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.”

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…

RMG Exposed 2017, McLaughlin Gallery

466 photographs ~ 40 finalists. Jurors Sarah Burtscher, Olex Wlasenko, and Jennifer Bedford have selected Golden Fields, a photographic memory of my trip to Kalimantan, Indonesia to be one of the 40 selected images for RMG Exposed 2017. This is the fourth year my photographs have been selected for RMG Exposed, a fundraising auction to support…

Time to spare, go by air -Death Valley

  Day 2, Sunday: No communication from Air Canada.The AC rep had informed Mom that FedEx didn’t work on Sunday, but promised to request permission for same day service with an alternate delivery service for Sunday or same day service FedEx service on Monday. Mom emphasized that she’d only be at Death Valley for four days,…

Time to spare, go by air – Toronto

“Hey mister, over here. Are you blind? Help! Aidez-moi! Why can’t the security cameras identify me? Mayday-Mayday-Mayday.” I’ve been spinning around this carousel for hours, loop after loop. I should have been airborne two hours ago. Instead, I’m stuck on the ground at this damn airport. If I get any dizzier I’m gonna’ decorate the…

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…