Traveling 2nd Fridays’ next meeting is in September.  

CONTACT: Please email for information about the upcoming Traveling 2nd Friday event.  



Friday, May 14th at 7 pm, with Barbara & Dave Cawthorne  

Please join us for Traveling 2nd Friday, May 14, at 7PM for an hour on Zoom with Barbara & Dave Cawthorne visiting ALASKA – Wild & Spacious. It is the land of 17 out of 20 of the highest mountain peaks in the US; 1,000 glaciers, 3,000 rivers & 3 million lakes; abundant wildlife (1 bear to every 21 people); and we hiked on Root glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for 8 hours. We saw bears feeding from only a few away at their historic bear hangout.  We camped next to Denali (20,310 – highest peak in N.A.) and traveled the 800 miles of the Alyeska Pipeline. We saw workers on the pipeline taking a break in the Bering Sea windsurfing, and we walked a few miles on the Chilkoot Trail’s National Historic Site (but not lugging the mandatory 1 ton of goods up the trail). Spend an hour with us and you’ll see why we couldn’t get enough of it. Please call Barbara with questions at 480-994-1452. Or refer to Compass for Zoom link.



Friday, April 9th at 7 pm, presented by Harriet Williams

Harriet Williams will be presenting a review of endangered wildlife from around the world (Africa, Asia, Hawaii, North and South America, the Galapagos and the South Pole), including the causes of the various species’ endangerment. She will discuss some actions that we can take to stop (or at least slow) the extinction of these animals. The talk uses photographs taken by Chuck and Nancy Bell, award-winning nature photographers. They have been traveling the world for 15 years recording wildlife in their natural habitats. The information Harriet will present is based on information the Bells have gathered over their years of exploring and recording animals around the world.



March 12th @ 7 pm, presented by Jan Kaplan

Jan tells us about five backpacking adventures in Europe that she, Helen and friends took over the last several years. We will walk at a brisk pace through Provence, the Berner-Oberland Trail in Switzerland, the West Highland Way in Scotland, the Dolomites of Italy, and the famous Tour du Mont Blanc.



February 12th @ 7:00 pm with Shoba and Jay Bastani

We are aware that these two cities, Rome and Venice, are a common destination for the foreign traveler early in their traveling years. We hope the slides will help evoke memories of your travels to these unique two cities.


We will share our travels in Rome (with a morning trip to the Vatican Museum/St. Peter’s) and Venice in 2014 and in 2018.


Each City could be a talk in itself as reviewing the photos reminded us. It brought back fond memories and some we had suppressed. We will attempt to compress it to the designated 1 hour time. Rome has been a popular destination with pilgrims and tourists, and we were no exception, enjoying gawking at the familiar sights while exploring others.   




Friday, January 8, 2020 at 7:00 – 8:00 PM with Kathy Manker & Bruce Gardner   

Kathy Manker & Bruce Gardner will be presenting the SACRED SITES OF ISRAEL & JORDAN for Traveling 2nd Friday.  Please join us for their one-hour presentation on Zoom.  It focuses on sites that are sacred to many different traditions in Israel:  Prehistoric Goddess, Jewish Kabbalah, Sufi, Druze, Bahai, Christian, and Templars.

They spent the most time in northern Israel’s Galilee area, then went to Jerusalem.  After the tour was over, they went independently to Jordan to see Petra.  Please notify Barbara with questions at 480-994-1452 or email



Friday, November 13, 2020at 7:00 – 8:00 PM with Dave & Barbara Cawthorne. 

Barbara Cawthorne and her family have traveled deep into Mexico more than 20 times, beginning in 1956.  Represented will be the ancient and modern cultures, including pyramids and skyscrapers.  There also will be rural villages, urban cities and beautiful sunsets on the beaches of Baja.  The contrast between the cultures of Mexico is evident with the pre-16th century Indian influence, the Spanish colonial influence, and the modern-day city influence.  The Spaniards left their legacy when Cortez conquered Mexico in the 16th century by leaving it’s language, religion and architecture.  Call Barbara at 480-994-1452 with questions.



Friday, October 9th, 2020 at 7:00 – 8:00PM with Barbara and Dave Cawthorne.

Barbara went to Russia in 1986 when Chernobyl had its meltdown.  In 2014 they both visited Moscow with the Kremlin, churches, & the tsars’ home.  Then they traveled to St. Petersburg by boat through canals, rivers, & a lake, visiting 5 historic places.  In St. Petersburg, they toured a fort, cathedrals, the Hermitage, a ballet and the most beautiful Catherine’s Palace.  Who would believe it’s no longer the undeveloped country we saw in 1986.