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Month: November 2011

Bring on the YEPs!

Blog written by Dan Cullum, 19, New Zealand

Expectation, is a wonderful thing!

All too often I hear people refuse to talk about their expectations for fear of being let down, for fear of it not living up to what they imagined it to be. I personally believe we have the choice to make every experience what we want it to be, and never before have I felt so expectant for the journey of a lifetime.

I know and understand that the way I see the world will be altered and inspired in a little more than two days time. I come with an excited determination to make sure that every moment spent on Pangaea with Mike and my fellow YEPs will be one of immense learning. I am expecting to be blown away by mother nature in a way that I have never encountered before.

I just cannot wait to be on board Pangaea. After watching her journey around the globe, seeing the rich experiences on the faces of the people in the videos, and hearing so many stories, I need to be a part of it. Ever since the Selection Camp, I have been captured by the beauty of sailing, traveling vast distances only by the power of the wind. That to me, is connecting with nature.

All in all, I feel beyond blessed right now, to be embarking upon such an amazing expedition. Completely grateful and thankful for this opportunity.

I am going expectant for a life changing experience, because I know with this attitude, it will be nothing short of it.

YOUNG EXPLORERS PROGRAM EMBARK on EXPEDITION No. 10

MIKE HORN and his PANGAEA YOUNG EXPLORERS PROGRAM EMBARK on EXPEDITION No. 10 to:
The EVERGLADES, KEY LARGO TURTLE HOSPITAL, KEY WEST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, the DRY TORTUGAS and the BAHAMAS

From November 13 to December 4, 2011, aboard the Mercedes-Benz powered sailing vessel, PANGAEA, Mike Horn and seven selected young explorers representing five different nations lead the first and only PANGAEA project expedition to U.S. territory for dynamic study of the Gulf of Mexico’s fragile aquatic eco-system and exploration of the Everglades– the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States of America.

Château-d`Oex, , SWITZERLAND. — South African, Mike Horn, is acknowledged as the premiere eco-explorer of the modern world. For more than two decades, Horn has undertaken exceptional feats of adventure and environmental analysis that have extended the boundaries of human achievement, natural discovery and ecological education. His latest endeavor, the PANGAEA Project, is a 4-year circumnavigation of the world through a series of 12, tri-annual expeditions each to different climates and biospheres including mountain, desert, ocean, rainforest and tundra.

This November marks the tenth of twelve expeditions (from 2008 and 2012). Horn will depart from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. with seven young explorers chosen in September 2011 at an exacting two-week selection camp held in Mike Horn Expedition world headquarters of Chateau d’Oêx, Switzerland. On PANGAEA Young Explorers Program Expedition No. 10, Horn and his students, will initiate ecological exploration and data collection regarding biodiversity, water salinity and turbidity, aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, wildlife study and protection, waste management, petroleum, and coral preservation.

Horn and the young explorers will depart Port Everglades and sail 90 miles (145 km) to Key Largo — an exposed, fossilized remnant of a coral reef uncovered during an ice age. From Key Largo, the team will embark on a six-day/six-night 120-mile (nearly 200 km) wilderness waterways kayak excursion around the southern tip of Florida, paddling through the many tiny island keys of Everglades National Park.

Next, Horn and his young explorers will sail PANGAEA 100 miles to Key West – the “Diving Capital of the World" to examine coral reef structures and stability in the waters of the southernmost point of the continental United States. They will participate in a rehabilitation, research and release workshop at The Turtle Hospital (Hidden Harbor Marine Environmental Project, Inc.) in Marathon, Florida. The group will also explore the National Wildlife Refuge in Key West — one of the United State’s earliest refuges, it is home to more than 250 species of birds and encompasses over 200,000 acres.

The group will sail 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West to the Dry Tortugas — a series of islands continually changing in size as wind and waves reshape them. Some of the smaller islands of the Dry Tortugas have disappeared and reappeared multiple times as a result of hurricane impact.

The expedition will conclude in the Bahamas to explore and appreciate the unique nation consisting of 29 islands, thousands of islets and over 600 keys (A.K.A. cays) small, low-elevation, sandy islands formed on the surface of coral reefs).

The Pangaea USA Expedition is led by seven young explorers:

Aya Anholt, 15 – North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Daniel Cullum, 19 – Auckland, New Zealand

Ann-Kathrin Geiger, 19 – Stuttgart, Germany

Jule Holland, 17 – Ochsenhausen, Germany

Theresa Kaiser, 16 – Leutenbach, Germany

Livio Knoeri, 19 – Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland

Rick Kotze, 20 – Pretoria, South Africa

The final countdown!

Blog written by Aya Anholt, 15, Germany

It’s the final countdown! Just a few days until the expedition begins. Time has gone by rapidly, and now is the time to be gearing up for the ultimate adventure. Lately my life, similar to all the other Young Explorers, has been hectic. Day to night, my schedule jam is packed with expedition preparations, school, volleyball, and more school.

