Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012

Now that I have arrived in the Gold Coast of Chicago, I shall provide a quick recap of Christmas.

Ping pong with the family and relatives can be described in the following thousand words:

Framing, insulating, and paneling time with my father:

Merry Christmas all!

Saturday, December 22, 2012


As tiring as the first short tour was along the Michigan lake shore, I am admittedly anxious to set out on the next part of this ministry trip.  One thing that has been difficult is waiting for this trip to resume and not be able to commit to or significantly invest in a local church.  However that is for another discussion of it's own.  My primary ministry now (driving around the US sharing the gospel on the disc golf courses) is threefold.

1. For those who have heard and believe: I hope to encourage them in their faith and challenge in them (if they have not already) to utilize their hobbies and interests to invest in people for God's glory.

2. For those who have heard and do not believe: I hope to be a living representation and demonstration of God's love.

3. For those who have not heard:  I hope to share the gospel so that they have the ability to make a decision.

Lord willing, the current plan is to be in Chicago the day after Christmas through the new year shortly followed by a heading of South, to Florida.

Monday, October 29, 2012


Unfortunately, my trip on hold at this point in time.  Thank you for your prayers and following this trip so far.  The fortunate part of the delay is the missing that I would have been greeted by hurricane Sandy.  For now I shall wait for the sandy beaches of Florida.

In the meantime I have added a couple projects to squelch my free time.

It is hard to locate super/bouncy balls.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Know the TRUTH

This past Thursday was some beautiful weather and I was able to leave early from work to catch a round at the Air Zoo.  I had the opportunity to play and talk with Bill. 

Besides work keeping me tied down some of my other list to items have been:
-playing drums, cajon, and timpani for various church services
-recording some sort songs for voice-overs
-an attempt at dyeing a disc...

The disc turned out alright as my freehand leaves much to be desired.  Next time I am going to just bust out the sharpie. In the meantime, now I will have another tool in the bag for conversations.

John 8:31-32
“...If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ludington to the Zoo

So after a week in Ludington I drove back to Kalamazoo.  The weather has significantly cooled down and autumn is in the air!  Unfortunately, this sets back some of my original ideas on my road trip and now have to think through other plans.

There is a long of list of items I need to get accomplished while I'm in Kalamazoo and I can't say I have made it through half of the list yet.

The courses I have played since last post are:
The Edge at Riverside Park - Scottville, MI
Labyrinth - Scottville, MI
Flip City - Shelby, MI

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The skinny edition

Great quotes from GloveAndBoots:

"And George Lucas will re-release star wars again...the skinny edition" -vertical video syndrome

"I find no honor in defeating the dj of Justin Bieber." -vid

On a long past note, long past being beginning of July:
Solved an issue with a Toshiba laptop for a friend.  After tearing apart the laptop completely to look for the jumper to reset the BIOS I found  After connecting the two pads marked XXX and booting up the laptop, it finally passed the password screen.  Bingo, problem solved, hacked past the password.

Sights From the Road

I tend not to carry my camera while playing disc golf, but here are a few sights I have captured while on the road.  

Monday, September 17, 2012

TC to Lud

Sorry for the lack of thought going into this post.  It's more of a day by day/play by play post.  Take some of the names and pray for them.

Wednesday, ran to Northwestern Michigan College and checked out the course on campus.
Thursday, rain.  So I visited "the mix", Bay Pointe Community Church group.

Friday.  Pray for Rachel, who I met at the Traverse City library, she took a Bible to read.  Pray for Walter.  I met him at the Osprey course in Benzonia Michigan and ended up giving him a ride down to Ludington and treated him to Subway (and requested an unbelievable amount of onions on his sub).

Ludington State Campground for the weekend. 

Saturday, Mason Country Park in Ludington Michigan.  There are three 24 hole courses: Beauty, Beast, and Goliath.  Highlight disc golf wise was throwing a 4 on a 707ft flat hole (well the first 100ft is downhill, but the remaining 600ft is uphill).
On Beauty I met Kevin and Tom from GR who both go to the same church and were up here camping.
Between Beauty and the Beast I briefly talked with Tyler in the parking lot and he loved talking about his discraft discs.
On the last hole of Beast, talked with Caleb and Chris.  Caleb asked me if I programmed much for the 68K (because I was wearing my CodeWarrior shirt...CodeWarrior was a popular IDE for CISC CPU architectures).  Anyways, I wish I had of had more time to chat with them.

My front derailleur is broken, so instead of a bike ride along the lake shore, I opted to do a three mile hike to the lighthouse and hiked back in the pitch black.  I was not planning on using a flashlight on the way back, but it was way too dark in the middle of the woods.

