October 13th, 2009
07:44 PM ET
12 years ago

From Congressman to Survivorman


After two years of planning, Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - This past summer, Rep. Jeff Flake went into the wild.

After two years of planning, the Arizona Republican spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, eating coconuts and fish he caught with a spear, purifying his own water, sleeping in a hammock on the beach, and writing daily in his journal.

He listed a number of reasons for going on this trip, calling them "more physical than spiritual." And while he didn't end up talking to a volleyball, like Tom Hanks did in "Cast Away," he did find some unlikely friends - a few hermit crabs.

"I picked up a hermit crab, and, spotting the sharpie, wrote the number '1' on the back of his shell, and put a circle around it. I repeated this act whenever I felt a bit lonely," Flake wrote. Later, he added, "I've labeled 102 at this point with a sharpie marker. I just saw number one again today. He's remains one of my favorites, as is number 12, long since forgiven for pinching my toe."

Filed under: Extra • Jeff Flake • Popular Posts
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Who cares? Really CNN, nothing to report on? What a waste of time?

    October 13, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Emily

    Wait... then who took the picture?

    October 13, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Desert Denizen

    This guy is a complete goofball as a congressman, but that trip sounds pretty cool.

    October 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Bob of Lompoc

    Perfect last name. And this is news? When will you report on the "Man Bites Dog" story? You pushing this Flake up so he can run for some higher office? McCain quitting? Hmmmm.

    October 13, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Paul from Phoenix

    Only 1 week? Obama has taken 2 months off already. Flake got robbed.

    October 13, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. EBJ

    wow any way we can get MORE Republicans to do this? Go to a island to survive with nothing.....send Rush Limbaugh out there so that they can eat him FIRST. That way at least they won't starve.

    October 13, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Has

    Mr. Flake didn't find his bowl of milk but he ended up getting crabs! Wonder what happened to #2?!

    October 13, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Brandon

    Stop whining about him and how "his name fits him perfectly." It's a simple, adventurous trip. What does it have to do with him a person and his legislative abilities? Nothing, that's what. And believe it or not, this is coming from a DEMOCRAT in his home district. He's not as stupid or "flaky" as you all are making him out to be.

    October 13, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. We Won Get Over It

    Gee Paul....bush took a total of over 600 days off during his eight years. More than four or five president combined.....I googled...and posting about him taking all that time off from the guy who panned Obama are nowhere to be found...oh oh oh...I know.....he is a republican and he spews hate and lies about the democrats and kisses republican butt.

    October 13, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. JonDie

    Maybe Flake will actually stop supporting the Republicans' war on the environment and will actually come to realize that wildness and wilderness is good.

    October 13, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Bob

    Are humans really so insecure and vain that they can't even be on a deserted island without leaving some permanent mark – on animals no less!

    Also – only a week?

    October 13, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |

    MORE BULL CRAP. not inhabitated, then who took the pic. Just another JOKE.

    October 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
1 2