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11 Days | 10 Nights
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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.
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Mr. Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams is a registered professional geologist who has worked in the southwestern United States gathering, preparing and presenting geologic information for more than 30 years. He is an expert on how geology influences landforms, vegetation and human exploration and settlement. Dennis has also studied Western water development and nuclear waste management issues. He received his bachelor’s from Boise State University.

Dr. Doug Alder

A past president of Dixie State College in Utah, Dr. Doug Alder is a professor of U.S. and European history at the school. He has authored several books, including co-authoring “The History of Washington County, From Isolation to Destination” as part of a statewide project to write a history of each county for the statehood centennial.

Mr. Rod Griffin

Rod Griffin holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology and geography from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He continued with his doctorate work at the University of Nebraska. Rod retired in 1997 but it was short lived — his work ended on a Friday and he began teaching for Road Scholar the following Monday. In addition to teaching physics, geography, geology and meteorology, Rod has worked as a television meteorologist.

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10 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips


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