Topics as of August 2003
Rob buy’s sailboat (Little Explorer):
In July 2003, after returning from Mexico, Rob bought a sailboat.
Significantly in debt from his recent adventures in Mexico, he used
the money he earned from selling his car to buy a new 20 foot long
sailboat. Of course, for US $900 dollars the Cal 20 needed some
work. In fact, Rob has just painted the deck and is preparing to
paint the bottom. Its all he can do to make it a comfortable place
to hang-out on, in-between his research with shrimp-gobies. Here
is a recent pic of him haning out on the Little Explorer.
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Daniel in Montana:
The next adventure for Daniel (our mountaineer) is to move from
his home in Arkansas to Montana. On his way there he is climbing
the Grand Tetons solo. While Arkansas may not have the largest mountains
for such a great mountaineer, Montana is surely the best place for
him. We all eagerly wait for the tales of his adventures there (given
that he returns safely!)
Jonas recovering from sickness
During our month long adventure everyone on the crew ended up coming
down with some sort of sickness (everyone but Rob, who did really
try to get sick – eating lots of homemade ice cream and snow-cones).
Jonas ended up with a stomach bug that, shall we say, kept his stools
from reaching any sort of solid consistency. This lasted for at
least two weeks from Tequila, Mexico until he left Dallas, Texas
to return to Sweden. Details about flying with such a sickness would
surely be entertaining but Jonas would not provide these details.
Fortunately, two weeks after his departure into Sweden, symptoms
have cured and he is back to SCUBA diving, working at an outdoors
shop, and researching sea urchins in the North Sea.
Joseph Begins T-shirt company
Joseph is a guy with ideas. He has always decided that making his
own T-shirts is the best way to go. In fact, I have been amazed
at Joseph’s wonderful array of T-shirt designs that he incorporates
into his wardrobe.
He takes plain T-shirts and puts really weird pictures on them.
These pictures are usually of strange creatures that nature has
created, yet few people know what they are. Recently, he decided
to test out whether or not people really like the idea of these
T-shirts and print up his 6 favorite shirts. We’ve include
a LINK here. They include Tartigrades, or ‘water bears’,
altruistic ants, Slime Molds, a bacteriophage, an ancient extinct
animal Phyla, and a neat fungal mold.
Only time will tell if Joseph’s shirts will be a success story
or a simply an exciting, experimental project (yielding a lot of
Jonas planning next adventure
Jonas is our adventurer. Because of his keen marine biology interests
he is actively planning a new adventure whereby we will discover
what the underwater realm has to offer. Unfortunately, we are not
able to reveal at this time exactly what this adventure is because
we want it to be kept a secret. Stay posted to explore biodiversity
for the most updated adventures, wildlife documentary releases,
and habitat reviews.
Joseph and Rob in Hawaii
Joseph has been living in Hawaii for over 4 years now and is currently
working as a nature tour guide with Oahu Nature Tours. Through his
job he has learned an overwhelming amount about the natural history
of the Hawaiian Islands.
Rob has lived in Hawaii for the past 2 years and is studying the
unique underwater world of Hawaii, in particular the unique relationship
of Shrimp-gobies and their Snapping shrimp. He also works for Oahu
Nature Tours and thus learned about both the terrestrial and marine
Together both Rob and Joseph have decided to document the unique
aspects of the islands of Hawaii. These islands are the most isolated
land masses on the planet. Because of this distance they have evolved
a very unique flora and fauna. It’s an amazing assemblage
of animals and plants with unique adaptations to island living.
In the upcoming months, Rob and Joseph will be filming a
documentary to explain the evolving Hawaiian Islands, from
its past glory to its present state. This will be combined with
an online resource to compliment the film. Stay tuned for more about
Hazen works as a teacher
Hazen is busy as a science teacher in Washington state. He is also
very busy with his new artwork called Hazen
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