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July 2015

The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles®

July 2, 2015 -

Club Dark: Independence Day


 
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July 9, 2015 -

Ted Faye - Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley

Ted Faye
and
Gold Creek Films
Present:
The Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley
The story of 20 Mule Team Borax

The Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley Book Cover

The Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley
Book Cover

The image of 20 mules hauling a train of wagons was once as popular as the golden arches are today. Everyone knew what it meant. It was the trademark of Pacific Coast Borax’s most famous product, a laundry additive called 20 Mule Team Borax. The company’s advertising was dependent on one important fact: the connection between the Twenty Mule Team and America’s most notorious desert, Death Valley.

In Ted’s new book he begins with the discovery of borax in the United States and why men staked their lives and fortunes on the salty white substance found in some of the most remote and desolate places on earth. The lengths they went to in order to get it to market are remarkable, even by today’s standards. The wagons and mules were the big-rig trucks of their day, hauling the borax out of Death Valley, and the path they followed was as dangerous as the route of television’s Ice Road Truckers.

For those who recall television’s "Death Valley Days" hosted by Ronald Reagan or the ever present black and white tins of Boraxo for hand washing, Ted’s film and book will take you behind the scenes, exploring how creative marketing grew out of a common form of transportation in the rugged Mojave Desert.

About Ted Faye:

Ted Faye

Ted Faye

For more than two decades Ted Faye has been telling the stories of the desert regions of the West in film… and now in print. The Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley is a fast-paced well written chronicling of America’s most famous brands: 20 Mule Team Borax. The book is being released by Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America and available October 1st. The book follows a narrative with a well-researched story-telling of the creation and growth of one of the country’s most iconic brands.

WEBSITE:
linkGold Creek Films Website

The Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley DVD Cover

The Twenty Mule Team of Death Valley DVD Cover


 
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July 16, 2015 -

Ladies Night - Joe Rohde - Mongolian Snow Leopard Project

Joe Rohde Paiting in Mongolia

Joe Rohde Paiting in Mongolia

Artist and Disney designer Joe Rohde set out on a month-long horseback expedition across the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia, one of the last strongholds of the endangered snow leopard, with the intention of painting large scale landscapes to raise funds for Snow Leopard conservation. Facing blizzards, rebellious camels and the rapidly approaching Mongolian winter, it was a pilgrimage that explores why we travel, how we interact with the world, and the monumental effect that has on everything else - including the elusive and enigmatic snow leopard.

According to Joe’s Blog the journey and the paintings, and the blog "will help focus attention on this beautiful and endangered creature."

Leopard in the Land

Leopard in the Land

"Why landscape paintings? The leopard, in spirit, is the land. When they disappear, the land loses a vital entity, a piece of itself. People don’t understand that animals are not objects in a landscape. They are the land itself, expressed as living things. The environment is the leopard. The leopard is the land, two essences inextricably linked, both mysterious, beautiful, and threatened. I will be in the land, too, painting what it is to be, there. The paintings will be sold and auctioned upon return from the expedition to raise money towards snow leopard conservation."

Since his trip, Joe has gone on to raise over $40,000 for snow leopard conservation through sales of the paintings he created in Mongolia. The paintings are bold and vibrant and capture the full essence of what was directly in front of Joe’s eyes – often the same view of any snow leopards living in the area. While many of the original paintings have been sold, there are still a few available along with prints that have been made available at the Snow Leopard Conservancy website.

About Joe Rohde

Joe Rohde

Joe Rohde

Joseph "Joe" Rohde is an artist and designer with a steady job in the theme park and resort world. He spent his childhood on the island of O’ahu just inland from Waikiki, at a time when Hawai’i had just become a state. It was not your typical childhood, nor your typical neighborhood, but it was a good start on a strange path. From there, Joe moved to Southern California, where he lived in one place or another for almost half a century.

All his life Joe had been around the world of theater and illusion. His father was in the film industry. His mother trained as an actress. Joe had drawn and painted since he was younger than he can remember. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, a bit less so elsewhere.

