Fun Family Perspective Photos at Bonneville Salt Flats

Fun Family Perspective Photos at Bonneville Salt Flats

Adventures are seldom fun while you are having them! “

We had seen some fun perspective photos online and set out to make a few of our own! The saying goes that adventures are rarely fun while you are having them and these photos, while they were so fun to make, definitely came with challenges on a hot July day!

Andre would lie flat on his stomach to capture an image just right and the salt ground would first soak the clothes and then they would dry like a super starched item.

(watch the video on YouTube)

Wild Apricot Tree & the Incredible Health Benefits of Apricot Seeds.

Wild Apricot Tree & the Incredible Health Benefits of Apricot Seeds.

Andre wrote about our visit to Jerome that you can read about here, but I want to tell you about one of my highlights!!


Heading down the mountaintop of Jerome, AZ in early June, we drove past a lush apricot tree, absolutely loaded with ripe, juicy apricots in the side of the road.

We pulled our van over, as much as we could on the narrow, windy and steep road to pick the fruit.
Why was I so happy? Well, first, our crew was hungry, and it seemed like manna from heaven! Mom win!!

We devoured these apricots in minutes!!

Secondly, this tree was wild and untouched by harmful herbicides, pesticides as it stood alone on a steep slope with few cars passing by!
Lastly, because of how incredibly healthy it is to eat apricot seeds!!!

Apricot Seeds are one of the most concentrated and potent forms of Vitamin B17, also referred to as amygdalin, which is jam packed with vitamins and minerals that are anti-cancer, anti-aging powerhouses. Not surprising to anyone on the natural health arena, the FDA has suspiciously banned B17 since 1980, despite there being 934 studies on PubMed , like this one, about vitamin B17 and its remarkable health benefits.

Apricot seeds, for me, are synonymous with natural cancer cures whereas Andre thinks of DiSarrono Amaretto, which is actually made using the biter seed. Yum!

Other natural sources of B17, although not so concentrated as apricot seed , are apple seeds, plums, red cherries, peaches and other fruits.

We ate the fruit and let the pits dry out which didn’t take too long in the hot and dry Arizona summer!

Our little chef, Basti, cracked the dried pits open with pliers and we ate them a few at a time. Little things like this make my day! How about you?

‘We are on a trajectory towards communism’: Family gives up European travel rather than mask, take coronavirus vaccine

‘We are on a trajectory towards communism’: Family gives up European travel rather than mask, take coronavirus vaccine

Meet a Catholic family that will not take the COVID-19 vaccine, or permit their children to take it, or wear masks, no matter what the cost.

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June 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Andre Ebert is willing never to go home to Germany rather than wear a mask on the flight, let alone accept a COVID-19 vaccine.

The executive chef and his wife Andrea, also a professional chef, are the parents of six children – with one more on the way. They told LifeSiteNews in a recent interview that they will not take the COVID-19 vaccine, or permit their children to take it, or wear masks, no matter what the cost. And the costs are potentially very high: restaurants are requiring staff to wear masks and Europe – mecca of many food professionals – is currently inaccessible, thanks to airlines’ mask mandates.

But as traditional Catholics, they refuse to bend the knee to government-imposed narratives they believe are false.

“I think it’s not just COVID,” said Andre, who grew up in socialist East Germany.

“It’s also what’s going on politically at the moment. It seems to me that we are on a trajectory towards communism.”

Andrea recalled commiserating with her mother-in-law in how “horrible” it must have been to live under the privations and restrictions of life behind the Iron Curtain and being shocked when the older woman revealed that they “were very comfortable in their prison.”

Her husband has been troubled to find the same willingness to accept whatever the state chooses to hand out among Americans today.

“The government is doing what the ‘scientists,’ the authorities, tell us to do, and they are following that,” Andre said.

“Nobody wants to stand out. When you go into the grocery store, everybody’s wearing masks,” he continued.

“It’s like a bunch of zombies doing what the government tells you. You feel out of place, almost, if you’re not wearing a mask. People look at you.”

Andrea said that it was hard to reach people who don’t follow the family’s health philosophies, which include an emphasis on excellent nutrition, because “they’re so sucked into this world of fear and lies.”

Knowing the truth, she said, makes one almost “immune” to propaganda and free from fear.

Andre suggested that knowing how the COVID-19 vaccine is made makes someone morally obliged to reject it.

