The Penguin lessons

How could you not fall in love with a penguin especially when named Juan Salvador who listens with his beautiful expressive eyes? In just a bit over 200 pages, Tom Mitchell, explores his unusual true story of rescuing a penguin from an oil slick In Uruguay. As a young man, Tom wants to see the world and chooses a year work assignment in Argentina despite the fact that these are the turbulent 70’s. There is out of control inflation. The Dirty War is underway. There is kidnapping. And amid this unrest there is still lightness and incredible beauty. Juan was the sole surviver of an oil accident. Once he is cleaned up he refuses to leave Tom’s side. Tom then smuggles Juan back across the border where he becomes the school’s rugby mascot at the elite school where Tom teaches. Juan quickly ingratiates himself with the staff and students, becoming a friend to all. He becomes the catalyst to change and growth to nearly everyone that meets him, proving that great things can come in small packages.

America’s Deepest Lake

Formed by the collapsed Mount Mazana volcano 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake, Oregon is stunningly beautiful and serene. It has measured 1,949 feet deep, a level that only changes with precipitation, evaporation and seepage. It’s crystalline blue waters are worth making a stop for during the 3-4 months access isn’t blocked by snow. Be sure to check with the National Park Service for current conditions and up to date fees. A trip isn’t complete without a Park Ranger accompanied boat tour of Crater Lake. You will have the choice of exploring Wizard Island where you can hike or swim nearby before being picked up and returned to the dock. Be aware that both the hike to and from the dock is a steep 700 drop 2.2 mile trail. Reservations are highly suggested.