December 2023 Circumbits

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December: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Best wishes to all for a joyful holiday season

Circumnavigators, wherever in the world you live, enjoy December with its beauty, hope and friendship. 

Coming Soon

The UK Chapter is just a couple of weeks away from holding its annual dinner event at the House of Lords, hosted by Circumnavigator Lord Richard Faulkner. Sold out again this year, more than 40 Circumnavigators and guests will attend this festive event.

House of Lords

Chapter Highlights

Naples Chapter
New President Pam Girtman with Tina Nicholson, and Tim Gunderman and Roger Baker

Naples Chapter held its first meeting of the season at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club.  Eighty-eight members, and guests attended to hear an excellent program on Malta given by Circumnavigator Roger Baker.  In attendance was the Chapter’s own Knight of Malta – Tim Gunderman, who added some comments regarding the honorable Organization of the Knights of Malta. The event also saw a changing of the guard with President Tina Nicholson passing the gavel to new President Pam Girtman. Tina served in her role with distinguished service for six years.

Washington DC Chapter

DC Chapter held its annual joint meeting with the Explorers Club’s Washington team at the Cosmos Club. Chapter President Jason Chang reports, “It was a wonderful meeting sharing travel stories and learning about the important issue of space debris in orbit from Dr. Mark Skinner. We look forward to our continued collaboration and will plan shared events such as the polo match in 2024.” 

Circumnavigator Sally Cole (Palm Beach Chapter) and husband Larry circumnavigated Mallorca on the annual CCA (Cruising Club of America) Rendezvous. There were about 100 people on 15 boats on the 12-day voyage around the island. Overnight stops included Sa Rapito, Alcudia Bay, Sant Vincenc, Soller, Port Antratx, and Palma. They were guests of CCA Commodore Chris Otorowski and wife Shawn onboard their gorgeous Swan 68’ Aphrodite.

The Coles

Circumnavigator Steve Fuller (At Large) is a legendary marathoner. He has run numerous marathons on all seven continents. Now he has completed a four-country marathon event in Asia—Kyrgyzstan,Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. He says the one-week event was fascinating. He was joined by his wife, Circumnavigator Henna.

The Fullers

Circumnavigators Lion & Donna Curran (New York Metro) stopped for a coconut on Princess Margaret Beach on Bequia Island in the Grenadines.

The Currans

Circumnavigators Norm & Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) stopped in Coron, Philippines. It was one stop on a Windstar cruise from Hong Kong to Cairns, Australia. They have “collected” four new countries on their 6th circumnavigation.

The Daileys

Circumnavigator Michael Lawler (Pacific Southwest Chapter) and his wife Barbara are off on an eight-month cruise on their 47 ft. sailboat “Traveler,” cruising now on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, including Baja, and the Sea of Cortez and as far south as Acapulco. They are returning in mid-June. Stay tuned for more info on this adventure.

The Lawlers

Circumnavigator Mark Pross (Washington, DC Chapter) braved gale-force winds while visiting the Neolithic-era Callanish Stones (erected between 2900-2600 BC), which were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. The standing stones are located on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland. After an Arctic polar expedition, Mark and his wife Marty visited the Orkney Islands and Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland, Ireland, the British Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man, England, Latvia, and Norway.

Mark Pross

Circumnavigators Geoff & Marilyn McGrath (At Large, Virginia) took one of the world’s longest flights, 18 hours from Newark NJ to Singapore. It began their recent trip to Singapore and Dubai. They loved relaxing in Singapore which including feasting on spicy shrimp and red chili crab cakes. Then on to Dubai where they visited the new Museum of the Future and shopped on iconic Al See, a waterfront promenade.

The McGraths


Circumnavigator Paulette Cooper Noble, former president of the Palm Beach Chapter, is an extraordinary person. Aside from her extensive world travels, she survived the holocaust, wrote numerous books and received death threats from Scientologists, a group who she exposed in a book. Now she has written her memoirs—a fascinating account of her life.

The Perils of Paulette

Circumnavigator Bill Ashley (Washington DC Chapter) enjoyed a festive Halloween at the White House where President and Mrs. Biden handed out books and candy to children.

