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Arizona: Tommy Ryan ’91 and Alex Ryan ’14

Father and son Tommy ’91 and Alex ’14 Ryan made the trip to the Havasupai campground in the Grand Canyon. “The Havasupai is the most remote American-Indian reservation in the U.S., a beautiful campground in the midst of running streams and spectacular waterfalls. It was a memorable trip that we had to document with a Tiger Rag.”

California: Becky Salvatore ’07 and Anthony Salvatore ’05

Tony Salvatore, Suzanne Salvatore, Becky Salvatore ’07 and Anthony Salvatore ’05 took a weekend tour of the Bay Area and visited the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town and other San Fransisco sights. “We saw the Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39’s famous seal lions, ate some cioppino, rode a cable car or two, walked through the Dragon Gate, ate some In-N-Out … Oh, and we also watched a pretty enjoyable football game, too!”

Wisconsin: Harriet Smith ’75, M ’77

Harriet Smith ’75, M ’77, right, visited Yerkes Observatory before it closed to the public last fall. While there, she toured the observatory and spent several hours using the 40-inch refracting telescope to peer at stars, star clusters and planets. The observatory, located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, has been called the “birthplace of modern astrophysics.” The telescope they used is the largest refracting telescope successfully used for research in astronomy.  The University of Chicago, which operates the observatory, decided to shut down the facility as a cost-cutting measure. Before the modern era, scientists such as Edwin Hubble, Edward Barnard, Gerard Kuiper, George Ellery Hale, Carl Sagan and a host of other giants in astronomy worked or studied there.

Tanzania: Dale Minner, father of Sarah Minner Dahl ’06

Dale Minner, die-hard Clemson dad, traveled to Tanzania in October 2018 to dig wells for remote villages. He traveled with Ken Wood, whose charity Lifetime Wells International has dug almost 2,000 wells in Ghana and Tanzania. Learn more at www.lifetimewellsinternational.org.