Travel and Adventure

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

Richard Peter, Terry Moss, Tom Dole, Gail Prib

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. 6: Climbing Mt. Everest—My 30-Year Journey
Jim Geiger began his journey to Mt. Everest 30 years ago on Mt. Shasta. Come hear about his climbing adventures on Everest, as well as on the other mountains he's climbed and the lessons he's learned from these experiences.
Feb. 13: A Month in Norway
Mary Euretig made her first trip to Norway last summer to meet her Norwegian relatives and explore the cities and countryside. She was warmly welcomed by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and walked in the footsteps of her grandparents. She traversed the country from east to west, hiking and enjoying numerous modes of transportation, visiting Oslo, Bergen, Kristiansand and other fascinating cities.
Feb. 20: Pilgrimage to Santiago
In March of 2013, Rella and Roger Remedios walked 500 miles on the famous pilgrimage route across Spain from the French Pyrenees town of St. Jean Pied de Port to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Rella and Roger will recount their experience on "The Way" and describe the practical issues that pilgrims must face each day, like what necessities to carry, weather, food, terrain and lodging.
Feb. 27: The Amazon from Manaus to Belem
Chris and Julia Smith traveled to the State of Amazonas in Brazil in November 2013. The trip included several nights in a jungle lodge and a seven-day homestay in Belem, learning about Brazilian culture. They will share their experiences fishing for Piranhas, searching the jungle for monkeys, visiting wonderful museums, trying to learn how to Salsa dance, and much more.
March 6: Trains, Planes and Automobiles across France
Join Chip and Linda Zempel as they visit the Loire Valley, Provence and the Côte d’Azur. They'll stumble across the resting place of the original "Renaissance Man," lunch at an off-the-beaten-track restaurant filled with the works of Matisse, Miro and Picasso and follow in the footsteps of Van Gough. They'll also share some of their interesting and little-known tips for getting along with the French people (no, they don’t hate Americans) and teach you Linda's "magic words."
March 13: Summer in South America
Summer in Brazil, Argentina and Peru can mean many things. Heat and rain are a given, but for Elly Thomas and Pat Orner it also meant New Year's Eve on Copacabana Beach, slogging through a rain forest, descending a gold mine shaft, swooning over tango dancers, feeling the spray at Iguazzu Falls and experiencing the hear-stopping thrill of Machu Picchu.
March 20: Exploring the Sacred Valley of Southern Peru
In the summer of 2014, John and Judy Slatnik made a self-guided discovery tour of the Sacred Valley (Valle Segrada) in the highlands of Southern Peru. Basing themselves in small towns, they hiked into higher mountain villages and Inca ruin sites. The residents of these villages used traditional weaving and farming techniques and spoke the indigenous Quechua language.
March 27:
Spring Break; No seminar.
April 3: A Kayak Adventure in Chile
Jim Payne, whose books on solo kayak expeditions include One Inch Above Water and Discovering England, tackled Chile's lower Bio Bio River in 2012. He encountered quicksand and some 20 unexpected rapids (capsizing in one), but delighted in exploring Chile's zany, laid-back culture.
April 10: Do You Know Where the Baltics Are?
These three small countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) are often overlooked by travelers in favor of their larger and more powerful neighbors, yet have so much to offer on their own. The Baltic states have emerged from Soviet rule to reveal their unique beauty, strength and hope for their independent futures. Please join Liz Clemons and Sherry Haskins as they share a bit of these countries' turbulent history, inspiring resilience and local culture.
April 17: A Visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are fairly new destinations on the global tourism map. Last year Dubai surpassed London's Heathrow as the busiest airport in the world. What is drawing so many visitors to the United Arab Emirates? Scott Jercich, from Vertical Horizons Travel in Folsom, will explain why in this photo and video presentation on these fascinating destinations.
April 24: A Week in Paris and a Tour of Northern Holland by Bike
In the spring of 2014, Richard and JoAnn Peter spent a week exploring the fascinating city of Paris and other towns in the vicinity. Sights varied from the ever-popular Louvre to the lesser-known canals (some underground) traversing the city. This was followed by a six-day biking tour through beautiful Friesland in northern Holland. This country is truly a bicycle paradise with hundreds of miles of dedicated bike trails and paths and an ingenious bike navigation system that makes it almost impossible to get lost!
May 1: Turkey: Crossroads of Civilizations and Empires
Steve Lavezzo takes us on a tour of this ancient land that has truly been a crossroads of many civilizations, ranging from the bronze age Liceans and Hittites to the Byzantines to the Turks of today. Steve visits Instanbul (formerly Constantinople), the last vestige of the Roman Empire, and historic cities and regions such as Ephesus and Cappadocia. Returning to the present, Steve enjoys Antalya, the largest international seaside resort in Turkey, located on the beautiful Turquoise Coast.