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.

Sept. 4: Italian Volcanoes
Did you know that there are four—actually five—volcanoes in southern Italy? Richard Fuller did his best to summit these peaks in May and will describe his travels and adventures en route. Mounts Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano are still active and Mt. Vesuvius last erupted the year that Richard was born. And then there's Julia, which since 1831 has appeared and disappeared in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Tunisia.
Sept. 11: On Safari in East Africa
In July, Richard and JoAnn Peter spent two weeks on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, watching thousands of animals as they went about their lives (and occasionally, their deaths). There are few thrills that can compare with hearing the deep roar of a lion or the cry of a hyena in the night, with nothing between you and them but a canvas tent flap! They also had the opportunity to meet Maasai tribespeople, dodge tse-tse flies and chill out in a lodge on Lake Victoria.
Sept. 18: Canoeing the Missouri River
Share Liz Clemons and Pat Sayer-Handley's eight-day wilderness adventure as they canoed the White Cliffs stretch of the Missouri River in Montana, traversing the same waters as the Lewis and Clark expedition. They'll touch upon the rich history, abundant wildlife and magnificent beauty of this 107-mile stretch of river.
Sept. 25: Exploring Cuba
In two trips (2007 and 2010), Steve Lavezzo takes us on an 835-mile tour of Cuba, from one end of this island nation to the other, visiting the homes of Cuban friends. We'll show Cubans in their daily lives, learn some history and see plenty of pre-1961 cars. In addition, we'll discuss the Russian influence in Cuba and how Venezuela plays an important role in Cuba today.
Oct. 2: Southern Odyssey
In March of 2015, Lynn and Marshall Wilkins traveled to southernmost South America, beginning in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then into Patagonia through El Calafate on the edge of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. This was followed by a cruise on the Stella Australis for five days, going ashore at Cape Horn. A trip to Iguazu Falls in Argentina wrapped up their journey.
Oct. 9: The Balkans
Terry and JoAnn Moss traveled to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro in September 2014. Formerly part of Yugoslavia, these new countries fought the Serbs to secure their independence. Tourism is now in vogue and there is plenty to see. Two memorable sights are Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Lake Bled in Slovenia. Dubrovnik is Europe's best preserved walled city and Bled is a beautiful alpine lake featuring a 1000-year-old castle on its shore.
Oct. 16: Beethoven to Barcelona
This summer, Bob Seyfried completed a very pleasant task that he'd been contemplating for years. He traveled solo to Bonn, Germany, and then to Vienna, Austria, to visit and photograph all the known residences of Ludwig van Beethoven. It proved to be a successful and gratifying 12 days. Following that, Bob flew to Rome, where he joined his wife Jessica and together they cruised for seven days from Rome to Barcelona. They spent three weeks exploring Barcelona, the Andalusian countryside and the Costa Brava.
Oct. 23: Antarctica NOTE: Schedule Change!
Three hours to Houston. Ten hours south to Buenos Aires. Three more hours straight south to Fin del Mundo, Argentina. Then two days sailing further south on a Russian boat through the raging waters in Drake's Passage to Antarctica. Ten days of incredible scenery with glaciers, mountains, whales, penguins and more—Richard Fuller tells his story.
Oct. 30: Indonesian Adventure
Chris and Julia Smith share details of their travels through central Java and Bali, Indonesia. They lived with local families in Bandung and Malang, bicycled down a mountain in Bali and attended a Hindu ceremony, among other adventures.
Nov. 6: Driving the Perimeter of the USA
Doris Keller and her cousin drove around the U.S., traveling through most of the perimeter states of the "lower 48" and five Canadian provinces in 7-plus weeks last summer. They visited relatives, took in the sights, went on tours, found lots of things to laugh about and had a grand time!
Nov. 13: Highlights of Southern Spain
Ce'cil and Nancy Aird recently visited two of southern Spain's great cities, Barcelona and Seville. Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic and cultural centers. Its influence on commerce, science and the arts make it a city of truly global stature. Seville is the largest city in southern Spain and is rich in history and classic Spanish architecture. The 1990s saw massive investment in Seville's infrastructure, due to its hosting of the Universal Exposition of Seville in 1992.
Nov. 20: A Vagabond in Greece
Rather than a travelogue, this presentation is a souvenir of Ed Sherman's quixotic search for ancient Greeks and his awkward encounter of their modern descendants.
Nov. 27:
Thanksgiving Break; No seminar.
Dec. 4: Southern African National Parks
Southern Africa is among the world's most ecologically diverse areas and still has some of its greatest concentrations of wildlife. In May of 2015, Ed Weiss participated in a Road Scholar tour of the fabulous national parks of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. A videographer by avocation, he will present a program showing the highlights of that tour.