Travel and Adventure

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

Richard Peter, Terry Moss, Tom Dole, Linda Alameda

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. 2: An Irish Journey. NOTE: Schedule Change!
In August 2016, Bud Getty and Dorene Clement journeyed to the cool, green shores of Ireland, from Dublin to Belfast. They experienced the wonders of ancient sites, grand castles, astounding literary legacies, toe-tapping music, lovely landscapes, and yes, a wee drop of Guinness, too. Most of all, they enjoyed the friendly Irish people, Ireland's greatest treasure.
Sept. 9: Native Americans – Past and Present. Note: Schedule Change!
This past summer, Richard Fuller drove 5,000 miles around North America to photograph the Native Americans, their reservations, the massacre sites, their success stories and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He'll discuss the Natchez Trace, Cahokia Mounds, Trail of Tears, Black Hills, Little Big Horn, the Nez Perce tragedies and the first massacre in California, perpetrated by John C. Fremont and Kit Carson before gold was even discovered.
Sept. 16: Switzerland on Your Own. Note: Schedule Change!
Bob Martin provides tips on touring beautiful Switzerland. He describes the most popular places to hike and walking tours of Valais and the Bernese Oberland.
Sept. 23: Antarctica Cruise.
Join Tom Miner as he follows the trail of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated journey on the Endurance to Antarctica. Tom sailed 3,700 nautical miles in three weeks on the modern G Expedition, cruising through the infamous Drake Passage and visiting the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, vast penguin rookeries and the frozen continent itself. He kayaked among icebergs and humpback whales, camped on the ice shelf and even survived the "polar plunge" on Deception Island.
Sept. 30: Mastering the Travel Experience.
See, learn and remember more when you draw or paint as you go. Attend an illustrated talk on the adventure of traveling with a pen and a drawing pad by globe sketcher Robert Dvorak.
Oct. 7: Travel and "Re-education" in Viet Nam.
Terry Moss will recount his travels as a tourist on two separate trips to Viet Nam. His itinerary included Dien Bien Phu, where the French army was defeated in 1954, setting the stage for future war involving the U.S. Terry will introduce member Lee Vo, who graduated from Cal State Fullerton and then returned to South Viet Nam in 1970. Lee Vo rose to the rank of major in the Vietnamese Central Intelligence Agency, but ended up on the losing side in the war and was sentenced by the Communists to 10 years of "reeducation." He will recount what he experienced in that process.
Oct. 14: The Great Race.
A popular 1965 movie, The Great Race, was a comedy that portrayed a New York-to-Paris auto race. This grueling race was actually held in 1908 and is documented in a Canadian video presented by Ann Carroll. Ann's uncle was a mechanic and driver in the race.
Oct. 21: Peruvian Odyssey.
Bob Branstrom will present photos, videos and music from his trip to Peru in June 2015. You'll see neighborhoods and Incan ruins in Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu. The primary focus, however, will be on his Amazon riverboat cruise with plenty of wildlife and the big, big Amazon sky.
Oct. 28: Four Faces of India.
India is a vast land of deep spirituality and cultures that have evolved over millennia. In November 2015, Theo Goodwin visited four important cultural centers in four different regions of the country. Each location was a pilgrimage destination for different reasons. What he will present are four faces of India, each reflecting different cultural or religious life within Indian civilization:
  1. The camel fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan
  2. The Taj Mahal, a Muslim shrine in Agra
  3. The city of Haridwar, a Hindu pilgrimage site on the Ganges River
  4. The Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar
Nov. 4: Oh Canada! The Allure of Banff National Park.
Join Allan Keown as we spend a magical week visually feasting on the summertime beauty of aquamarine glacial lakes, majestic mountains, glaciers, blue skies and wildflowers in the midst of Canada's first national park. We'll enjoy Banff, Vermillion Lakes, Lake Minnewanka, Bow Valley Parkway, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Icefields Glaciers and other scenic morsels. Perhaps best of all, thanks to this seminar, all this is experienced in 90 minutes without the cost of airfare or room and board!
Nov. 11:
No Class. Veterans' Day.
Nov. 18: A Tale of Two Cities: Dresden, Germany and Paris, France.
Both of these cities are renowned for their historic architecture. One of them, Paris, was saved from German destruction during WWII. The other, Dresden, was devastated in repeated bombing by combined U.S. and British air forces during the same war. Dresden has since been rebuilt, first by the East German government and subsequently by public and private resources in a unified Germany. Elaine Duxbury will show photos of her stays in both cities, as well as side trips to Meissen and to some other places near Paris.
Nov. 26:
No class. Thanksgiving Holiday.
Dec. 2: Greece and Italy. Note: Schedule Change!
Beth Mann began a month-long trip in Athens, then hopped ferries to the Greek islands of Paros, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete—each with its own special charms. Then on to a five-day layover in Rome, followed by a tour of Italian medieval hill towns, some accessible only by train or boat. Her trip concluded with a visit to Carrara, where Michelangelo and other masters obtained the marble for their works of art.