When Russell and Joan Penniman, a pair of attractive, outdoor Californians, were planning their wedding 18 months ago, they talked about taking a honeymoon trip that would be different from any other they had heard of. "I wanted to do things that other people never even think about," said Joan. "I wanted to live it up." Planning a trip like this was no simple matter, but Russ, a former Navy jet pilot, finally came up with an idea. He suggested they fly his Cessna 180 down through South America and back, stopping anywhere that appealed to them. Joan was all for it. Right after the wedding in Phoenix, Ariz., they climbed into the plane, and for the next seven months, as the pictures on these pages show, the Pennimans did live it up. Altogether they logged some 30,000 flying miles, and many hundreds more by canoe (above), on horseback and on foot. Along the way they danced in Mexican nightclubs (right), collected three pet monkeys, hunted on the plains of Argentina, fished for black marlin off Cabo Blanco and stuffed themselves on exotic foods like broiled armadillo and roast ostrich. For more color photographs of the Pennimans and their honeymoon adventures, see following pages.
Setting off by native dugout canoe on hunting trip tip Agua Azul River in Yucatan, Russell and Joan Penniman scan dense jungle along riverbank for shot at jaguar or javelina.
Night life in Mexico City was one of the first big adventures for Pennimans after leaving U.S.
Jungle life in Yucatan found Joan cooling off during hunting trip by drinking juice of liana vine.
Trudging across clearing on jaguar hunt, Pennimans pick way through jungle grass.
Treating Russ's foot, Joan looks for blisters after hunt.
Tower hunting in Argentina, Pennimans await game.
Black buck shot on La�sen ranch near Buenos Aires was first big-game trophy of honeymoon for Russ.
Ostriches shot on plane trip around ranch were roasted and eaten. Pennimans found meat delicious.