Bill Ashley

The Last Shot

Our favorite holiday cover from a vintage 1929 issue of ‘The LOG’

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happy thanksgiving


There is much for which to give thanks as we enter into the holiday season. But we want to send our prayers to those in the world who are under turmoil in places such as Ukraine, Israel and Gaza. Circumnavigators continue to do their part in making the world a better place through peace, friendship and understanding. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to members, family and friends.

Order of Magellan

Maureen & Tony Wheeler (far right) wear their Magellan medals, presented by officials of the Club.

Our highest award was presented in October to travel writers and adventurers Maureen & Tony Wheeler at the Union League Club in New York City. This was the first time in our long history that the Magellan honor went to a husband and wife. The Wheelers wrote the Lonely Planet book series that has sold millions of copies and helped people navigate the world. The Australians offered a lively slide presentation of their extensive world travels. 

next year annual meeting

Plan Ahead…It isn’t too early to plan for the Club’s next big international event. Our Annual Meeting will be held in New York on Friday, May 17. The speaker and location will be announced around the first of the year.

Chapter Highlights

Some PNW members at dinner. Mel Kelso & Edna Kelso, Jim Farrell and Tess Krasowski.

Pacific Northwest Chapter held a meeting at the home of President James & Caroline Farrell for a friendly get together. Caroline provided an outstanding Oktoberfest buffet including Sauerbraten, other German dishes and various German wines and beers. Members viewed a video presentation by Rick Steves about the Bavarian Alps, Munich and Oktoberfest.

dc highlight
Left: Mark Pross and James Bamford with Chapter President Jason Chang. Right: Group at dinner.

Washington DC Chapter held a meeting during which members received a presentation by Circumnavigators Foundation scholar Sofia Doroshenko. The Georgetown University student shared her travel-study experience that lasted three months, taking her entire summer break. Also, new members Mark Pross and James Bamford received their certificates.

Michigan highlight

Michigan Chapter President Kathy Sinclair greeted Pacific Southwest Chapter President Virginia Foster and husband Arthur Hammons at the Rosa Parks bus in Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum. 

Miami Chapter members gathered for Indian food dining and friendship in nearby Fort Lauderdale. The event concluded with a presentation: Circumnavigators Club Tales & Traditions by International President David Mink. Members from the Palm Beach Chapter and the Travelers Century Club joined the festivities.

Naples Chapter held its final seasonal GEMS event—Viva Mexico – Celebrating the Culture and History of Mexico. GEMS stands for “Globetrotters Exchanging Memorable Stories.” It is a small group of Naples members, who like to continue getting together during the quiet summer months, exchanging travel memories, organized by Circumnavigator Ann Granata.

all over the map nov 23

Circumnavigator Mark Pross (Washington DC Chapter) unfurled the Circumnavigators Club flag at Recherchebreen Glacier in Recherchefjord, Svalbard, Norway. Mark and his wife Marty took a polar expedition in the Arctic from Oslo to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway. They visited the uninhabited volcanic Jan Mayen Island off the east coast of Greenland; Iceland; the Faroe islands; the Shetland Islands; and Bergen, Norway.

mark press

Circumnavigators Howard & Amy Matson (New York Metro) visited Scandinavia where they visited Fredricksborg Castle about 40 miles north of Copenhagen. In Sweden, Past President Howard visited the thatched- roof home of his great great grandfather in Falkenberg.


Circumnavigator John Weed (At Large Colorado) and wife, Cynthia, just completed two weeks exploring in Britain.  They spent a week in the Lake District, and a week in Borders area between northern England and southern Scotland.  They travelled throughout Cumbria and Northumbria from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.  They enjoyed the romance of the Lake District, including poet homes.  Then, they were introduced to the history of the Border Reivers. 

John and Cynthia Weed unfurl the flag at Hadrian’s Wall

The Last Shot

last shot
Thanks to Circumnavigator Larry Glick (At Large, Texas) for this beautiful shot of two Red-Crowned cranes in Japan. Larry has now seen all 15 species of cranes, putting him in one of the most exclusive birder clubs in the world.

