Fortunate opportunities to travel provided continuing education, professional enrichment, and experience with diverse areas of our planet. Many trips involved camping and hiking. Several were with groups of scientists. I have presented my science on 3 continents. All of my trips focused on biology, geology, and the people. I prefer a window seat on any airplane, and I do not sleep when there is a view. The informative, artistic, and ever-changing views of biomes, geology and meteorology are part of my continuing education. I encourage students to consider the value of travel as a learning opportunity.
East Africa: Wildlife around Nile headwaters and a hike to the Kilimanjaro summit
Egypt: Culture and history along the Nile
GalÃ¡pagos: A biological pilgrimage with culture in Ecuador
Madagascar: Unique biology and interesting geology
China: two trips: A Great Wall, tombs and temples, great rivers, Hong Kong before and after, and the roof of the world
PerÃº: Birding along the Amazon river-sea, Inca ruins and trails, and the Altiplano around Lake Titicaca
Iceland: two trips: Geology with geologists and and emphasis wildlife on a return trip
Canada: many trips: Vancouver Island, Montreal, Maritimes and polar bears waiting near Churchill, Manitoba for ice on Hudson Bay
Newfoundland and Nova Scotia: Impressive bore tides, ancient tectonic evidence, culture and history
England: two trips: "Heritage of Olde England" and "Jane Austen's England"
Europe: many trips; many countries: history, culture, museums, Gibraltar and a walk to the summit of Vesuvio
Russia: Moscow, Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg with academic colleagues
Siberia/Far East Russia: Lake Baikal, the Great Siberian Taiga and the Trans Siberian Railroad
Mexico: towns at the borders of Texas, Arizona and California decades ago
Yucatan: Sea turtles laying eggs, interesting geology and Aztec ruins
United States: Camping, skiing, and highpoint hiking that includes biogeography and history
Colorado: the privilege of growing up camping, hiking and skiing in pre-interstate Rocky Mountains
Hawaii: three trips: Snorkeling with whale song, a hike down to a historic Leper Colony, biology and volcanic geology from below sea level to over 13,000 ft.
Alaska: Turnagain Arm bore tide and a train north past Denali to view aurora borealis, ski and ride with sled dogs
Grand Canyon: three trips: camping, hiking, riding, and appreciating geology while floating through it
Caribbean Islands: four trips: Puerto Rico, Grenada, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago: Birds and sea turtles
... and more explorations to come !