The Dec. 6 meeting of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society features an illustrated presentation by Ron Bennie, who will describe an extended family bicycle trip, through some of the highest mountain passes in the world, from Lhasa to Katmandu.
Bennie and his wife Janet were always avid travellers, mainly by bicycle. On their annual holidays, they worked their way around the world, at first on their own, and eventually with their two sons, John and Ross. They have cycled around Eastern Canada, Britain, Western and Eastern Europe and Turkey, hiked the Inca trail, dove with sharks in South Africa, the Galapagos Islands and Fiji, travelled the length of Africa by overland truck and, most recently, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Bennie was raised in Hopkins Landing, and lives there in the old family home.
He went to Elphinstone Secondary School and attended UBC (BA in English literature). A summer job turned into a 37 year career with BC Ferries, starting out by working on the smallest ferry of the fleet travelling between Gambier and Keats Islands and ending up as a senior officer on one of the largest ferries working the North Coast, sailing on it from Germany where it was built, before retiring two years ago.
Everyone is welcome to the meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.