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October 2023 Circumbits

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Visit Woodstown, NJ to see dozens of Halloween scarecrows. Photos by Dottie Mink.

Welcome to October

“I am so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.”L.M. Montgomery

Best wishes to all our members, family and friends for a wonderful start to autumn. Please make sure to send us info on your travels!

Thank you, photographers

Our photo contest raised funds to benefit the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Following are the top photos in each category as judged by our team of professional photographers. You can find all of the photos by clicking on the photo tab on this site or link to:


Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor, Egypt by Judy Swanson (Naples Chapter)


Central Park by Judy Joseph (New York Metro)

Flora & Fauna

Mighty Lion in South Africa by David Mink (New York Metro)

Human Interest

Searching for Dao Bapa Kami in Jerusalem by Jennifer Teague (Washington DC Chapter)

Celebration of Life

Several Circumnavigators were among a crowd in New York that honored the late Circumnavigator Albert Podell, author and adventurer who recently passed away. Given that Albert had no heirs, treasures from his trips to every country were offered to guests as keepsakes. It was a great tribute to an amazing person.

Circumnavigator Brad Vogel with Albert’s “stuff”

Chapter Highlights

Pacific Southwest Chapter members had a very special time at the home of Kathleen and George Beebe complete with dancing girls, flight attendants, and a video presentation of the Beebe’s’ 15th circumnavigation with tips on how to travel using miles from credit cards.

Chicago Chapter members  gathered at Cliff Dwellers Club for a lovely September evening event with a presentation by Dr. Nina Kraus of the Brainvolts laboratory at Northwestern University on the topic of “The Sounds of Languages”, following cocktails on the terrace and dinner overlooking Michigan Avenue.  

Circumnavigator Cynthia Bassett (At Large Ohio) and her niece Lisa Kaeser had a sensational safari to Zambia where they enjoyed the scenery and photographing the wildlife. Lisa went fishing on the Zambezi River where she caught (and released) a 71-pound Vundu catfish.

Cynthia Bassett (At Large Ohio) and her niece Lisa Kaeser

Circumnavigator Bill Ashley (Washington DC Chapter) completed his 7th circumnavigation on a solo trip. Among other things, he visited two new nations—Nauru and Timor-Leste. He has now been to 178 countries. On the trip, he enjoyed catching up with friends around the world.

Circumnavigator Mark Pross (Washington DC Chapter) visited the Porta d’Europa (Gateway to Europe) on the Italian Island of Lampedusa. The monument, located at the southern-most point of Europe, is a memorial to all the mostly Sub-Saharan migrants who died while making the perilous boat journey from Libya and Tunisia.

Mark Pross

Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) celebrated her birthday with a camel ride in Mongolia.

Suzanne Frye

Circumnavigators Lion & Donna Curran (New York Metro) enjoyed a trip to Kauai which was spared the terrible fires that devastated its Hawaiian neighbor Maui. Lion says Kauai is the wettest place on earth.

the Currans

Circumnavigator Jason Chang (President, Washington DC Chapter) is touring around the region of Marseille, France and taking in the local flavors.

Jason chang

Circumnavigators Norm & Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) are on the move again. After a visit to Lebanon, they headed off on the next leg of a 30-day trip that would encompass the five Stan’s (2 T’s, 2 K’s and a U). They visited the burning crater of Darwaza  and ancient city Merv in Turkmenistan. Then the Shah-i-Zinda complex of mausoleums in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. On to the Iskander Kul in Tajikistan, the Altyn-Emil National Park in Kazakhstan and finally feed the birds in the Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan. More about this ambitious trip will recounted in the next issue of The LOG.

the daileys

Circumnavigators Tareq Salahi & Lisa Spoden (Palm Beach Chapter) made their first trip to the Arctic Circle. The couple are new members from Florida. Tareq is captain of the American Polo team and board chair for Hotels@Sea.

Tareq Salahi & Lisa Spoden

Circumnavigator Ed Hotchkiss (New York Metro) and his wife Khadija Musa are exploring the “Stans”, shown here with a group of school children in Samarkand. Ed is a new member of the Circumnavigators Club.