My last few weekends consisted of an open water scuba diving certification course, which is required before going on this expedition. I dove at Whyte Cliff Park and Porteau Cove. Both of these diving sports are in close proximity to where I live. The temperature of the water was freezing, the visibility was surprisingly good, and I was lucky enough to encounter huge sea cucumbers, different species of fish, crabs, and lots of star fish. I find that there’s something truly captivating about the ocean, and when I took my first breath underwater, I realized that this is just my beginning of discovering the incredible world of H2O.

Relevant to the expedition, during science class at school, we have been doing a biology unit in which we learned about how humans influence ecosystems. Subsequently, we discussed wetlands and their ability to filter out wastes. My science teacher briefly talked about the significance of this ecosystem, and as an example, she brought up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its effects on the marshes in that region. I then explained that I will be seeing this first hand, and hopefully that gained some interest amongst my classmates.

Naturally, I am beyond enthused about the expedition! I am thrilled to be meeting Mike Horn once again, and seeing all the wonderful people I met in Chateau-d’Oex! I can’t help but smile when I think about my Pangaea family!

This is a picture of me waving at my dad, after my third dive at Porteau Cove.

Mike’s blog 10.11.2011

As 2011 is slowly drawing it's curtains, we are approaching our last expedition of the year 2011. I have many expectations to meet before then, but this is the appropriate time to set our New Year resolution! How can new ideas help the Pangaea Expedition? I would like to give all our supporters a chance to actively participate in environmental actions. Please let me know what you have in mind!

US Expedition-A few days to go!

Blog written by Rick Kotze, 20, South Africa

Could you possibly imagine the excitement of an adventure of this scale?

The sleepless nights, filled with vivid images of what’s to come.

The hours of exercise, accompanied by the knowledge that all around the world the others are also preparing.

All the thousands of mails from all around the world…

It all adds up to a feeling of anticipation and excitement the likes of which I have never felt before. It’s as though someone is constantly poking me in the ribs or whispering in my ear, never for a moment letting me forget about this great adventure that I am a part of.

It has been many years since I have felt such a great force of change in my life, sucking me in and steering me in a direction… A direction that I am only too happy to go along with. I mean anything that makes you WANT to check your mail 5times daily, or go for a run when you should be sleeping, couldn’t be a bad thing… could it?!

The expedition starts in a few days! With all that I have left to do between now and then, I’m sure it will fly by in the blink of an eye. I still need to: write two exams, go shopping (one of the few times in my life that I have been looking forward to this), move houses, sort some things out with local media, write 3 more blogs and pack my bags for the expedition! How I will manage to do all this, while the little man is poking my ribs and whispering in my ear, is a mystery. To be honest… Im gonna let future Rick sort that out and just enjoy the experience one step at a time.

I am ready to Learn, Explore and Act…In fact, I am more than ready! I have been waiting!

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Expedition USA countdown

written by Aya Anholt, 15, Canada

It’s the final countdown! A mere 3 days until the expedition begins. Time has gone by rapidly, and now is the time to be gearing up for the ultimate adventure. Lately my life, similar to all the other Young Explorers, has been hectic. Day to night, my schedule jam is packed with expedition preparations, school, volleyball, and more school.

My last few weekends consisted of an open water scuba diving certification course, which is required before going on this expedition. I dove at Whyte Cliff Park and Porteau Cove. Both of these diving sports are in close proximity to where I live. The temperature of the water was freezing, the visibility was surprisingly good, and I was lucky enough to encounter huge sea cucumbers, different species of fish, crabs, and lots of star fish.  I find that there’s something truly captivating about the ocean, and when I took my first breath underwater, I realized that this is just my beginning of discovering the incredible world of H2O.

Relevant to the expedition, during science class at school, we have been doing a biology unit in which we learned about how humans influence ecosystems. Subsequently, we discussed wetlands and their ability to filter out wastes.  My science teacher briefly talked about the significance of this ecosystem, and as an example, she brought up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its effects on the marshes in that region. I then explained that I will be seeing this first hand, and hopefully that gained some interest amongst my classmates.

Naturally, I am beyond enthused about the expedition! I am thrilled to be meeting Mike Horn once again, and seeing all the wonderful people I met in Chateau-d’Oex! I can’t help but smile when I think about my Pangaea family!

Mike writes from Mumbai

I'm in Mumbai India today. The worlds population has grown to 7 billion, while the earths natural resources have shrink. If we want to give each human on the earth an average life, we need 6 times the size of the earth to meet that demand in natural resources…!

US Expedition-one week to go!

