Chuck Jonkey (Click on Image to View Complete Photo)
Adventurer/composer Chuck Jonkey #1026 takes us on a wild expedition to Peru in search of indigenous culture and art.
Chuck will present an amazing film on his adventures and display artifacts from his "Sonic Safari" travels around the world.
Discover exotic worlds of fantastic archeological treasures, sacred ritual sites and rustic villages in Peru.
Chuck's program features the Islas Ballestas ( the Galapogos islands of Peru ) and
then to the amazing Nazca lines and on to El Carmen home of Peru's afro-inspired music and dance.
Next he takes us to altiplano to visit many fantastic Inca ruins including Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pisaq and more.
Don't miss this great program.
Ashley G Davies - Exploring Volcanoes on Earth and Io
Ashley G Davies
Ashley Gerard Davies is a volcanologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is administered by the California Institute of Technology.
He has travelled to some of the most extreme locations on Earth to examine erupting volcanoes in order to better understand
what is happening on Io, a moon of Jupiter that unexpectedly turned out to be the most volcanically-active planetary body in the Solar System.
Ralph H. Perez - 10,000 Miles by Foot, Jeep, Ferrari, & Alaska Marine Highway
At the Begining of the Pacific Crest Trail (Click on Image to View Complete Photo)
Ralph H. Perez #1150 - 10,000 miles by foot, land and sea is an adventure story told by our 1st VP &
Program chairman that begins as a thru hike on the Pacific Crest Trail on Easter Sunday, 2011;
before transitioning to an 8500 mile Arctic Jeep Expedition to the Far North;
then a Ferrari road trip in Anchorage followed by a Jet Boat trip up to Prince William sound;
then back up to Haines AK to join the Alaskan Marine Highway.
Ralph's presentation is on his thru hike planning, preparations, people, thru-hike culture on the trail and much much more.
"Going places that I've never been ...... on the road again; I just can't wait to get on the road again ..... like a band of gypsies we go down the road insisting that the world keep turning our way - and our way! Great inspirational words from Willie. Not too far off from these thru-hikers I'm encountering.
Last night I slept at a water cache (place where water is dropped off for hikers; i.e. for lack of water thereof). When I reached my 14 mile stop point for the night. At the site were two guys Brit and Squirrel. We spoke a little and because of the high wind gusts we all just settled down to our little tents. Throught the night it got very cold, the wind was gusting to about 40 mph and it started raining. If I could upload the photos I would to give you a birds eye view of the rain clouds moving our way amidst the slowly settling sun.
This morning when I was up the Brit was already gone and Squirrel was still sleeping. On the 19 mile hike to Warner Springs I enjoyed the company of my lonely self until I came across two ladies heading southbound to complete a part of the section they said they missed. They asked if I had seen a thermarest on the trail and I said yes. They said it belonged to the Brit who dropped it. Now the first thing that came to mind is how does anyone drop their thermarest? I saw it but didn't think to pick it up as I thought it was indicating a trail sign for someone (i.e. The Brit) taking a dump, nap or marking the trail for his friend.
The trail was mostly downhill and very picturesque today complete with some pasture trail and black and white California cows thrown in. I took a picture of the infamous Eagle Rock eagle. Then I was ready for Warner Springs and a hot soak but the trail just kept going. Within GPS in hand I attempted to calculate within the minute when I would hit the road and the amount of time it would take me to hike to the Golf course for a BLT and Coke. I never drank coke in the past but now seem to have developed a taste for it after a prolonged hike of say 14+ mile plus.
My resupply box was waiting for me when I checked in and in about 30 minutes I was at the sulfur springs. Met about six more hikers there including a brother and sister hiking together; two girls from Sweden that go by the name of Swisters; and were it not for the Brit I would be the oldest one here. Brit is 63 and I'm 55. Got a kick out of being called Sir by the currently through hiker crowd. All is well in Warner Springs tonight; Idyllwild here we come.
PS: Thank you Grumpy whomever you are - (Trail Angel) for managing the water at the PCT and 79 road junction)
Love of my life is making music with my friends and I can't wait to get on the road again.......
Kip Stephen Thorne is an American theoretical physicist, known for his prolific contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics and
for having trained a generation of scientists.
A longtime friend and colleague of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, he was the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at
the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) until 2009 and one of the world’s leading experts on
the astrophysical implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Truly an "off the beaten track" presentation.
Ken Doughty - RC Aircraft & Drones - This popular and accessible hobby has come a long way from the rudimentary,
experimental designs of the 1800s.
But how exactly did entertainment blimps and war weapons evolve through history into a popular recreational pastime?
Ken shares with us his passion for flying and insights on drones.