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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Hanka Buniek Aug 22, 2014 at 02:16 PM

Hi Ruth, I'll be on the 9/7 trip. Coming to Rapid City from NY around 9 AM.If timing is OK, would love to share a shuttle to hotel. Did you make a reservation or it's not necessary? Also are you coming alone, looking for a roommate by any chance?
Hanka Buniek Aug 25, 2014 at 04:13 PM

Thank you Ruth. See you at the hotel.

James Lessard Aug 28, 2013 at 07:43 AM

Anyone here going on the 9/1 trip? This will be our first RS adventure. I am a semi- retired educator and my wife is a recently retired RN and we are just beginning our "traveling years".
Debbie Merrill Aug 28, 2013 at 06:08 PM

Hi, James--we will be on the 9/1 trip. We live in GA and were looking forward to cooler temps but that wont be the case! This is our first RS trip, too.
James Lessard Sep 10, 2013 at 06:50 AM

Hi Debbie... we greatly enjoyed you and Tom's company on the trip and hope you got home comfortably and are feeling better.

Kathryn Gresko Jun 24, 2013 at 02:58 PM

This will be my second and my husband's first RS trip. We're looking forward to it. We live in the Florida Panhandle and are avid sailors. We haven't been to S.D. and Wyoming since we were kids.

William Barker Jun 16, 2013 at 08:58 PM

My wife & I are enrolled in the 7/13 trip and it's our first RS trip but have heard great things about them, especially from my folks who have traveled on several RS adventures. Anyone else out there on the 7/13-19 trip?
Robert Wray Jun 22, 2013 at 06:45 PM

My wife and I are first time RS. We are looking forward to the trip!

Scottie B May 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

It's not clear to me if this discussion board is just for the June 15-21, 2013 trip or not, but that's the one I'm on! This is my first RS trip, and checks at least a couple places on my bucket list. I'm traveling solo (with an assigned roommate - could it be you?) and looking forward to meeting other people interested in western history, nature, and photography.
Rena Cobia May 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I'm counting the days for this trip - my first Road Scholar trip.

Estella King May 07, 2013 at 07:52 AM

I was on this program in 2010 and was extremely pleased, particularly because of the program director. She ran a fine tuned program with considerable personal attention to the needs of the participants. Time at Mt Rushmore was very sufficient. Yellowstone was a great experience. There was a good balance of nature and the stories of the natives and settlers as well as the geography. You should love the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody. And if possible take a raft ride on the Snake River. If you are not a vegetarian, be sure to try the bison. We experienced a wide range of temperatures so prepare to layer.
Joyce Freeman May 30, 2013 at 04:34 PM

I am from Long Island, NY and the Yellowstone/Mt. Rushmore trip will be my 7th RS trip. In all but one, I've traveled solo. The people are usually very friendly and I've kept in touch with several.

Frances Farmer May 06, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I would like some input from someone that has been to Mount Rushmore, Black Hills and Yellowstone!!! I would also like to meet some people gpoing on this trip.
Rena Cobia May 06, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Frances, this is my first trip and I'm going with expectation of loving what is offered. I'm from Alabama and visiting Yellowstone has been a desire for a few years.

Fran L Apr 13, 2013 at 06:40 PM

Welcome Rena, you will love Road Scholar programs. I am a solo traveler and love the "family" feel. I have done 16 trips so far, and have never had a bad one. I'm doing a big one in June, California Natl Park Medley, and big one in Aug in the Canadian Maritimes. I am using another tour group next year only because RS does not do the itinerary they offer, but I know it will not be as good as RS.
One thing I would recommend is to be sure you carefully read the description and the activity level. Road Scholar is now doing a better job of describing what to expect. In this program they now call it "on the road", which means a lot of bus time and changing hotels each night, living out of your suitcase. Another consideration for this program, since we were so far from towns we did a lot of picnic lunches, which RS does a great job on but they get boring. Also, be sure you understand what size the group will be. This one was about 40 people, so getting on and off the bus took time. I prefer smaller groups, but that is not always possible for economic reasons. But if I know what to expect I deal with it better :-). I loved the program, and as I posted back in 2010 I did pre and post program side trips, which I'm glad I did.
I've introduced many friends to RS. There are many wrong ideas out there about RS, and it is certainly not for everyone, but I have only met a few folks who would not love to do another program. You'll meet folks who have done hundreds of programs,all over the world. Whenever I get a new catalog it's like a wish list, so many places to go and not enough time (or money). I also do a lot of cruises and some solo travel.

By the way, at the Irma Hotel I had a room with a ghost, which I was told is not unusual. She flushed the toilet a few times and turned the tv off & on, plus the usual lights off & on :-). Another person had one also. It was fun.

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