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Island-Hopping Adventure on Three Barrier Islands: St. Simons, Sapelo, Jekyll

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Cathy from Huntsville, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
This was a beautiful and extremely interesting program with a nice variety of experiences. The staff was excellent and the accommodations very nice.

Mary from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
One of the best organized and executed programs I've participated in. Everything about it was good: food and lodging, program coordinator, bus driver, instructors -- the whole ball of wax was outstanding! I was particularly grateful for the new listening devices they used. They were state of the art. I would highly recommend this program.

Rebecca from Candler, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
TERRIFIC trip,history,nature,boat trips,great leaders and trip guides.

Dick from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
Best of the best !!!! Do not miss to trip you will not be disappointed !!!

Frank from Plymouth, MI Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
You are never disappointed in a Road Scholar program.

Georgette from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
having limited sight and hearing I was hesitant about the physical qualifications as well as my physically aging ability. I was assisted somewhat by my daughter as well as the instructors care and safety I felt well cared for and able to participate inmost activity.

Jere from Cary, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
I just returned from a Mid-March Road Scholar Trip Island Hopping Adventure on Three Barrier Islands in Georgia. It was my first Road Scholar Trip but it will not be my last! The 38 participants were delightful, trip leaders first rate, lecturers experts in their field, and I returned home with a new appreciation of the important maritime/war history, barrier island ecology, and the complex dynamics of plantation life before, during and after the Civil War. It was a well paced, informative, excellent program.

Arthur from Audubon, PA Number of programs attended: 33
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
A brief but full look at loife on the barrier islands of Georgia -- including the rich and famous and the descendants of slaves. Highlight of the program for us was the day on the shrimp boat.

Joyce from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
We found the island-hopping most informative, fun, and just a great getaway. The programs on seaturtles, history of the islands, and just on-site tours broadened our knowledge of the area and its habitats. And the variety of birds in the lagoon just behind our room was amazing.

Debby from Midland, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
As always, a fabulous time with like-minded people. We all have an increased sensitivity about turtles, a new appreciation for horse shoe crabs, a growing interested in the Gee Chee Gulee people, and a deepening love for pelicans. Great learning experience. Very very fun

Julia from Saskatoon, SK Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/26/14 - 01/31/14
This program is excellent for individuals who are interested in marine biology and ecology, as well history. There were many opportunities to learn and many opportunities for hands-on experiences and field trips. A very worthwhile program.

Virginia from Casselberry, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
One of the most enjoyable tours I have ever had. Everything, the facilities, food, transportation, speakers and guides were just wonderful. Don't miss this one.

Judy from Ormond Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Bill and Judy Speno together filled out the evaluation!

Janice from Paso Robles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
Delightful, interesting and entertaining program. Who knew there was so much to learn about the history and ecology of Geoegia's barrier islands? We highly recommend it.

Bonnie from Cape Coral, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Had a wonderful and educational time. This was my first Road Scholar trip, but it will not be my last. Everything was top notch.

Janet from East Wenatchee, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
Thoroughly enjoyed each presentation by well informed instructors. We learned so much regarding the history and culture of the area. It was a pleasure to have all details of the trip handled so efficiently thereby allowing us to simply enjoy every moment.

Danne from Conway, AR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
This was a great trip, with a little history, nature and eye-opening extremes between lives of the wealthy and those who are far from wealthy. The group was filled with fun folks. I would recommend another month besides September. It was a tad warm/muggy for all the time you spend outdoors. It delivered more than described in the Program Details. The experts were the best.

Maria from El Cerrito, CA Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/24/13
The program was a marvelous combination of exposure to a variety of beautiful sites and interesting history. I learned so much!

Bill from Chesapeake, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/10/13
This program is a great introduction to what Rode Scholars has to offer. It was our first Road Scholars trip, and I can't believe any others could be any better.

Denise from Louisville, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/28/13 - 05/03/13
This is a well run trip. It was my first Road Scholar trip and I really enjoyed it. The coordinator and experts were awesome.

Grace from El Jobean, FL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/07/13 - 04/12/13
Just completed the Georgian Golden Isles program based on St. Simon's Island, GA. Subjects were varied (something for everyone), trips interesting and presenters enjoyable. Very good director. We loved our accommodations and view and wi-fi in each room. Also full kitchen and free use of washer and dryer! Food very good though not outstanding.

Tania from Ames, IA Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
A very informative program well presented.

Robert from State College, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
We met so many really nice people and the program was excellent, busy and rewarding. I especially liked the shrimping excursion aboard the Lady Jane.

Dorothy from Lindenhurst, IL Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
Excellent program: one of the best-organized we've attended! Something different every day and most of the day is spent in the field, with lectures mostly at night and/or when it rained. Great speakers who made the history and nature of the area fascinating. Several meals at local restaurants were also very enjoyable. The accommodations at this golf resort were the best we have ever had with Road Scholar programs, although the meals were probably the worst - another reason that eating out so often was appreciated!

