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Lynn Garrett Meyer
After attending her granddaughter’s wedding, Joyce Harder Nielsen saw a grandson graduate from high school. She then joined her daughter and three friends on a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Mountains. “It was very rugged and rained frequently,” notes Joyce. The campers saw wild-boar activity, black bear, and a beautiful buck. One of her companions nicknamed the group “the crusty chicks,” although Joyce favors “the laughing hyenas.” Joyce regularly bikes 20 to 44 miles per week and enjoys kayaking. She’s also taken up wood carving; her first creation was a cottonwood bark box featuring animal profiles and whimsical houses.
Lollie Engle Triebold enjoyed a brief visit from Joyce Nielsen and her Siberian husky, who was “well-behaved and a delight.” In May Lollie visited Brazil and Peru, including a side trip to Machu Picchu and Cusco. The trip was another adventure with Friendship Force, a cultural exchange organization that connects its members with local host families. In Lima the Triebolds stayed with hosts who had visited them in Sacramento. Machu Picchu was “breathtaking and afforded fabulous hiking opportunities as well as amazing historical insights.”
Susan Pyle Smith has worked at the Pingry School in New Jersey for 25 years. Husband Linn retired as a substance-abuse counselor with the Veterans Administration. Daughter Laura has adorable 3-year-old twin girls; son Jeff has his own music management business in NYC.
Joanna Blandin Noyes has two daughters and three grandchildren. An assistant reference librarian at Wilmette Public Library in Illinois for more than 25 years, she plays music in a chamber ensemble and supports environmental and “churchly” efforts.
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