“From the Roof of Africa”

This past weekend, our plantsman and mountaineer extraordinaire Ryan Seely, completed an epic climb of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  The party of climbers left their base camp at midnight Saturday, and summitted the highest peak in Africa in time to see the sunrise.  Ryan reported that his training in Portland at Evolution Healthcare and Fitness definitely paid off.  They have a training room that simulates the air pressure and Oxygen levels at elevations up to 17,000 feet.  Ryan posted this to Facebook after returning to base camp from the summit.

Made it to summit and back down safe to 12,800. After an amazing and incredibly difficult and rewarding day, it was worth it. 15 hours in the trail today. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding. We were treated to a beautiful sunrise from the top and the best showing of stars I’ve ever seen. Tomorrow we finish heading down the mountain and make it to the gate.”

I’ve included some great pictures Ryan posted from his journey.  I can’t wait to hear Ryan’s stories from his excellent adventure.  I’ve reflected over the past couple weeks about how and why I’ve attempted or overcome challenging things in my own life.  It seems to me that “because it is there” is not a sufficient reason to climb a mountain, or commit to some other difficult undertaking.  The real reason we commit to the difficult things in life is that they make us better people.  2 weeks ago, in my newsletter, I mentioned John F. Kennedy’s speech about sending a man to the moon.  This excerpt from that address has always echoed in my mind as I’ve contemplated difficult challenges in life.

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.”

Ryan began contemplating this climb over a year ago when we set out on another “climb”.  We set out to raise $25,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Ryan’s daughter Anna is a survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  Anna had a mountain to climb when she fought off this disease.  I can absolutely say this about Ryan, Kim, Anna and Brett Seely, and all their family and friends.  Fighting for Anna’s life was a challenge they were willing to accept, and one they intended to win.  Anna is doing awesome now, and our goal of raising $25K for continued research into cures for childhood blood cancers has been more than doubled!  To date, we’ve raised over $56,000, thanks to generous contributions from many of you.

Now, about cool plants- we have a mountain of great plant selections in all our many brands at Little Prince.  The Thymus c. ‘Doone Valley’ looks beautiful in our FOOT TRAFFIC PERENNIALS®.  We have some great ferns in our MADE IN THE SHADE® line.  There are many great Sempervivums to choose from amongst our WATER MISERS®.  Look at the other pictures I’ve included and take advantage of the clickable hyperlinks in our availability.  If you click on the name of the plant in our availability, it will open a front and back picture of the tag, complete with our famous crowned frog!

Thanks for reading and have a spectacular week!

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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