Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Darwin: Photos

Photos wouldn't post last night for some reason. Special thanks to Photo Journalism student Jen Edney who has funded her trips to follow Zac out of a passion for the project.

Zac's arrival.

Zac on Skype with Toby after realizing that Toby is wearing one of his hats to which Toby's reply was "Neaner, neaner, neaner. You can't catch me!"

Some Australian entertainment!

In the cage with Crocs!

Looking for land...


Anonymous Anonymous said...


my name is starla and i am having to do a news report for grammar.
mom ordered gods world news and i saw your story in there. that is amazing. i chose your report and just got on your website. god is really working in your life and i hope you meet your goal.

god bless and best of luck,


September 24, 2008 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger KATE said...

Thank-you Jen for sharing the passion and capturing Zac so well.
I loved the bit about little Toby...
getting into big brother's hats...
and so it goes...
Looks like Zac had a fine little tour of Darwin, got some rest and is ready for the next leg...

September 24, 2008 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Willyboy said...

Great, great photos, Jen! Thank you again for sharing your work with us...


milford, ohio

September 24, 2008 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello Zac and Everyone,

What great pictures especially Zac in the fish tank. At least he had something to protect him from the crocks.

I hope you will enjoy your time on land. Make sure that intrepid is ready for a good sail to Africa. Take care and get ready for the next leg.

Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

September 24, 2008 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'day from Kodiak. Send Toby a croc hat. Hope the food and rest
are awsum. Jen is great with the camera. Take care and smooth sailin' in the Indian.
Kodiak Mike

September 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'Day to you Laurence and thank you so much for the wonderful pictures and description of your stay in Darwin! The Sunderlands are all excellent writers. We so appreciate you taking the time to write and share all that has been going on. We've been thinking about you!

I love the picture of Zac talking to Toby. And the words on his t-shirt in the first photo. Wow, does Zac live by those words!

So many people gave of their time and talent in Darwin! Jen for those wonderful pictures, Dan, John, Make and Sue, Allistair and Sunny along with the NT. Thanks so much for your support!

Lots to do Zac and we're wishing you the best! Always in our prayers...

Sherman Oaks, CA

September 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any chance Jen can have her own blog?? terrific photos indeed!! thanks for following Zac through his journey and sharing your photos with us - you are our eyes!! and I would love to hear your perspective some day - perhaps a sequel to the book haha...

Great job Zac! looking for to your safe leg ahead!

ps... I still don't like the music in the background of the videos but I do understand you are covering up his own music for the reason of copyright issues... shouldn't that be waived though with this kid! ha! wouldn't ya think those artists would be proud he was listening to their music while at sea? I know I would!

September 24, 2008 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Mary - Central Florida said...


Awesome photos!

Team Sunderland,

Congratz on the trip so far. You've all done a wonderful job.


Enjoy the sites and have fun. May your journey across the Indian be gentle and fun. You truely are a wonder young man.

Mary - Central Florida

September 24, 2008 at 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, Zac-Packers, resume breathing!!

As I was retiring last night, there were still no posts since Sept. 18. Upon arising this morning, there are two: One from Zac and one from Dad along with great photos by Jen. The sun is shining again!

Sounds like a good use of time in Darwin. Hopefully the time on solid unmoving terra firma returned Zac to his 'land-legs' and that time spent in eateries restored his taste buds.

Good luck on all the maintenance chores. We are looking forward to out next leg on to Africa. Let's roll!

The Croaker

September 24, 2008 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous -ed- said...

Hope Zac has had all the recommended shots for the ports he will visit. Hope the Indian Ocean treatd him well.

September 24, 2008 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

Laurence and Jen,
Thanks so much for the update on Darwin adventures and Intrepid's status. The pictures were great, especially the look on Zac's face while finding that Toby was wearing his hat!
So wonderful that so many kind people jumped in to help in so many ways.

Wishing you a good send off when Intrepid is ready and the tide is right.
Sail Safe,
Tucson, AZ

Does anyone know,
When it's Friday 4:00pm in Darwin, what day/time is it here on the west coast?

