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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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David Bolig Jan 29, 2016 at 07:38 PM

We will be arriving early evening on the 8th. Really looking forward to this trip, and we wish there were a posting somewhere showing all participants + home towns.
David & Robin Bolig / East Lansing, MI

Marvin Edelman Dec 18, 2015 at 03:55 AM

Going on 2/4/16 to Hilo to hook up on2/8 trip. Anyone showing up early to meet and do things? Marv Edelman
Jack Owicki Jan 01, 2016 at 07:59 PM

Just coming in a day early, on 2/7. Susan & Jack Owicki
Marvin Edelman Jan 02, 2016 at 08:14 AM

Look forward to meeting you! Marv
Jack Owicki Jan 02, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Likewise, Marv. I wonder whether the dengue outbreak is going to affect our itinerary at all. Some friends who just returned from Hawaii reported that at least one beach was closed, though they had no problems in the National Parks.
Marvin Edelman Jan 02, 2016 at 10:52 AM

I saw that also, but am an optimist. You may want to consider some mosquito repellant clothes may by ex-officio and columbia. You can get hats, lightwieight pants, shirts, etc.,.Also, if you look on site Sierra Trading you can can a wide variety discounted. I got stuff when I travelled to Costa Rica.
Jack Owicki Jan 02, 2016 at 10:55 AM

I've done a fair amount of traveling in malarial areas in Central America, and I've used the spray-on repellent that lasts for at least several washes. Seems to have worked well.
Marvin Edelman Jan 02, 2016 at 11:30 AM

many solutions, i use clothes and spray when i play golf(try to play). btw the NyTimes travel section for Sunday, Jan 3, has a nice article about Molikai!

Graham Attlesey Feb 21, 2015 at 04:27 PM

Signed up for March 8, 2015 trip. Wondering if we need hiking boots
Shelia and Graham, Richmond, Va
Patricia Hunter Feb 21, 2015 at 04:49 PM

Some brought them. Some didn't. I was fine with just decent gym shoes. Some had hiking poles. I didn't, and was fine. Guess it depends on how agile(?) one is.
Graham Attlesey Feb 22, 2015 at 09:48 AM

Thanks, just trying to eliminate need for multiple shoes to keep suitcase light. wanted sneakers but worried with rain that i would have wet feet. Any comments?
Patricia Hunter Feb 28, 2015 at 04:09 PM

Not much rain......we were fine.
David Owens Mar 01, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Just got back from this trip; I agree with Patricia. There were numerous hikes, but all but one were quite short. Only a few had boots and/or poles - the rest of us did fine.
Graham Attlesey Mar 01, 2015 at 03:17 PM

Thanks for your comments. Any problems with cold at high altitudes?
Patricia Hunter Mar 01, 2015 at 03:37 PM

(this made me chuckle....I live @ 8600' in Colorado) Anyway, at the top of Haleakala on Maui, it was windy but don't remember being cold. Just dig in your suitcase and bring that extra shirt with you that day (& jacket of course).
Graham Attlesey Mar 02, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Ha Ha...we are in Virginia with an altitude of 350 feet and a maximum mountain height of 3400 feet in Virginia. Thanks for the input. Graham.
David Owens Mar 02, 2015 at 07:55 PM

Haleakala is about 10,000 ft, but it wasn't particularly cold the day we were there. For the volcano on Big Island, we only got to 4,000 ft - humid,a little rainly, but certainly not cold.

Donna Hall Dec 16, 2014 at 06:37 PM

Signed up for the Jan 12-28 program. What is the likelyhood we will get to see whales?
Carole Colley Dec 20, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Carole Colley Dec 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Donna, When I saw them off the coast of Kaua'i in April of 2000, they were migrating north. I don't know if they winter in Hawai'i or farther south. That will be what determines whether there will be any in the area. Sorry, I couldn't be more help.

George Riddle Aug 23, 2014 at 04:47 PM

Signed up for the June 1-16, 2015 program. Looking for anyone else who is going.
Premium Email Subscriber May 16, 2015 at 08:26 PM

Hi George. My wife Judy and I are signed up and looking forward to the trip, our firstRS trip. Has any one else contacted you?Stuart Ours
George Riddle May 17, 2015 at 03:34 PM

Someone else did but I lost their response. My wife and I are arriving on May 29th to adjust to time change of 6 hours.

Marvin Sitrin Dec 23, 2013 at 07:51 PM

Looking forward to the 1/13/14 trip. Anyone else coming from NJ?
William Hammett Mar 23, 2014 at 09:10 PM

Terri, you asked for advice. My wife says, hang loose and enjoy the ride. But of course I need not tell you. You sound up for it. Stanley and William, you up for it?

