Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Some people are just plain fascinating. Maybe they have just the right blend of the unusual --derring-do tempered by native intelligence and strength of character. And adventures, lots of adventures.
They’re the kind of people who leave their mark on the world -- sometimes big, sometimes small, but somehow significant. They're also, incidentally, great conversationalists and everyone wants to sit next to them at dinner parties.
Take Bonny Schumaker. She’d be interesting even if she weren’t the president of an animal rescue organization. Or someone who spends time in Antarctica saving whales. Or owns and flies a plane. Or was a student of Richard Feynman while on her way to a PhD in Physics. Or recently retired from the Rocket Ranch (a.k.a JPL) and now engages in rescue and environmental activities full-time.
And just to continue the list of reasons why, if Schumaker and I were at the same dinner party, you probably wouldn’t notice if I left the room to wash the dishes, she lives, part of the year, in a cabin high in the clouds above Millard Canyon.
And, around the cabin, Schumaker knows a couple of ravens and a red-tail hawk on a first-name basis. And last year she played landlord to a bear who took up temporary lodgings in her tool shed. And …
Oh stop me, already. Really, this can go on forever, and then you’d ask for dessert and coffee and that would only mean more dishes.
More on Patch.