Sunday, small world, met Sean, was working for the His House in Ann Arbor but moved to Ludington. 
Played Leviathan in Ludington Michigan.  My arm is tired (after playing 96 holes this weekend).

Monday.  Rain.

Here's to hanging in hammocks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Welcome to the TC

Sunday Sunday Sunday monster truck rally...I mean Bay Pointe Community Church. 

Excellent service and a challenge to live out our faith.  John 6:60-71.  As a drummer, the drums sounded great not caged (as most churches enclose in drum shields), especially with the great bassist.

More importantly however are the people.  Enter Chris and Jennifer, who sat next to me in the morning service.  In a few words, Chris and Jennifer are a blessing and an encouragement.  The Flap Jack Shack was delicious and talking with Chris and Jennifer over lunch was great.  Being able to articulate and openly talk through the ministry continues to motivate and remind of why I chose to drive around the good ol' US of A sharing the gospel on the disc golf courses.  Chris and Jennifer, thank you. 

Sunday afternoon, Miles Kimmerly in Maple City Michigan.  Great course and played with Glen, Ryan, and Jason. 

BEAR! Oh good, the bear is sleeping in the dunes :)

Monday, Hickory Hills in Traverse City Michigan.  Almost lost my disc, but found it in the dusk.
Tuesday, Carly's Playground (on Mount Holiday) in Traverse City Michigan.  Extra 650ft bomber hole and a hole in 2 on a hole 17 (495ft hole length, 500ft drive).

To give you perspective on 650ft, here's the bomber:

Traverse City is coming to an end quickly...

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Petoskey Run Down

Last week I was in Petoskey Michigan.  Here's the quick recap:

Tuesday, River Road Sports Complex in Petoskey Michigan.  Almost lost a disc but ended up finding a disc and my lost disc with the help of Ed and Logan that I met. 

Reaching out the the owner of the lost disc I figured it would be a guaranteed contact at Harbor Springs.

Wednesday, The Crowle Hole in Harbor Springs Michigan.  Nope, got a call from the guy saying he's having a horrible day and will not be able to pick up the disc.  When I asked if another day would work in the week, he said "for all I care you can keep it".  Not what I was expecting.  Anyways, I went and played anyways.  Ran into a group of six guys: Greg, Taco, Lawrence, Adam, Corey, and Roman.  Turned out great to be a great opportunity because I was able to clearly present the gospel to Corey who was also interested in taking a Knowing God booklet (2). 

Thursday, Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls Michigan.  Walked up the mountain.  No one in sight.  Enjoyed the view on top of the mountain.  No one in sight.  Started playing and on hole 3 I saw a van that drove up and dropped off a group of guys.  I played realllllly slow, and they still did not catch up.

Friday, Avalanche Park in Boyne City Michigan.  Rain.  Rain.  More Rain.  So I played anyways hoping that there would be one other crazy person playing.  Nope.  There are 445 steps down the mountain.  I am always up for a good stair climb so I climbed up and down the mountain at the end of the course. 

Saturday,  Hanson Hills (long course and short course) in Grayling Michigan and Log Lake in Kalkaska Michigan.  Hanson Hills was a long course and a tournament was going on this morning.  Read, no group to join.  The Log Lake course I caught up to a group who was held to letting me play through.

Three days, five courses and no opportunities is a bit frustrating because at the end of the day disc golf is just throwing a piece of plastic at links of metal while walking in the woods.

Here are a couple pictures of the Mackinac Bridge and dinner at sun set park in Petoskey.

Off to Traverse City next...

Monday, September 03, 2012

Completing the Yooper Tour

Tuesday had time to hang out with my friend Tom.

Thursday I drove down to Marinette Wisconsin and played through the Marinette City Park disc golf course.  I had a chance to talk with a guy named Kevin.  Keep him in your prayers as he is searching for a job.

Friday I drove to the Bay de Noc trailhead in the Hiawatha Forest and hiked for 7.5 miles.  Not another soul on the trail the entire time.

Saturday was 17.6 miles of hiking in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  The start of this trip was somewhat of a let down because it was just a forest and nothing really amazing.  Once I arrived at the lakeshore, I remembered.  It is a national lakeshore, not a forest.  Amazing.  God's creation is beautiful.

Sunday I attended Bark River Bible Church.  The pastor, Brad, and the others I met (Roger and Ruth are the only names I remember) were extremely friendly.

