Green Horizons-Blog 1-Leave No Trail Behind

by PureOceanTV.com

Our passion for adventure started long ago…  My brother Jake and I grew up surfing, fishing, and diving along the beautiful Florida coast, benefitting from the natural spoils of our home waters! Our father, native Floridian Capt. Rodney Smith taught us the importance of the outdoors and respect for nature. Dad a Tampa Native fell in love with the Space coast and knew it was where he wanted to raise his family.  With a family of six, our parents always made time for traveling and adventure. Our taste for adventure grew stronger as we grew older.

Our dad saving a tangled sea bird while at work as a fishing guide on the Indian River Lagoon.

Our dad saving a tangled sea bird while at work as a fishing guide on the Indian River Lagoon.

A young James watching the waves before a full day of surfing in Playa Guiones Costa Rica! On one of our many adventures.

A young James watching the waves after a full day of surfing in Playa Guiones Costa Rica! On one of our many adventures.

In 2007, I joined some friends on their 48’ sailboat Exodus on a sail down the Island of Eleuthera in the out Islands of the Bahamas. Waking up looking out the porthole of the sailboat to beautiful landscape of crystal water mixed with rugged terrain was one of many experiences that made me want to be a sailor. I purchased an old sailboat “Valhalla” Heaven of the Vikings and started sailing!

James at helm heeling over in the Banana River Lagoon on his sailboat "Valhalla".

James at helm heeling over in the Banana River Lagoon on his sailboat “Valhalla”.

Birds eye view of Valhalla with part of Exodus's crew on board. Years after the trip to the Bahamas that inspired James to sail.

Birds eye view of Valhalla with part of Exodus’s crew on board. Years after the trip to the Bahamas that inspired James to sail.

In 2011, upon completion of our adventure’s Youth and Ambition and Fountain of Youth we learned about sailing life and getting back to the roots. It taught us the importance of patients, self-reliance, and hard work.

Watch the playlist of “Youth and Ambition” Here:

Watch “Fountain of Youth” Here:

After witnessing the destruction of the Gulf oil spill first hand it opened my eyes to the dark side of our lifestyles and how fast things can change. We didn’t want to be a part of the destruction anymore. We noticed all the things we do in life could either benefit or destroy the things we love, the ocean, the beach, the reefs, and healthy habitats for us, the plants and animals and the generations to come.  We knew we had to start with our own lifestyles. We focused on sustainability and living a different way. We slept early and rose with the sunrise. We realized small things you can change in life could make a huge difference.

Clean up crew after the Gulf Oil Spill.

Clean up crew after the Gulf Oil Spill.

A plastic bottle covered by oil from the Gulf Oil Spill.

A plastic bottle covered by oil from the Gulf Oil Spill.

Interview from the Gulf Oil Spill:

`We started eating quality food that’s grown locally and sustainable that supports a healthy human, community and environment.  We discover new way to cook and preserve our food using the sun and fire. While sharpening our green thump growing different fruit and vegetables. We started riding bikes more and walking.

Smoke dried tomatoes can be store for up to a year in a airtight container in a cool dark place.

Smoke dried tomatoes can be store for up to a year in a airtight container in a cool dark place naturally without the use of chemicals.

Free time was spent gardening and engineering recycled products. We conjured a plan to head back to the Bahamas and leave no trail behind. In order to achieve our goal we knew that Valhalla needed a good makeover. We planned to retiring the old smelly diesel and installing an electric motor that’s powered off batteries fueled by wind and sun. No gasoline or diesel needed! We would convert the outdated toilet to a composting toilet which would give us the benefit to reuse our old waste instead of dump it into a septic tank or overboard. We sold our dingy and outboard engine to replace it with a kayak. We’re only to rely on Wind, water, Sun, rain, fire and manpower the natural elements of life. We planned on enduring the trip with only sustainably grown foods and the natural bounties the ocean and land provides us. It’s going to be hard and everyday will bring a new problems and obstacles. Come along with us on our journey to a Green Horizon!

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Carlee Downey did this beautiful painting for our poster and cover.  Valhalla setting sail to a Green Horizon.

Carlee Downey did this beautiful painting for our poster and cover. Valhalla setting sail to a Green Horizon.

 

 

 

 

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