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Atlantis Launch Successful!

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Atlantis Space Shuttle over Bay Lake

I had the great privilege to observe the launch of the Atlantis Space Shuttle yesterday from Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  I was looking over Bay Lake at Walt Disney World and was thrilled to see the launch.  On time and looking amazing,  Atlantis made a fiery streak across the sky as it headed on its next mission.  Scheduled to have 3 space walks while delivering equipment and 2 control gyroscopes to the International Space Station.

One important item that is on the Shuttle Atlantis is a product from Shaklee Corporation called Astro-Ade, a special re-hydration product that was developed by Shaklee at NASA’s request in the early 1990’s.  Shaklee continues to support and research ways for all of us the be healthier each day.  For those sports enthusiasts, the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC will be a time to see Shaklee Nutrition at work!  Having already powered 54 Olympic Gold Medals, we are ready for more Gold!

Salmon Capital of the World! Ketchikan AK

Salmon Run Ketchikan Creek by Elise Hearn 2009

On my recent journey to Alaska, I had the pleasure to again visit Ketchikan.  A beautiful city on Revillagigedo Island, in southeast Alaska.  Ketchikan is close to Misty Fjords National Monument, where day trips are meant to discover part of this largest wilderness in Alaska.  Ketchikan as well as Misty Fjords National Monument receive over 100 inches of rain each year so mist is often hanging on the hills and mountains in the area.  About 32 inches of snow falls in the area each year, but the temperatures are moderate.

Know as the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is a friendly city, with many other reasons to visit.  During my visit, the salmon were on their fall run up Ketchikan Creek that runs in front of the famous Creek Street Shops.  Heading upstream to spawn and then die, the creek was full of salmon fulling their life cycle.  It was amazing to see these fish fling themselves upstream against the strong currents.

A visit to the Tongass National Forest, part of the world’s largest temperate rainforest, will have you wanting to visit again and again.

Serendipity: Change Results in New Adventures!

Tracy Arm in Rain

Tracy Arm in Rain by Elise Hearn 2009

How often do we make plans and stick to those plans for vacations, family reunions, weddings and such?  We plan out vacations, making reservations for tours, dinners, lunches, this particular hotel, that specific museum and so on!  We leave nothing to chance.  There is no space for those wonderful serendipities of life, nothing is spontaneous.

As we left Juneau AK, we were heading to Sitka AK closer to the Pacific ocean, not in the Inside Passage.  As we were having dinner, the captain made an announcement that due to high winds expected the next day, we would not go to Sitka.  60 mile per hour winds were worth avoiding in my mind!  So we set off for a new adventure!North Sawyer Glacier in Rain by Elise Hearn 2009

As the captain spoke, he told us we would sail Tracy Arm, heading to the North Sawyer and then the South Sawyer Glaciers.  Located in the Tongass National Forest,  Tracy Arm is a steep granite walled fjord with hemlock and spruce rainforest to about the 1500 foot line.  There are many waterfalls from the ice fields as well as icebergs from the tidewater glaciers.  Some of the icebergs are as large as a 3 story building!  Often the waterway is clogged with ice.

North Sawyer Glacier in Rain by Elise Hearn 2009

The images here are from the day we sailed Tracy Arm.  The weather was supposed to be clear, but the rain stayed with us and poured all day.  The good thing about the extra water was the extra water falls!  With the solid rock walls, and very little soil, the rain had to head to the fjord, creating many more instant water falls.  Spectacular.

So the next time you head out on a vacation trip, or just a drive to work, make room for changes in your route and the Serendipities along the way!

Glaciers, Icefields and Rainforest Views

Images of blue, white and black ice drifting over blue gray water are the memories from the Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau Alaska.  Part of the Juneau Icefields, in the Coast Mountain RanMendenhall Bergs 4x6 100 crge, North America’s fifth largest icefield blankets over 1,500 square miles of land.     About 85 miles north to south and 45 miles east to west, the Juneau Icefield feeds 38 large glaciers.  Interestingly, the ice can be from 800 feet to 4, 500 feet deep!  No wonder it was so cold at the Mendenhall Glacier Park.

Some of the Glaciers in the Juneau Ice Field are retreating while others are stable or advancing.  Even in retreat, the glaciers will be evident for several centuries.  The rock that is revealed when the glaciers retreat, begin to support life quickly.  The first plant life that forms on the bare rocks are moss and lichens.  Lupine, Alder, Cottonwoods and willows followed by SpView from the Top in Rain 4x6 100cr  copyruce and Hemlock eventually create the forest we see furthest from the face of the Glaciers.  This reclamation process takes about 350 years!

So as you visit the Temperate Rainforest of Southeast Alaska, appreciate the time it has taken to even being to see tall trees in the area.  Also appreciate how quickly a logging crew can destroy this delicate environment.  Protection is necessary since this environment is the home  to fragile wildlife along with being part of the climate stabilizers of the world.  Visit the Alaska Wilderness League for more information.

