Category Archives: Adventures & Travel

Que Bonita esta VIDA!!! Road trip from Barranquilla to Cartagena Colombia @SocialBenjamin

This is a day in the life of @SocialBenjamin who traveled to Colombia. He took the most dangerous road between beautiful Barranquilla and Romantic Cartagena for American ambush and organ theft according to the US Department of State. God was with him on this trip. This is a witness of faith that Colombia has good and great people. We should not live in fear.

I translated the words…

Music by Jorge Celedon Jimmy Zambrano snd: This Life

I like the smell that is tomorrow. I love first sip of coffee. It feel like the sun peeks in my window and I’m filled in my eyes a beautiful sunrise.

I like listening to the peace of the mountains, watching the sunset colors, feel the sand on my feet from the beach, And sweet cane when I kiss my wife.

Oh what a beautiful life!!
Although sometimes hurt so much despite the sorrows
There is always someone who wants
There is always someone who cares
Ay Ay Ay que bonita this life
Although not forever

If I live with my people, it’s nice to die with brandy and tequila.

I like hearing the voice of a guitar. Provide for that friend who needs. Feel the hug in the morning and fill. The look of another beautiful sunrise.

Oh that beautiful life
Although sometimes hurt so much despite the sorrows
There is always someone who wants
There is always someone who cares
Ay Ay Ay que bonita this life
Although not forever

If I live with my people
It’s nice to die with brandy and tequila.

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Puerto Velero, Barranquilla Colombia

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Northern Coast

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4 lanes with no lines

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Come to the island on yacht, boat, or raft

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In BAQ a year before Joe Arroyo passed. Te Amo Colombia

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At the foot of the Mountain for John Paul II

Polish Father and Son get exemplified as “Sir Knight”

Sir Knights are exemplified Catholics of the of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree. On thanksgiving weekend in Orlando, Florida 2012 , Polish father and son received their 4th degree together. This was the 1st year media was allowed in during the ceremony. It was also the 1st year Knights of Columbus Knights were exemplified to the forth degree in Poland.

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3rd degree knights getting prepared for the ceremony of 4th degree

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The different colors represent different roles within the 4th degree

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Knights line up before entering the ceremony

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Polish Father and Son: Deacon Ted Horbowy and Benjamin Horbowy

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Clergy of the Knights of Columbus in FloridaDSC_0719

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Knights from the Virgin Island who flew to Florida for the event

Other father son knights

Other father son knights with their wives

Sir Knight Benjamin Horbowy

Sir Knight Benjamin Horbowy

Florida Wildlife Magazine: Let’s Go Geo

[FWC By Benjamin Horbowy]

Every time I spend a while outdoors, I find something new and interesting. Not long ago, I was walking along a familiar trail near Carrabelle. Usually, it’s an ideal place to photograph wildlife. As I was setting up my camera, I noticed a little plastic container almost hidden, wedged under a fence post. Naturally, I had to see what it was. I peeped in and saw a small notebook and some knick-knacks inside. What had I found?

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Click to Read Full Article on FWC’s Page

Florida Keys: One Step Closer to Knee Deep in Paradise

The Florida Keys is my favorite place on earth. If you watch the youtubes I made, you’ll see and feel what I mean when by saying it’s one step closer to paradise.

“Knee Deep” by Zac Brown feat. Jimmy Buffett

Video by Benjamin Horbowy

One Step Closer To You: Michael Franti & Spearhead

Slideshow by Benjamin Horbowy

My dad fishing in knee deep paradise

My dad fishing in knee deep paradise

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Casting my net in the Florida sunset

Casting my net in the Florida sunset

There are people who like to be in nature, then there are people like me who need to be. Finished with the work day, I decided to take the scenic way home. It’s only an extra few miles, but the different route has a hidden value for me; there’s a new wildlife and environmental area in our community. I keep a folding chair in my truck for moments like this: stressful day, emotionally on edge, and lacking personal space.

Ideally, a mountain bike ride or a day trip to the beach would fulfill my urge to “get away”, but it’s not the weekend and I only had a few minutes before the family was expecting me home. “Perfect! the park is all mine.” No one around, chair in the grass, clouds in the sky, and three deep breaths of emotional release… “ahhhh, me time.” The next ten minutes was full of silence, day dreams, and watching birds. It was the first time all week that my mind was not thinking about work, people, or a to-do list.

