In January of 2015, Ripley Davenport took off for a solo exploration of the isles of Malta and Gozo. The adventure was to wander along the islands’ coast and also to check out the climate and some of the ancient monoliths that still stand today. As an added side thought, Rip hoped to find Calypso, from Homer’s Odyssey hiding in one of the caves (he didn’t). Rip had one partner in his adventure, a spirited Donkey (he actually had to go through two to get to the good one) who became his friend on the trail. Ripley greatly enjoyed the company of his donkey, as well as the assistance in carrying some of his food.