Monthly: 7:30-9:00 PM, at Varsity Acres Presbyterian
Where: 4612 Varsity Dr NW (free street parking is available in the evenings). Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.
Come for an evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! CALL members are an adventurous group and are interested in hearing about active and interesting global pursuits. Each month we have an interactive presentation from a different presenter.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Topic: Sailing: A Different Way to Travel the World
Presenters: Dave and Jan Hutchison
Travelling the world on a small sailing boat leads to a very different experience from most types of travelling. There are hardships and many things that we miss, but for us the benefits far outweighed these. Initially, there is an immense challenge in learning how to maintain the many systems which you come to rely on, how to share a tiny space for long periods, & how to equip and provision your boat. However, you choose your destinations as you go and, instead of starting with the officialdom of the airport, immigration & hotel, you have your own living space, and you often enter a new country at the most delightful, basic location.
In 2000 we sailed south from Victoria with very little experience, some friends from Calgary who flew back from California, and a plan to "try it for 2 years". We flew back to Canada every Christmas, but in 2016 we sailed to Victoria with a different boat & a wealth of ideas.
We hope to show the benefits of this life, without skipping over the reasons why it is not for everybody.
All photos courtesy of the presenters
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Motorcycling Across Southern Africa
Since meeting each other in 2005 and subsequently retiring, Rita McGillivray and Rolf Stuber have been happily pursuing their joint passion for adventure travel around the world.
Rolf’s serious dedication to long distance motorbike touring and Rita’s inexplicable willingness to sit on the back and hold on, along with a love of trekking has led the two of them to all seven continents.
For the treks and travels talk in January, We are happy to share their photos and memories of a multi-week exploration of the countries of Southern Africa. We started at Victoria Falls ,Zimbabwe where we joined a small , guided motorcycle tour out of Germany . For 17 days we would be riding some of the most challenging roads that Rolf has had to tackle out of the roughly 300,000 km’s he’s ridden since being a senior.
Join us as we share photos and commentary on our 4,000 km tour from Zimbabwe, through the Chobe National Park in Botswana and then into the world-famous Okavango Delta where an early morning flight rewarded us with amazing vistas followed by a safari in the Moreni game with non stop wildlife viewing. A long and exhausting ride across the Kalahari desert brought us into Namibia where we would cross the Tropic of Capricorn , play in the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and head to the heart of the Namib desert.
We finally entered South Africa in the Western Cape province during wildflower season, and once we exchanged the motorbike for a car, we settled in for a couple weeks of home exchanges near Cape town and explored the beautiful South African coastline, the vineyards, the dazzling mother city -Capetown ,,the sobering Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, drove round the Cape of Good hope, and visited the most geographically southern point on the continent of Africa, Cape Agulhas.