Of God and Blue-Footed Boobies
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Baby Nasca booby
At dinner, the most coveted spot is one of seven seats at the table
of the Polaris' gracious captain, Juan Rueda. But the most fun seems
to be wherever the Siriani duo is sitting. Six or seven women usually
join them at a large, round table. Summer Lieu '80, a credit administrator
for a bank in Honolulu, is there, as are Kathie Riedel M.B.A. '78,
a spunky blonde enjoying retirement from her job managing architectural-construction
projects, and Riedel's birding friend, Billie Minton, an effervescent
redhead from Pine Bluff, Ark. Rounding out the group are Nan Lewis,
a frequent UCLA Extension student, and a mother-daughter pair affiliated
with the University of Washington, Alice Yee and Becky Wright.
By the second course, the ladies are generally convulsed in laughter.
The cause of the gaiety on one occasion has to do with the inflated,
red throat pouch of the male frigate bird. The giddiness becomes
so raucous that Juan Villafuerte, the genteel headwaiter, reports
that he fears for his safety upon delivering that night's dessert.
On another night the conversation turns to women traveling alone.
Lewis, an 80-year-old widow who has soft, white hair and an ethereal
beauty, says that people are sometimes aghast at a woman her age
traveling alone in a foreign country, but she sees nothing wrong
with it. "It's just a fascinating world and I want to see all
of it," she says determinedly.
Poised for the
equatorial bump at 1° latitude
The Galápagos trip is Lewis' sixth outing with UCLA Alumni
Travel but that is well below the record, which is held by Lori
Lydeen '56 of Westminster, Calif. Having traveled to the Galápagos
twice previously with UCLA, Lydeen is not onboard with us. But she
will notch her 25th Bruin adventure in October when she sets sail
for a shipboard tour of Patagonia. The former fashion writer's first
UCLA trip was a Europe-for-beginners tour in 1969. "I was hooked,"
she says. "I just kept going and going."