Flying Jayhawks not the only birds in Antarctica

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Flying Jayhawks in AntarcticaA group of seven Jayhawks traveled to Antarctica for the trip of a lifetime Feb. 9-22, 2017.

The seventh continent is truly the most remarkable of all. Every view is magnificent and no two are similar. Since the Jayhawk flock traveled during the Antarctic summer, it was not as cold as one might think, and thanks to the suggestions of the tour company, they were well prepared.

If you have forgotten what serenity means in this world of constant communication, you will find it in Antarctica. With no telephone, television, or internet connection available, the group took time to watch seals float by on ice patches and see 2000-pound “adolescent” seals yawn in the sunshine. They meet another kind of bird—the famous penguins— and saw birds fishing and gliding during sunrise and sunset. Whales helped guide the ship through narrow passages.

According to Kay Brada, c’61, it was the trip of a lifetime. “But if you are into museums, churches, coffee shops and gift shops, this isn’t the trip for you,” she said, adding that travelers should put this trip at the top of the bucket list.

The trip was hosted by Tegan Thornberry, assistant director of membership and business development. Watch the slideshow below to see photos of Antarctica’s breathtaking beauty, or click here to view the pictures on Flickr. Travelers are welcome to download photos for personal use.

Flying Jayhawks 2017: Antarctica

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Flying Jayhawks discover “Down Under”

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Don and Kay Brada, Flying Jayhawks "Discover Down Under" |
Members of the KU Alumni Association boarded the elegant Marina last month for a 16-night luxury cruise from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand. Pictured above are Kay, c’61, and Don Brada, c’61, m’65, who are joint Life and Presidents Club members. Don also serves on the Alumni Association’s national board of directors.

The travelers experienced geological wonders, cosmopolitan cities, exotic wildlife and rugged beauty in both countries. The ship sailed from Sydney to Melbourne, where the Dandenong Mountains provide a backdrop to exquisite architecture, to Geelong, where travelers explored the waterfront. After a day of cruising the Tasman Sea, the ship docked in the historic city of Hobart on Tasmania, known as the “Island of Inspiration.”

The ship sailed two more days across the Tasman Sea to cruise the fjords of Milford Sound, a legendary fjord with cascading waterfalls, rainforests and massive peaks.

The passengers also visited Dunedin, home of the world’s rarest penguin; the small fishing town of Akaroa; New Zealand’s political center, Wellington; and Napier, a city rebuilt after a devastating earthquake and fire in 1931.

A day of cruising the South Pacific led the travelers to three final destinations: Tauranga, Bay of Islands and finally, Auckland.

A familiar bird greeted our alumni travelers at their room: a Jayhawk door plaque. “It was a welcome sight at the end of a five-flight walk up, and we always knew which way to turn!” said Kay.

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