Blogs from Kansas City, Missouri, United States, North America - page 15


North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City January 18th 2006

Hello I am Greg Dillard, the alternate team member; I will provide a support role as the team prepares for their journey. I work in the field of Entertainment Marketing and am currently a graduate student at the University of Kansas. As much as I love my career, I relish the opportunity to get out from behind my desk. I am passionate about backpacking, rock climbing, and many other outdoor activities. ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City January 17th 2006

I'm Gordon Hadden, Rotary District 6040Team leader. I retired from Syngenta Agricultural Chemical (CIBA-Geigy) and have been married to Coni for 42 years. Two grown children, 7 grand children and 1 great grand child are the greatest delight in our lives. Rotary service and board service for Hillcrest, a non-profit transitional housing program in Liberty, MO. provides a “paycheck for the heart”. ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City January 13th 2006

Greetings from Missouri! This is our first blog entry so we should start with the basics. Here is our team picture, Jesse, Brock, Cindy, and Sarah; the handsome guy in the middle is our team leader, Gordon. You will be able to read more about Gordon and his gregarious group below, but first we want to say hello to anyone reading this in New Zealand, our future destination. So where is Missouri, you ask? We are located in the geographic center of the States, where east meets west, urban blends with rural, and barbecue is an art, not a meal. Our Rotary District 6040 covers the northern 1/3 of the state of Missouri and includes the large metropolitan area of Kansas City (2 million people). I know what you’re thinking—what do... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City December 15th 2005

Geo: 39.103, -94.583The actual flight home was uneventful... a far cry from the excitement I used to get from flying. It was nice to finally be able to plug my headphones in and listen to the pilots talk on the radio. When I arrived at the airport I was a little surprised to find that my family wasn't there to greet me. It turns out my parents were running a little late. Eventually they showed up and it was a fun reunion. After a pose for the camera with all my gear on, we head home, the journey over at last. Only time will tell when the next great adventure will begin!... read more
Ryan in Travel Gear Mode(tm)
Ryan and Mom
Ryan and Dad

North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City July 31st 2005

Geo: 39.103, -94.583This is the first all-nighter I've had to do since college. I've been up all night going over everything before I leave for Chicago tomorrow. I've scanned all my documents and emailed them to myself in case I need access to them on the road. I like this idea, because even if I lose everything I own, I can still get my documents from the web. I got a new battery for my watch too. I've been so lazy about getting a new battery that I haven't worn my watch in 4 months. Time to get used to it again (ack). It's amazing that Wal-Mart is the only store capable of replacing the battery in my watch, and for only $3!. The mall wanted $16, bastards. I'm a little drawn on how much insect ... read more
Special Sewn in Sleeve for Laptop and GPS
Top View of Day Pack with Washer

North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City July 30th 2005

Geo: 39.103, -94.583I was exhausted last night after getting to my parents house at nearly 1am and then unloading all of my stuff. I managed to carry most of it upstairs before I passed out. I did a test packing of my bag and daypack. It seems right now that my bag is about 20lb and my daypack, about 7 with the laptop inside. I hope to keep my total under 27lbs, but this might not be possible. Some of the airlines in Europe have really strict weight limits (11lb?) on carry-ons so it might be a pointless attempt to make the cut. Zip-lock bags are great. The only problem is that the required air that is left inside of them around the object wastes a lot of space in your bag. I'm going to leave ... read more

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