Terri Rappaport Nov 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

My husband and I have booked for the March 31, 2014 trip. We are departing from JFK in New York. I am interested in hearing from anyone on the Discussion Board who is going on that trip. Also, we'd love to hear any special advice from past participants. Yes, it's a few months away - but so excited! This will be our 4th RS trip.
William Hammett Mar 22, 2014 at 03:54 PM

Bill and Marianne Hammett will be joining you from Chicago. We will arrive a day early . Looking forward to the fun.
Stanley Lieberman Mar 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Stanley Lieberman Mar 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I'm on the 3/31 trip. From suburban Philly. Go Phillies! Probably not this year. I am also arriving a day early. Booked
Stanley Lieberman Mar 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

sorry, hit the wrong key. Booked a non-stop from Newark. I believe United has the only non-stop from the East Coast. I've been on both RS trips to Iceland, one summer and one New Years Eve. Both are fabulous. See you in a week.
William Miller Mar 23, 2014 at 05:13 PM

We're coming from Atlanta for the 3/31 program. We'll be there on the 29th. Looking forward to our first RS trip. Bill and Margaret
William Hammett Mar 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Delete PostReport this PostWilliam Hammett Mar 23, 2014 at 09:10 PM Terri, you asked for advice. My wife says, hang loose and enjoy the ride. But of course I need not tell you. You sound up for it. Stanley and William, you up for it? May have gotten this last post in the wrong slot. Learning however.
William Hammett Mar 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Question, how many Bills will be in our group? Better still, how big is our group?
William Miller Mar 24, 2014 at 08:19 PM

The group picture on the front of our information packet shows about 35 people, for whatever that's worth. Bill's seem to be everywhere, right? Bill Miller
Greg Smith Mar 28, 2014 at 01:53 PM

Greg and Sandy will arrive early Saturday late 2 days on our own prior to program
William Miller Mar 28, 2014 at 02:56 PM

We should get to Hilo at 5:52 pm Sat. the 29th. Bill & Margaret

Deb Evers Sep 22, 2013 at 03:49 PM

In light of the possibility of a government shutdown looming in our future, any ideas on how Road Scholar would deal with National parks being closed. We are scheduled to visit 5 or 6 on this trip. ?? Has anyone ever experienced such a situation on another R.S. trip?
Charlie Ho Oct 02, 2013 at 01:43 PM

10-2-2013 Given that the shut down has occurred, it would be helpful to hear from the program directors about exactly how this might affect the trip. Pat Ho
William Miller Oct 07, 2013 at 01:27 PM

Margaret has called them three times, last today, and they are waiting to see what happens. They have a meeting scheduled this afternoon to discuss the situation Some trips involving Nat Parks would be done, just staying outside the Parks with alternate activities. This would not be acceptable for us. They said we could reschedule, had openings for the March 2014 trip. Don't know if we could gp then or not. Bummer!
Deb Evers Oct 07, 2013 at 07:34 PM

Good to hear this! We've been out of state during the last week and wondered if there was anything new! Will contact them tomorrow morning!
Jay Evers Oct 08, 2013 at 10:54 AM

After checking with them this morning, we discovered that we would have to forfiet our entire paid trip and reschedule a brand new trip in March. That would "create" a trip that would cost more than twice the original amount. Also we would have an additional change fee of $400 for flights. Definitely not an option for us. Contact your Senators and Representatives to encourage them to "play together" nicely as soon as possible!
William Miller Oct 08, 2013 at 08:22 PM

Looping discussion with them this afternoon, alternate itinerary to include such things as an orchid nursery, a zoo, but NO Nat Parks being worked up in the increasingly apparent event shutdown continues. Should be an e-mail out to us in a couple of days with particulars. Doesn't sound real promising. Trip next year would be 1K more for us.
William Miller Oct 08, 2013 at 08:28 PM

(Meant to say "looong" discussion)
Charlie Ho Oct 09, 2013 at 03:01 PM

We received a call yesterday from the Pacific Island Institute that the are not cancelling the trip but offering alternatives(unspecified) to the national parks. Our under standing from speaking to Road Scholar headquarters in Boston that we would have our money returned only if they decided to cancel the trip. Pat and Charlie Ho
William Miller Oct 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM

Thanks for relaying your experience. We got the same call from Pacific Island about the alternate trip, orchid nursery, zoo. etc. Road Scholar, Boston, said an e-mail was coming out, and when we got it to let them know if we were not interested in the new trip. She said we could get our money back. I told her we would not likely be interested in paying that kind of money for such things as orchid nurseries ans zoos. Still waiting for the e-mail.
Deb Evers Oct 10, 2013 at 01:59 AM

We were also told by Boston offices that a refund would not be possible unless the trip got cancelled. Interesting that there seem to be two "Corporate Responses." It would be nice to know which is the correct response! Haven't received the e-mail yet, either.
William Miller Oct 10, 2013 at 01:03 PM

You should have the e-mail, and as they told me the other day we can get our money back if the shutdown continues .
Deb Evers Oct 10, 2013 at 01:57 PM

Got it this morning. Now waiting till tomorrow morning for our call.
Charlie Ho Oct 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM

We got the email and googled the alternatives listed. Most look quite interesting. Friends just returned from Hawaii and gave very positive reviews to the Lava Tree and water falls Pat and Charlie Ho
Neil Robbins Oct 11, 2013 at 07:18 AM

Does anyone know the roster size requirements (max attending, minimum needed to have the trip) for this trip? We were supposed to attend in the Fall of 2012, but the trip was cancelled because too few people signed up. I'm concerned that if enough people request refunds, we'll be in a similar situation this time.
Charlie Ho Oct 11, 2013 at 09:41 AM

We were told by the person calling from Hawaii that 23 people had signed up. The capacity for the trip is 35. In a conversation with Boston yesterday we were told that "most" people were planning on going. Pat and Charlie Ho
Jay Evers Oct 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

We're still on for Monday.
Neil Robbins Oct 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Neil Robbins Oct 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

My wife called this morning. She was told that the trip is on, and that the # people who call for refunds today won't affect that.

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