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Staircase to the Past: Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments

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Allen Brafman Apr 11, 2015 at 09:06 PM

Our first rs trip staircase to the past may 11--can anyone offer useful tips about laundry, free time side trips anything else an enthusiastic first time energetic older couple might want to know about. Thank you. Allen & Edith Brafman

Just take clothing to layer, layer, layer! I did the same time of year in 2014 and experienced snow and sleet at the higher elevation but 92F at St. George

Great laundry room at the Dixie College facility to use at the end of the trip if necessary. Just brings lots of undies and sox .... Do later at home.
Allen Brafman Apr 12, 2015 at 08:40 AM

Cate, Thank you for laundry tip. We will be coming from 3 days in las Vegas, so laundry at St George makes sense. Also, thank you for layering suggestion.
Terri Rappaport Apr 12, 2015 at 08:46 AM

While some hotels had guest laundries, machines were usually busy. There is a laundromat around the corner from the hotel in Moab & they had a sign for drop off service. Webring washable, fast drying clothes which we hand washed when we got to a 2 night stay hotel. There is no real time for personal side trips. We just finished our trip. Awesome!
Allen Brafman Apr 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Thanks, Terri. I appreciate your taking time to address our concerns.

Nancy Dannels Apr 10, 2015 at 08:56 AM

Hope to connect with some of my fellow tour mates before the actual tour starts. My college roommate and I are on the May 18-May28 tour. Hope to hear from some of you. Nancy
James Dalton Apr 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Hi Nancy - My wife, Ellen, and I are also on the 5/18 - 5/28 trip. - Chris
Nancy Dannels Apr 25, 2015 at 03:46 PM

Hello, Glad to hear from you. So is your first name James or Chris. Was confused a little. Where do you live? I am from the south suburbs of Chicago ( Park Forest) and my college roommate is from the north suburbs (Glenview).
James Dalton Apr 25, 2015 at 05:34 PM

Sorry for the confusion. My first name is James but I go by my middle name which is Chris(topher). We live in Bowling Green, Ohio. We're combining the RS program with attending my 50th college reunion in California so will be driving up to Las Vegas from LA on 5/18 and taking the shuttle to St. George.
Nancy Dannels Apr 25, 2015 at 06:29 PM

Laura and I are getting into Las Vegas on the 17th and taking the shuttle to St. George. Will stay at the Dixie Inn that night.

Patricia Muller Apr 09, 2015 at 10:30 PM

I'm on the 4-16 trip. Flying in from Denver. Haven't been to Bryce and Zion in years; never seen Snow Canyon, Escalante-Grand Staircase or Capitol Reef; have been to Arches-Canyonlands fairly often as Moab is a comfortable day's drive from Denver and love love love it! Anyone going, check with PBS or Acorn online for DVD of Red Rock Serenade...it's what got me of my duff to sign up.
Teri McAuliffe Apr 09, 2015 at 10:37 PM

re you flying into St George or Las Vegas?? I'm going from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas on Allegiant, then shuttle to St George..looking forward to it!!
Patricia Muller Apr 11, 2015 at 11:32 PM

United actually has a nonstop Denver to St George !
Patricia Muller Apr 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

As for heights, I doubt any of the trails will be hairy...you may not want to get too close to the viewpoint at Deadhorse and some of the similar views

Teri McAuliffe Apr 09, 2015 at 09:13 PM

:-( I thought you might be going on my dates, but I'm going 4-16 to 4-26...anyone else on here that's going at that time??
Patricia Muller Apr 09, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Joan Costello Apr 15, 2015 at 12:23 AM

I am going on this iteration. Planning to share a room with someone assigned by RS.

Carolyn Corbo Apr 09, 2015 at 08:59 PM

Hi, we're excited to embark on our 1st Road Scholar trip, Canyons to the Past 5/11-5/21. Been to Utah only to ski, so excited to see the national parks. Looking forward to meeting our fellow travelers! Carolyn & Pat

Teri McAuliffe Apr 09, 2015 at 03:39 PM

I have a horrible fear of heights! Will I do ok?
Jean Gilman Apr 09, 2015 at 05:09 PM

Unless you have leaders who are more into hiking than my group did, you won't have to worry about heights at all. This is a wonderful trip, but we hardly hiked at all which was disappointing to several of us.

Claudia Weintraub Apr 06, 2015 at 05:01 PM

Any recommended books about this area? fiction or not
Jean Gilman Apr 09, 2015 at 05:13 PM

Watch John Wayne's "The Searchers." That movie was filmed not far from St. George, and all the old westerns were filmed in Monument Valley. If you took geology in college and still have your text, you could get a head start on the learning part of the trip.

Mimi Locknar Mar 29, 2015 at 04:15 PM

Anyone who has taken this tour before - is there any need to bring "dressy" clothes? I'm thinking capris and slacks are enough...
Helen Sternheim Mar 29, 2015 at 04:21 PM

I usually take casual clothing on most RS trips. I have done over 80

Our weather last year on this trip ranged from snow and sleet at the high elevation to 92F back in St. George, Utah so my boots worn coming from Canada were useful. One pair capris but jeans and Slackware fine ~ no dressy times. Have fun, simply a wonderful trip!

Slackware = slacks ( computer had a mind of its own!) ¿¿
Mimi Locknar Mar 29, 2015 at 05:19 PM

What time of year did you go?

2nd week in May.

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