This was all I needed to mindfully transition into peace. Whoever decided to put a park there, I wholeheartedly thank you. We needed one.

@SocialBenjamin

L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife and Environmental Area

Miracles and Monuments in St. Augustine Florida

Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach

Welcome to The Real Florida: First landing spot for many:   This place is a very interesting area for me. We see it as we know it in today’s point of view. It’s cleaned, raked, cleared of gators getting too close to people, and even sprayed for annoying bugs. Try to imagine how this beach looked in the 1500s and you are the 1st man this land has seen.  As I’m taking these pictures, I’m thinking about these perspectives. I stand here knowing the lifestyles of the fine dinning European families and wonder what were they thinking when they 1st saw wild Florida. Sure, it’s a pretty beach, but any local will tell you a virgin natural beach is full of horseflies, nats , mosquitoes, crabs, and snakes. Inland, there’s more than the commonly threat of alligators, there’s also panthers, black bear, pythons, rattle snakes, scorpions, and alligator snapping turtles. To get away from bugs,  get in the water. Also get in the water to catch dinner and beat the heat. Then you have to worry about man o’war jellyfish, sharks, sea lice, and other flesh eating bugs that could leave nasty infectious bites and force a fisherman to cut off his own foot to save his life. The heat is so hot, that people would consider seeking shade under a bayonet palm. The fact that there was any migration, much less religious movement is a miracle in itself. At this time, Disney World and air conditioning is 500 years away.

Bayonet Palms do not make the best shade

Bayonet Palms do not make the best shade

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America’s First Homeland Security

America’s First Defense System, The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. The fort is the “bastion system” style of fortification. I was in a very simular fort in Cartagena Colombia with the same designers.

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Castillo De San Marcos “The Fort “

@CastilloNPS The military fort is strategically located on the shore of Matanzas Bay. Construction started on it in 1672 while Florida was part of the Spanish Empire.

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Oldest Church in North America

@TheFirstParish The Cathedral is the oldest parish Basilica of European settlement. St. Augustine on the North American continent north of Mexico. On August 28, 1565, Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés first sighted land along the east coast of Florida. It was the feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo. I found on wikipedia an untrue fact that the oldest church in america was a baptist church built in the 1700s. I was glad to correct the error on wikipedia. That the oldest church in America was a Catholic church.

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First Mass in North America

First Mass St. Augustine was founded and established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. He began his adventure by sailing from the port of Cádiz, Spain. Pedro Menedez de Aviles placed a small wooden cross in Florida’s soil and founded the Mission of Nombre de Dios. This is the sight of the first mass in North America. The beginnings of Christianity in this new land led to numerous missions throughout La Florida.

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The World’s Tallest Cross

“The Great Cross” The world’s tallest free-standing cross measuring just over 260 feet tall. It was erected at the direction of Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley, then Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. His Excellency Casimiro Morcillo, Archbishop of Madrid, dedicated it during the diocesan Eucharistic Congress of October 1966. Like the Prince of Peace Church, the Great Cross celebrates the Four Hundredth anniversary of the Mission of Nombre de Dios and the City of St. Augustine. The Great Cross is a tribute to that growth. It serves to remind the visitor of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the Cross, as well as the role played by the Catholic religion in the history of both Florida and our Nation. At the bottom of the cross, you see my parents.

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Knights of Columbus Hall

Knights are always near This area was founded and developed by Catholics. The sign in front of the Knights of Columbus Hall reminds, “You are on Sacred Ground”. The Knights at Santa Maria del Mar are located near where the 1st settlers claimed their home…. for a reason.

Florida Wildlife Magazine: Catching flounder is so easy, a 4-year-old can do it

[FWC by Benjamin Horbowy]

Want to take your kids fishing for something easy enough for them to catch? When I take my niece out to the dock, it’s more fun to watch her excitement reeling in a fish than it is for me to catch a big one. Catching flounder is simple enough that kids often have better luck than adults…. Read full article of FWC webpage

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Three Bishops remember Florida martyrs at special Mass

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Click article to read the full article on EWTN Global Catholic Network

Bishops Felipe de Jesus Estevez of the Diocese of Saint Augustine, Gregory L. Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix.

Bishops Felipe de Jesus Estevez of the Diocese of Saint Augustine, Gregory L. Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix.

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Mobile Eucharist Ministers

Mobile Eucharist Ministers

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