Persistence & Pals: A Winning Combination in Rainforests & Life

While I was touring the Temperate Rainforest that surrounds Juneau Alaska, I was learning from a Tlingit Guide about the Rain Forest and the special relationships that exists in the Rain Forest.  The Tongass National Forest lies within the heart of the temperate Rain Forest of  Southern Alaska.

The area is very rocky and the soil is shallow because of the rocks.  The trees that grow there have to be persistent to grow so tall in such harsh conditions.  The rocks make the trees produce shallow root systems that spread out and intertwine with neighboring trees.  This intertwining of root systems provides a layer of protection for the trees as they depend on each other when the winds get high.

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Persistence & Pals in Tongass National Forest by Elise Hearn 2009

This idea of persistence and Pals made me think of how we live our lives and do business each day.  We often have “shallow roots” and need the help of our Pals to survive the perils of high winds of life.  We are much like the temperate rainforest, we need each other to be able to flourish in this world.  We have to depend on keeping our Pals close by, for by ourselves, we will not stand up in the face of the first strong blow!

Unfortunately, this beautiful temperate Rainforest, The Tongass National Forest is being threatened again by logging.  The rain forests of the world contain old growth timbers that cannot be replaced.  “Since the 1950’s nearly 70 percent of the ancient hemlock stands have been roaded and logged. The rampant destruction has come at a great ecological cost to the Tongass and at a great financial cost to American taxpayers.”  says the Alaska Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The wood they provide is not needed for building.  It is desired for show, the wood from these irreplaceable old growth trees is not really needed to build homes.  Instead this wood goes for show! Vanity would have us cut down and destroy the very lungs of the earth, while having a fancy home thousands of miles away in a foreign country look “fabulous”!  Not acceptable.  Please help the Alaska Wildlife League, Alaska Sierra Club, Alaska Audubon and others.

We must let this administration know that we value this temperate Rainforest and want to save this precious resource.  We cannot replace this forest.  It is the home to Bald Eagles, Moose, Elk, and more.  This habitat once cut, leaves little for the wild life and often ruins the creeks that flow through them causing problems for the salmon trying to return home each fall. To stop this cutting of the temperate Rain Forest with taxpayer dollars no less!, contact the White House and President Obama.  Thanks for protecting the Rain Forests!

HRH The Prince of Wales’ Rainforests Project

Interesting video from HRH The Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales is talking about saving the rainforests of the world. In his words, there is more C02 released from the cutting of the rainforests than all the transportation in the world(boats, cars, trains, planes, etc!)! This puts a new twist on C02 emissions now, doesn’t it!

Visit The Prince’s Rainforests Project for more information.

Shaklee’s Earth Day Planting of One Millionth Tree

Shaklee Corporation’s CEO Roger Barnett, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr Wangari Maathai from Kenya, planted Shaklee’s One Millionth Tree today at Shaklee Corp. Headquarters in Pleasanton CA. Shaklee’s One Million Trees, One Million Dreams program has planted enough trees to fill Disneyland 18 times, stated Governor Schwarzenegger.  Think of all the people who participated in this program, the lives that have been affected by this program in the past 3 years.   Governor Schwarzenegger had praise for Shaklee Natural Supplements since he has known the value of Shaklee Supplements, vitamins, minerals and protein from his body building days!

Roger Barnett stated that in using Shaklee’s Green Eco Friendly super concentratedget-clean-products-1-5-x3-5-72dpi-copy cleaners, we have saved enough plastic bottles from going to the landfills to go around the earth more 19 times in the past 3 years alone.  Shaklee has been green since it was started in 1956 by Dr. Forrest Shaklee.  Shaklee is about make people and planet healthier.  Shaklee is the first company in the world to be Certified Climate Neutral by totally offsetting its carbon footprint.

“You can flourish and do well by doing good at the same time”, according to Roger Barnett.  He announced a new campaign to provide an economic opportunity for One Million Americans to become Eco-Entrepreneurs with Shaklee.  Shaklee is waiving the entire cost of joining Shaklee for the next 30 days(till mid-May 2009) to help create an income opportunity for One Million People this year, said Barnett.  So you can start a Green Business by sharing green and natural and healthy products with friends and family.  Dr Shaklee once said that Shaklee might be the last opportunity for the little person to build a business without a lot of money.

Dr. Maatha
i has been instrumental planting 30 million trees in her home country of Kenya to deal with the de-forestation of the countryside.  Her plan not only re-plants much needed trees it also employs women in need of jobs!   Dr. Maathai is working with the UN to plant One Billion Trees in the world!  She suggests that each individual plant 10(ten) trees in their lifetime.  So if you have not planted a tree, now is the time to get started.  Dr. Maathai was awarded Shaklee’s First Eco-Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009.

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