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…

The Lookout: El Mirador

The first snake I saw on this “snake-infested” trek was a False Coral Snake or maybe a Coral Snake or maybe a Milk Snake.  The only thing certain about this tiny, 1/2 diameter x 12″ long juvenile snake was it was a serpent (though I think it was a “plant”). The night before, as I walked…

Flores to Tintal, El Mirador Basin

Sun rays flooded through towering Cohune palms and bathed Lake Peten Itza in a muted apricot glow. Three hours and 62 rutted and muddy km later, Antonio and I arrived at Carmelita, his home village inhabited by 400 or so Itza Maya. Eladio, the muleteer, packed supplies, backpacks and duffels onto the four mules. We…

Award winning photography

Passing Through Official Opening last night January 11 6 -7:30 was a great success! Show & Sale at the PARROTT ART GALLERY Pinnacle Street Belleville continues until February 15, 2018.

Art Talks – January 20 & February 8, 2018

Join Bert Jenkins and me from 2 – 4 pm Saturday afternoon, January 20, 2018 and from 5:30 – 7:30 Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 to learn about traveling the world.  

I joined the 99s

When I started my flying career in 1979, the The Ninety-Nines celebrated their 50th Birthday. As the only international organization of female pilots in the world, I considered joining the 99s founded by my hero Amelia Earhart and named after the original 99 members. Had I joined the 99s, I likely would have benefited from…

Camp Leakey

For years I have wanted to visit Camp Leakey, a wilderness refuge for orphaned, abandoned, and rescued Orang Utans started by Dr. Birute Galdikas in the 1970s. Camp Leakey (after the primatologist Louis Leakey and should not be confused with “leaky boat”) is one of three refuges within Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on…

Canadian Women in the Sky

Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 years of flight. Anecdotes, histories, and first person interviews compiled by Elizabeth Gillan Muir Ph.D. chronicle Canadian aviation landmarks by women.  Gillan Muir begins with the first flights by females as aircraft passengers and their progress from stewardesses to bush pilots to airline pilots to astronauts. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing our story with…

Cultural awareness or…”How-To” Home-stay

“How-to” Home-Stay. You’ve finally arrived – perhaps after a full day’s travel – awakening into a different world and into a culture that appears very different than your own.   Nothing is familiar. You are a stranger in a strange land.   And then, you find yourself stepping over the threshold into another family’s life.  You’re…