A 77 year old Burlington, VT man known as Poppa Neutrino, set out on an around the world raft trip earlier this week. Unfortunately, the trip was cut seriously short when the raft was smashed by high winds into a 30 foot cliff on Lake Champlain. Around 50 rescue workers arrived at the scene to pull Neutrino, his two crew members, and three dogs to safety. Neutrino apologized to the people of Vermont for the pollution to the lake (several containers of gasoline where dropped into the water) and for using the time and effort of the various rescue workers.
Apparently the raft took three months to build, but the entire project has been in the works far longer. The intent was to advance economic, environmental, and joyful living beliefs. If you have interest in your own floating, self-sustaining, off-grid life style, you can read more about Poppa and his pals on an essay entitled "Floating Neutrinos" here. It's the new wave of the future.