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Program #1017RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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. 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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Maureen Wilson Mar 26, 2015 at 10:47 AM

I talk about my Cancer only to explain why I might be a bit slow - physically not mentally ; ) . During the trip I do not want to talk or hear about health issues or talk or hear about children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren. I want to hear from fellow travelers both in the program and onboard about interests, hobbies, travels, etc. instead.


Bonnie Smith Mar 26, 2015 at 02:41 AM

Thanks, Maureen, for the passport directions,
. Got one ordered, and for sharing your cancer story. I have to go for two cancer tests this next month, one before the trip and one the week after, but like you I will just go on the trip and have good time and let whatever comes not control my life. I have several RS trips planned that are in our area and will also pack up my little hatchback and do some traveling and camping this summer on my own. Life is to be lived, especially if you are older and I will be 70 in June. I'm almost packed except for a trip to Rick Steve's Store in Edmonds. Yippee, only a few weeks to go!
Maureen Wilson Mar 26, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Thanks for the tip re Rick Steve's store in Edmonds. I'll stop by on my way north.


Maureen Wilson Mar 21, 2015 at 03:39 PM

I am a five year Cancer Survivor. However I have another Cancer that I have had for several years--Low Grade Lymphoma. This month I have undergone three Rituxan Cancer Treatments and the last will be March 24. It doesn't cure me of the Cancer but knocks it back so I have more strength to travel.
Annie Steward Mar 24, 2015 at 11:20 PM

I am glad you are able to have some control over the cancer, Maureen. Sorry that you are having to deal with this
Maureen Wilson Mar 25, 2015 at 12:40 AM

The Cancer slows me down, but doesn't stop me. Besides Road Scholar programs I travel a lot on my own.
Annie Steward Mar 25, 2015 at 09:37 AM

Lovely attitude! Both my son and sister have cancer and they are doing the same - living! :)


Maureen Wilson Mar 21, 2015 at 01:31 PM

Remember to bring your Elderhostel/Road Scholar Passport. I stamp my Passport with stamps from sites that I visit on my trips along with the stamp/label from the Program.
Bonnie Smith Mar 21, 2015 at 02:15 PM

Hi, Maureen. I don't know what that passport is or how to get one. Can you help me? I usually buy a post card and put it in my travel scrapbook for each place I go, but a passport for this trip and other RS trips I plan to take sounds good. Thanks for your tips and suggestions. They have been such help for a beginner like me.
Maureen Wilson Mar 25, 2015 at 12:41 AM

Log in. Under "The Americas & Antarctica" is Online Store. Look at the first box on right. View All. Click on View All. Look toward the bottom of the page. Road Scholar Passport for $2.50. Elderhostel had free Passports when you would attend a program but I would not count on getting a Road Scholar Passport free anymore. I am on my 3rd Passport. I make brief notes re host(s), dates, program name, location, room number, roommate name/no roommate, weather, food (good and bad), sometimes a comment by the trip organizer, etc. On a really long trip i.e. The Oregon Trail I also note the name of the Motor Coach Operator. And occasionally I get a stamp from Historical Parks, etc. besides the Program Stamp.


Maureen Wilson Mar 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

This trip will be my 48th plus I was Docent for three Portland trips. I have done 11 trips in Seattle with leader Carol Barton. Check out her trip - “A Ferry Ride from Seattle: Exploring the Islands of Puget Sound”, #21833. It is actually several ferries to several interesting locations. Carol Barton is a great leader!


Bonnie Smith Mar 20, 2015 at 04:07 AM

Hi, Everyone. I'm Bonnie Smith and I live in Marysville, WA. This will be my first time going on a trip with Roads Scholar and I am so looking forward to meeting all of you and my unknown roommate. Thanks to Maureen who has helped me get prepared for the trip with her suggestions. See you April 17th in Bellingham. I'm driving up and parking my car for the week. While I have driven myself on other trips from time to time across the US, this will be my first time on a Ferry. I'm single by the way, and have taken quite a few adventures over the years alone. Just want to meet some new people in my age group. Take care, fly or drive safe.


Maureen Wilson Mar 19, 2015 at 08:27 PM

Space is limited in the cabins so wear your heaviest, bulkiest clothing on board and pack the rest in one small, lightweight suitcase with wheels (20x19x9 inches maximum) and a shoulder bag/back pack.


Dorothy Parrish Mar 19, 2015 at 06:48 PM

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. I think I have enough clothing to keep me warm, but how important is rain gear?
Maureen Wilson Mar 19, 2015 at 07:14 PM

It's is best to be prepared. Bring a thin rain jacket with hood to wear over your warmer sweater or jacket. I plan to bring a sturdy umbrella as I can't see when my eyeglasses get wet. You will get anywhere from thick fog, drizzle, light rain to heavy rain. But you could end up with eight days of sunshine. Hope springs eternal.
Dorothy Parrish Mar 20, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Thanks! See you soon.
Maureen Wilson Mar 20, 2015 at 03:04 AM

What dates are you going? I am going April 17 - 24. Arriving Bellingham on the 16th traveling from Vancouver by car.
Dorothy Parrish Mar 20, 2015 at 11:17 AM

I will be there on those dates as well. I was originally scheduled for the earlier trip but it was cancelled. I'm going out today to buy a raincoat. Maybe I should get rain pants as well, but I think both will be difficult to find in the drought ridden bay area, and especially this time of year.
Maureen Wilson Mar 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Just a light rain jacket/windbreaker with a hood is all that you should need to go over a warm jacket/sweater. A lightweight rain coat with a hood works also. Probably would not need rain pants. I would just change my wet slacks and wet shoes when I got back to the ferry.


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