Jackie from Holt, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
Fantastic first Road Scholar experience. Friendly group, great organizing, and presenters who were expert AND understandable -- winning combination all around. Plus super accommodations.

Jeanette from State College, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
Excellent program -- learned something new everyday!

Gayle from Springfield, MO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
Loved it! A variety of learning experiences from history and nature through lectures, hands on and field trips to three islands and on a shrimp boat. Great instructors. Rooms are large with kitchenette. Gayle and Bryan Brooker

Elaine from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/24/13 - 03/01/13
This program delivered on all its promises....interesting, beautiful, fun and unique. I learned a lot and loved the time we spent together with ALL the wonderful presenters. A great program.

John from Delhi, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/03/13 - 02/08/13
Great trip if you are interested in the ecology of the Georgia barrier islands. Beautiful setting with excellent instructors; our coordinator, Rusty Fleming, was terrific.

Phillip from Columbus, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
I totally agree with Carol about the trip to Sapelo, but what I really really bonded with was the time on the beach with Georgia Graves, the naturalist; and also the turtle center on Jekyll Island. I would like to be onthe beach in May when the turtles are coming ashore.

Carol from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/27/13 - 02/01/13
A delightful week of touring islands. Sapalo is not to be missed and the trip on the shrimp trawler was a whole lot of fun as well as educational. I highly recommend this program!

Karen from Long Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/30/12 - 10/05/12
My husband & I just returned from this trip (Sept. 30-Oct. 5). LOVED IT! Hotel was comfy, meals satisfactory. Leader Rusty kept close watch and made sure those with food allergies, etc. were taken care of properly. A2B Shuttle right on time both ways. Field trip bus driver D-Ray was a hoot and very safety minded (ask him if he's developed a joke about "so this man with a ferret walks into a bookstore.....") Speaker, Georgia was first rate, had an engaging personality, tremendously knowledgeable and was very approachable. Don't miss the presentation on women's period clothing, presented with great humor. My favorite part of the trip was the visit to Sapelo Island. Our island bus driver was also master basket weaver Yvonne Grovner, who gave us a wonderful basket weaving demo as we ate our Reynolds Mansion boxed lunch at the seashore (the Mansion was occupied at the time; we only saw the kitchen). The lunch at Jekyll Island Club was superb and the time to explore on our own was great. The turtle hospital there is incredible and there is a beautiful gallery on the grounds with lovely local art. This trip was a relaxing breath of fresh air for us (city folks) and one we will fondly remember for a long time to come.

Susan from Hamden, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/16/12 - 09/21/12
Wonderful trip. Combines fascinating history, lively nature learning, and visits to beautiful and historic sites. Gorgeous beaches! Important piece of the history of our country. This was my first Road Scholar trip and first trip to this area. I hope to do more.

Bobbie from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/25/12 - 03/30/12
The was a relaxing, low-key program, with a delightful host and main presenter. Both the host and the woman who did more presentations and field trips than any of the other presenters were very accommodating and flexible. They solicited suggestions from the Road Scholars as the days went by and incorporated changes when they could. For instance, the final evening's program was to be a video, but they called in a local musician/singer/storyteller instead, an absolutely delightful way to wrap up the week. The presentations and field trips were varied and covered topics relating to the geology, natural history, and human history of three of the Georgia Sea Islands. All of the presenters were very knowledgeable and all but one was also very engaging and quite adept at working with groups. (The aforementioned "one" was fine, just not quite up to the quality of the others.) The accommodations were among the best I have had on an RS trip, a large motel-type room in a golf resort, with pool privileges included. I do agree with the reviewer below who felt that the meals were not as good as on the other RS trips that I have taken, except for the one out at a local restaurant and the one at the Reynolds Mansion, which were excellent! This was the lowest activity level trip I have taken with Road Scholar, and I might even rate it "easy" rather than "moderate," mostly because there was more than one occasion when one could choose to sit on a bench and enjoy the view rather than walk through loose beach sand or walk along a marsh.

Sonja from Bolton, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/06/12 - 05/11/12
Do not miss this adventure. Perfect mixture of outdoor activities and lectures. Easy walks through the marshes and on the beaches. The lecturers are top notch as are the field trips. Very good and accommocations with wonderful views of the marsh. All food was very good. Was my first Road Scholar adventure. The price is also very good for all that this trip included. Don't pass this one up if you love nature, history, and the outdoors.

Carolyn from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/27/12
I recommend this program to anyone interested in learning more about a beautiful part of our country, the barrier islands of Georgia and have fun in the process of exploring these islands.

Rita from Davidsonville, MD Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/22/12 - 04/27/12
This was a very interesting, educational and inspiring program. The leadership was the best! I highly recommend it in spite of the meals not being up to par.

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