September 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gooday Mate. Slip another shrimp on the barbee for me. Enjoy.

Chris Alhambra,CA

September 24, 2008 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Axel said...

There is a world time table which is in German but it's a graphic and it seems to put the US time zone in relation to the rest of he world. Here is the link:

September 24, 2008 at 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Axel said...

That was a joke. Time zones are based on GMT (Greenwich/GB)

September 24, 2008 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Looking good Zac!

I wondered just how one would actually "swim with the crocks"! I still wouldn't have done it LOL!!

I guess little brothers are the same everywhere.....I doubt you'll get your hat back :)

Many thanks for the photos!
To the Indian Ocean and beyond!!

God Speed,
Anita ~_/)
Waterloo, NY USA

September 24, 2008 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

@Mona, check out

September 24, 2008 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I love Zac's shirt in the first picture-Do Hard Things. What he's doing is incredible, and I wish you all the best of luck.
May the winds be with you,

September 24, 2008 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I can't tell you how much I am enjoying following you ,Zac....what an amazing job you are doing. I especially thought the words on your shirt in the photo were great..DO HARD THINGS! God bless and safe sailing across the Indian Ocean. I will be following your blog and praying for you everyday! Well Done!

September 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Donna H. said...

Wow, the wait was worth it! Absolutely fantastic photos! Thanks, Jen --- your belief in this undertaking and the passion you have for your work certainly shine through.

Lawrence, thanks for the long awaited update. All of us Zac Packers have been patiently waiting (and checking the blog 5,6,7 times a day!). I know Marianne and your other children are happy to have you home, while at the same time it must have been another bittersweet goodbye in Darwin.

Zac, love the expression on your face when Toby is razzing you! I bet you have a LOOOONG MEMORY!

So glad this week turned out to be one of fun as well as work. You've certainly earned it. What great memories you'll take with you when you leave.

My students and I have been praying that the work on Intrepid would go smoothly. They were so excited to hear about the two guys who volunteered to help, as well as the many others who have made, and are continuing to make, this possible.

You will be much in our thoughts and prayers as you prepare for departure.
Romans 4:20b-21

We're cheering you on, Zac!

North Richland Hills, TX

P.S. Does anyone know what the distance is on this next leg? I've read some entries that mention Christmas Island. Will that be the next stop, and where is it exactly?

September 24, 2008 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Mouse on a Motorcycle said...

That last picture got me singing:

Looking for land
in all the wrong places
Looking for land
in too many faces
Searching the sea
looking for traces
Of what I'm dreamin' of...

Ok, Karaoke time is over, Johnny Lee can groan at his leisure.

Still praying daily Numbers 6:24-26
Mouse in Whittier

September 24, 2008 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you go back to Zac's home page and click on "route" you'll see the direction he is going and the nautical miles toward the destination. Hope this helps.

Sherman Oaks, CA

September 24, 2008 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

That smile on Zac's face while on Skype with his little brother Toby is worth a million bucks. It shows one of the sacrifices he is making in this trip, while away from his family. Very heartwarming.

Jen, thank you for bringing the wonderful photo's to us all. I'm glad you got to spend that time with Zac, and his dad. I am grateful to you for bringing a visual of this trip to us all.

September 24, 2008 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Hello Jen, Laurence, Zac, & Zac-Pac,

I just wanted to say to Jen THANK YOU so much for all those great pictures. You're bringing Zac's Darwin stay to us via photos. I'm sure everyone one here really appreciates what you're doing here.

The time is near for Zac and Intrepid to hit the High Tide and depart on the next leg. Hopefully everything is in order and ready to Sail Away. I would love to hear from Laurence again to know how everything is going. I'm sure we'll hear from him when he has the time to actually write and inform us.

I hope all goes well for you Zac prior to departing. Please make sure you check that list twice.

Get Ready to Sail,
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

September 25, 2008 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

I no one else has already posted it, here is Jen's site:

She is also on Facebook.

