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Trips and Travel

Perhaps the quintessential travel tale here is Travel during Heavy Rains, 1962, the detailing of Sharon Hartmann's determined efforts to get to the wedding of Marty Lemke (nee McCall) in Bukoba in northwest Tanzania on the western shore of Lake Victoria from Morogoro in the south during East Africa's rainy season. Asked to be the maid of honor for Marty's marriage to Dick Lemke, the maid of honor Sharon was determined to be. Nothing was going to prevent that, not the cancelled train that necessitated a long road trip to the airport in Dar es Salaam from Morogoro graciously provided by her headmaster, not any of the complications wrought by flooding, not even the seeming cold indifference of a pilot who informed her that she could not complete the final leg of her trip that would put her in Bukoba the night before the wedding. You'll have to read the story to find out what thawed his heart and got Sharon to Bukoba.

None of the stories are simply adventure tales. However, Hemingway had died while the first group was at Teachers College. Whether that had happened or not, would it have been entirely possible for Americans to disregard the romantic masculine associations Hemingway evoked while they were in East Africa? Was it possible to be anywhere there or see green hills and not think of The Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway's short story? Not entirely, if Larry Olds's Walking on Kilimanjaro, can be taken as a partial response to this questioning, even as he confessed to having been "lukewarm . . . at best" about the idea of scaling the mountain. His experience was challenging indeed. It would be interesting to have the takes of the other three on that two-day trip that included TEAer Sally Frectmeyer.

These stories here, of course, recount the details of the trips themselves. They also present opportunities for the storytellers to tie the trips to some consequence to themselves personally or to themselves as educators. Ted Hoss makes a big gesture in Family of Travelers, crediting the traveling his young family undertook from 1968 to 1970 in East Africa for giving his five children and thirteen grandchildren "an itch to explore." They travel widely. There are a dozen or so stories here worth reading.


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Barr, Jerry. A Multi-Use Souvenir.
Beyerle, John. Long Break in South Africa.
Hartman, Sharon. Travel during Heavy Rain, 1962.
Hoss, Ted. Family of Travelers.
Howard, Moses. Field Trip Kampala to Mombasa.
Knies, Don. Our First Date.
Kozoll, Charles. Africa, 1962.
Larom, Lucy. Adventure on the Narok Road.
Land Rovers Only.
Muthumia, Dagmar Telfer. Christmas, 1965.
Olds, Larry. Walking on Kilimanjaro.
Schmidt, Ed. I Learned as Much as I Taught.
Stover, William. Hitchhike Congo.
—. Kilimanjaro Catharsis.
Sulman, Julie (Richardson) Screams in the Night.
Templin, Beverly. Road Trip.


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