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PSA V2

I tested my PSA yesterday – me doing a talking head with ALM b-roll. It’s got potential. This morning I simplified the narration. I am Dan Kelly In 2008 I was invited to sail around the Hawaiian islands and make … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Ready to go for real

Day 5 was the second and for real launch. June 1st was the official day of getting Hello World into the Big Lake and starting to sail but the truth was we weren’t ready. A few days of puttering around … Continue reading

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Marooned in New Buffalo

Day 28 I woke up bright and fine after a terrific rest. Having surveyed the forest last night, I knew a nitrogen drop off was doable. The rich loamy sand of the forest floor had a dense root mat. I … Continue reading

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Jean Klock Park

Day 25 and 26 Jean Klock park. Spent yesterday and this morning with Carol deconstructing the very sleezy maneuvers required to tear down exquisite wild dunes and privatize a community commons. Will a poorly designed golf course and an upscale … Continue reading

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Two halves

Day 22 Waking at Schumann’s 7:00 am, gotta move on over to Fred Eagle Royce’s and then get to town for an interview with RJ Peterson, marina magnate, community booster, friend to the late Dennison and self proclaimed conservationist. RJ … Continue reading

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Welcome to Saugatuck?!

Day 15 So much blogging and not enough lime, I mean time. I’m in Wallys in downtown Saugatuck with minimal cell coverage. This place is brimming with hotties dressed for luau, a couple were doing a beer bong as I … Continue reading

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The revolution is here

I can’t help but feel as I kick back with my 1/2 french press and cardamom bun ($4.50!) that we truly are on the cusp of realizing sustainable civilizations. Who’d of thought that in downtown Ludington, Michigan there would be … Continue reading

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Starting to get good

Day 5 of ALM 2010. It’s raining just north of Onekema tonight. Back from the beach about a stone’s throw, nestled in low dunes is a cozy wozy tent, glowing merrily with candlelight. Inside I’m munching my third bowl of … Continue reading

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Launch!

I don’t want to leave the tent. 7:20 am, sore and wishing to sleep more. The waves take a little breath now – big surges with a rest in between. That’s a change from yesterday – constant roll and crash. … Continue reading

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Wild beach

I started the staging area in March and completed it yesterday with the help of nefs and their pa. Steve zapped the stumps from the two big poplar trees. Jonathan, Patrick and I moved the logs to the lake to … Continue reading

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Into mystery

Getting ready for my swim this morning, here’s what’s waiting. Maybe I’m still dreaming…

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Swimming

Yesterday afternoon I tested both the Aquapac underwater camera solution and my Gul skin out wetsuit with a swim to the blue line. A classic tao situation. All the cheese and yogurt I’ve been eating is starting to show – … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 2

Here’s the back page from the vintage Hobie Cat brochure that came with Hello World. Hobie had an intriguing angle on catamarans in 1979 – camping. Perhaps being a subsidiary of the Coleman Company had something to do with it. … Continue reading

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Wild idea

Places not managed by humans thrive. What does that tell us? The idea of management is inherently flawed. When we see ourselves as apart and other we become the blight. Learn from the way, the wilds. Become rather than command. … Continue reading

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15 days – Making of a Saint

Getting close now. Order of operations seems to be holding together, it’s spooky that I’m mostly on schedule. Everything can go right between now and launch… it’s possible. I am noticing more, recognizing the unfolding of a larger story. A … Continue reading

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18 days – inventory

Sunny and chill by the lake this morning. Working through the recently posted order of operations, taking inventory and building lists. I expect to be asking this afternoon and into tomorrow – contacting a few key companies and inviting them … Continue reading

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Checklist sundries

revised 10-05-23 Light √ flashlight [Sure Shot] √ dive flashlight [Intova] √ x4 lighter √ x3 chemical light sticks √ candle lantern √ x5 candles Hygiene Health and First Aid √ scissor √ tweezor √ utility knife √ finger nail … Continue reading

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Checklist clothes

revised 10-05-31 √ x2 socks wool [Icebreaker] √ x2 underwear poly/merino √ x2 underwear cotton (1) √ merino top [Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 XL] √ x2 merino bottom [Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 L] (1) √ black cargo pants √ pile pullover √ … Continue reading

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Master Checklist ALM 2010

revised 10-05-19 This is based on the 09-08-31 Master Checklist, posted only 5 days before the September launch. We’re posting this 18 days before launch – that’s progress. revised 10-05-31 Launching 23 days late and this will be the final … Continue reading

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24 days northern spring

Beauty is a feeling and this morning I have it. It’s the combination of rapport, getting fit and making progress. In the past two days I’ve reconnected with Brook Hash, Susan Gilbert and tonight Kari Tomashik will be stopping in … Continue reading

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Party pix

Pix from the party under the catamaran on Friday March 26. Jim, Dan, Patrick and Robert out by the cauldron. Kate, Dan, Vince and Susan under Hello World.

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April snow brings May… oh!

