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.    

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…

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.”

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…