Published: January 14th 2013January 13th 2013
San Francisco, California
Daughter Christina, grandson Evan, daughter JJ and friend Kelly at the botanical gardens, January 2012
Dougherty 2012 Recap January.
The first trip of the year was with me (Kathy) going to San Francisco to join Christina & Evan, JJ & Kelly
(JJ’s then girlfriend) for a long weekend. JJ & Kelly arranged to have time in San Francisco on their way to Thailand & Cambodia
where they were spending a month. Bernard
started teaching a 3-month long (one day a week) class, Introduction to International Criminal Law, in the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program at the University of Arizona
. It was a class for adults and he had some students aged 90+. He LOVED it and especially his older students as they were bright, engaged, and had knowledge of the world. Bernard also took several classes himself at OLLI.
I started working as a mentor with the Junior Docent program at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
where I’ve been a docent since 2009. I am working with high school students who train to be docent/guides. Their training isn’t as extensive as regular docents, so they are teamed with a docent/mentor when they are on-grounds. What great kids!! They are smart, committed and personable. February
. I met a
Kathy w/Junior Docent Marina
Kathy mentoring Jr. Docent Marina in snake handling - Marina is holding a tightly curled gopher snake - he is actually over 4 ft. long (1.2 meters)
, in Maui, Hawaii
for 10 days where she had rented a condo for a month. It was right on a beach, so had great beach walks every day and went to sleep every night to the sound of waves breaking - magical. Also visited a high school friend of JJ’s, Rebecca,
and her family who had just moved to Maui. They’ve bought themselves a little piece of paradise - lovely home, 5 acres, banana, avocado and other fruit trees and a view overlooking the ocean.
As soon as I got back from Hawaii (Bernard had to teach and that is why he didn’t accompany me), we were off to Santa Fe, New Mexico
to meet up with friends Mara & Larry Cohn
from El Paso
. We rented a 2-bedroom condo and spent a long weekend touring, eating, shopping, but mostly talking. We became friends with the Cohn family in the Netherlands in 2001 and have stayed good friends, seeing them usually twice a year.
From Santa Fe Bernard & I drove to Colorado Spring, Colorado
where Bernard was lecturing at the Air Force Academy. We were put up in luxurious and huge
View from our condo - that is the beach we walked every morning
accommodations on base. Had lunch in the dining hall with the cadets one afternoon - wow, that was a trip! It is evidently the largest common eating room in the USA. March
took us to Philadelphia
for the wedding of David Simon
, son of good friends Stuart & Susan
from Seattle. They are Jewish, so it was a ceremony that was new to us - VERY nice. We loved Philly; stayed right downtown and walked everywhere. We met for lunch with my cousin Holly
and husband Kevin
and had a marvelous time.
From Philly we drove to Massachusetts
to visit Bernard’s brother, Tom, and his wife, Janet.
Tom has a particularly virulent form of Parkinson’s, Multiple-system Atrophy (MSA). They recently moved into a smaller, one-level town home and we hadn’t seen them in a while. They’ve made a lovely home for themselves in an active community and it was great to spend some time, albeit short, with them. April
found us winging our way to the Drakensburg Mountains in South Africa
to work with the Pictet Moot Court Competition. Bernie has been a judge/juror (sponsored/paid for by the German Red Cross)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Larry & Mara with Bernie in Santa Fe - it was cold, but clear and beautiful
in the competition for 5 years now and in 2012 I worked in administration; we are both doing it again in Thailand in March 2013.
Friends Stuart & Susan
from Seattle joined us after Pictet and we went to Kruger National Park
for a week. That week included a 3-day trek on foot with park rangers into rhino country. We saw over 30 rhinos. Yes, we were on foot. Yes, they are huge. Yes, it was scary at times.
After Kruger we stayed for a few days in Pretoria
with good friends Peter & Sue
whom we became friends with when we lived in Pretoria 2005 - 2006. May
we flew from South Africa on May 1st in different directions: me back to Tucson and Bernard to Germany
to teach for a week at a German university. He continues to be asked by the German Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross and various universities to teach around the world. He’ll be teaching in 2013 at that same German university in April, as well as at the German Red Cross summer school in Berlin in August.
Cathedral Peak Hotel
Drakensburg Mountains, South Africa
On his return from Germany, Bernard had one night at home before he had to get back on a plane and fly to Lima, Peru
to teach for the ICRC - he has done that for quite a few years now. June
. My sister Donna
was having some medical consults (she has MS) in Seattle and was staying with my other sister, Mary Jean,
and her husband, Buzz, in Gig Harbor, Washington.
I decided to fly up and spend my birthday with them. It was only a long weekend, but my sisters made it a special time for me. I also got to see both of Buzz and Mary Jean’s boys, Matt and Dan
, and Dan’s wife Sally
To get out of the heat of Arizona, we spent three weeks in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
- rented an apartment right on a bike trail. We rode every day. Mary Jean & Buzz
came over for a weekend and we rode the Route of the Hiawatha
, which was AWESOME. NOTE:
I had my gall bladder taken out in Idaho. I had a bad attack and it had been bothering me for years,
Pictet Participants Group Shot
There was some money left over so the students were given helicopter rides, the first one of which our photographer took
so when the doc said it should come out, I asked, how soon can you do it? I have NEVER felt better in my life.
