Maritime Speaker at the Library

Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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You Don’t Need to Own a Boat to Cruise: Charter!

Waggoner Guide editor Mark Bunzel and a panel of local charter experts discuss charters vs. owning.

Sat., Jan. 21, 4pm at the library

Window on Ghana, West Africa

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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John Shafer presents a slideshow that illustrates living and traveling in Ghana — including visiting a game reserve and seeing 24 elephants on a walking safari.

Wed., Jan. 25, 7pm at the library


Cruising in British Columbia: Favorite Places

Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Peter Vassilopoulos, a long-time West Coast boater who has traveled the Pacific Northwest coast extensively, shares his favorite cruising destinations in British Columbia. The author of best-selling marine guides, Peter recently published Cruising the Inside Passage, focusing on scenic places from Puget Sound to Alaska. Sat., Feb. 18, 4pm at the library, part of the Maritime Speaker Series.

Tides: the Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Writer, sailor and conservationist Jonathan White discusses his book and global adventures inquiring into the forces that keep our oceans in constant motion. Traveling to five continents for the largest, fastest, scariest and most amazing tides in the world, Jonathan examines the many dimensions of tides, the science behind them and how they influence culture. Wed., Feb. 22, 7pm at the library

Travel by Canal Boat in France

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Steve and Dian Jahn have taken 5 canal boat vacations in 3 European countries. In this program, they share their latest trip – 2 weeks in France on the Canal du Nivernais in the Bourgogne area during the September 2016 wine harvest. They also provide you with a first-hand perspective on the ease and adventure of “license free” piloting of your own chartered canal boat for a truly wonderful self-guided vacation.  

Wed., May 3, 7pm - at the library

San Diego to the Sea of Cortez

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Writer and translator Jane Billinghurst describes her 10-day journey on a 95-foot boat observing and interacting with marine mammals and birds around the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. She encountered sea lions, whale sharks, gray whales in their calving lagoons and blue and sperm whales out in open water. Nature lovers and adventure travelers especially will enjoy hearing about this trip and seeing photographs of birds and marine mammals while also learning about their habitats and lifestyles. 

San Diego to the Sea of Cortez: An Ocean Teeming with Life - Wed., June 21, 7pm at the library

Bhutan: Land of the Peaceful Dragon

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Joan Cross describes her work and travels in the tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. The Kingdom is perhaps best known for creating the concept of Gross National Happiness as the most significant industry of a country; GHP has since become a worldwide measure of a culture's humanity. 

Wed., Sept. 20, 7pm at the library

Life on the Equator: 2 Years on Ecuador

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Joella Solus and Tony Kubena narrate a photo travelogue of this culturally and ecologically diverse country. Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 pm at the library.

Maritime Series

Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Icebergs, Puffins, & Whales: Kayaking Atlantic Canada. Geneva Langworthy offers a visual journey of her sea kayak trip along the rugged Atlantic Canada coastline. Saturday, November 18, 4:00 pm at the library.

Camino De Santiago in the New Millennium

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bonnie Bowers recounts her adventures trekking the Camino the French Way, from Saint Jean Pier de Port. Since the 11th century pilgrims have traveled the way of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela for religious or spiritual reasons. More recently many make the trek as a fitness challenge. Some walk as pilgrims and some as tourists, there is no correct way to walk the Camino. Bonnie tried to remain faithful to the pilgrim ways but was often challenged by 21st century impediments. This program will explore the experience of modern pilgrims with those who made the journey long ago. Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm at the library.

The Lost Intruder

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Former A-6 pilot and author Peter Hunt will give an account of his search and discovery of a missing A-6 intruder, 25 years after its disappearance. On November 6, 1989, a Navy A-6 Intruder suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure and crashed off Whidbey Island, Washington. The crew ejected safely. Despite a three-month search with four Navy ships, the missing jet was not found. Twenty-five years after the crash, former A-6 pilot and author of The Lost Intruder Peter Hunt set out to discover the submerge aircraft, knowing that it might be his final opportunity due to his battle with Parkinson's disease and imminent brain surgery. He was successful. Wednesday, January 10, 7:00 pm at the library.

The Wonders of Iceland

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Doug and Gay Woods will present their trip to Iceland in March of 2017, where they explored the sites of Reykjavik and beyond.  They embarked on the Golden Circle tour, which took them to spectacular waterfalls, geysers, and the deep rift between two tectonic plates. They were also able to experience and photograph the Northern Lights on a nighttime tour. Another daytime tour took them to the Reykjanes Peninsula, with its simple yet striking sights.    Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 pm at the library.

Norway’s Coastal Cruise—and more

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Doug and Gay Woods will discuss their travels in Norway in March of 2017, where they explored the interior by bus, train, and boat. They sailed on a combination cargo/cruise ship along the coastline in Norway from Bergen, crossed the Arctic Circle, and travelled to the Russian border before returning to Bergen. Along the way, they took in majestic mountains, incredible fjords, and many small villages. They visited a snow hotel, met with sled dogs, saw Northern Lights, and became members of the Ancient Polar Bear Society. Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 pm at the library.

Maritime Speaker Series

Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Finding PAX: One Woman’s Journey for the Love of Her Wooden Boat
Port Townsend author and sailor, Kaci Cronkhite will discuss her book Finding PAX. Raised on an Oklahoma cattle ranch, Kaci saw the ocean at 21, sailed around the world by the time she was 40, and served as the director at Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival for a decade. Kaci knew better than to buy a wooden boat but when the curvy little 1936 Danish spidsgatter named Pax popped into her email inbox she fell in love. Over the next 10 years, despite the odds, Kaci restored more than just a boat. She solved the mystery of Pax by tracing her history through Denmark, California, and Canada. Her search for Pax’s story became the story of generations—of owners and marine trades craftspeople in three countries. Originally self-published, the book goes worldwide with Bloomsbury publishing in 2018. Saturday, February 17, 4:00 pm at the library.

Urban Trails Bellingham

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Urban Trails Bellingham—Including Western Whatcom, Anacortes and the Skagit Valley 
Join award-winning guidebook author Craig Romano for a slideshow tour of the trails around Bellingham, Western Whatcom County, the Skagit Valley, and Fidalgo Island. Urban Trails: Bellingham focuses on the trails, parks, and preserves within the urban and suburban areas around Anacortes, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and the Chuckanut Mountains recreation area. You’ll find trails to beaches, old growth forests, lakeshores, wildlife-rich wetlands, rolling hills, scenic vistas, meadows, historic sites, and vibrant communities. There are trails for easy strolls, refreshing walks, all day hikes, and short or long runs. Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm at the library.

Travel by Foot: Camino Frances 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Professor John C. Howell will give an account of his 45- day journey across Spain on the Camino Frances. His journey afoot followed the classical route taken by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. Starting on April 22, 2017, he traveled from St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees and ended at the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Along the way, the cuckoo was a constant companion. Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm at the library

Experiencing Cuba by Bicycle

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join Bill and Ann Testerman for a presentation on their bicycle trip through rural Cuba. Cuba is a country frozen in time due to a US trade embargo placed on the island over 50 years ago. With a People-to-People organization, the Testermans rode their bicycles into rural areas, staying with families and eating in their homes. They will share the new perspective they gained of Cuban life, history, and culture. Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm at the library.