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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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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Carole Steinbrenner Jun 09, 2014 at 01:32 PM

I still haven't heard from anyone traveling on the July 10 trip for 9-11 year-olds. We leave in a month's time so I hope someone will connect before. It would be great to have a chat on this site. My husband, grandson, and I will be flying out of Providence a day early so will be at the Cancun site when almost everyone else arrives on the 10th. The three of us are looking forward to the adventure.

Marion Linda May 31, 2014 at 03:19 PM

Hi Anne
I will also be arriving on July 18 from Boston with my husband, Eric, and 2 granddaughters. One granddaughter (age 13) is from Houston, and
the other (age 14) is from Chicago. It sounds like we are on the same trip
Looking forward to meeting you.


Ann Cantrell May 21, 2014 at 02:02 PM

I will be arriving on July 18 from Long Beach, CA, along with my 12 year old granddaughter, Suzanna. Thank you so much, Joanne Fernbach, for confirming this is going to be a great trip. I have taken over a dozen Elderhostel/Road Scholar trips, several with grandchildren, and they have all been educational, well-run and fun. Looking forward to meeting you, Marion--and the other adventurers.

Marion Linda Mar 23, 2014 at 07:42 AM

Thanks Carole and Joanne for your comments. I thought you might be on a different trip, Carole, since you said your grandson was 10.

If there is someone on the July 18 trip, I would love to hear from you. Marion

Carole Steinbrenner Mar 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Wow! Thanks, Joanne, for your enthusiastic recommendations for the trip we will be taking in July. I forwarded it on to my daughter so she could share it with our grandson, who will be taking the trip with us. Linda, thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, we will be on the July 10th trip as our grandson will turn ten shortly. I am hoping there will be several boys on this trip. Two years ago, we took our then ten-year-old granddaughter to Costa Rica for a similar trip. On that trip there was only one boy; that was fine with our granddaughter and she made several friends, but I don't think that would have been fine for our grandson. I know he is hoping to make some friends, too, and he doesn't, at his age, hang out with girls usually. I am not worried about it, though. He is a great traveler and very friendly so he will be fine no matter what, but I know he is hoping not to be the only boy.

Joanne Fernbach Mar 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Dear Carole and Linda,
From what I recall this program has two different age levels and the 10 year old may not be in the same group as the 12 and 13 year olds. That said, I'll give you a little synopsis of the June 2013 trip I took with my almost-11 year old grandson. There were 6 boys (just happened to be all boys). Three had both grandparents and the other 3 had just grandmothers. My grandson and I (and one other boy and his grandparents) came in a day early and I was glad we did that just to acclimate, literally. It was hot and muggy and that was the norm so you just get used to it. Coming from Boston it may not be new but for a southern Californian it required some stoic resolve. I didn't complain...my grandson's sense of wonder overrode the discomfort! Holbox Island was our first stop for the whale shark swim and it didn't disappoint! It's over a two hour boat ride to where they are (I suppose that could change depending on where they are feeding)but once you find them you can't put the camera down. One diver takes a kid on each arm and slides over the side of the boat to swim alongside the whale sharks. We took two boats out; 3 boys per boat. There is something new each day...no a/c on this first hotel but you are living in raised thatched roof huts with open windows and nets over the beds. The town itself is an adventure. The guide was incredible...great with the boys, answered everyone's questions, shepherded us very well. Chichen Itza was stunning and I learned more than on my two previous visits alone. Swimming in the cenotes was something I'd never seen. We stopped at a Mayan home where they ate, cooked, slept, worked in the same room (and it wasn't that big), with a hole in the peaked thatched roof for the smoke to go out! Fresh ceviche was new for my grandson and he loved it (his mom couldn't believe that). The night walk to see the turtles come out of the water to lay eggs was incredible...the moon came out just in time for us to see the shiny shell emerge and make its way to the softer sands. The spider monkeys were not as easy to find but the local guide persisted and we did have several sightings. The program is listed as moderately challenging but not for the kids. The jungle trail required climbing over fallen tree trunks and jagged rocks but that was a piece of cake compared to the zip lining we did on the next to last day! And every grandparent did it! The program ends at a gorgeous hotel that's all inclusive and it was a happy way to finish a super trip. We were very pleased with every aspect of this program. Road Scholar has a winner here! Enjoy; take lots of pictures and save those memories!

Marion Linda Mar 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Hi Carole
Are you on the Juky 18th trip?
We will be coming from Boston. The grandchildren are from Houston & Chicago


Carole Steinbrenner Mar 17, 2014 at 04:24 PM

Hi. My husband and I are looking forward to taking this trip with our soon-to-be ten-year-old grandson. He is looking forward to swimming with the whale sharks; we aren't so sure. :) We are all hoping lots of boys will be on this trip as well. We are arriving a day early. Is anyone else? Love to hear back from others enrolled on this trip. We are from New England, by the way.

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