Kathleen from Kent, WA
Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 07/27/14 - 08/02/14
Be prepared to be amazed and awed by the vistas and energized by the hiking. Challenges are there or not for you to decided. the scenery is breath taking..Rainier awes and amazes no matter how many times it is seen. It is a gasp and an "oh, my!"..every time. And the story and the beauty of Mt. St. Helens is astonishing - a cataclysmic event in our life time -so intimately recorded.
Hannelore from Tempe, AZ
Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/28/13
This is a program for serious hikers who enjoy a challenge. Be prepared to be out hiking every day from morning till late afternoon. The location is fairly isolated, so there is not much opportunity for other activities. Also be prepared for all kinds of weather throughout the week. In our case, it was mostly rain and more rain.
The two leaders, Ken and Mark, as well the volunteer guide Jane, provided a wealth of information and education about the area. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and interacting with all three of them. Ken did a great job of organizing everything, and Mark gave daily readings of naturalists and other authors, a nice addition to the lectures. Some of us thought Ken described some of the hikes as less difficult than they seemed to us, but there was always the opportunity for a shorter hike.
The lodge was very nice, the rooms very clean, and the food plentiful. A herd of elk grazed outside our windows every morning, and we did see one black bear on the road. The ladies at the Senior Center and at a church cooked several very tasty meals for us. And as on all my Road Scholar trips, my fellow participants were simply delightful.
Elizabeth from Marrero, LA
Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/14/13 - 07/20/13
I just loved this...so beautiful! I went beyond what I thought I could do. Wow!