September 25, 2008 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger johnnyBgood said...

proof positive that 'a picture is worth a thousand words'----thank you jen for bringing them to us.
God Bless zac as he continues on his journey and may God Bless Us All.
john baker/w hollywood/ca/USofA

September 25, 2008 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Diamond-X said...


Is that a G-shock watch you are wearing? Does it sync the time or track tides for you?
Just curious,




September 25, 2008 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Fulgum said...

Great to see the new pics. You look great. I've been really falling behind the last couple of weeks because of some personal issues (I thought last week was bad???). Everything should be fine now.....I hope!

I take it from Lawrence's post that you are probably gone from Darwin and off through the Indian Ocean and then Africa. We're all pulling for you!



September 25, 2008 at 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the 'Do Hard Things' t-shirt Zac's wearing in the first picture somehow related to the book by Brett and Alex Harris? 'Do Hard Things' is it's title. Just wondering.

P.S. Zac, I've been following your trip for about a month now, and really respect what you're doing. Stay safe!

September 25, 2008 at 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule to give us all the updates. I'm sure it was a very busy time for you getting all the necessities together for Zac's next leg. I know the time you spent together was special.

Thank you for posting the pics. The smile on Zac's face, while talking to Toby, was priceless. Swimming with the crocs! Thank goodness he was in a cage.

I know it was a feeling of gladness when you set eyes on your Dad. Glad you had some time to have fun in Darwin, before setting sail for your next leg. As always, we'll be sailing right along with you and God speed.

Dick & Gin

September 25, 2008 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Hopp√≠polla said...

Scary crocodiles....

September 25, 2008 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Trine Harvuot said...

I teach Marine Biology and Oceanography at Moorpark High School, located in Moorpark, CA. My students are currently completing a unit on Ocean Movement. This morning we began class with our world current maps and your website. Over the course of the next academic year we will be following you on your adventure!! We call it, "Zac Track". Today our discussions included how the California Current could have assisted you on your sail to Hawaii.

Perhaps upon your return you could visit the students at Moorpark High School to discuss your adventures!

Ms. Trine K. Harvuot
Science Department, MHS

September 25, 2008 at 4:16 PM  
OpenID rklein said...

Zac will leave in 5 hrs (knock on wood)!

All the best und immer eine Handbreit Wasser unter dem Kiel.

September 25, 2008 at 6:25 PM  
Anonymous canadian_meisjes said...

We've just finished reading your blog archives and enjoyed them hugely.
It was cool to see your Do Hard Things t-shirt. - is that from The Rebelution? We've just finished reading that book!
Praying for you & definitely planning to keep on reading your blog -
Jessica and Rosemary from Canada

September 25, 2008 at 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...we are really having a treat just now with all the wonderful photos.They are fabulous and helps to transport us to where the action is!Lovely to see all those who have been such a wonderful help to Zac and Laurence. What a huge encouragement. Each others needs to prefer....makes for a much happier world. Thanks to all of you!
So Zac, it's nearly time to set off once again and you know that the Zacpac are with you all the way....prayers and special thoughts surround you.

UK friend

September 26, 2008 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Berry Blog said...

Super picts. First time I've seen Intrepid from that view...I'd want at least 6 feet added to that keel.( Not too cool for sandbars though, huh?)I could see myself stranded and ordering out and waiting for weeks for the pizza boy.

September 26, 2008 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hey Zac!
I'm 17 and homeschooled as well. I read an article about you in World Magazine. I think what your doing is awesome! What an amazing experience you must be having! Your pictures are incredible! You are definitely living up to your shirt. Is it from the Rebolution?
May the Lord keep you safe. I am praying for ya.

September 26, 2008 at 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pictures, Jen! Thanks for sharing. in the first one, the shirt that you're wearing, Zac, is that from the Rebelution?? You sure are living up to that!

As always,
Elissa R. Walther
Houston, TX

September 28, 2008 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm Ronja from Germany and I totally admire you for what you've done. (I'm really sorry for my bad english.)I think many people wanted to do that, but they are afraid to reach their dreams. You did it! :)

good luck for reaching more dreams.

Ronja <3

July 19, 2009 at 1:15 AM  

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