Blog written by Dan Cullum, 19, New Zealand

In a large crowd of people, whether that be at a sports event or New Year’s Eve, the ‘countdown’ only ever really begins at ‘10’, and thus with my fellow Young Explorers around the world, our 10 day countdown begins today! To be completely honest, everything this still such a whirlwind experience and I’m just soaking it all in, from hearing that we’ll be going on an eight day kayaking journey, to receiving all the Quechua Expedition Gear, to following on Google Maps the distance we’ll be covering from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans, it is overwhelming in the best possible way.

Last night, I was invited to speak at the Lions Club of my community. They have been so supportive of me over the past 2 years and it was an absolute privilege to be able to return there to share with them about Mike Horn’s Dream, the Young Explorers Program, and what we will be doing in the Everglades and Gulf of Mexico. Telling to an audience about the adventure to come made it all the more real that it is happening so soon!

At the moment I’m also in the middle of Final Exams at University. It is no easy feat trying to study mathematics with the knowledge that I’ll be on Pangaea soon with Mike and the Young Explorers, but I am very thankful that my exams are finishing before the Expedition so I can give my all to it when I’m there.

So right now it is back to the books for me, with my mind almost all the time floating off to the Expedition to come. What an opportunity, what a journey to experience, I love being a Young Explorer!

Pangaea waits in Fort Lauderdale

In just a few more days Pangaea will be full to the brim again! The 14th of November marks 'D Day' for the 10th YEP Expedition with Mike Horn. Eight excited youths are now packing their bags and preparing for a trip of a lifetime around the Florida coastline and the spectacular region of the Everglades.

US Expedition soon to start

Blog written by Ann-Kathrin Geiger, 19, Germany

The time is running so fast. It seems like yesterday that we got back from the camp, filled with new experiences and thoughts. Already missing the amazing time we had together.

Now, only two weeks before the expedition, caught somewhere between exams, preparations, school and duties, I sometimes have to clear my mind of all those thoughts, to realize again: “Wow,(breathe) I'm joining the next Expedition!”. This unbelievable truth is able to push my excitement rapidly to super excitement.

Waking up everyday starting with the thought “Here we go” the day is less exhausting, less normal.

Since I received details about my gear yesterday, I can't wait to begin the Expedition. With every mail a part of our journey seems more real, right now it still has more of a dream, looming on the horizon, than a reality I am living in. But I know as soon as I have my gear by Wednesday everything will be more real than before.

Tomorrow I will have my third and last interview with a regional Newspaper. And as always this is going to be the image of me talking, a huge grin on the face, the voice filled overflowing with excitement. Every time I remember the camp it fills me with a new wave of joy. And I know that the time in Chateau-D'Oex was just the beginning of the real adventure, awaiting in the pure nature of the Everglades National Park and the Gulf of Mexico.

I am still amazed by the fact that I'm actually going to be part of this amazing trip and that I get the chance to experience such an intense enrichment for my life.

 

written by Dan Cullum, 19, New Zealand

In a large crowd of people, whether that be at a sports event or New Year’s Eve, the ‘countdown’ only ever really begins at ‘10’, and thus with my fellow Young Explorers around the world, our 10 day countdown begins today! To be completely honest, everything this still such a whirlwind experience and I’m just soaking it all in, from hearing that we’ll be going on an eight day kayaking journey, to receiving all the Quechua Expedition Gear, to following on Google Maps the distance we’ll be covering from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans, it is overwhelming in the best possible way.

Last night, I was invited to speak at the Lions Club of my community. They have been so supportive of me over the past 2 years and it was an absolute privilege to be able to return there to share with them about Mike Horn’s Dream, the Young Explorers Program, and what we will be doing in the Everglades and Gulf of Mexico. Telling to an audience about the adventure to come made it all the more real that it is happening so soon!

At the moment I’m also in the middle of Final Exams at University. It is no easy feat trying to study mathematics with the knowledge that I’ll be on Pangaea soon with Mike and the Young Explorers, but I am very thankful that my exams are finishing before the Expedition so I can give my all to it when I’m there.

So right now it is back to the books for me, with my mind almost all the time floating off to the Expedition to come. What an opportunity, what a journey to experience, I love being a Young Explorer!

 

written by Jul Holland, 17, Germany

Today we can start the countdown: In 10 days we will all head off to Lauderdale in Florida where we will meet Mike Horn and the famous Pangaea!

It is the first time for me to see this legendary boat and I am incredibly happy about getting the chance to take part in the USA expedition! I took some time until I actually realized what “being selected” means: An awesome, unique possibility which I am so thankful to get.

Since the end of the Selection Camp time flew by organizing everything at home and at school, doing physical exercising, buying some last items for the expedition gear and so on. I think I had to explain over 100 times what I am doing in the next three weeks and why. I know this explanation by heart now J.

Today I started spreading all my gear on the floor in my bedroom to see what I already have and what I still need to organize which made me feel even more excited!

Thank you for this amazing chance, I am looking forward to the Expedition so much!

Mike is in a constant state of travel and adventure , so keep up to date on all his expeditions !