Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rick Warren hospitalized

Rick Warren, the well-known mega-church pastor, is apparently something of a gardener extraordinaire. At least, he was striving to be so when he was injured by one of his own plants. While pruning shrubs in his Southern California home he inadvertently wiped his eyes after touching a firestick plant.  Firestick plants are very toxic, but are highly regarded by many gardeners for its desert-themed beauty. It has been known to cause temporary blindness if it comes in contact with the eyes.

In a Twitter post Thursday morning Warren wrote,
"My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison. Hospitalized Mon. Excruciating pain. Now home. Pray my sight loss is restored." He later commented, "The pain is excruciating - 12 on a scale of 1 through 10."  Rick is a brother in Christ and a fellow servant of the Cross (though one I've occasionally strongly disagreed  with). As it happens, he is also a fellow gardener (hopefully he is organic--care for the planet dude).

Here's my word to Rick Warren: Rick, you are in my prayers today brother.  But from one pastor gardener to another, next time just plant ivy instead. Perhaps having plants that can blind you is a little too much.

More Hiawatha Photos

Family at Lake Superior
Taking supplies to campsite via canoe
Unloading at the campsite (just after a heavy downpour)

Catching a few zzzz's on the shore of Lake Superior


Remi decided to "go native"
Enjoying the Beach at Sand Point (Munising)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Photos from Camping Trip in the Hiawatha National Forest

Hammock Camping on McKeever Lake

Fish Lake at 8:30 am

McKeever Lake (photo taken from Ewing Point)

A section of the Bruno Run Trail that overlooks Dipp Lake.

McKeever Lake

Dad and Boys taking a break on the Bruno Run Trail 
Peter the mighty fisherman (not much biting on McKeever Lake that day)
Fish Lake in the early AM
Ewing Point (photo taken from McKeever Lake)

Remi enjoying the campsite