That afternoon I continued onto Marquette to play the Silver Creek disc golf course (course is in Harvey, MI near Marquette).  Sebastion, Steve, and Tim were my tour guides for the course as they put it.  They were great tour guides because I had my second ace on hole #6.  On the nine holes I ended with a +3 (it would have been much worse without that ace).  According to Tim and Sebastion the ace would have been $250 if I was playing the league there.

The remainder of the evening I spent walking around Marquette and found the fallout shelter.  Dinner was yummification at the Pasta Shop.  The Pasta Shop had the mix feeling between italian architecture and college town joint. 

Monday morning came early.  4:30AM early.  That was to arrive at the mighty mac to walk.  While walking I met Diane and her family that had 4 generations represented and the oldest lady, Virginia, at 85 years just recovered from a knee surgery and a tumor removed from her neck (previoiusly she was paralyzed). 

The last stop in the U.P. was Doc Holle's Silver Mountain disc golf course.  24 holes that had some awesome altitude changes.  I managed to score 8 on one hole (I don't think I left the dense woods until the last put).  It was a great course.  Hole 15 (or 21) had views of Lake Michigan.  Does that count as a water hole?
The final number...37.4 (average mpg).  Welcome to Michigan.

More pictures to come...once all my software starts working.  grrr...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Escanaba in da Sunset

If it has not been stated already, it is a magical sensation when the sun slowly fades down over the horizon and the caps of the waves glisten with beams of the sunset.  Smells of the fresh water breeze fill your lungs as it sweeps across the harbor.  Each step takes you past the park fill with families playing volleyball, friends playing tennis, kids playing in the labyrinth of wooden castles, and the elderly strolling along the shore with smiles as if it was their last chance.  The time is at the end of summer where the weather is warm and the blistering heat has vanished.  Even the swarms of gnats could not put a damper on this magical sensation.

Escanaba, Michigan.

Getting here was no easy task. clarify, directions are simple from POP's Loose Moose Lodge, take the 37 to Traverse City, take the 31 to Mackinac Bridge, and take the 2.  Only the extremely gifted at being directionally challenged could possible make a wrong turn, and that is most likely because they turned. 

What was the challenge is the library being closed due to construction in Traverse City.  The next library required walking through metal detectors and a search of belongings.  After the workday completed the evening would reveal the hidden nature of cars: a mechanized killing machine.  This may best be described through a photograph:

Tens of thousands of gnats plastered the front of the bumper.  The majority of the gnats' grave is the greywater of the BP car wash down the road.  However there are still gnats that are lingering around stuck in the crevices that are not so easy to reach. 

That is Escanaba in da sunset (with the faint sound of lawn mowers in the background, racing, because what else would you do with a riding lawn mower?)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Shore Acres Is The Place To Be

"Where is the first tee?"

A simple phrase is all it takes.

The response from the three guys I approached was, "you are welcome to join us". 

How did I get to that point?  While in Holland I met Brandon from Engedi and he was interested in playing a round of disc golf, however he had prior plans.  Towards the end of the day I drove to Shore Acres Park in Saugatuck.  Parked, grabbed my discs, and stood looking over a course mix full of woods, openings, hills, flats, dunes, cactus, and bamboo.

Dave, Jeremy, and Seth were on their second round and local to the area.  It was great playing with them because they gave some good tips (or at the very least pointing out where the basket is hidden beyond the trees).  Also, they were pretty much at my playing level.  At the end I came out in the lead with +14 from par 3 for the 18 holes.  I do have to admit I had some pretty good string of throws and the others had already played a round.

It was neat to get to know them even if it was a short while and see the diversity of ideas.  Seth had no interest in the gospel.  Jeremy was willing to take a Knowing God Personally booklet and mentioned he was interested in finding a church once he settled down in the area.  Lastly, Dave was the most open, involved with his church, and stated he was a Christian.  Overall it was a great time playing with these guys and would play with them again any day.  Thanks Jeremy for keeping score!

I do have say it was amazing on hole 3.  All four of us were looking for Seth's disc.  After awhile of not finding the red disc (how hard could it be?), Seth went back to the spot he threw and said, "here's what I did".  He threw the disc and stated "it should be near there".   Dave and my immediate response was, "no" because it hit a tree but was quickly followed by "no way".  Seth threw the exact throw, hit the same tree, and had the discs land within nearly 2 feet of each other.  One word: impressed.

