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CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA

Four Great Migrations Converge: Elephant Seals, Whales, Birds and Butterflies

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Program #15752RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
abram from Pittsford, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
I had to complete the evaluation form three times as I could not "save" the material easily - could use dome help in the future on this matter. The program was fun and as enjoyable as expected

Sally from Brighton, CO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
This was a most enjoyable program with a variety of excellent information on the four migrations. Bruce Brown was an excellent instructor and Chuck Walker kept the program moving and informative. The other speakers were all excellent as well. If we had any suggestions it would be that, for example, on the San Simeon walk the leader who was identifying the plants should have made certain that we all got to see the plant he was talking about. The listening devices are excellent but by the time we got to the spot the leader had moved on and we didn't know what to look at. All in all it was four days full of butterflies, seals, birds, wines and winery info and even though the whales didn't show up we did see several spouts on the horizon from the shore.

Francisco from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 29
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
Bruce Brown is an outstanding teacher and naturalist and quite entertaining as well. Not only was viewing the butterflies and seals mind boggling but we got terrific views of a Red-throated Loon at the Morro Bay Marina as well as a Common Goldeneye. Golden-crowned Sparrows were everywhere and at San Simeon State Park we saw many Mew Gulls and Snowy Plovers and there were three first cycle Thayer's Gulls mixed in with the gigantic Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas.Unfortunately the whales were a no show on our pelagic excursion but several of us got good distant views of spouting whales and an occasional disappearing back of a whale from Fiscalini Ranch boardwalk. I had a great time!

Kathleen from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/11/15 - 01/16/15
went on the Jan. 11, 2015, Four Migrations trip. Was a great trip - saw all four of the migrations plus some. Learned a lot and enjoyed it. Highly recommend it!

Gaynor from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/04/15 - 01/09/15
Wonderful Migrations program and my first Road Scholar trip. We were lucky with our leaders and lecturers and with the other tour members who were a varied and zesty group. The weather and wildlife viewing were superb and we had the rare good fortune of seeing a elephant seal pup being born. The Cambria Pines Lodge was charming and the landscapes just beautiful. A+++

Joyce from Monument, CO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/07/15 - 01/12/15
This is an outstanding program! We stayed at the Sea Crest Hotel and the views of the ocean were gorgeous. The food was better than average, the group leader Shannon did a fantastic job, the lectures were very informative, interesting and fun. The tours were spectacular! Pismo Beach is a great place to visit in January, the weather was perfect. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in the wildlife of the Central California Coast.

Linda from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/04/15 - 01/09/15
I cannot say enough good things about the Migrations program. It is the best Road Scholar program I have been on.

John from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/10/14
The concept of the program is excellent. Seals, butterflies exceptional viewing opportunities. Except for the birding lecture, the lectures failed to use graphics equipment available in the room so the lectures were below modern standards. Virtually no guiding on the bus.

Mary from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/10/14
Viewing the elephant seals and the butterflies were a highlight of this trip! Cambria is a delightful area to visit.

Heather from Kewadin, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/10/14
This program was enjoyable in practically every respect. The quality of the leadership and instruction greatly enhanced the experience of the field trips.

Elaine from Newcastle, WY Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/10/14
Good information and a beautiful area of the country. Mammals and birds in this area are incredible.

Jacqueline from Scottsdale, AZ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 01/29/14 - 02/03/14
Jackie from Phoenix Really great presenters and our group leader, Chuck Walker, was so well organized, affable, and very attuned to the group. A beautiful part of CA I had never seen, a good balance of hiking, especially walk at San Simeon,and evening lectures. highly recommended

Bruce from Napa, CA Number of programs attended: 29
Date attended: 01/29/14 - 02/03/14
An excellent short program, filled with new information and experiences.

Sue from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 01/23/13 - 01/28/13
Wonderfully interesting guides, and such a pretty area of the country to explore! We got to watch the bachelor elephant seals trying to get close to the females, and invariably being chased off by the harem master. An elephant seal was born while we were watching, 30 feet away. Loved the long clusters of hundreds of overwintering monarch butterflies.


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