Ed Hotchkiss (New York Metro) and his wife Khadija

The Last Shot

Thanks to Circumnavigator Bryan Koontz (At Large with the US Army) for this brilliant nighttime shot of the famed ghats in Varanasi, India.

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School yard in Tanzania
Schoolyard in Tanzania. Photo by David Mink.

Welcome to September

It’s back to school for many youngsters and on the road for many Circumnavigators. Best wishes for a great month and Labor Day holiday to our members, family and friends. Please send us photos and info on your travels.

Never too old to explore the world

Ellie Hamby and Sandy Hazelip event

Circumnavigators honored our new members Ellie Hamby and Sandy Hazelip who made headlines by traveling around the world in 80 days at the age of 81. The Dynamic Duo gave a lively presentation of their ambitious trip that drew headlines from press around the world. More than 30 members and friends enjoyed the program at the Yale Club. There will be more about their adventure in the next issue of the LOG.

There is still time

2023 Magellan Award

There is still time…Our biggest event of the year is coming next month. The Order of Magellan will be awarded to authors and travel experts Tony and Maureen Wheeler on October 6 at the historic Union League Club in New York City. If you would like to make a reservation to attend, please contact headquarters at or call 201-612-9100. Overnight accommodations can also be made at the Union League Club.

union league club

Last chance, Photographers

Deadline for the upcoming photo contest/exhibit is September 15. If you haven’t made an entry, please consider submitting a photo for this fun event. The event helps support our Foundation. Click here for details:

all over the Map September 2023

Circumnavigators David Dottie Mink (New York Metro and Naples Chapter) cruised from Athens to Venice which brought them for the first time to fascinating Croatia and Montenegro. The trip was historically & culturally illuminating and also very hot—108F in Athens.

Minks - Montenegro

Circumnavigator Gigi Sutton (Washington DC Chapter) visited Serbia’s Belgrade where her friend David Vuich received a lifetime achievement award for his role in the Apollo Mission as one of the Serbo 7. Gigi loved Serbia with its lush farmlands, castles, fabulous restaurants on the waterfront and charming citizens.

Gigi Sutton

Circumnavigator Carolyn Stein (President, Miami Chapter) enjoyed a trip to London and Turkey, although she found conditions hot and crowded.

Circumnavigators Steve & Henna Fuller took their running shoes on the road again where Steve ran marathons in New Guinea and New Zealand, and Henna ran a 10 km race. Henna enjoyed meeting friendly local ladies.

Fullers New Guinea

Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) was on the road again with a visit to Alaska where she enjoyed Running Reindeer Ranch in Fairbanks.

Suzanne Frye reindeer

Circumnavigator Russ Bredholt (Palm Beach Chapter) and wife Chris crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2 where they experienced smooth sailing and excellent entertainment. After London, they traveled to  Bredholt, Denmark where they visited the Bredholt Estates on the Jutland Peninsula. Later they stayed with Chris’s family near Copenhagen.

Circumnavigators Paula & Roger Weatherburn Baker (Naples Chapter) enjoyed a barge cruise in northern France. More about this interesting experience will be in the next issue of the LOG.


Circumnavigator Rick Jennewine (Naples Chapter) visited the beautiful Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.


Circumnavigators Tom & Judy Van Horn (Palm Beach Chapter) went to Germany, but not in Europe. They visited Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria. They enjoyed authentic German food and shopping for Octoberfest clothes.


Circumnavigator Neil Mandt has been more active than ever on the travel front. The Emmy Award director has been to four continents in the last month. He visited Andorra which he calls a “cool” little country. It is his 126th country.


Chapter Highlights

chapter highlight sept 23 Chicago

Chicago Get together. 40 members of the Circumnavigators Chicago Chapter and the Chicago area Travelers Century Club had a joint club gathering to share travel stories and memories in the backyard of Dan & Melanie Peterson’s home. They had a great time even as they weathered the 100-degree heat.

chapter highlight sept 23 Michigan

Michigan Chapter members enjoyed the classic Woodward Dream Cruise weekend in Detroit. Vintage autos, good dining and friendship were the highlights. Twenty-five Circumnavigators and guests joined the crowd of one-million who were entertained by 40,000 cars.


