealant, starting to set up the vinyl fencing for the front of the house, pressure washing the back-of-the-property wood fencing for staining, restructuring the inside of the trailer, painting the trailer doors, repairing the dog / storage box, tree trimming, and several other tasks. 


Thursday, July 22, 2021


Yesterday I was sitting on the front porch with my parents. We were all rocking away in rocking chairs in a "pleasant" 94 degrees. My Mom is 90 and I'm 50 (going on 23). One of the neighborhood boys who is 9 years old stopped by to say hi to my parents. He was bored. So I asked him if he had a kickball or something similar. He went home and got a soccer ball. So, just a few feet away from my parents, he and I played a fun little playground game called "Bottle Cap" that I learned a few months ago from ZEAL youth group. Eventually he had to go home (after I soundly defeated him of course - haha). Today I was just inside the glass / screen door watching my Mom rocking away in her rocking chair while I returned some phone calls. The neighborhood boy rode up on his bike and went over to my Mom and asked, "Can your son come out to play?" Baahahahahaha!! My Mom started laughing... she hasn't heard that question in about 40 years!! What a precious kid! That made my day! I don't think I'll ever stop being a kid at heart - hahaha!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


We are finishing up our 7th month of 24/7 Caregiving with our parents. I was able to run 4 weeks of extraordinary GTD events (glory to God!) in June in NC. Now I'm back in FL and living at my parents' house for at least the month of July so that I can help them with their needs. I've got a fulltime house and dog sitter staying at my house while I'm at my folks so don't even think about trying to steal my Christmas wrapping paper wallpaper! I'm weeks & months behind on things like thank you notes, phone calls, emails, text messages, Facebook Messenger, mail, mailouts, office work, work projects, social media updates, etc, etc. I'm fortunate if I can get 1 personal/work task done each day. This isn't a complaint... just an update about my current limitations. Last week we started phasing in a day each week away from my parents' house to take care of personal/work responsibilities. I hope to slowly get caught up over the next few months. My sincerest apologies to those I haven't been able to respond back to yet... or personally thank... I have so many people to thank for so many things and I'm especially looking forward to expressing my appreciation, love, and gratefulness =) 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021


About 10 days ago we were blessed and honored to supply an afternoon of kayaking for my next door neighbor's family reunion. They are a wonderful Vietnamese family from all over the United States. We took 20 family members (which was about half of the family that was in town) kayaking on Long Bayou. They were so much fun! We had a dodgeball style squishy ball war, a kayaking race, and a short tour of the bayou. If you've ever volunteered to work at the current GTD office (aka: my house) then you may have indulged in some delicious egg rolls or lemongrass steak that they've made for us. They are amazing cooks and wonderful people! We had so much fun paddling with them!!

Friday, July 16, 2021


Just before we left to run four weeks of Adventure Trips in North Carolina we had a series of Volunteer Work Days throughout the month of May. The response was astounding! I can't even begin to articulate my overwhelming gratitude for the selfless servant-hearted people (some of whom I had never met before) who showed up to help GTD and me to get ready to host some of the best summer camps in our 25 years of ministry! Many of you know that my sister and I are in a season of Caregiving for our parents that is requiring 80+ hours per week from each of us. We are so tired... soooooo exhausted. We needed help from our volunteers in order to pull off an amazing month of camps, but what we received was beyond anything we could have imagined. Selfless servants of God who simply wanted to use their abilities & availability to help the cause. They turned our MAYday of MAYhem in the month of MAY into 4 weeks of aMAYzing grace and accomplishment!! They reorganized our storage container, installed a security gate, inventoried our mobile pantry, repacked our trailer, fortified our trailer door, built a shelf to hold kayak paddles, built 4 new portable showers, relocated and installed a new mailbox, painted countless boards, and helped us pack up everything we needed to be ready to host some of our largest groups ever!! They not only helped us on our way, they launched us into an unprecedented 3 perfect trips in a row (it's rare to have one perfect trip in 5 years!) followed by our most attended and one of our best SLAMMED events ever! Their help lightened our load and filled our hearts. I can't accurately put into words how much their help caused us to succeed. It was a game changer! From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of a grateful ministry, thank you so much selfless servants of God for all that you did to bless us and to be a blessing through us to all the people we served at camp. You impacted a lot of lives for the glory of God!! Thank you so much and God bless you dear friends!!