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Four Jewels: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks

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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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Sylvia Feinman Mar 12, 2015 at 04:09 AM

Thanks for the encouragement about dealing with high temperatures in Death Valley. I had wonderful experience with the RS tour of Yellowstone and am looking forward to the California parks.

Carole Leadbeater Mar 11, 2015 at 05:34 PM

We enjoyed the program including Death Valley in Sept 2013. Yes, it was 104+ daytime, but a good hotel and pool to relax after the coach daytrips. I'll post my photos from the early a.m. dune hike which I highly recommend. Carole Leadbeater

Sylvia Feinman Mar 11, 2015 at 05:02 PM

I'm going on this trip in September 2015. Wasn't expecting to hear that Death Valley would be 104 degrees. Anyone have anything comforting to say?


Arthur Link Sep 11, 2014 at 04:34 PM

We are one week out from start. How are the fires going? Will we need gas masks at any time?

Paula Pappas Aug 11, 2014 at 03:13 PM

Will this be offered in 2015?
Nicole Drake Aug 21, 2014 at 04:48 PM

The Four Jewels program will be offered 3 times in 2015: 9/4/15, 9/18/15, & 10/2/15. Happy Planning!

Frederick Eisele Jun 22, 2014 at 03:51 PM

Hi, Carole Leadbeater,
Thanks for your reply to my query about clothing on the Yosemite-Death Valley Road Scholar tour.
It was just what I needed to know.
I was on faculty at Penn State from 1973-2004; not sure we knew one another.
Thanks again.

Frederick Eisele Jun 18, 2014 at 09:26 PM

Anyone have any suggestions for clothing for this trip: second week of Sept 2014, some high altitudes (Yosemite) and low (Death Valley)?
Carole Leadbeater Jun 21, 2014 at 08:14 AM

September 2013 we enjoyed shirtsleeve weather, jackets in the evening, daytime in Death Valley at 104. are you FE from PSU 1960? Hal & Carole dbeater
Carole Leadbeater Jun 21, 2014 at 08:20 AM

Are you Fred from PSU 1960? Hal Leadbeater and Carole friends with Rankins, enjoyed this trip 2013. warm daytime, shirtsleeves, jackets for evening, hot to 104 at Death Valley. Enjoy!
Carole Leadbeater Jun 21, 2014 at 08:21 AM

David Armstrong Aug 31, 2013 at 06:56 PM

Madge & I are looking forward to a trip to California and are also doing an add-on program of the Color County National Parks. Any one else?

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