Here it is, folks! My new speech and slideshow that goes beyond the first major world trip I wrote about in my book, Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey Through Africa and Asia. It’s a whole new presentation, which I unveiled on March 7 at Princeton Windrows to an eager and very receptive audience. Most of you know my philosophy of life, which encourages everyone to travel off the beaten track, risk walking into the unknown, and never lose their sense of wonder. And not sit around waiting for something to happen, but make it happen…NOW.

Here are a few of the slides that cover my most recent adventures. All of the travel has been backpacking on a small budget, and the only tours were with trekking groups in the mountains. On this blog I shall show a small sampling of slides from one of the five major presentations. Tune in next week for more.

Put on your hiking boots and let’s go! An overview of treks to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna, the Kangchenjunga Range in Nepal and Sikkim, northern India, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Overlooking Everest Base Camp from Kala Pattar, 18,500 ft.

Headed for Gorek Shep in the Khumba ice fields

Everest, Lhotse, & the Nuptse Ridge


Climbing Kilimanjaro with daughter Martha

The porter’s farewell song….

Sunrise with daughters Cary and Martha. Kangchenjunga in the distance.

Typical swinging bridge at high altitude

The Kangchenjunga Range appeared out of the fog

Clusters of prayer flags in the morning

A Buddhist monastery in the foothills

A few weeks ago we had a short heat wave, during which time spring sprang up in abundance. As I walked around Maplewood grooving on the flowering trees, forsythia, magnolias, and tulips I realized that I had filled a couple of blogs full of photographs in my April 9, 2010 blog. Now that the cold weather has returned and many of the trees have lost their blossoms, I enjoy referring back to that time to recapture the enchantment of early spring.