Calendar of Travel Bug Events

We present talks and/or slide shows on travel or geographically related subjects.
Most events are on Saturdays and take place in our store and are free
All begin at 5 PM unless otherwise noted and last for about an hour.
We attempt to have a presentation every other Saturday
Date Category Subject Presenter Description
Sat Nov 04 Slide Show Malawi - Morocco: Adventures of a Mother - Daughter Team Melinda Silver Adventures that we had as a mother-daughter team. We found ourselves hiking the Milange mastiff in Malawi - not without incident; tracking a leopard while on safari in Zambia; losing our way through the heart of the medina of Fes, and eating escargots Moroccan-style on the beach in Asilah.

It was the rainy season in Malawi, yet I only saw rain briefly, so the countryside was gorgeous and green have images of city life, markets, a hike up Milange, the largest peak in Malawi (we stayed overnight at one of the many huts available through an ex-pat hiking club), and of a safari in Zambia. Often you hear that it is disappointing to take a safari in the rainy season. found it fascinating.

Our visit to Morocco was a real contrast, where the per capita standard of living is presumably one-thousand times that of Malawi Yet, Morocco also has aspects of a third-world country regarding standards of clean water (you can drink the tap water in Malawi, but ou cannot do so in Morocco) and litter that obscures the beauty of beaches, etc.

Adventures with stories attached to them: our hike coming down Milange, tracking a leopard while on safari, our overnight stay in the heart of the medina of Fes, eating escargot Moroccan style, our walk to the Beach of Caves outside Asilah
Sat Nov 11 Slide Show Pacific Crest Trail Barney Scout Mann Escape to the Pacific Crest Trail--join Barney Scout Mann for stories, photos and videos straight from the PCT. For the 2016 holidays, Smithsonian magazine chose this book as one of its "10 Best Travel Books to Give. " The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America 's Wilderness Trail, by Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann, was published by the Pacific Crest Trail Association and Rizzoli New York. The book tells the saga of the 2,650-mile hiking and horseback riding trail and has more than 250 scenic and historic photos. Wild author Cheryl Strayed calls it: "A must-have for your coffee table library! " The New York Times labeled Mann "the informal historian of the trail " while Backpacker magazine called him "a geek for trail history. " Come see for yourself. Followed by book sales and signing. "Scout " (
Sat Nov 18 Slide Show Papua New Guinea Linda Tanner Gary Iverson Papua New Guinea Man As Art And Whats Not To Like About Naked Men & Women In Feathers?

Dear Wontoks:

Papua New Guinea is often considered one of the 12 travel wonders of the world. This tok-tok will cover various tribes and fierce warriors, their customs and dress, the middle Sepik River, the Highlands, a traditional Sing-Sing and a skull house.

PNG is the second largest island on the earth about 100 miles north of Australia. One of the most diverse countries in the world with 852 known languages. It is a place so untouched by the outside world that most people are barefoot and many still wear bird feathers & beaks, pig & dog teeth, shimmering beetles, shells and grass clothing.

While supposedly eradicated, the most fully documented instances of headhunting and cannibalism survived, in certain isolated areas into the 1950 s, 1960 s and 1970 s and still leave traces.

The rugged terrain includes high mountain ranges and deep valleys, swamps, and thick jungle. There are few to no roads. In fact, there are no roads out of Port Moresby, the capital city. Less than 20% of the population has access to electricity.

PNG dim-dims (outsiders)
Linda Tanner & Gary Iverson
Sat Dec 02 Slide Show SE Asia Paul Hawkins All the Exotic You Could Ever Want:
South-East Asia in 100 slides or less

The very names of some of the regions of South-East Asia conjure romantic images of beautiful landscapes, mysterious temples and vibrant culture. This travelogue will cover all of these aspects of travel, and more, as we journey from the seascapes of Bai Tu Long Bay (Vietnam), through the teeming city of Bangkok (Thailand), the stunning temples of Angkor Wat (Cambodia) and conclude on the culturally electrifying island of Bali (Indonesia). Along the way we will encounter the beauty of nature and of the created city, societies both current and long-lost, massive religious epics over a thousand years old and, of course, food. We will also consider the effects, both good and bad, that travel and tourism have had on areas visited.
Sat Dec 16 Booksigning Not Our Day to Die: Testimony from the Guatemalan Jungle Mike sullivan Not Our Day to Die: Testimony from the Guatemalan Jungle
Publisher Marketing:
It was work for Mike Sullivan--a flying job like the ones he 'd done most of his life in many parts of the world--ferrying people, medicine, crops, supplies and almost anything else you can think of among the isolated jungle villages of Guatemala. Life in the farming co-ops there was simple, peaceful, and good, based on bedrocks of family, community, and faith. Then the repression began. A failed attempt at a coup had led to continued fighting between rebels and government, though in areas far from the almost-utopian Ixcan region. U.S. military and CIA intervention helped defeat the insurgency, but the social inequalities that had led to the movement remained, and the revolution went underground. The Guatemalan army, searching everywhere for those who opposed it, increased its control over the isolated jungle area. Co-op directors, teachers, catechists, and then anyone suspected of being one of or assisting the guerrillas was selectively "disappeared. " The army turned to a scorched-earth policy, killing animals, burning crops, uprooting fruit trees, destroying towns, massacring their people. Throughout the Ixcan, those who survived fled. Some returned to their original mountain villages, others crossed the border into Mexico, and a third group survived for sixteen years hiding in the jungle--men, women, and children. Primeval growth took over the land as the war with the guerrilla movement raged on to encompass the entire nation. When finally peace accords were signed, the people of the Ixcan returned. Homes were rebuilt, land reclaimed, the area thrived again. But sixteen years were lost, along with countless lives. For Mike Sullivan, who had returned there when his help was needed, the story of those years--of how the people of the Ixcan survived, and of the many who didn 't--was one that had to be told. In three visits, he conducted the interviews that form this book, talking with the villagers he 'd known long before. At first, they spoke hesitantly, then with the flood force of vivid memory, telling of their first arrival at the Ixcan, the lives they 'd made, and the years of the repression and worse. Their stories are gripping, fascinating, painful--but most of all, deeply human as we witness their struggle to survive and feel the force of the simple values that ultimately carried them through to a new and better life.