Regarding masks, Andre said people had told him that it was “just easier” to wear them, so they can “get what they want.” He himself has been denied entrance to shops because he was not wearing a mask.

Andrea thinks the way to cope with push-back against the couple’s freedom-loving stance is to face the worst that could happen to them – including the extremely slim chance of dying of COVID-19 – and then plan for it.

“You almost have to face the consequences and be fine with it, and then it’s amazing how God catches you every time and it’s actually better.”

‘We’ll take our chances with the virus rather than with the vaccine’

Andre is dubious that they or their children have much to fear from COVID-19; the experimental COVID-19 vaccines, however, are another story.

“If you’re healthy, you don’t have to worry about the virus,” he said.

“Children don’t have to worry about the virus. I think we’ll take our chances with the virus rather than with the vaccine.”

His wife, who describes herself as “very freedom-motivated,” has made their objections to the official COVID-19 narratives very public. Andrea believes that the way to “attract your tribe,” that is to say, likeminded people, is “speaking the truth.” Thus, she had always been very open about her views on home-schooling vs. the public education system when she tackled the COVID-19 issue in February 2020.

“I almost feel like we have a moral obligation to start sharing and speaking up, and the more people that speak up, we get stronger in our convictions,” Andrea said.

“We come together like a very powerful tribe, and then we become the force to be reckoned with.”

The pregnant mother offered the example of going mask-free to her ultrasound appointment and thus befriending a likeminded, but then less bold, employee in the office.

Regarding the earthly delights of Europe, its fabled restaurants and delicious bakeries, the couple has been building their own home-based business so that they would be free to travel throughout the continent with their children. But in adjusting this dream to embrace a trip around the United States, Andrea reflected on the story of Lot’s wife and her own teenage hankering for New York City, which her “conservative” Nicaraguan mother thought God might destroy any minute. There must have been something about Sodom and Gomorrah that Lot’s wife valued, Andrea believes, and that’s why she turned around.

Andrea used to worry that she herself would be like Lot’s wife but has discovered that she is not tempted at all to give up her convictions just to go back to Europe.

“Europe is far worse off than the United States,” she said.

“It has lost all its lure, all its spice and flavor and appeal because [of] the [establishment’s] slave system,” she continued, adding that she didn’t want to have anything to do with it. 

“Even if it means that we’ll never go to that bakery again, we’ll never go to that restaurant again, we’ll never see that place again – it’s lost its appeal.”

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Our Road Trip From Texas To Arizona

Our Road Trip From Texas To Arizona

There has been so much going on since we got on the road in mid December, learning as we went along, starting our YouTube channel and social media, figuring out how to live in limited space, cooking in a tiny kitchen and outside, where and how to boondock between destinations, even homeschooling on the road….. I could go on and on. It has been a lot of fun and some chaos as you can imagine with seven children but we have all enjoyed it and grown as a family.

This is the reason why it took us so long to get going with this blog and why we are starting in the middle of our journey. After spending the Christmas and the winter in Florida we made our way to Texas in the beginning of March. We flew through Alabama but stopped in Mississippi and Louisiana but did not spend nearly enough time there.

Texas was very dry when we arrived and we really started enjoying it properly once we reached the Hill Country, San Antonio and the Northern part of the state.

We have bunch of videos on YouTube if you would like to follow us there.

In the middle of May we started heading further West to Arizona where we are staying in the Sedona/Verde Vally area.

Amarillo, Our First destination

Our first destination was Amarillo, but we left Bay Landing late and only traveled a couple of hours. We took 287 and stopped halfway at a rest area to spend the night. As we are storing the bicycles in the trailer when we travel we have limited space, but still enough for everyone to sleep comfortably. The generator provides enough power to run the A/C and the fridge as well. In the beginning it was a bit strange to sleep in a rest area but now we don’t mind at all.

By the way, our favorite rest area is on I75 near Tampa. We stayed there on several occasions while moving from on park to another.

After a quick breakfast, which could be bagels and egg or baguette and ham and some reading and math for the children, we got back on the road to go to Amarillo. We stopped at Cadillac Ranch and the children had fun spray-painting the 10 cars.

The Ranch, located west of Amarillo on the old Route 66, is an example of hippy art and was started by an art group from California that called themselves Ant Farm. It is supposed to be a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail-fin. Ten successive models were buried halfway in the ground front facing down.

