Armchair Traveler Season 2

JUST RELEASED— Here are the dates & lineup for the ARMCHAIR TRAVELER SEASON 2 starting FALL 2019.  Thursdays 6:30-7:30 Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd Floor Belleville Public Library, Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario Admission: FREE — wheelchair accessible (elevator) VOYAGE #1 Oct. 10, 2019 – Dr. Bob Bates – To the stars and back VOYAGE #2 Dec…

Day 2: Trekking Mount Toubkal

On DAY 1, we set out from Kasbah du Toubkal, fabulously resurrected by Mike & Chris McHugo’s Discover UK and now a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. From the kasbah, situated at 1820m (5,971′), we trekked up-up-up to the Refugio les Mouflons at 3207m (10,521′), an ascent of 1387m (4,550′). We took our…

TONIGHT —Come with me to the Snows of Kilimanjaro

Come with me to the Snows of Kilimanjaro – Part II of the Armchair Traveller Photography Series – TONIGHT – Thursday December 13, 2018 – 6:30 – 7:30 Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street Belleville Public Library

Armchair Travel to the Snows of Kilimanjaro

Come with me to the Snows of Kilimanjaro – Part II of the Armchair Traveller Photography Series – Save the date – Thursday December 13, 2018 – 6:30 – 7:30 Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street Belleville Public Library

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…

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…