| THE OLDEST MAN TO CIRCLE THE
On December 5, 1999 David Clark set out on a
2-year journey around the world on his 42-foot sailboat with his dog, Mickey,
as his sole companion.
"People like me--we 1924 babies--aren't dead yet.
You hear so much about young people, and that's fine. But more credit should be
given to us older people. We've still got a lot to do," he
It wasn't an easy trip. For instance, it was not
unusual to encounter 25 to 30 foot waves, especially when the gales hit. There
were no refrigeration, no showers, and not many conveniences aboard his
sailboat. He did, however, have 150 committed sponsors--oil companies, radio
personnel, and others.
In the rough seas of South Africa, he lost Mickey when
his boat sprung a leak and sank. The determined senior citizen received enough
donations to purchase another boat, and continued his journey.
He usually stopped off at ports along the way to
restock his food supply and to bathe; however, once during his journey he did
not touch land for an entire month! As a professional clarinet player, David
entertained at hotels and yacht clubs along the way, supplementing his social
David was born in California and has six
grandchildren. He now resides in Florida with his wife, Lynda. She had gone
along with him during his first attempt at the round-the-world record, but
found the trip a little too adventurous for her. David completed his journey
during his third attempt.
David's philosophy: "All of our dreams are
achievable. We just have to believe in ourselves."
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HOLIDAY IN PORTUGAL
by Roy Stephens
Fall of 2003, my wife Isabel and I spent five enjoyable weeks in Portugal. We
found the people most welcoming and the countryside very beautiful. Isabel and
I can't wait to return! I am sharing our travel experience with you, in the
event you decide to spend your own holiday in Portugal. At the end of this
article, you will find links to a number of helpful websites where you will
find additional information on the various things I discuss.
We visited in early October. Our stay included a
month in a resort in the Algarve and over a week at various hotels and
pousadas. During our Algarve stay we took a three-day bus tour to Seville,
Spain; Gibraltar; and Tangiers, Morocco. We also spent two nights in Evora, a
walled city now classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Evora, located
in the Alentejo region immediately north of the Algarve, is well worth a visit.
We found the weather to be very pleasant for the
first half of October. However, by the time November arrived the nights and
most mornings were quite cool, with temperatures in the single digits. A local
Algarve resident told us that the afternoons are usually quite pleasant when
the sun warms things up, but nights and mornings can be somewhat cool from
November through January. The good news is that temperatures in the Algarve
seldom, if ever, reach the freezing mark, especially in places near the
The busy season stretches from June through
September. During August the area is teeming with Portuguese folk on summer
holidays. Everything is packed
hotels, resorts, beaches, tourist sites,
and so on. Because of this, I would say that it would not be wise to visit
Portugal in August. Mid-September through early November should be quite
pleasant and not too busy.
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