Today each car is covered at least an inch thick with graffiti. It was the first of a few stops on the mother road that is the old Route 66. after our visit at Cadillac Ranch we drove along a small part of 66 and then went to Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

By that time it was already late and we did not have enough time to see as much as we would have liked and as the canyon deserved. We would have stayed but did not have reservations nor could we as there is absolutely no cell phone signal.

We still had enough time to take in some of the rugged beauty and vastness of Palo Duro. As I am not very good with heights I was very nervous about the kids running along the edges of the cliffs. They don’t seem to have any fear. We spend a couple of hours before we left as the park was closing to the public. It is definitely a destination we recommend to anyone and will come back to visit.

Next Stop Santa Fe

After our visit in Amarillo it was time to carry on toward Arizona where we had reservations at the Thousand Trails RV park near Sedona. We headed down Route 40 and again stayed at a rest area near Albuquerque. After 2 months we had exited Texas. The next morning after some home schooling, we headed to Santa Fe to visit Loretto Chapel and saint Joseph’s stair case. Andrea and I fell in love with the city, it’s small houses built in the style typical to the area, like the houses of the puebloans painted in the reddish clay color, it’s small roads and the vegetation. Mountains are all around the city. The whole drive through New Mexico lead through a dry countryside with little vegetation so it was nice to see grass and trees. The city is small for being a state capital, very clean and there are lots of little colorful shops. At 7200 feet it is very high and it got cold at night. It was quite unusual as we had to dig deep to find clothes appropriate for the weather. It had been hot everywhere we stayed but because of the altitude it was colder.

We found a place to park at the rodeo through the app Campendium and got full hook-ups. So we took advantage and had showers and cleaned up.

The next morning we headed back to the city and visited a few churches. On our way to Loretto chapel we stumbled across another church, San Miguel Chapel, Americas oldest church. It was built in 1610 and is still an active church. Right next to it was one of Americas oldest houses. It is used as a museum and a gift shop.

From Mission San Miguel we had to walk a couple of blocks to get to the Loretto Chapel. It is now privately owned after it was handed over by the Sisters of Loretto to a private family to prevent it from being demolished.

As the story goes after the church had been built there was no staircase to get to the choir loft. The sisters of Loretto prayed a novena to Saint Joseph the carpenter, the foster father of our Lord, to help with the building of a staircase. After the novena was finished a man showed up with a few simple tools. He built the staircase by himself without the use of glue or nails. What makes it so unique is that there is no central column to support the structure. Architects are still baffled to this day how the structure still stands to this day when it should have collapsed as soon as one put his foot on it. The man who built the staircase disappeared as soon as he was finished without being paid. The wood he used is not from the area. Many believe Saint Joseph built the stairs himself. Regardless, there is a lot of mystery surrounding the staircase, so much so that we had heard of it and decided to visit.

Another church we decided to visit was the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was closed however so we went back home for dinner after which we headed back to Route 40 to make some headway get to Arizona.

The next day we wanted to visit El Morro National Monument, a place of natural beauty and site of the remains of pueblo culture. Because of the heat and drought and the danger of wild fire the park was closed however and we were not able to visit or hike as we had planned. On our way through the area we crossed the continental divide at 7800 feet high. I had not noticed that we were that high, I did not want to drive that high with our rig but in the end it was not a problem at all. I guess it depends on the road and there were no big descends.

After getting back on Route 40 we decided to follow the old 66 and stopped at Gallup. We were hoping to see some remnants of the historic road but were disappointed. There was not much left of it and what we saw was not very pretty. We left a little disappointed and headed towards Arizona. That night we decided to visit the Petrified Forest National Park the following day. We were not sure at first as we did not know what to expect but we were not disappointed. It was one of the most impressive stops we had made since we got on the road.

The Petrified Forest

After breakfast and and home schooling we left for the National park. We did not have to drive far as we got close the day before. We entered through the South gate and stopped at the museum and gift shop. The museum’s exit led to a trail with all kinds of logs and sections of petrified wood. The color spectrum is quite incredible and with some of the trunks it was hard to believe that the wood had been petrified. The views throughout the park are incredible but seemed to get better, the further we went along in the park.

