It’s Gullible’s Travels: Rambling and writing through life without an itinerary. Gullible is the pen name of Alaska writer Jeanne Follett. She is a 70-year-old, 5′ 2″ dynamo who wrote her first blog post at Gullible’s Travels on April 12, 2008. Gullible busts the cliché of the sedentary little old lady all to hell and gone.
Here’s a partial list of Gullible’s travels from 2008 through 2011 (click on the highlighted links to take the trip along with her via word and photos):
- Australia (May 2008)
- Alaska via Vancouver, British Columbia on an inside passage cruise that included an on-board writer’s workshop, a photo safari in Juneau, hiking on the Chikoot Trail, and a raft tour in Skagway (May 2009)
- Denali Park, Alaska, a travel trailer sojourn with Pablo, her parrot (August 2009)
- An expedition to the Hawaiian island of Maui to work as a volunteer with the National Park Service in the Haleakala volcano crater (August 2009)
- Riverboat cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Russia (September 2009)
- Mazatlan, Mexico (November 2009)
- China and Tibet (September 2010)
- The Grand Canyon, a camping expedition, on foot and by mule (October 2010)
- An eating, drinking, castle-hopping, walking tour in Germany (March 2011)
- A solitary, 28 mile hike on the Resurrection Trail to Resurrection Pass, Alaska. Gullible began the arduous mountain journey with a 42-pound pack. (July 2011)
- A Road Scholar trip to The Churchill Northern Studies Center near Manitoba, Canada to learn about the lives of polar bears. Up close and personal. Don’t miss Gullible’s full narrative and photo gallery of this trip.
Gullible has tantalized readers with hints that she may go on a trip this November to Antarctica to retrace Ernest Shackleton’s voyage in the Endurance to Antarctica. She calls Alfred Lansing’s book, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, one of the world’s great adventure tales. My copy arrived in the mail this week and I am looking forward to reading it and following along — from my armchair –as Gullible sets sail on yet another adventure.
Now, you might think that in-between all that travel, Gullible turns into a lady of leisure. Better toss out every single one of your pre-conceived notions of today’s 70-year-olds. Between her litter-picking volunteer
obsession work, and chopping wood for the winter, she subs for the mail carrier sometimes (not as easy as it sounds on Alaska’s treacherous, albeit spectacular, roads), spends time as a house sitter for some friends at Halibut Cove, surely one of the most pristine and beautiful spots on earth, and generally chronicles life in Moose Pass, Alaska and its environs from the perspective of a person who has a fierce love and respect for the land, it’s creatures and the folks who live there.
Oh, and the idea that the “older generation” isn’t tech savvy? You can banish that out-dated chestnut, too. Gullible is an early adopter of technology. I know she has an iPad, a Kindle, a desktop, laptop, digital cameras and who knows what other high-tech gadgets. And, of course, she blogs.
Jeanne (aka Gullible) and I met in an online writing class in 2008. Gotta love serendipity.