Antarctic’s Penguin Highway

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin

July, 2015 Vol. 19,  No. 10



“There are two kinds of Antarctic penguins, the white ones coming towards you from the water and the black ones going away from you.”-Anonymous

Antarctica’s penguin highway is one of nature’s great two-lane, gridlocked non-stop traffic rush hours. Unfortunately, this incredible sight is not readily accessible. Icy penguin trails curve, meander, detour then disconnect along treacherous terrain that frequently follows a path obscured by snow or cloud cover. Continue reading »

Îles-de-la-Madeleine Multi-Sport Freewheeling Adventure

Text and photographs by Mary L. Peachin
June, 2015 Vol. 19, No. 9

Îles de la Madeleine Island Aerosport  Kite Buggy

Îles de la Madeleine Island Aerosport Kite Buggy

Speeding over a sandy beach in a kite pulled “buggy,” kayaking through surf to explore red sandstone cliff tunnels, bicycling along Quebec-owned Îles-de-la-Madeleine archipelago’s quiet roads with ocean views lined with beach front colorful cottages, not to mention delicious gourmet picnics is just a taste of the bicycling or adventure trips offered by Nova Scotia’s Freewheeling Adventures. Continue reading »

Snorkeling with Homosassa’s Manatees

Text by Mary L. Peachin with photos by Dave Jaskey, M.D.
June, 2015, Vol. 19, No. 9

Breast feeding calf - Dave Jaskey

Breast feeding calf – Dave Jaskey

West Indian manatees surrounded me. They were waiting for me as I slipped quietly into the water from the pontoon’s sturdy ladder. Well, I could have done a belly flop and not scared them away. One nudged me from the left, another lifted me from below, and another swished his whiskers along the right side of my face. Behind them, others appeared to be waiting their turn to get close to me. What attracted them to me, a human snorkeler? Obviously, they were just curious as to what I was doing in their space. Continue reading »

Hiking among Tucson’s Desert Spring Flowers

Text by Mary L. Peachin with photos by Mary L. Peachin and Robert McCallum
Vol. 19, No. 5

Robert Scott Saguaro National Park

Robert Scott Saguaro National Park

The dirt road curves from one scenic vista covered by majestic stands of saguaro to another winding its way through the Tucson Mountain Regional Park to the trailhead of Sweetwater Trail bordering the east side of Saguaro National Park West. Directional road signs along El Camino Del Cerro guide the hiker or horseback rider to the Sweetwater trailhead. Continue reading »