Peck's personal Web site
2005 -- harmless fun in small installments
may not find this tangibly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
every three years the employees and hangers-on of the Ramsar
Convention on Wetlands put their lives on the top shelf of the linen closet
and work begrudgingly round the clock preparing for the majestic Conference of
the Parties, with next to no holidays at all for some of them, or at least one
of them. Last time, in 2002, we managed to get up to a
little mischief, but now, as we hurtle towards COP9 in Kampala, Uganda, in
November 2005, it gets harder and harder every year to remember why we're doing
of the Jura
begin the festive summer season with a collection of monumental anthills of the
famous fourmis des bois, for which we are justly famous. The occasion was a BBC
film crew coming down to memorialize our prodigious piles of detritus, so we've
made our own little documentary in May 2005. [And subsequently added a few daunting
ones from Uganda.]
and other subterranean hydrological systems, inland"
Slovenian delegate tries to plumb the depths, June 2005
Ramsar visit to Evian, France, and the Pré Curieux
Col des Essets in Switzerland
Cabane Barraud, seen from the Col des Essets on the back side of Les Diablerets,
17 July 2005
visit, August 2005
around Les Diablerets
fun- and rain-filled long weekend in the Diablerets region, early August 2005
l'Eglise near Diablerets
Retaud and Arnensee
and Ensex in the rain
Rawilpass at long last
to be back, it's been nearly twenty years, how time flies!!!
Joe, and Teny at the Rawilpass, mid-August 2005
Castle of Spiez
von Bubenberg welcoming guests to his castle on the Lake of Thun
and the Ammertenpass
bobbing and weaving amongst the Wildstrubel's glaciers, August 2005
Vanoise National Park, Haute Savoie, France
at the Col de la Vanoise, glacier on La Grande Casse
lovely long weekend, despite the weather, in nearby France
looking for mushrooms
in fog again
in fog again
over here in Switzerland, the chill is in the air. No more short shorts, get out
the woolies; that's fine, too. Bring on the snow.
up next? It's hard to tell where all this is going . . . having blown out -- for
about the 10th time -- our anterior cruciate ligament ("ACL") in late
September, most short-range planning is on hold. But Kristin visits in late October,
one's darting off to Uganda for the first half of November and booked to visit
Kristin in Boston in the second half, and then a truly dedicated effort to use
up all that unused vacation time during Kristin's visit over the Christmas season.
Beyond that ... well, it would be presumptuous to try to guess. "Man proposes,
God disposes", which means it's pretty much up to the weather and the ligaments.
Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 8 October 2005, revised 5 May
2008, 18 July 2013.