Congratulations…First Vice President Dan Peterson (Chicago Chapter) will receive the prestigious Good Scout Award in Illinois. A dinner honoring Dan will be held in October. The Good Scout dinner, held since 1970, honors leaders who have had a tremendous impact on their communities and on the Scouting program. The organization recognizes Dan’s long time contribution to Scouting at the Troop, Council, & National levels.

good scout

Good press…The Wall Street Journal published a story on round-the-world travel that prominently featured the Circumnavigators Club.

WSJ sept 23

The Last Shot

Thanks to Circumnavigator Ellie Hamby for this stunning sunrise shot of Ahu Tongariki, the largest Ahu on Easter Island, with 15 Moai statues.

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August 2023 Circumbits

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Photo Contest
This photo by C. Pat Hammers (At Large – Hawaii) was a winner in the last Photo Contest. Photos are encouraged to send in shots for the upcoming event.

Welcome to August!

Summer is flying by and Circumnavigators are exploring the world. Best wishes to members, family and friends for a wonderful month.

July Spectacular

July Spectacular

Circumnavigators Suzanne Frye and Sue Murphy (both New York Metro) shared with us the amazing fireworks display on Independence Day in New York.

Circumnavigators Ellie Hamby and Sandy Hazelip

Meet the Dynamic Duo

Circumnavigators Ellie Hamby and Sandy Hazelip are the 81-year-old best friends who circled the globe in just 80 days, resulting in numerous news features on CNN, The New York Times and others. The Club will be honoring them at an event on August 23 at the Yale Club in New York City. You won’t want to miss this exciting event.
Invitations have been sent via email. Contact headquarters to confirm your reservation

Naples Chapter Ladies

The group gathered for their third summer meeting where C. Michelle Doyle gave an outstanding presentation on her trip to Turkey. 

Naples Chapter Ladies Lunch
Photo left to right: Mary McNamara, Mary Elizabeth Beadle, Sophie Classen, Janice Abrams, Ann Doyle, Ellen Stephens, Natasha Lidlaw Seated: Anne Granata and Michelle Doyle

photo contest 2023

Shots Around the World…Send us your best photos for the annual photo event which helps support the Foundation. Just one photo will be appreciated. Let’s try to set a record for submissions. The deadline has been extended to September 15. 

Our Annual Photo Contest is fun for our members and helps support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It is a great way to share our photos with the membership. 
Categories: Human Interest, Flora & Fauna, Landscape, Architecture
Rules: Photos are to be submitted via email as an attachment to Please put PHOTO CONTEST in the subject line of the email. Members are limited to five submissions. There is a $10 fee for each photo, which is a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. The photos do not have to be recent. The photos will be judged by professional photographers. There is no form to be filled out. Just send your email with the photos including the following:

  • Your Name
  • Chapter
  • Category of photograph
  • Title of photograph
  • Photographer’s statement

Entry fees can be sent via PayPal on our website: by check to “Circumnavigators Club Foundation” and mailed to the Circumnavigators Club Foundation, PO Box 465, Ramsey NJ 07446. Let’s support this event! All photos will be shown on the Club web site.        

Chapter Highlights

Singapore Chapter…Singapore Chapter President, Mr. Ang Hao Yao hosted the annual mid-year, dinner event at the magnificent Sheraton Towers hotel. 

Members enjoyed the outstanding food supplied by the hotel’s renowned Cantonese restaurant Li Bai, great wines and wonderful musical entertainment. Mr. Ang Hao Yao presented the membership certificate to new member Mr. Elvin Too on that special evening.

Welcome to all New Members

pan am museum foundation

Fourteen new members were approved at the Board of Governors Meeting recently. The Club is seeing its numbership grow. Among the new members are three leaders of the Pan Am Museum Foundation, further solidifying our long, unofficial relationship with that storied airline. The Pan-Amers are Linda Freire (Foundation Chair), Patricia Iassogna and Wendy Knecht. Circumnavigators should let them know if planning to attend the dynamic museum on Long Island.