After we had finished walking the trail we got back into the car and followed the road. We stopped on several occasions and saw more petrified wood, Jasper Forest, Blue Mesa, Petroglyphes, remnants of a pueblo village, a memorial to the old Route 66 with an old car, a plaque and even some of the poles that ran along the road, the most stunning views at a variety of pull overs, the Painted Desert Inn and walked a couple more hikes.

The night before we were seriously contemplating not going to the park but thankfully made the right decision. We spend probably 8 hours but on occasion rushed through and could have easily spend more time. The park closes at 7:30, so we got back on the road after exiting close to route 40. Our next destination was Flagstaff with a few stops along the way first. On our drive in the night we must have passed Winslow so we did not get to stand on the corner. But we took the exit to Winona and saw the Rocks Creek Bridge.

We also stopped at Two Guns, a ghost town established in the early nineteen hundreds. Way before then a massacre happened when apparently Navajo Indians killed some Apache Indians in a cave. Billy the Kid and his outlaw gang spent a winter in a ruin across Diablo Canyon near Two Guns

In the early nineteen hundreds a businessman purchased the land and built a shop near the cave where the massacre had happened. He sold some land to another business man who built the gas station, a shop and a restaurant.. again another businessman leased some land and built a Zoo. There are still ruins from that time and on one of the exhibits you can read Mountain Lions. It was quite a walk from the exit of route 40 but very interesting to look back into the past. the walk along the cliff where there had been some of the cages was very pretty, too.

The gas station close to the exit was sprayed with graffiti and the smell reminded me of Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo because of the spray paint. After about 45 minutes it wwas time to get back on the road. We stopped quickly at Two Arrows, a gas station that had two giant wooden arrows stuck into the ground in front of it (one of which was lying on the ground). The gas station was in ruins but the pumps were still standing and one could walk through the building which was again covered with graffiti.

Our plan was to also stop at Walnut Canyon National Monument but because of construction we missed the exit and as it was already later in the day we decided not to turn around. Instead we drove along the Old 66 in Flagstaff which was definitely one of the nicer and better kept parts of the old road and much nicer than what we had seen in Gallup. I would like to stop at Seligman which is supposed to be very a great memorial to 66.

While we were driving through Cottonwood and Clarkdale we saw some beautiful reminders of the historic 89A something I expected from Route 66 in a lot of locations.

Later that night we made it to our camp ground near Cottonwood. We had to descend from Flagstaff some 3000 feet with a descend of up to 6% for 16 miles.

After some white knuckle driving in the dark, at least I was not distracted by the breathtaking views along the way, we made it down the mountain and arrived a day earlier than planned.

Now we have 2 weeks in the area and can enjoy some of the nicer RV parks and sceneries of our journey.

Is Jerome, AZ worth visiting?

Is Jerome, AZ worth visiting?

When we were traveling to Utah to go to a biohacker convention, we stayed at a RV resort in the beautiful, Sedona area of Arizona. We fell in love with that part of the state pretty much immediately. On our travels lately we had seen mostly desert and savannah and it was a nice change to see trees and grass.

We stayed at an RV-park in near Cottonwood and fell in love while driving through. So we decided to explore the area a little more and visited the neighboring Clarkdale and Jerome.

Jerome is a town built into Cleopatra mountain, part of the Black Hills in the Prescott National Forest 100 miles North of Phoenix on Route 89A in Yavapai county.

The view of Jerome as you drive closer

The drive was breathtaking, going uphill with beautiful views, steep drop-offs and windy roads. Jerome has an elevation of 5000 feet

Mining History

Jerome is an old mining town that had it’s hay-days in the 1920’s.

Hokoam people were the first to settle in the area. others followed, some of which started mining the copper ore – visible on the surface.

Explorers from Spain did not harvest the copper ore as they were sent to find gold and silver.

Arizona was part of Alta California and Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico the was ceesed by Mexico at the end of the Mexican American War in 1848.

Two large ore bodies were harvested by two mining companies. At it’s height in the 1920’s 10,000 people lived and worked in Jerome. A smelter and various other businesses depending on the mining industry established in the town. A school, a post office, churches and fraternal organizations followed with brick buildings and gas lighting.

The head frame of one of the mines, Little Daisy mine in the background

businesses depending on alcohol, gambling and prostitution boomed as the population was 78% male.

Demand for copper fluctuated and so did the population of Jerome. Prices for copper dropped during the great depression and the amount of people living in Jerome dwindled. In 1953 the ore was exhausted and the mines close for good. At that point less than 100 people stayed in Jerome and the town gained it’s status as a ghost town.

