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Champa Bilwakesh Jul 30, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Thank you for all your helpful comments. Noelle, when you say itinerary was altered, can you explain? The Keens - are they open toed or full shoes?
NOELLE SIMMONS Jul 31, 2015 at 12:18 AM

Going to the Sun highway was closed due to the fire so we went to Two Medicine instead. While we were very disappointed we understood that this was out of everyone's control. My Keens have closed toes but have openings on the side and back. I wore them with socks and they were fine. We did use out hiking poles today for walking on the ice fields. We were the only ones in our group who had our sticks with us on the bus today but others said they wished they had brought them along. They weren't completely necessary but nice to have.

Champa Bilwakesh Jul 29, 2015 at 05:52 PM

Love to hear comments from those who have completed the trip this. Most interested in what you packed, how many shoes, warm clothes?
NOELLE SIMMONS Jul 29, 2015 at 07:02 PM

Currently on the trip. As someone previously commented - lots of time spent on the bus but beautiful views. Our itinerary in Glacier Nat.Park had to be altered due to the fire and we were a bit disappointed in the substitution. To answer your question about clothes, shoes, etc. - we brought too much. There are no real hikes so hiking poles and hiking boots are unnecessary. I've worn my Keens during the days and changed into light weight sandals in the evening. Bring clothes to layer short and long sleeve T-shirts, hiking pants or jeans rain jacket/wind breaker and sweatshirt. Hope you enjoy the trip, By the way if you are flying in a day early you may want o do as we did and take a local bus ($1.50) out to Teton Village and take the gondola to the top - we much preferred this to spending our time wandering thru all the "touristy" shops.
Cindy B. Jul 29, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Where did you go instead of Many Glacier Hotel, or was it the Going to the Sun Road trip that was the change?
Cindy B. Jul 29, 2015 at 10:30 PM

I packed the lightest I have ever packed and it worked out fine. The biggest space was taken by hiking boots, sneakers and sandals though I wanted each of them at some time, I wore t-shirts several times, had two sleeveless tops, one fleece sweatshirt and even a turtleneck for wearing on glacier day. A few people used hiking poles with a spike on the bottom for our 20? minutes walking on the glacier. REI pants that zip off at the knee to make shorts were great and don't wrinkle.
Cindy B. Jul 29, 2015 at 10:35 PM

Gondola to the top in Jackson Hole sounds good,. Wish I had known of it. The historical museum there was good. It has two locations, one very near the Lexington Hotel. I found Banff even more touristy than Jackson Hole. The weather changed 4-5 times a day so you need flexibility in your clothes. For you swimmers, the hotel in Helena has a nice pool. The hotel in Calgary has pools, hot tubs and two water slides and I went down the milder one three times!

Suzanne Hammontree Jul 29, 2015 at 03:59 PM

I am going on the August 18th trip. I'm flying into Jackson from Atlanta on the 17th. This is my first Road Scholar experience and I'm looking forward to it. Does anybody know how many travelers there will be?
Champa Bilwakesh Jul 29, 2015 at 05:49 PM

Hi Suzanne, my husband Bil are flying in from Boston on the 17th as well. Looking forward. To meeting you and the rest of the group.
Cindy B. Jul 29, 2015 at 10:38 PM

There were 41 on our trip plus guide and driver. The "step-on" guides who joined our bus were wonderful, especially in Jackson Hole and Yellowstone.

Sue Wieland Jul 18, 2015 at 06:00 PM

I'm going on the July 21 - Aug 1 trip. This is my first trip with RS. I'll be flying in from Denver on July 21. I hope to make a lot of new friends!
NOELLE SIMMONS Jul 18, 2015 at 07:13 PM

My husband, Jim, and I are also on the July 21 trip and look forward to meeting you. We will be arriving on the 20th from Greenville, SC.
Betty Berry Jul 18, 2015 at 07:22 PM

I did this trip 2 years ago. It was my 36 trip and I truly enjoyed it. A lot of time is spent on the bus but the locations are breathtaking.

Carol Eagle Jul 08, 2015 at 04:26 PM

Anyone going on the August 18-29 trip? Any other solo travellers?
Cindy B. Jul 08, 2015 at 06:14 PM

Cindy B. Jul 08, 2015 at 06:15 PM

No, but I'll let you know how my trip goes when I'm back.
Cindy B. Jul 29, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Got back last Saturday. Great trip! Do you have any specific questions?

Cindy B. Jun 05, 2015 at 07:03 PM

That's the July 14-25 trip Grand Tetons to Banff.

Cindy B. Jun 05, 2015 at 06:20 PM

Just posted this on the general discussion board. Anyone going on the July 14-25 trip who is watching these posts? I'm probably flying in a day early but will stay at a different hotel since our Lexington seems to be $404 a night without the group rate!
Anne Morgan Jun 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Anne Morgan Jun 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM

I am planning to arrive one day early for the July 14-25 trip also but was able to get a room qt the Lexington for about $300.00. Also, will be having a 4 hour layover at Ohare!
Cindy B. Jun 23, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Hi Anne,
Cindy B. Jun 23, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Hi Anne, Finally someone going on my trip (even though I'm going with three friends). Let's talk more. Contact me at bark601@comcast.net.

NOELLE SIMMONS Jun 01, 2015 at 04:45 PM

Would like to hear about luggage used from those who have participated in past. I feel I need to take a checked bag which can hold my folded hiking poles, extra shoes, etc. but I always take a carry-on so I have my medications, change of clothes, etc. in the event my main bag is delayed or lost. Did those of you who have taken this trip have 2 such bags? or did you stick to the "one small bag" as recommended in the guide?
Helen Sternheim Jun 01, 2015 at 05:22 PM

I usually take a day pack with meds a change of underwear and a top. I also take my tablet loaded with books to read. My chargers for phone and tablet are also in the day pack. I do not carry a purse, I have a small waist pack instead.
Helen Sternheim Jun 01, 2015 at 05:24 PM

I check a small suitcase similar to ones other take onto the plane. My husband takes a larger suitcase with telescoping hiking poles which he checks. he also carries a pack onto the plane.
Premium Email Subscriber Jun 13, 2015 at 06:11 PM

Hi Helen how is mort? My mom and I are going on the 8/11/15 trip. Dominic and Irene Ruotolo

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