Travel and Adventure

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

Richard Peter, Terry Moss

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. 2: South Africa, the Beloved Country.
Beginning with the 200,000-year-old rock art of the San People, the cultural history of South Africa extends through various indigenous groups up to the arrival of Europeans, beginning in 1488. The Dutch in South Africa became the Boers, who in turn created government policies that established Apartheid in 1946, which denigrated the black and "colored" citizens who made up 95 percent of the population. Under Mandela and de Klerk, Apartheid was dumped into the ash heap of history. Through his camera, Richard Fuller captures the essence of this fascinating country and shares it with his audience.
Feb. 9: A Teacher Explores China.
Since 2005, Bruce Moon has made trips to China almost every year. He usually teaches English as a volunteer for a couple of weeks and then travels the country for the remainder of his visit. In 2016, he traveled to 15 cities through central and northern China, using friends as local guides and relying on buses, subways and high-speed rail to get around. Cities visited included Jinan (Sacramento's sister city), Longmen (site of thousands of small and gigantic Buddhas) and many more.
Feb. 16: A Vet Returns to Vietnam.
This was Steve Levezzo’s second trip to Vietnam. The first was paid for by Uncle Sam. This second trip in 2013 was for four weeks: two weeks on an Overseas Adventure Tour, eight days solo visiting the central highlands where he was stationed and four days in Siem Reap, Cambodia to see Angkor Wat.
Feb. 23: China: What a Difference 30 years Makes!
Doug Stryker traveled to China in 1986, when it was very different from the nation we see today. Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Beijing, Xian and the Li River are some of the cities and places covered. This is China as it appeared shortly after the Cultural Revolution. Anyone who has visited China in the past few decades will notice some major differences.
March 2: Nicaragua: Volcanos, Beaches and Pottery.
Chris and Julia Smith will share their photos and stories of Nicaragua. In January 2017, they visited the potters of San Juan de Oriente, peered into a volcano, enjoyed beautiful beaches and much more. They'll recount their experiences of staying in a hostel, being hosted by local potters and learning to make chocolate.
March 9: Biking in Northern Italy.
Our intrepid cyclists Richard and JoAnn Peter began their tour near the Austrian border, then pedaled through beautiful country with panoramic views of the southern Alps and large areas devoted to apple and wine grape production. After 11 days, they switched their mode of transport from bicycle to train and rental car as they explored such beautiful towns and cities as Ravenna, Siena, Orvieto and Assisi on their own. As is always the case in Italy, delicious cheeses, wines, pasta, bread, fresh fruit and other goodies were available in abundance.
March 16: Contrasts in the Caribbean.
When you think of the Caribbean, it's hard to separate the cruise boats, sailing, sun, snorkeling and good times from what the Europeans did to the indigenous people. In addition, there were pirates and thousands killed from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. Two months ago, Richard Fuller and Terry Moss toured the Lesser Antilles and Richard will share the ambiance with you.
March 23:
No Class. Spring Break.
March 30:
No Class. Cesar Chavez Holiday.
April 6: Diversity in Down-Under Australia. Note: Schedule Change!
Tom Monahan and his wife Georgann spent nearly a month in 2017 circling through the most iconic parts of Australia, beginning with the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rain Forest and Kakadu National Parks in the north. From there they took a four-day trip on the Ghan train through Alice Springs to Adelaide, then on to Melbourne, Tasmania and Sydney. Diverse highlights included the hot-wet and hot-dry in the north, the hot-flats and mountains in the center and the cool mountains, coast and islands of the south. Few countries seem to offer such wide-ranging differences in geography, weather and population—not to mention the differences in date, time, season, wildlife and even a version of the English language.
April 13: San Miguel de Allende and the Highlands of Guatemala. Note: Schedule Change!
In 2013, Theo Goodwin visited the highlands of Guatemala to see Central America's most beautiful country. It's a land of vibrant colors and gentle people. See what Theo and other photographers witnessed as they explored the Spanish capital of Antigua, rural marketplaces and small towns. San Miguel Allende, Mexico, is a charming region of Mexican traditions and costumes as well as a welcome spot for tourists to explore. Come celebrate el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). You'll enter a magical place where the living welcome their departed family members and the departed return to visit their loved ones.
April 20: Adventures on an Arizona Dude Ranch.
Tom Blackburn shares his adventures in Patagonia (Arizona) at the oldest guest ranch in the state. It's called the Circle Z Ranch and features daily horseback rides into the surrounding desert countryside as well as trail cookouts and very friendly hospitality.
April 27: A Short Visit to a Happy Country.
In November 2016, Terry Moss and wife traveled to Costa Rica for a short, one-week tour. Costa Ricans are considered to be among the happiest people on earth. They have a beautiful country and a true democracy. Many varieties of animals were evident, including monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, exotic birds and even a sloth. They visited a coffee plantation and found the coffee to be great-tasting. Maybe their coffee is the spark that makes Costa Ricans so content.
May 4: An Antiquarian in the Middle East.
Ed Sherman provides not a travelogue, but some personal recollections of the challenges facing an antiquarian in search of history in an ancient land with modern problems.