|The itinerary for the 2nd leg of the Incan Empires cruise.
(The first leg had mostly different ports.)
Here is what I submitted:
Presentations by Ginny Stibolt for the 2nd leg of the Incan Empires Cruise: 03/09/17 - 03/24/17
Destination presentationsThe lectures are presented on sea days as part of the on-board enrichment. My presentations were at 11:30am, while the other lecturer, a geologist, normally gave his presentations at 2pm. I did the first 6 presentations, with the sixth topic being more in tune with what I usually cover, why native plants are important. The last sea day had too many conflicts, so I did not give the seventh presentation.
1) Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Details on coffee history, types of coffee, how it's grown and processed.
2) Oceans: The Real Lungs of the World We can thank the oceans' plants for the oxygen in our atmosphere
3) Rainforests: the most Diverse Ecosystems in the World There is so much going on under the calm-looking canopies of the rain forests
4) Farming Methods of the Maya, Aztec, & Inca Growing food on a mass scale was as impressive a feat as building their cities and monuments.
5) Traveling Plants Plants have various methods of self disbursal, but humans have changed the patterns.
6)Public Gardens Take a Walk on the Wild Side Traditional public gardens are well-trimmed and orderly, but newer public gardens have emphasized native plants.
7) Gardens around the World: Why do people “Need” to Garden. A tour of gardens large and small, especially those in unusual places.
|A ship's tech is focusing my introductory slide.
|Coffee is grown in all the countries visited on this cruise, so I started there.
|I learned a lot, like what the heck is civet coffee is and why is the most expensive coffee in the world. Eww!
|Rainforests are important ecosystems in central and South American countries. Several of the shore excursions were to rain forests.
|I learned a lot about the Maya, Aztec, and Inca cultures.
|Their crops are still important to today's food.
|Plants have their own dispersal methods, but humans have taken plants for a wild ride around the globe. In this presentation, I answered the question, "How did the American sunflower become Russia's national flower?"
|We love to see what unusual produce is offered in local markets.
|Hot peppers of all types and shapes.
|Scraping the thorns and prickles from the nopales of the prickly pear.
|We've been to many markets, but had not seen meat in a wheelbarrow before.
|The view from the second level.
Lots, of salad crops were ready to be harvested when we got home. I hope you are able to enjoy adventures, whether they are at home or away.
(Update 12/21/19: Since that first assignment, I've done several others including Hawaii twice and more in South America including a trip 1000 miles up the Amazon River. I keep improving the presentations and continue to develop new ones. The reaction from the cruisers to all the science I present is overwhelmingly positive. As an advocate for Mother Nature, this opportunity has been so rewarding.)
Green Gardening Matters,