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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Sandy Cambeilh Sep 07, 2014 at 09:31 PM

Anyone signed up for the 12/2 trip?


Onnafay Downard Sep 02, 2014 at 01:13 PM

I have also benefited from the discussion on what to bring and not bring. I am on the 9-9 trip so I leave in 7 days. Looking foward to my first Road Scholar trip.
Karen France Sep 02, 2014 at 08:38 PM

I hope you are as impressed as we were with the attention to details in organization for such a program. The arrival day in San Jose seems "on your own" until the leader contacts you that evening to fill you in on the next day's schedule.
Sherry Rind Sep 03, 2014 at 01:23 AM

I'll see you there, Onnafay!
Onnafay Downard Sep 03, 2014 at 07:28 AM

I will arrive at 7:00pm, so I won't have a lot of time on my own. I'm going to have a full travel day as I have a 3 hour drive just to get to the airport. I live in the backwoods of the Ozark Mountains. The good thing for me will be the fact that I never leave my time zone.
Onnafay Downard Sep 03, 2014 at 07:29 AM

Yes Sherry I will see you there!
Sherry Rind Sep 03, 2014 at 11:35 AM

My American Airlines flight from Seattle with a layover in Dallas also arrives in San Jose at 7 pm.
Onnafay Downard Sep 03, 2014 at 03:36 PM

Oh awesome we will arrive at the same time. Let's meet up in Dfw. I arrive DFW at 1:00pm. Flight to San Jose leaves at 4:20 so I'm guessing we are on same flight. When do you get to DFW?
Sherry Rind Sep 03, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Mine leaves DFW at 4:00. Unfortunately my itinerary from Holbrook Travel doesn't give flight numbers, so we can't compare. I'll post if I find out more.


Carole Sklar Sep 02, 2014 at 01:07 PM

Right you are, Julie and buen viaje!

I am off to a RS trip to Puglia and Calabria
on Sept.9th. I'd better start thinking about it.


Julie Glenn Sep 02, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Thank you all who have answered my questions about packing. You have been so helpful with my prep for my 11/11 trip. I ordered a hat, but no walking sticks! Won't be taking any dress-ups, either!


Carole Sklar Sep 02, 2014 at 09:25 AM

Itwas essential for me. Am avoiding sun. I have a cloth one, made in China that folds to a flat shape. If you
wish to wait to see if you need one, you can always buy one in CR.


Julie Glenn Sep 01, 2014 at 06:26 PM

Here I go again, but I am not wanting to bring any unnecessary items! How important is a hat? Did ladies wear them and were they helpful? I would need to buy one.

Miriam Rigby Sep 01, 2014 at 06:34 PM

Almost everyone wore a hat. There are a few trips in uncovered boats that can be VERY sunny. I had a floppy cloth hat from REI that has spf-blocking fabric and rolls up very small to fit in my daypack. A few people had their hats blow off in the wind, so a chin strap might be helpful too.
Sherry Rind Sep 01, 2014 at 07:26 PM

Julie, although I hate hats and never wear them, I bought one for this trip (leaving Sept. 9). Like Miriam, I found a spf-blocking one from REI.
Marilee Henneberger Sep 01, 2014 at 08:20 PM

Hats are a must pack, but something that packs. A double duty hat, ie nylon rain resistant type with a strap would work well.
Karen France Sep 01, 2014 at 09:08 PM

A sun hat with a strap is a must. Waterproof and sunblocking would be perfect. Everyone wore one - so we all looked like tourists!


Carole Sklar Aug 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Sherry, Besides weather, ones health, age, degree of activity at home, attitude, and more
are things to be taken into consideration. Some people engage in physical activity at home; others drive everywhere. Costa Rica was wonderful. RS has experience, and chooses activities that are within most traveler's ability. A person ocassionally decides not to participate in a particular walk. There is no objection to that. I'd just go, enjoy and judge for myself.


Carole Sklar Aug 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Lori, I was delighted with the trip.
Saying the walks were walks, is description, not criticism. We all know words such as challenging, moderately active,easy are subjective.
Sherry Rind Aug 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

It's useful to read people's impressions. I was puzzled by "walking up to 2 miles per day" being considered "active" but guess that heat, humidity, and elevation are factors.


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