September 2021 Circumbits
School children in Tanzania
September is back-to-school month. Here Dottie Mink (Naples Chapter) captured a delightful class of school children in Tanzania.

Welcome to September

It’s further proof that time flies! We hope all our members, family and friends had a great summer. It looks like the pandemic is far from over, but we have seen that Circumnavigators have ramped up their travel plans. Some of their travels are listed below. Please keep us informed about your travel experiences.

All Over the Map

circumnavigators travel in September

Even though a trip to Alaska is technically domestic (for Americans) it still feels like a foreign trip. Circumnavigators Russ Bredholt (Palm Beach Chapter) and his wife Chris went there last month on an anniversary trip that included a train trip to Denali National Park.

Russ Bredholt in Alaska
Russ outside the Grizzly Store in Anchorage.

Circumnavigator Katie Koontz (New York Metro) is in Paris right now, before heading off to the French Alps and Amsterdam. She reports a great time despite some necessary Covid testing.

Katie Koontz in Paris
Katie enjoys site seeing and the cultural experience in Europe

Circumnavigators Paul & Patricia Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) ventured off to Iceland.They said it was great to be traveling again and taking some terrific photos, including this Icelandic horse.

Paul & Patricia Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) ventured off to Iceland
Paul says no trip to Iceland is complete without seeing an Icelandic horse.

Circumnavigators Melody & Jon Dill (Naples Chapter) took an amazing cruise in Greece, sailing on the Silver Moon, the newest vessel in the SilverSea fleet. Aside from the site seeing, they were most impressed by SilverSea’s debut of its revolutionary new culinary program, Sea and Land Taste or S.A.L.T. Guests are invited to delve deeper into each region’s cuisine and culture with regionally-inspired dishes, drinks, and demonstrations. Special S.A.L.T. shore excursions enable travelers to experience the food and drink cultures of each destination.

Melody & Jon Dill (Naples Chapter) sailed on the Silver Moon
SilverSea’s new luxury cruiser, the Silver Moon.

Did you read The LOG?

Did you read The LOG?…We hope you have enjoyed the latest issue of our venerable publication. We appreciate your feedback! Reminder: please share your travels with us for The LOG and Circumbits. Here are a couple of corrections in the LOG. Kathy Sinclair, whose ‘fridge magnets’ were featured, was listed a member of the Chicago Chapter. She is a member of the Michigan Chapter. 

It was really cold…Chasing the Lights, Ann Swinford’s account of her quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska mentioned the chilly 25 F temps. Ann wants readers to know it was actually minus 25 degrees. She would never complain about a mere 25 F.

ann swinford northern lights
Ann Swinford was desperately cold in Alaska as she chased the Northern Lights.


Hurricane takes toll

hurricane ida
Restaricks are fine but their property took a hit.

Circumnavigators Janet & Henry Restarick live in Louisiana near New Orleans and weathered the devastating hurricane Ida. We are happy to report that the Restaricks are safe although their house suffered some damage.

The Last Shot

puffin in Iceland
Thanks to Paul Buescher for this shot of a Puffin in Iceland, just one of his fantastic wildlife photos from his recent trip.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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