August 9-12 are the dates for this year's conference. Last year's program was superb and I look forward to returning this summer. I highly recommend this event for anyone interested in travel writing or photography - expert and beginner alike. It's a wonderful community. See the Book Passage website for more information.
Join travel writer and photographer Nicholas Bratton for a presentation about the Tugela River in South Africa. A former whitewater rafting guide, Bratton returned to the Tugela after an 18-year absence to document how the river and the surrounding community has transformed. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a fascinating, beautiful, and remote corner of South Africa. Made possible with support from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
From the site's description: "Lit Crawl Seattle is a series of uncommon literary events — readings, performances, panel discussions, and beyond — that take place in pubs, museums, cafes, libraries, and a host of other spaces throughout the Capitol Hill and First Hill neighborhoods in Seattle."
With this being Seattle, remember: there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
Hope to see you there!
After a 16-year absence I will be returning to South Africa in mid-April of 2015. My time will be split among Cape Town, visiting family in Durban, ascending into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and a 4-day visit to Tembe Elephant Park with the KwaZulu Natal Land Rover Club. I will be posting photos and updates on my blog, so check in with The Atlas to follow the action.
An article of mine covering the action of the 2014 Northwest Challenge will be featured in the 2015 winter issue of Rovers Magazine. This niche publication is a treat to read, with a photo-intense, visually engaging layout and stories from around the world. It's available online or for free by calling up Rovers North and requesting a copy (800-403-7591).
The Pacific Coast Rovers Club is once again organizing the Northwest Challenge, a Land Rover-only weekend competition involving off-road driving, navigation, problem solving, and skills tests. I'll be competing with my friend Lar Malleis and covering the event for Rovers magazine. Check out nwchallenge.com for more information!
Following recent presentations at US Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Feathered Friends, and the Museum of Flight, I will be giving a slide show at the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field on Saturday, May 3 at noon. The focus will be on the 2013 Greenland Duck Hunt search and recovery mission. There will also be a cake, as the HFF has kindly organized a send-off party in support of a 2014 mission to continue the search for the aircraft and missing men. Full details at the Foundation's website. Hope to see you there!