WEBSITES:
linkThe Personal Website of Joe Rohde
linkThe Leopard in the Land - Snow Leopard Conservancy
linkStory: From Ojai to the Altai, in the Tracks of the Ghost Cat


 
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July 23, 2015 -

Mark Fowler - Lost Continent of the Pacific:
Marquesas and French Polynesia

Mark Fowler

Mark Fowler

For centuries, scientists have argued over the origins of the Polynesian people. Today, many scientists dispute the existence of lost continents and dismiss native people’s creation myths, such as Hiva of Rapa Nui legend. But if the definition of “continent” is redefined as a vast “territory” connected by water not by land, could the lost “continent” of the Pacific be the Polynesian Triangle, and could the advanced Polynesian civilization have reached the Americas 500 years before Columbus?

The son of well-known wildlife expert Jim Fowler, host of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”, Mark grew up traveling the world, each time returning home with once-in-a-lifetime stories.

From Africa to Siberia, Polynesia to the Amazon, Mark has traveled the world meeting unforgettable people and encountering remarkable wildlife, experiences that continue to ignite his true passion for the natural world. But now many of the incredible wild animals and wild places that Mark has encountered over a lifetime of exploration and travel are now under threat.

Mark Fowler - Expedition with NOAA Office on National Marine Sanctuary, Barrow, AK

Mark Fowler
Expedition with NOAA Office on National Marine Sanctuary, Barrow, AK

His father Jim Fowler introduced exotic wildlife to American living rooms, and now 30 years later, Mark is on a mission to help save these same awe-inspiring species and their habitats for future generations. He will carry on the family legacy by continuing to educate and to help conservation efforts worldwide in the hope that the threatened species of his childhood memories don’t disappear.

In 2000 Mark parlayed his family legacy into a role of producer and co-host of the syndicated 22-episode television series “Life in the Wild” with his father and sister, for which they were Emmy nominated. Since then he has continued to produce non-fiction television and film projects through his production company, Wild Life Productions for Nat Geo Channel, Discovery Networks, Travel Channel, and Sony Pictures Television as well as for commercial clients, foundations, non-profits, and government agencies such as NOAA and NASA, HURL, WHOI, S.W.A.T, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, among others.

WEBSITES:
linkJ. Mark Fowler
linkWildlilfe Productions


 
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July 30, 2015 -

Rick Flores - Peru: Incan Wonderland

Daniel Estrada & Rick Flores

Daniel Estrada & Rick Flores

After graduating from Columbia medical school Daniel Kasey Estrada knew that once he began his internship and residency he would be too busy travel for a while. So he planned a whirlwind trip through Peru for himself and invited his godfather and Adventurers’ Club member Rick Flores to come along with him; Daniel’s cousin Katherine Estrada later joined them on the trip.

The Trip went from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, on to Cusco, Arequipa and ended back in Lima. They traveled by plane, riverboat, raft, bus, rented car, moto, burro and hiked whenever possible. They visited and experienced the natural wonders of the Amazon rain forest, the awe-inspiring heights of Huayna Picchu, and the immensity and grandeur and of Colca Canyon. They were mystified and amazed by the petroglyphs and streamlined ruins of the native people.

Rick Flores will be presenting this talk about all of their first-time experiences in the Incan wonderland of Peru.

The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles thanks our member, Rick Flores, for volunteering this presentation.

Rick Flores in the Amazon Rainforest

Rick Flores in the Amazon Rainforest

Daniel Estrada in the Amazon Rainforest

Daniel Estrada in the Amazon Rainforest

Kathy Estrada on a Burro in Peru

Kathy Estrada on a Burro in Peru

Caiman Moving

Caiman Moving

Chico

Chico

Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Canyon, Peru

Huayna Pichu, Peru

Huayna Pichu, Peru

Locals

Locals

Bend in the River

Bend in the River

Salt Flats

Salt Flats

Urubamba, Peru

Urubamba, Peru


 
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(323) 223-3948
 
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(323) 223-3948
 
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