Today galeries, restaurants, coffee houses, wineries, a state park and a museum attract tourists from all over the country.
The Grand Hotel, formerly the Valle Verde Hospital is a hot-spot for ghost hunters as during its time as a hospital about 9000 people died there.
It is apparently one of the most haunted places in Arizona.

We had a great time visiting the mine, although the State Historic Park was closed we were able to see little Daisy Mine. Its head frame is still standing and a few other artifacts were visible as well. You can stand on top of the opening of the mine above an abyss of 1900 feet.

The mine shaft of Little Daisy mine is over 1900 feet deep

on our way from the mine to the town we found an apricot tree and enjoyed the perfectly ripe fruit.

We enjoyed the apricots we picked off a tree after we left the mine.

The town of Jerome is built into the rock and bustling with history. Most houses have been remodeled but some have only the facade left. Gift shops, Ghost tours, coffee houses and restaurants, galleries and a glass blower are there for you to visit.

Looking up the hill toward the municipal building

We enjoyed our day very much and would recommend Jerome to everyone traveling through the area. The history, ghost tours, the beauty of the town or just the drive alone will make it well worth visiting the town.

Understanding the Difference between Activation and Supplementation

Understanding the Difference between Activation and Supplementation

The root cause of inflammation and nearly every chronic and autoimmune disease is directly linked to oxidative stress. A quick search on PubMed, the national database for scientific and medical research, will highlight over a quarter million studies linking oxidative stress to just about every health issue known to man.

What is Oxidative Stress?

Oxidative stress, also referred to as “free radical damage”, is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body. We combat oxidative stress with antioxidants, however, just supplementing antioxidants is ineffective option due to the fact that we have 13 sextillion (that’s 13 with 26 zeros!!!) free radicals built up daily, so using traditional antioxidant supplements is like trying to pay off our national debt with a $1 dollar bill at a time. It just can’t keep up and gets buried further and further into debt. This graphic with a decaying apple is a great way to explain what’s happening in our cells when they are overwhelmed with oxidative stress.

Exogenous vs Endogenous Antioxidants

There are 2 types of antioxidants: exogenous and endogenous.

Exogenous antioxidants are antioxidants that we get through our diet and through supplements or even intravenously. This approach combats the free radicals on a 1:1 scale.

Endogenous Antioxidants are antioxidants our body’s make; like glutathione, super oxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. These antioxidants are 1 million times more powerful. They are able to neutralize the free radicals on the scale of 1,000,000: 1 every second of every minute, of every hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because our bodies are miraculous. Now imagine, you are paying off the national debt with a million dollar bill every second of the day and night. It starts to make an impact on the debt and so is the case with our “toxic debt” and our health.

The key to health and anti-aging is to limit our toxic overload as much as possible and neutralize the oxidative stress by activating our survival genes: nrf2, nrf1 and NAD. They are activated or “switched on” using very specific combinations of natural herbs and compounds.

Nrf2 may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative medical breakthrough in the history of medicine”

Washington State University

What is Nrf2?

I am so glad you asked! Nrf2 exists in every single cell in all mammals, so even our four-legged friends can benefit immensely. Nrf2 is a master healing and detox pathway but needs to be ‘switched on’ or activated using nutrigenomics, natural herbs and compounds that effect our genes in a positive way. It activates the body to heal itself. Here is the most proven one, that we use every single day!! This is scientifically proven to reduce oxidative stress by 40% in just the first 30 days. It increases our body’s natural production of glutathione by 300%, SOD by 30% and Catalase by 40%. This natural nrf2 activator is the only natural product proven to extend life in mice by 7% and has a whopping 28 studies published on PubMed, which is unheard of for an all-natural product.

Foundations for Health and Healing

To be well you have to first fix the cell. Activating our nrf2 pathway is, arguably, the single most important thing we can do for our health. It is foundational. Allow the body to detox at the cellular level, make very powerful antioxidants to put out fires in the body and recalibrate and fine tune our genes to health. Once the foundation has been set, I advise people to build up their mitochondria, cell energy, next and then focus on gut health… or if your budget allows, do all three at once.

In summary, instead of working with symptoms, we work with the powerful systems our incredible body’s already have in place.

Flip the Switch. Feel Better. Do more!