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Cheryl Benson Aug 28, 2014 at 09:22 PM

Anyone else going on the Oct 7 trip? This is my first Road Scholar trip and my first trip to Grand Canyon. It is exciting, and I cannot wait! Anyone have any inside tips or advice?
Sherrie Smith Sep 05, 2014 at 02:21 PM

Hi Cheryl. I am going on the October 7th trip to the Grand Canyon too! This is my Road Scholar trip, first trip to the Grand Canyon, and first time traveling alone. I look forward to meeting you!
Cheryl Benson Sep 05, 2014 at 02:39 PM

Perfect Sherrie! I am traveling with a coworker/friend of mine and she and I are both really excited. I have heard only good things about RS trips.
Sherrie Smith Sep 06, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Thanks, Cheryl. It will be nice to have a name and face to look for in Phoenix!
Cheryl Benson Sep 06, 2014 at 02:21 PM

I agree. It looks like there is a good amount of time to do some exploring on our own too. That will be nice. I have been trying to read a few things before the trip so that I will have some idea of what I am looking at.
Sherrie Smith Sep 07, 2014 at 11:14 PM

That's a great idea! I hope I can take advantage of some of some of your wisdom! I have been reading some historical accounts of very early settlers there.
Sherrie Smith Sep 07, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Are you taking a winter coat, or layering with a lighter-weight coat? It looks like we're in for some cool temps on the North Rim.
Cheryl Benson Sep 08, 2014 at 06:59 AM

I will probably decide when the date gets closer, but right now, I am planning to layer with a lighter-weight coat. I'm from Iowa, so I am used to colder weather, but the desert is another story from what I hear.
Sherrie Smith Sep 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Cheryl, what a small world! I was born and raised in Iowa, and have spent all but 7 years of my life there. I live in California now to be close to my son. When my mom or sister pick me up at the airport for the holidays there, they bring my down coat with them. And, I leave it there when I return to sunny California. I will feel right at home traveling with another Iowan!
Cheryl Benson Sep 09, 2014 at 09:50 AM

No kidding! Isn't that funny? I live in Oskaloosa, and my friend who is traveling with me lives in Des Moines. It is indeed a small world. Where do you live in California and where were you from in Iowa?
Sherrie Smith Sep 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

The coincidence really amuses me! I lived most of my life in Marshalltown, but spent 7 years in Ida Grove and another 7 in Sioux City. I was in east Texas for 5 years, and now live very close to Pasadena. Iowa will always feel like home to me, but I admit to a real dislike of the winter weather there. And the shoveling!!!!
Cheryl Benson Sep 10, 2014 at 08:03 AM

I love Iowa, but I do think it is good to live other places. I was born in Columbus, Ohio, moved to Dallas, TX at age 11, Morristown, NJ when I was 14 and then came to Iowa at 17. Also spent a summer in Minnesota and a summer in Maine. It's one of the great things about travel--meeting other people and different ways of doing things and of thinking about things.
Sherrie Smith Sep 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Personally, I liked the feeling of growing up close to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I think it gave me more self-confidence because I had that support group. Going back to the house my parents built in the 60's is very much like going home. I will admit that I learned more about myself when I traveled. I spent a summer in the Philippines as a foreign exchange student. What an eye-opener!
Cheryl Benson Sep 11, 2014 at 05:48 PM

It's a good mix--a solid place to call home plus some experience with other people and how they do things. Only 25 days to go--but who's counting?!
Sherrie Smith Oct 02, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Hi Cheryl! I can't believe how fast the time has been going since school started again. Can you believe we're going to be at the Grand Canyon in less than a week?! Oh yeah, now I'm counting! I look forward to meeting you next week!

Cheryl Benson Aug 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I am going on the Oct 1 trip along with a coworker/friend of mine. It will be my first Road Scholar trip, and it sounds wonderful--absolutely cannot wait!
Cheryl Benson Aug 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

October 7 trip it should say.

James Lessard Aug 02, 2014 at 06:20 AM

Anyone on board for the September 6th trip? We are looking forward to this, our second RS trip and meeting new friends.
....Jim & Jean Lessard, Brockton, MA

Patricia Tasso Apr 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I'll be going to the Grand Canyon on May 31st-June 6th #2805. Just wanted to say "Hi" to my fellow travelers. I'm very excited about my first sight of the Canyon & meeting y'all. See you soon!

Mercella Cowen Mar 30, 2015 at 02:51 PM

Hi, I am also going to the Grand Canyon on May 31st #2805. This will be my first sight of the Canyon also.

nan myrick Feb 26, 2014 at 08:33 AM

I am going solo and would love to hear from others traveling to Grand Canyon May 18th-May 25th. #2804. Thanks much.

nan myrick Feb 26, 2014 at 08:32 AM

I am going solo and would love to hear from others traveling to Grand Canyon May 18th-May 25th. #2804. Thanks much.

nan myrick Feb 01, 2014 at 10:12 AM

My first travel experience.Going solo to 2804.Any one traveling from Virginia or DC area for the may 18th dated trip.

Ann Nachtigal Aug 28, 2013 at 05:28 PM

Going solo to 2804, my first Road Scholar trip, though not first travel experience. Interested in other comments about temperature and walking sticks. What are the best "reads" from the many suggested to be ready to appreciate GC?
Lynn Arnold Sep 03, 2013 at 01:03 PM

Our trip leader provided walking sticks for us to borrow (belonged to NAU)--you might check to see if yours will, too. Very useful for shooing away the annoying rock squirrels who will do anything to get your food...
Herbert Stein Sep 03, 2013 at 05:05 PM

I was on the same trip as Lynn. The temperature was very reasonable at the rims, '80's on the South Rim during the day and '70's on the North rim for the most part. Phoenix and Scottsdale were extremely hot, but we were only there the first and last night. It can get cool at night, particularly on the north rim, down to about 50 and that was in August (week of August 19th). Can't say about the readings, but if you haven't seen the canyon, be prepared for an other worldy experience.
elizabeth hoos Jul 26, 2014 at 07:11 AM

Thank you Herbert very helpful I am going this Oct. 2014

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