Three days in Tokyo

More images of Japan: A visit to a memorial cemetery in the Old Quarter and watching tool use by a Japanese Macaque.

Three days in Tokyo

Snapshots of Oeno District, Tokyo, Japan, one of many places I’ve never written about. Get ready for a week of images from our three days in Japan.    

Paradise Children’s Centre

In Arusha, Tanzania (Elevation 1400 metres/4600′) while I started the acclimatization for my climb on Mount Kilimanjaro to 19,341′, our lead guide Kefas took me to Paradise Children’s Centre where Pastor Christopher and his wife, Grace, care for 20 orphans in their own home. We stopped at the local supermarket where I bought supplies. The…

Winter wonderland in Africa

On the summit with Lucky Jaguar (aka Chui Bahati in Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa), K2, and Rotary Club of Belleville Banner. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Snows of Kilimanjaro did not melt.  Heavy snowfall April to June swathed the top 500 metres of the 19,341′ freestanding volcanic…

Snows of Kilimanjaro…to the roof of Africa!

Day 5 – Karanga to Kosovo  A short 3.58 km hike today to allow ample time to relax or sleep in preparation for midnight summit push. We decide to sleep at Kosovo Camp instead of the traditional summit night sleep at Barafu Huts Camp.  WHY? We’ll be an hour closer to the summit AND will have…

Snows of Kilimanjaro…the journey begins

Day 1 – Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Camp First daily diamox with our last breakfast in Arusha. Diamox – aka acetazolamide – is a prevention of (but not a treatment for) symptoms of altitude sickness: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath at high altitudes (10,000 feet/3,048meters).  Diamox helped me on the Inca…

UPdown UPdown

Jeff & I continue our prep for Mount Kilimanjaro with daily local hikes carrying 6kg backpacks UP⇑ down⇓ UP⇑ along eskers and drumlins. Followed by 30 minutes on the stationary bike late afternoon. 10km daily (or 13,650 steps).    

Prepping for Mount Kilimanjaro

Count down to departure. Been hiking in conservation areas all winter but yesterday added 6kg: a daypack packed with books. Five km up-down-up-down the esker and five empty beer cans later, Kalurra, the dog, & I returned to the car. I’ll bet you’re thinking “WHOA did she guzzle a beer every 12 minutes?” What I wrote…

Dreaming…

Jurors Peter Crighton and Maya Jagger selected Dreaming to receive the Honorable Mention stating “its out standing appeal was based on the artist’s skillful sense of composition, light, emotion and adherence to the theme of the show. A very thoughtful work.”