The Gallivantistas

Kathleen Murphy

kathleenVolcanoes spewing sulfur in Nicaragua. Trout streams in Ireland, soft and fluid. The wonderment of Red Cliff bluffs on the shore of Lake Superior. A lifelong traveller, Kathleen Murphy has enjoyed exploring destinations near and far from her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has lived in Europe and traveled extensively in Central and North Americas. As a former science educator in an arts specialty setting, she embraces the notion of connections among nature, ecology and art.

Kathleen spends summers in the Chequamegon area of northern Wisconsin in her one room log cabin observing nature and journaling. In the spring and fall, she’s in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, a special place untouched by glaciation, which created the beautifully sculpted topography of the Kickapoo River Valley and the Ocooch Mountains. Kathleen winters on Florida’s Pine Island, home of the ancient Calusas, the “Shell People” of Florida, spending her time exploring the coastal waters. Next stop Bali.

 

 

 

Kerry Wiedemann

cropped-dsc_11441Kerry has traveled extensively in the US, Mexico, and Europe, but Bali, Indonesia is her favorite destination. There, just after sunrise, the bats are replaced by swallows: the breath of their wings whispering gently as they swoop past. The cocks begin crowing long before sunrise, and the ever-murmuring waves reach the rocky shore in gently unfolding rolls. The sweet fragrance of the frangipani wafts through the air and the sun slowly brightens the coconut palms next to the sea. Another day begins in paradise.

Volunteering on the Sian Ka’an Bio-reserve in Quintana Roo, Mexico was Kerry’s first experience with coral reef conservation work. From there she went to Bali as a volunteer, where she fell in love with the island and its people. Her work on the reef in the North Bali Sea continues.

Kerry has found that travel slows down time. She finds herself more focused, more in the moment, and more relaxed. And what better place to have time slow down than in Bali?