All in a Sunday evening, of last week.  Thanks again goes to the Keys for the wonderful home to stay in for the week in Holland.  They (if you are they then read that as you) are such an encouragement!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Dutch and an Ace

Downtown Holland, Dutch Chess

This past week has been fairly packed, beyond just work as well.  I have already given you a glance of my Tuesday evening.  Although I can mention that the reason why Winstrom park was nearly deforested is because they are looking to plant native trees to Holland.  I would have a hard time believe that this decision would have been made by any disc golfer.  One, for the fact trees take a decent amount of time to grow and mature.  And two, might I mention disc golf and trees?  How could one put magnets are to metal, so are discs to trees.  However there is the slight possibility of a skilled disc golf player who has never hit a tree with a disc. 

Well that is enough talk about deforestation by disc or by saw.  The weather was beautiful again on Wednesday so I could not pass up the opportunity to bike to the lake.  Especially since it is a short five mile ride.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has become the new "in"  water sport it seems.  Not surprisingly either since SUP is surprisingly fun.  Surprise!  So I rented a paddle board from the Macatawa Boat House.  Their rates are extremely reasonable and their location has been my favorite thus far in the times I have gone paddle boarding (I highly recommend this place).  Lake Macatawa was fairly calm to paddle through, and the channel (being a weekday) was thankfully not a traffic jam.  In the hour that I had I paddled all the way to Big Red and briefly into Lake Michigan and back to the boat launch.  All without falling in!

SUP Rental location just off Ottawa Beach Road.

A bike ride back to the house and then apparently I needed more exercise since I went for a run into downtown Holland a back.

Thursday night was an Engedi Bible study at Kevin's place.  It was great to meet with fellow believers and discuss Acts 10. 

Saturday afternoon I drove North just past Grand Haven and played disc golf at two courses:
Rycenga Park in Spring Lake, MI
Ross Park in Norton Shores, MI

The Rycenga course had mainly short holes, but also had many narrow paths requiring precise throws.  I was following a group of three guys so I knew where to go as some of the holes where not clearly marked where to start.  Unfortunately by the time I finished they were already gone.  The upside, hole 16.  Fairly short distance, trees forcing a small curve right, and a blue beast in hand set the stage for my first.  First ace.  Overall I scored a 56.

I decided to continue up to Norton Shores and play Ross park.  There was a huge crowd!  Only to find out it was all for a crafts sale, which had nothing of use to me.  However, there was no one on the 9 hole course.  Apparently the Ross park course has been recently extended and baskets added.  The holes seemed to all fall in the 250 - 450 feet range offering a decent challenge.  I ended with a 36 for the 9 holes.

At the end of the day, I cooled down with a run along the beach.  Randomly I ran into a friend from my high school church group while walking on the Pier.  It's a small world I guess or at least made smaller by technology.

Big Red

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Holland, MI: Winstrom Park

Within the first five miles of my trip I run into Linda.  Linda is not only passionate about sharing the gospel, she is passionate about sharing about sharing the gospel.  As I was already running late to arrive in Holland I was not the most patient at listening to what I have heard her say in the past, however it was a great reminder as to the purpose of this trip.

My disc like an axe splitting wood after my drive.

The weather in Holland today was amazing: sunny with a high of 75F.  The amazing weather after the rainy weekend made me hope the disc golf course would have a decent amount of people.  However, when I arrived at Winstrom park to play there was a large group of guys a bit over halfway done (that I would not be able to catch) and waiting around only a couple arrived to play.  The majority of the trees were cut down from the times I previously played the course, leaving the feeling that few people are playing the course while it is undergoing development/change (at least for this evening).  I decided to enjoy the weather and work a bit on my throws since I have only played a few times this year.  Despite being a bit rusty, I threw two under par and was quite pleased with many of my drives and putts.

After the game I drove down to the state beach and had my devotions while watching the sunset.  It nearly felt like vacation.  I could get use this...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Off to the 'merica

I have moved out of the condominium in Portage.  Now, the start of my adventure begins!

First destination: Holland, MI.

Moving Day 2012

It's moving day.  Moving can be recursively described in three words: packing, moving, and cleaning.  This move leaves me feeling a little bit of a mix between sadness and uncomfortable. 

Sad being the fact there are many friends I have not had a chance to say any goodbyes.  I am able to stay around until I do have the opportunity, however doing so would nearly delay the trip indefinitely, defeating the purpose.  If you are one of those friends, my dearest apologies but please keep in touch! 

Uncomfortable bearing the fact that I am not entirely sure how to prepare for this trip.  Just as it is hard for me to stand by and watch Two Men and a Truck move my heavy items, it is just as hard for me to not to plan even for things I am unable to plan for.

After this long tiresome day I relaxed in the backyard and watched some of the Perseid meteor shower for 15 minutes.  In that time I saw seven shooting stars.  The seventh one may have been a fireball, but in any case the meteor was amazing.  The meteor had a bright burst that lasted the longest second ever.  The most amazing part for me however was the vivid color as the meteor seemed to have almost a purple sparkle.  It came down from about 60 degrees, W to 10 degrees, SW. 

