The Camden Public Library welcomes world traveler and midcoast local Ron Smith on Tuesday, September 14, at 6:30 pm for a narrated slideshow about a recent trip he took to Greenland. He will discuss his experiences, the scenery, and the lifestyles he witnessed while visiting several communities on Greenland’s east and west coasts. Smith will also talk about what it was like, at age 72, to hike the 100-mile Arctic Circle Trail from Kangerlussaq to Sisimiut in only 8 days.
Smith’s presentation will showcase destinations in Greenland like Tasiusaq, where only 2 families live, and Nuuk, the capital, with 20,000 residents. His journey also took him to Brattahlid, present day Qassiarsuk, where Christianity took root in the country with the help of Tjodhilde, wife of Erik the Red. Smith trekked to Kangerlussuaq, where Greenland’s first airbase was built and numerous other places like Narsarsuaq, Igaliku, Narsaq, Paamiut, and Ilulissat.
The desire to see, learn about, and experience the many different countries and cultures in the world has prompted Ron Smith to visit over 70 countries and all 7 continents. Smith hopes that by sharing stories about his journeys, he can inspire others to get out and travel to new places. Smith believes, “Travel is not just a journey. It is an education.”
Find information about upcoming programs at librarycamden.org/events