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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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Gail Montminy Aug 18, 2014 at 08:55 AM

Is anyone going on the December 7th trip. I was going to buy hiking boots today to break them in but from this discussion it seems they are not a necessity. Thanks for the info
Gail Montminy Aug 18, 2014 at 09:25 AM

Therese Holtz Aug 13, 2014 at 09:13 AM

Is anyone else going on the 12/2 trip or the 11/11 trip? Looking to meet anyone going.
Julie Glenn Aug 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Therese, I am going on the 11/11 trip. It is my First RS trip and I am going as a single. I just retired in February as an elementary teacher. Traveling from Cincinnati.
Therese Holtz Aug 13, 2014 at 08:49 PM

My friend, Barbara and I will be going, can't wait. I will be retiring at the end of the year from the medical field. we will be flying out of San Diego. This is our first trip with RS but have traveled extensiively worldwide.

Sandy Cambeilh Aug 12, 2014 at 06:15 PM

Going on the 12/2 trip. Breaking in my Keens now. Any other suggestions for what to bring for December trip?
Therese Holtz Aug 12, 2014 at 09:22 PM

I'm going 11/11/14. Shorts or capris with easy care tops, maybe 4 of each. packing light is better.
Sandy Cambeilh Aug 13, 2014 at 07:04 AM

Thanks, Therese. Have not seen any post yet from anyone else going on 12/2 trip

Sandy Cambeilh Aug 12, 2014 at 06:15 PM

Going on the 12/2 trip. Breaking in my Keens now. Any other suggestions for what to bring for December trip?

Carole Sklar Aug 11, 2014 at 08:23 AM

So happy to be the bearer of great ideas! I know you will enjoy that fine trip. I did.

Carole Sklar Aug 11, 2014 at 06:52 AM

Since I carry-on my luggage, I wore my hiking boots to/from Costa Rica. Then, the only annoyance was removing shoes at airport.
Teddy Wright Aug 11, 2014 at 07:23 AM

great idea, and since I'm 75 I no longer have to remove my shoes at the airport! :)

Therese Holtz Aug 10, 2014 at 08:35 PM

I took hiking books on a game drive in south africa. It was extra weight that was unnecessary. Keens were much better.

Sherry Rind Aug 10, 2014 at 07:25 PM

Thanks everyone for the discussion about packing. Road Scholar list says to bring hiking boots, especially for the rainy season (Sept. 9-21). Are they really necessary? If I bring my boots, I don't think I'll be able to travel with carry-on only luggage.
Karen Luckring Aug 10, 2014 at 08:08 PM

I took hiking boots and only used them once. Tennis shoes are more than adequate. I highly recommend wearing socks and tennis shoes when you go on the beach at Tortuguero for the sea turtle nesting. The black ants like to get under the straps of your Tevas and they bite like the dickens.
Colin C. Campbell Aug 10, 2014 at 09:02 PM

The several places where hiking boots would be helpful, due to deep mud, provided high top rubber boots. We wore Tevas and sneakers everywhere else with no problem.
Marilee Henneberger Aug 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I didn't take or need hiking boots. At several of the lodges, calf high rubber boots were available to use if one wished. I wore sneakers or Teva/Keen closed toe waterproof sandals almost every day.

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