Leaders

Travel and Adventure

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

Richard Fuller, Terry Moss, Tom Dole

Join with others who have travelled the world and brought back their adventures to share, from the poor people of Haiti to the fjords of New Zealand to the beauty and history of Europe to the Australian Outback and MORE. No need to do any research, but come prepared to join the FUN! We are always looking for more great speakers, so bring your own stories!

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 covered drinks are allowed in the library.


Sept. 7: Terry Moss: Nepal.
A decade ago, Terry and Joann Moss traveled to a fourth-world country named Nepal, on top of the Himalayas between India and China (Tibet). Despite its many drawbacks, Nepal does have spectacular scenery and eight of the 10 highest peaks in the world, including Mt. Everest, highest at 29,012 feet. A few other highlights of their trip were the May Mountain Lakes, a raft trip down the Trisuli River, and riding elephants in Chitwan National Park. If time allows, Richard Fuller will present photos of his trip to Tibet.
Sept. 14: Bruce Hester: Tales and History of Mongolia, Genghis Khan and the Modern Silk Road Countries.
Bruce Hester is a recent retiree from commercial real estate, but his real passion for years has been travel and history. Bruce and his wife Elfrena Foord Hester have traveled the world. He always researches the area of travel to make it more interesting, and a lot more fun. Today he will mix travel and history in the Stans, including how and why they were conquered. The countries are Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan
Sept. 21: Rella and Roger Remedios: The Portuguese Camino.
In 2015, Rella and Roger Remedios spent 10 months in Europe. During this time they lived in Lisbon, Portugal, for two weeks and Porto for two more. They also spent time traveling to other areas of Portugal. In April 2018, Rella and Roger walked 250 miles from Condeixa a Nova, Portugal, through the 13th century university town of Coimbra, through Porto, Portugal, to Santiago de Campostela, Spain, an 18-day journey. This was on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. Portugal is one of their favorite countries and they would like to introduce you to what Portugal and the Portuguese Camino have to offer.
Sept. 28: Curt Nelson: Pompeii and Herculaneum
This presentation is not just a travel log for Pompeii and Herculaneum. What would life have been like in these ancient cities on the west coast of what is now called Italy? We will explore what Pompeii and Herculaneum look like as archaeological sites. And recreate what these ancient, multi-cultured and multi-leveled societies were like just before Mt. Vesuvius exploded.
Oct. 5: Theo Goodwin: Dia de los Muertos, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Dia de los Muertos is the traditional holiday when people in Mexico celebrate the return of their loved ones from the world of the dead to the living world. It is a cheerful, colorful pageant, when people dress up in costumes, walk in parades, create altars and visit grave sites. They make fun of death and revel in memories of their deceased family members. Come see how this wonderful holiday is celebrated in San Miguel de Allende in North Central Mexico. Get ready for Dia de los Muertos, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
Oct. 12: Tom Miner: Africa, Nine Countries.
Join Tom Miner as he explores Madagascar, searching for lemurs and chameleons (and gets pick-pocketed in the market), treks in Uganda in search of mountain silverback gorillas, joins a three-week overland camping truck safari through Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, tours Maputo (capital of Mozambique), and finally visits Ghana's Cape Coast, once the largest slave-trading center of West Africa.
Oct. 19: Elaine Duxbury: England from Bath to Buckingham Palace to Beckingham.
A few years ago, Elaine and a friend planned a trip to England on their own. They traveled to Bath, the Cotswolds, London and Nottinghamshire, where Elaine visited extended family who showed her around the East Midlands. Finally, they spent a few days in York/Jorvik, with its Viking discoveries, before returning to London to wrap up their trip.
Oct. 26: Doug Stryker: Cruising the Danube and Rhine.
Doug will present two recent river cruises through Europe. Highlights include the various sights and stops along the Moselle and Rhine rivers from Trier to Amsterdam, and then the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg. Countries visited include France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary and Czech Republic.
Nov. 2: Beth Mann: Australia and New Zealand.
Nov. 9: Richard Fuller: Haiti and Other Volunteering.
Richard will illustrate how volunteering can lead to Adventure in Haiti, helping military veterans at CalExpo, backing bicycles at Donner Lake and Lincoln, in Yosemite Valley before the fire, in American River Parkway at dinner AND clean-up, at Cool, at Bishop Pass and Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra and helping the indigent with the California Care Force—and it all cost very little!
Nov. 16: Bob Seyfried: Following in the Footsteps of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
Last September, Bob led a Renaissance group on a tour from Munich to Salzburg and Vienna to visit the numerous locations where Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven lived and worked. There were numerous wonderful musical event and cultural lectures and tours. An additional bonus was having Professor Leo Eylar of the CSUS School of Music as lecturer, along with his wife, Carmina, who developed a memorable film that will be shown.
Nov. 23:
No Class. Thanksgiving Holiday.
Nov. 30: Terri and Pat McAdam: England and the Rhine.
Dec. 7: Tom Blackburn: California to the East Coast.