All posts tagged: adventure

Hike Russ Park. Send Help! | From Ferndale 004

Come with me from the Golden Gait Mercantile ( on Ferndale’s Main Street to Russ Park, a 110-acre natural preserve. There we’ll enjoy Eagle Point and Zipporah’s Pond and journey to the summit of Mt. Everest with Romney’s Kindle Mint Cake (#eatromneys). PLUS, I might need you to send help. Watch to find out why. Check out the Golden Gait Mercantile: Learn more about Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake: The music and sound FX used in my videos are licensed through Epidemic Sound.   Connect with me: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: 

Best Trip EVER! From Ferndale to Oahu to Surf, Zipline, and… | From Ferndale 003

Childhood cancer is horrendous, but Oahu is awesome. Ep. 3 of From Ferndale is my son’s Make-A-Wish trip, and, DUDE!!!, is it not packed with awesome! First vlog of more than a day’s worth footage. Great learning experience. This video highlights a lot of great services, including the Make-A-Wish foundation, however, it’s not sponsored by any of them. Just lovin’ on those who deserve it. Links to the restaurants, services, and places from our trip to Oahu: Make-A-Wish: Sheraton Waikiki:… Waikiki Beach Services: Duke’s Waikiki: EO Wai’anae Tours (snorkeling): Dole Plantation: Matsumoto Shave Ice: Rum Fire: CLIMBworks: Chief’s Luau: The music and sound FX I use in my videos are licensed through Epidemic Sound.   Connect with me: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: 

The Black Star of Kingston | Book Review

After reading S.D. Smith‘s first children’s novel, The Green Ember, (read my thoughts on it here) I quickly ordered this little volume, as well as book two of The Green Ember Series, Ember Falls. The Black Star of Kingston is a great read. It’s a prequel of sorts, taking the reader to a time before Heather and Picket, a time when The Green Ember’s familiar motto was just being formed. If your kids like swashbuckling adventure, they’ll love this book. The characters are great and the story is true to S.D. Smith’s tagline, New Stories with an Old Soul. I enjoyed getting to know the new cast in this fantastic story! Zach Franzen’s illustrations were excellent additions in this regard. It’s a good, clean, exciting read for the whole family. When it comes to books about talking animals it would seem that a new author has successfully taken up the mantle.

The Green Ember | Book Review

Let’s start where ancient wisdom tells us not to and judge this book by its cover. If I didn’t know anything about S.D. Smith‘s first children’s novel or about Story Warren Books, the cover would’ve been enough to convince me to give it a chance. Zach Franzen‘s art is warm and crisp, inviting viewers to explore the world of these rabbits with swords. Okay, so only one rabbit has a sword on the cover. Not the point. The cover art is superb! That’s the point. Young ones will enjoy finding more of Franzen’s art throughout the book as well. As it stands I actually did know a thing or two about this book and it’s publisher before I purchased it. For instance, Story Warren says they exist to serve you as you foster holy imagination in the children you love. Awesome! Or how about the author’s claim to write new stories with an old soul? Okay. I’m in. It was a no brainer from there. I had to purchase the hardcover edition of The Green Ember, which is a high quality product and …

Warrior Monk | Book Review

With powerful endorsements by both a congressman (Pete King) and a well known reporter (Larry Kudow) on the cover, I was aching to get into this book. The first of Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels, Warrior Monk, catches your attention from page one. It reads like one of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp adventures, dishing out details and action at a fast pace.  And in the midst of that action Keating manages to brilliantly present the reader with thought provoking truths, seemingly little things that aren’t pondered nearly enough, such as a note about church architecture or a relational reality particular to men who hold the pastoral office. At other times he deals with larger topics such as church doctrine and practice. As the story unfolds Keating presents the Christian faith in a real way that any reader will appreciate, exposing differences and difficulties between varying denominations and between the Church and the world without distraction. This perfect backdrop propels the protagonist, and the reader, into the challenges of the book. It’s a spectacular ride steeped in theological intrigue! As a fan of G.K. …