JUNK raft, made from 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessina airplane, drifted 2,600 miles in 88 days from California to Hawaii to bring attention to the plague of plastic in the world’s oceans.
Visit junkraft.org for the Captain’s Log.
Students from the Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) built a series of boats with me. Using 170 2-liter bottles cut and attached in torpedo-like forms, an 8ft. long canoe was built. Using aluminum crutches for oars, I paddled the Cola Kayak from the San Fernando Valley to the LA Harbor.
On August 20, 2003 the Bottle Rocket launched from Lake Itasca, Minnesota for a 2000-mile voyage to the Gulf of Mexico. I was making good on a promise I made while sitting in a foxhole near Kuwait City, covered with oil, during the Persian Gulf War. “If we survive this war let’s build a raft like Tom and Huck.” Twelve years later I made good on the promise, 5 months down the Mississippi River on a raft made from 232 2-liter plastic bottles, 1 car seat and two bicycles.