Rwanda  2015

Rwanda 2015

Rwanda: genocide museum–volcanos—mountain gorillas. Impossible. And yet, there we were. The steep fee for visiting the gorillas covers guides, bearers, walking sticks, and a tracker to keep base camp apprised of the location of the various groups of gorillas, which are continually on the move. To get to any group, one climbs a volcano. The…

picture shows two people walking with a lion

Zambia 2011

The answer to your first question is no, I wasn’t ever frightened. Cautious, yes. Somewhat intimidated, sure. Adrenaline pumping, you bet. But scared? Never. Our lion encounter began with a lecture about lion conservation and preservation. We learned our lions, acquired when they were orphaned and were now two years old, would be under the…

picture shows person with penguins in background

Antarctica, 2001

Here I am on South Georgia, amid roughly 300,000 nesting pairs of king penguins humming to each other. Yes, the sound is not a squawk; it’s more of a buzzing. Each of the seven species we encountered in numbers had distinct voices so even we could distinguish between species. Somehow, the parents and their chicks…

picture of Jeanne Kern with an airplane she flew

Welcome

When my divorce was final several hundred years ago, I promised myself as a bit of divorce therapy that I would do something once a week that I’d never done before. The list of such items was staggering, so I knew I’d never run out of material. I started simply; I learned how to back…