The iPhone didn’t catch the flakes flying, even though there was quite a flurry.  The top two pictures are a before / after… eventually it started to stick.  This is blog worthy because there’s only 29 days left until launch. … Continue reading

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Road rushing

I got back from NYC on Tuesday. The round trip from Beulah to Brooklyn is 1800 miles. Each 900 mile leg is about 14 hours of driving. In contrast, 900 miles of leisurely sailing might take 2 months or 1440 … Continue reading

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Inherent artifact

44 days until the scheduled launch. In 3 weeks I’ll look back wistfully and think, “I remember back when there was plenty of time.” The logistics of sailing and camping for three months are significant. There’s the boat itself which … Continue reading

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Second* day of spring

8:30 am on Crystal Lake and it’s quite brisk and still. Strangely though, it feels different than the deep silence of a couple days back. This morning i don’t hear so many creatures speaking and their timing isn’t concerted, they … Continue reading

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I hear water

Open water on Crystal Lake, the ice is off. Woke to the murmer of a gray lake and an empty wind in a deep silence. The kwhoo of a morning dove, caw of a crow, and the trill and warble … Continue reading

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Staging area

I needed a break from social phenomena this morning so I went outside and cut down some trees. How does that jive with the project ethic? About 20 years ago I allowed the lawn around the Artist house to grow … Continue reading

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Deconstructing doom

Jonathan has been questioning the veracity of the doom assertion in the ALM / artifact premise. A premise or pitch is a shorthand introduction to a project – typically delivered in less than 15 seconds (and often in an elevator). … Continue reading

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ATD facilitators

On December 13, 2008 I attended an Awakening the Dreamer symposium at Boricua College with Melanie Ida Chopko, aka Melonie Amazing. On Valentines Day weekend 2010, I trained with 34 others to be a symposium facilitator. The symposium is a … Continue reading

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Catagories from Evening of Exploration

I’ve finally gone through the response cards from the Evening of Exploration and tallied the results. Admittedly, asking for ‘the most memorable moment’ was not a very rigorous approach to feedback but then the Evening of Exploration was about more … Continue reading

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Near miss with the Manitowoc

Big boats traverse the Big Lake, and Hello World and I had a close encounter. What are the chances of getting squished by an ore carrier? Only our 5th day out already we’re having near death experiences. Fun! Lazily crossing … Continue reading

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North Manitou odyssey

Two – count ’em – two new chapters are available for your viewing pleasure, both documenting my two night sojourn on North Manitou Island. Disasters and blessings interpenetrate. 09-09-09 Crescent City under Hello World (newer OS) 09-09-09 Crescent City under … Continue reading

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Breakfast monolog

A sacred place on a sacred day, North Manitou Island, 09/09/09. Ponderings on turning back, being myself and ending the war against wisdom, aka consumption by becoming poetry incarnate. 09-09-09 Crescent City on North Manitou Island (newer OS) 09-09-09 Crescent … Continue reading

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Return to the crib

Back in Brooklyn after a 13 hour drive with my brother Steve yesterday. We’ve got a date today to help a mutual friend with his apartment, then Steve will be heading back to Michigan on Wednesday. Meanwhile, wow! What’s it … Continue reading

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Debriefing continues

Talked with two of my bio brothers yesterday about the trip. Mike and I both have an affinity for the national parks and we discussed how I might craft a proposal based on ALM to increase access to parks without … Continue reading

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Map

Lake Michigan shares 1600 miles of shoreline with 4 states. The 2009 expedition of Around Lake Michigan explored about 300 miles or 1/5 of the perimeter in 3 weeks. x x x 1. Elberta Beach 09/05 – 09/06 2. South … Continue reading

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Snorkling with Dick

Monday morning, while waiting to interview Dick Burris the stonemason,  I chatted with Doug Tilley, manager at the CMU research station over breakfast at the Dalwhinnie Bakery. Dick and I connected later, two interviews in one day! We ended up … Continue reading

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Dinner by candlelight

The candle is optimally situated. The bowl of quinoa porridge with collard greens and button mushrooms steams in the foreground, illuminated enough so that one may design a fortunate arrangement of tasty morsels on one’s spoon. In the background, in … Continue reading

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Fruit fly friendship

My bare back is covered with fruit flies, a delicious tingle like static electricity. That’s this mornings update from the nitrogen accumulator, otherwise known as the dungomatic, TM. I’d anchored on a pretty wild beach and so was amazed to … Continue reading

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On the wire

Moving out towards the Manitou Islands from the mainland felt wonderful. These islands have much resonance for me and approaching them while in synchromesh with the wind and a sailboat made me giddy. Long tacks to the NE and NW … Continue reading

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Not dead yet

Stopped for the night south of Sleeping Bear Dunes Point. Here’s the approach as the sun was setting. The peak at the left of the shot (north)  is about 400 ft high. I beached Hello World even farther to the … Continue reading

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

Here’s the namesake of the entire Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. These images hardly do the dunes justice, they’re huge and… sandy.

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Pumping water

After putting a good amount of distance between me and the starter fluid people, I blew off the idea of reaching Otter Creek. It was surely not far away, but it was getting late and I was ready to stop. … Continue reading

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Moon trail

I recorded an iPhone audio snippet of my moolit sail to Otter Creek. The slight wind continued for what seemed hours. In the dark, I passed chatty smokers anchored by what I guessed to be Platte River. Later and far … Continue reading

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E Beach arrival and party the second

Elberta Beach, the most dazzling jewel in Benzie County’s diadem of wilderness destinations. Granted there are fools who occasionally drive their vehicles on the beach and yes, jetskis buzz by once in awhile. In spite of these insults – glory, … Continue reading

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