A message from the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation

Ryan and Dwight hope to raise $10,000 to support the burn camp, which will host 70 children between the ages of 8 and 18. They are determined to reach the West Coast as a personal challenge as well as helping young burn survivors.

Started in 1991, the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp is located in northern Connecticut on 176 acres. Every summer, burn survivors come to the burn camp, which is a safe and fun environment that helps kids heal emotionally and physically. The Burn Camp is free to the children, who come primarily from the Northeast and some foreign counteries, but any burn survivor child anywhere is welcome. More than 70 adult counselors, primarily active and retired firefighters and burn unit nurses, occupational and physical therapists, child psychologists and even a doctor will serve as mentors for the week.

It's also our goal to promote burn awareness and fire prevention and education, which we do year around. We sponsor a burn survivor, burned in a car accident that involved speeding and drinking alcohol, who speaks to high school students throughout Connecticut. We also support the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, helping to purchase equipment.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Dwight - a blur on a bicycle

It's kind of dark but...UTAH!


Another long-awaited visit for me. It seems that is the case for most of the places in this part of the country. We rode right after we finished the North Kaibob trail in The Grand Canyon to Zion National Park. It was a night ride, so we weren't able to see most of the scenery on the eastern entrance of the park but when we woke up the next morning, inside the park, the sight was breathtaking.

Feeling so close to the end of the trip and the urgency to finish, we wanted to make sure we didn't forget one of the focuses of the trip which fueled it in the first place; to explore and enjoy the most beautiful parts of the nation. With this in mind, we decided to stay two nights in Zion, which made it possible to do a balanced, two day-hikes.

The first one being, Angel's Landing, which brought hikers to the very top of the canyon, a strenuous, steep climb.

Angel's Landing

The second one, The Narrows, which was an easier hike and brought hikers into the depths of the canyon, hiking upstream the Virgin River through the water.

The Narrows

The small portion of Zion we were able to see was unbelievable. There is something for everyone. Go there.


Claudia said...

Hi Guys!
My husband is getting more jealous everytime I show him more of your blog. The new stuff is probably going to do him in. It's great that you are doing this. You won't ever forget it, but you know that already!
Keep having fun & travel safe.

Albert said...


Dwight, I have a proposition for you. You are scant days from arriving in Las Vegas and the city’s incandescent pulchritude is sure to overwhelm you and Ryan. If my instincts are correct, you have never thrown dice before. For that reason, I want you at a craps table rolling the dice for charity. My proposition is the following:

1) Pony up to a craps table at the gambling   emporium of your choice.
2) Wait for the dice to reach you – don’t worry, the box man will guide you. You have to be the one throwing the dice – beginner’s luck is key.
3) Wager $25 on the “pass line.” Ask for guidance if you need it.
4) Keep rolling until you double your bet or lose it.
5) If you win, say good night and your charity’s $25 richer – the bet pays 1 to 1. Proviso: If you roll a 7 or 11 on the come-out roll, pocket the $25 profit and keep rolling on your original bet.
6) If you lose, I will reimburse you your $25 stake and then some for the cause. I’m good for it. Just let me know via the blog and I’ll send a check wherever. Cyclist’s honor.

Bonne Chance!