Other new members are:

James Bamford  (Washington DC Chapter)
Warner Blow  (Naples Chapter)
Tiffany Jungco  (At Large Philippines)
Lydia Kerr  (Naples Chapter)
Luis & Ronilynn Ramos  (Naples Chapter)
Mary Nice  (Naples Chapter)
Tareq Salahi  (Palm Beach Chapter)
Ron & Staci Schnell  (Miami Chapter)
Lisa Spoden  (Palm Beach Chapter)


Postcard memories…C. Tom Van Horn (President, Palm Beach Chapter) received a pleasant surprise from his 94-year-old Aunt Doris. She sent him all the postcards he had mailed to her from his trips – 147 postcards from 2003-2015. It was wonderful way to relive all of his travels. Do any Circumnavigators have a collection of old postcards? Might make for a good feature in The LOG’s Collectors Corner.


A bit of whimsey…Circumnavigators Geoff & Marilyn McGrath (At Large – Virginia) shared this humorous photo from Washington DC.

One of the Best…This writer has written plenty about some of our historic members. Watching Wimbledon last month, I recalled that tennis great Arthur Ashe was a member, having joined in 1978. Here is a copy of his application.

aurthur as he

The Last Shot

Last shot
Thanks to Circumnavigator Judy Swanson (Naples Chapter) for this stunning shot in Canada.

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June 2023 Circumbits

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New officers
Officers and Governors at Annual Meeting. Jeffery Peterson, Michael Bell, Kristen Koontz, Greg Rider, David Mink, Howard Matson, Jim Franch, Michael Puldy.

Historic Gavel Taps in Annual Meeting

The Circumnavigators Club completed its 121st Annual Meeting last month at the Penn Club in New York. Members attended from far and wide including Oregon, California and Peru. Committee reports and Club finances were reviewed with the state of affairs in good order. The Circumnavigators Foundation also reported good standing. After the meeting, members and guests enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Malaysian Azman Mokhtar who discussed his epic circumnavigation of 77 days on 77 trains.

2023 annual meeting
David Mink Tracy Sancillo gavel

About the Gavel

As a bit of history, the gavel was given to the Club by celebrity member William Jennings Bryan in 1908. Mr. Bryan, having run unsuccessfully for president three times, has been described as the most famous American in the period. Here is a little update from this writer—-for last year’s meeting, president David Mink was given possession of the gavel because Executive Director Tracy Sancilio could not attend. David reports he has never been more nervous about any possession. How would it feel to by the president who lost the gavel! It spent a year in a safe deposit box at the Jersey shore and was delightfully handed back to Tracy for the meeting.

Did you get your copy of The LOG?

The Log June 2023

Our venerable Club publication has finally been published. Members should have received it in the mail. We invite you to give us feedback and comments about the issue. Also, if you don’t save your copy, please don’t throw it away. Pass it on to friends or neighbors, or give it back to your Chapter president for future use in welcoming new members. Finally, please note: No unsolicited stories will be accepted for upcoming issues. If you have a good story, please review it with the LOG staff. 

Chapter Highlights

New Members Singapore Chapter June 2023

Singapore Chapter…Singapore Chapter President Mr Ang Hao Yao presenting membership certificates to new members Mr Peter Ho and Mr Allan Lim.

All over the map June 2023

Bill Ashley (Washington DC Chapter) recently returned from a wonderful trip to Iraqui, Kurdistan. Not only did he see many sites that date back thousands of years, he saw sites that showed Saddam Hussein’s lifestyle and the torture he as convicted of through his gassings in several villages.  

Bill Ashley
Left: Bill Ashley at the pilgrimage site of Yezidi people in Lalish; Right: Bottle Tree in Socotra, Yemen.

In February, Bill visited the island of Socotra, the island owned by Yemen. Even though it is most known for its endemic Blood Trees, there are also Bottle Trees (see above) which are also endemic to the island.  When in bloom as he saw elsewhere on the island, they have beautiful pink blossoms. 

The Last Shot

Daniel Mink Belize
Thanks to Daniel Mink for this stunning night shot on the beach in Belize. Summer is Beach time!

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