From Idaho we drove back to Arizona rather quickly because Bernard had to fly to Germany
on the 28th. He taught at the German Red Cross summer school in Berlin for a week. August.
Bernie returned from Germany on the second and on the ninth we drove to Colorado
. First we picked up my cousin BJ
in Sierra Vista, Arizona
and then we drove to Red River, New Mexico
where her daughter and son-in-law, Sue & John
, had their RV for the summer. We stayed a few days in this wonderful, high part of New Mexico where the weather was delightfully cool.
One day we drove to Taos
and toured the Indian pueblo there. It had been many years since we’d been there - it hadn’t changed much!! It was still delightful and very interesting. Denver, Colorado
was our next stop. We had rented a house there for a week. Again we were in a wonderful biking area and near many tourist attractions,
B w/Pictet Colleagues
Bernard in the middle of his jury panel - fellow judge/jurors. They worked as a team the whole week
so we hardly ever drove.
The next week we spent in Rocky Mountain National Park
camping and hiking. Most of our hikes were at over 10,000 feet (3,048 meters); we hiked every day; it was glorious.
Back to the low-lands (relatively anyway) to Ft. Collins, Colorado
where we’d rented an apartment. Ft. Collins is totally bike-friendly so again we drove very little and enjoyed the coolness of the front range area. Mary Jean’s oldest, Dan,
got a new job in Denver, so was there looking for an apartment while wife Sally stayed home in Seattle to pack - yes it was sudden. We drove from Ft. Collins to Denver and had a fabulous dinner and evening with Dan. September
. We drove from Ft. Collins to the Great Sand Dunes National Park
, still in Colorado
, where we camped a few days. We had views of the dunes from our campsite, but also drove and walked around the park.
From the dunes we drove to Taos, New Mexico
where we’d arranged to pick up my cousin BJ; Sue & John
drove her into town so we didn’t have to make
On safari in Kruger Nat'l Park
Notice the rangers' guns. The rangers were vigilant at all times, especially when we were near rhinos, which was OFTEN
the climb to Red River again. We had a fun Mexican lunch with everyone before heading back to Arizona to drop BJ in Sierra Vista before we returned to Tucson. October.
The only trip we took was to Phoenix
to visit friends, other than that we stayed in Tucson where I had started back at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum doing my regular docent duties and continuing to work with the Jr. Docents. November.
Friends Mara & Larry
from El Paso
(the ones we’d been with in Santa Fe earlier in the year) and their two kids came for Thanksgiving. They stayed with us but we had dinner at Mara’s cousin’s house where many of her family and friends were gathering. It was a lively, fun group. Christina and JJ couldn’t make it here for Thanksgiving, which was disappointing, but couldn’t be helped. December.
Our second big trip of the year (after South Africa) was to India
(Dec. 8 - Jan. 2) for the wedding of the daughter, Gale
, of friends, Alice & John
, to Arjun
in Chandigarh, Punjab.
We went two weeks early, hired a car and driver and toured in
Rhinos in Kruger
We saw more than 30 while on foot - this is NOT a telephoto shot, we were that close
. Drove back to Delhi for a day and then to Chandigarh for the week-long wedding celebration.
The travels and wedding were amazing and I’ll be doing a blog with much more information. So I’ll just include a couple of photos now.
In addition to all the travels, Bernard still walks or runs every day; I go to the gym 5 days a week. I’m at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum twice a week. I continue to enjoy my book group; Bernie has a men’s group he meets with for lunch once a month. They always have a speaker; he was asked and did a presentation on international law for one of the meetings.
Spring time is particularly busy for us here in Tucson as we have many visitors. In early February Bernard is lecturing at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs
again and his colleague from Germany, Heike,
is joining him there. After that we’ll take her to the Grand Canyon
, etc., and back to Tucson with us before she returns to Berlin.
The end of February we fly to Thailand
Peter & Sue Poole
We stayed with dear friends Peter & Sue in their lovely new home
weeks to work with the Pictet Moot Court Competition in international law. We’ve added a few days to see Bangkok
again - it has been years since we’ve been there - and visit with Norwegian friends, Anne Gry & Anders
, who moved there right after we visited them in Oslo
The end of March into April brings niece Colleen
and her daughter Jonna
for 10 days. Christina
just confirmed that she and Evan
will be here then too, and we are hoping that JJ
makes it as well. JJ is spending the month of February in Cambodia
again, so getting more time off will be a challenge - one we hope she is up to.
It starts to get warm here in May, so by mid-June we are pretty ready to be out of the heat. This year we plan to drive around the USA visiting family and friends - from the West Coast to the East Coast, south to north (but not as far as Alaska). We don’t have a route figured out yet, but don’t be surprised if we show up on your door step.
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Kathy w/nephews Dan & Matt
Gig Harbor where my sister Mary Jean and husband Buzz live is one of my favorite places EVER - that is the harbor behind us
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