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Training for a Half Marathon – This is the Beginning

 Training for a Half Marathon   This is the Beginning

Hey Adventurers,

I’m embarking on something I never thought I would – I’m running a half marathon. You should know I don’t run. But at the encouragement of a friend, I’m going to try it. Running a marathon is on my adventure list, so starting with a half is a good place to begin.

I’ll be participating in the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Saturday, October 1st, 2011. With only three months left to train, there’s much to be done. I’ll be documenting my progress along the way in this blog. And I’ll let you know now, you’re encouragement is highly needed. I can currently run 2 miles comfortably – 11 more to go!

Pick ‘n Pay vs. Old Navy

 Pick n Pay vs. Old Navy

South Africa always surprises me. Between having hippos as pets, the thrill of searching for lions, baboons trashing my room, eating bunnies, drinking amarula and the vuvuzela, there’s always something that makes me smile. There’s something to delight you around every corner. It’s like discovering a whole new world.

Such was the case on a trip to the shopping mall. I walked past a store called Pick ‘n Pay… and then I turned around and said, “was that Old Navy I just walked past?”

Funny, Farting Underwear in Orlando

Orlando is home to lots of, what I call, “Tacky Tourist” stores. You’ll find souvenir shops with wizards, shuttles, oranges and everything else imaginable on the roofs lining the main tourist streets. Most of these stores sell towels, t-shirts and other assorted items.

But on a recent pop-in, I came across these pairs of underwear that made me laugh…

 Funny, Farting Underwear in Orlando

On the one hand, those granny panties are a bit too baggy for my tastes. But on the other hand, they would be hilarious to wear, wouldn’t they?

What pair of briefs would you wear? Share by commenting.

Tips for Visiting a Nude Beach for the First Time

 Tips for Visiting a Nude Beach for the First Time

Hey Adventurers,

I got my “All Over at Haulover” this weekend.

I’m sure the title of today’s post got you all uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t. Haulover Beach in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is known for a small stretch that allows nudity. If you’ve never been nude at a nude beach, add it to your adventure list. It’s an adventure worth having once – and you’ll probably enjoy it enough you’ll go back again.

Feelgoodz Needs Help to Feel Good!

 Feelgoodz Needs Help to Feel Good!

Alright adventurers,

We need everyone’s help here. My buddy Kyle Berner, CEO of Feelgoodz, has been affected by the BP Oil Spill. He was supposed to start selling his summer line of flip flops early this summer, but couldn’t because his shipment was delayed to the Port of New Orleans because of the spill. So with a much shorter selling season, he’s been struggling to make his sales and repay a loan that’s due on Wednesday. You can read the full story at Change.org.

Descending 1830m into a South African Gold Mine Part 1 of 2

 Descending 1830m into a South African Gold Mine Part 1 of 2

This week I’m celebrating going “Down Under”. In preparation for going down under to Australia, next February, I’m going down under this weekend and getting SCUBA certified. So today’s post is about another time I went down under – into a gold mine.

In July of 2007 I had the opportunity to descend into a real gold mine in South Africa. It is probably one of the most amazing, adventurous and memorable experiences I ever had. I first wrote about it on my old blog. I’m republishing the story again (with a few edits) on adventureswithben.com. It’s a bit descriptive so I’m sharing it over the course of two posts. You’ll have to return tomorrow for part 2.

Feelgoodz are Coming to Orlando!

 Feelgoodz are Coming to Orlando!

Quick, leave work early. Feelgoodz Flip Flops are arriving in Orlando today!

What are Feelgoodz?

 Feelgoodz are Coming to Orlando!

Feelgoodz are Flip Flops.

But not just any flip flops; they come from Thailand and are the most comfortable flip flops ever, seriously! I wore them all around Pattaya when I packed them for my trip to Thailand during the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Competition.

Archive: Our Packing Essentials

From the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Pattaya Blog Archive [originally published 5 December 2009].

In an effort to reach out to new voters and new ways of promotion, I partnered with my friend Kyle Berner, CEO of Feelgoodz Flip Flops. His sells flip flops made in Thailand. We bought some, packed them in our suitcase and brought them with us. We promoted him, he promoted us. I don’t know how many voters or press that got us, but his flops are really comfortable. You should definitely check them out!

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Reservations at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge

 Reservations at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Welcome to Pilanesberg National Park and the Ivory Tree Game Lodge; Our home for the next few days. Pilanesberg is a great park to view all the African animals in your field book. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. It’s Africa Week here at adventureswithben.com and each day I’m going to bring to you some highlights from my time game spotting at the park.