Travel and Adventure

Friday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1533

Richard Peter, Terry Moss, Tom Dole

The sharing of travel experiences serves as an excellent aid in both the planning and execution of travel plans. Others' experiences, both good and bad, can help take much of the mystery and hassle out of our own travel adventures.

In this seminar, members can meet informally to share such experiences, listen to speakers on travel subjects of interest, and perhaps find companions willing to team up on particular tours.

This is an open, drop-in seminar limited in attendees to the number of chairs available as determined by Fire Department regulations. You cannot sign up in advance. Get there early to get a seat!

PLEASE NOTE: No food and only certain drinks are allowed in the library.

Feb. 5: Spanish Journey.
Join Cecile and Nancy Aird on a trip to two of Spain's most magnificent cities. Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic and cultural centers. Its influence on commerce, education, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's global cities. Seville is the most populous city in southern Spain and has the largest GDP of any city in Andalucia, accounting for a quarter of that region's economy. The 1990s saw massive investment in Seville's infrastructure, largely due to its hosting of the Universal Expo in 1992. (Note: This is a continuation of last semester's presentation, which had to be cut short due to technical issues.)
Feb. 12: Bhutan, Tibet and Everest
Follow Tom Miner into the unique country of Bhutan, a land where there is no smoking, plastic bags or billboards, and where Gross National Happiness is more important than the Gross National Product. Then into Tibet, the Roof of the World, land of 1,000-year-old monasteries and sacred pilgrimage sites, including the Portala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama. Finally, Tom ventured into Nepal for a three-week trek to Everest Base Camp, an elephant-back safari in search of the one-horned rhinos, and a visit to a seven-year-old living goddess in her residence.
Feb. 19: North to the Great White Bears.
In October 2015, Bud Getty and Dorene Clement journeyed to the distant outpost of Churchill, Manitoba, to see the magnificent but now threatened polar bears. Traveling north from Winnipeg over 1,000 miles on "Canada’s slowest train," they experienced the vastness and surprising beauty of Manitoba, from the capital city through prairie, boreal forest, taiga and tundra, to the icy shore of Hudson Bay. There they had their first dogsled ride and from the elevated safety of a tundra buggy, they wen eyeball-to-eyeball with the great white bears themselves.
Feb. 26: Travel Photography.
Drawing on years of travel experience, Tom Blackburn presents a brief survey of travel photography equipment needs, image-capture techniques and image organization and storage, as well as effective slide show presentation.