Make time for the simple.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Repeat one song in Zune

How to repeat one track, repeat a single track, loop one song, or however you wish to word the phrase.  The only and easiest way I found to do this in the Zune application for the computer is:

Step 1. Create a new/empty playlist
          -Keep this playlist empty for

Whenever you want to put a song on repeat:

Step 2. Right Click the empty playlist, and click play
          -Obviously there are no songs to play, however, this will clear out the list of Now Playing songs.

Step 3. Locate the song you want to play, right click the song, and select "Add to now playing".

Make sense?

Passlock Security

Friday was a productive and a wonderful visit to Grand Rapids and Holland.  Made a picked up for my mother, dropped off a fixed laptop for a friend in Grand Rapids.  Then I continued on to Holland where I swapped gear with Kevin from the trip and then visited my other friend Kevin.

While in Holland I helped Kevin fix a dying passlock security sensor in a car.  The fix being a 2.2kohm resistor from the input to output wires.  After less than an hour of taking the dashboard apart, securing the resistor to the passlock security sensor, and reassembling the dashboard we seemed to fix the problem.  Or at the very least the car still started.

Well it is time to start packing with my road trip coming so soon!

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Michigan LP Bicycle Tour 300: Mackinac to Holland

Adventures happen when ideas culminate and memories remain when those ideas finally come to fruition.

My somewhat ambitious adventure for biking from Mackinac to Holland/Kalamazoo interested four other friends but only one poor soul was crazy enough to commit to the challenge.  Before I continue much further I should elaborate a bit on the adventure.  The idea was to drive up to Mackinac Thursday evening, spend Friday enjoying Mackinac Island, followed by three days of biking back home to Holland/Kalamazoo while camping in hammocks along the way (all self supported/gear carried on our bikes).  The three days of biking would set the daily distance to around 100 miles.

Packing.  Heavy!  I packed less gear than I did on my last trip and I still need to find a way to reduce the weight.  The image below shows the gear I packed (however I did end of leaving a few items behind after seeing the weather forecast).

Since 300 miles in three days was not enough biking, Kevin and I spent the majority of our time biking around Mackinac Island the day before.  A short, 25 mile, warm-up ride you could say.

Visiting Mackinac Island did teach me one other thing:  I'm addicted.  Addicted to Rubik's cubes because I gave in and bought a quad cube (my reasoning is that I would want something to do other than ride a bike when I get back from my trip).  There were so many random items in that store, just to show a few:

One of the items packed for food was non other than the great American tradition: PB&J.  And yes, that is a stack of PB&J. 

With the gear loaded up, Kevin and I headed out.  Saturday, day 1, was from Mackinac, through Bliss's farmer's market, on the Tunnel of Trees, bike paths from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix, onward through the hills of the back roads, and finally 31 to the fully booked Traverse City State Park to sleep for the night.  Thankfully they still allowed us to hang between the trees (not like we would have gone anywhere else to spend the night).  We met a guy named Aaron who was bike from Green Bay to around the Upper Peninsula to Ludington.

For day two Kevin and I decided to bike through Manistee National Forest.  Turns out, 37 is the only reliable non-dirt road we could find.  However, 37 did allow us to keep a decent pace since we started late in the day.  Due to our inability to read a map, our "campground" actually was not a campground at all.  So we found a couple trees in the woods at dusk and stayed a night. 

The last day started out well, however by afternoon I was burning up due to the extreme heat and had to stop at a Great Harvest Bread company.  The last leg of the trip was on a decent road in the shade and went smoothly, especially knowing that I decided to end to trip in Holland.  Due to the delay in Grand Haven (arrival time in Kalamazoo would be around midnight), the fact that I already bike to Holland and back this year, and we cycled 300 miles in 3 days was enough for this adventure.

Summary of the days in pictures (notice how there are fewer and fewer):

Start of the day 1
Tunnel of Trees, taken by a fellow bicyclist
The view from the trail
We saw so many airports, so why were we biking?
This is how we park the bikes.
Camp in Traverse City

Never pay full price.
So we didn't pay full price for the next "campground" in White Cloud

Holland and smiling

There was quite a bit packed into this trip, mainly biking, but much of the trip for me could not even begin to fit into a blog post or a myriad of posts.  If you would enjoy hearing more about the adventure feel free to ask, but for now, it is time for me to continue on and focus for the next to come.

Michigan LP Tour accomplished.