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Program #13945RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
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.
Theodore from Mercer Island, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/25/13 - 08/28/13
I have been on several previous Elderhostel or Road Scholar prgrams, and they have all been very good. But this was much more involved. We all helped with sailing the ship and learned how much cooperation is needed to sail a ship with a 2500 lb. sail to raise. The crew was knowledgeable and helpful. It was somewhat strenuous for me at age 88, but the crew could figure out what I could do. Everything was made to be fun. We all had a lot of chores to do, but it was made to be enjoyable. I really liked the sea chanties, and Zeal came up with many out of memory. There were other good singers and musicians in the crew. I enjoyed putting on various skits. I am looking forward to seeing some of the photos that many took.

Richard from Corvallis, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/25/13 - 08/28/13
It was excellent: did sail handling, sang shanties, ate well, and had great folks to interact with. The adventuress is a wonderful 100-year old schooner! Captain Daniel is capable and entertaining.

Nancy from Fox Island, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/26/12 - 08/29/12
Nan from Fox Islnd, Wa. Number of programs attended: 2 What a thrill to raise a 2,000 lb. mainsail and know that I was part of moving this stupendous ship. The humor, respect and ability of the captain and crew was icing on the cake. Wish I could have stayed longer as I was just beginning to understand what all the rope pulling and coiling was for and that when the captain called out instructions, he was talking to ME. I urge you to revise the approach to food. Meals should be something the participants look forward to, not dread - the food left me full but unsatisfied. Otherwies, it was a challenging and wonderful new experience.

Louaine from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 08/26/12 - 08/29/12
Louaine from Walnut Creek, Ca. I feel compelled to write as my experience on the "Adventuress" was different. I would agree with Robert that the staff is wonderful in their dedication to their ship, and educational mission. They did everything with good humor and grace. The captain is an excellent teacher and is most likable. However, the over cramped sleeping/dressing area made it necessary to climb over people trying to sleep, night and day, on triple splayed bunks. I think anyone who has weak legs or knee replacements should consider very carefully whether this trip is right for them. I wish the office staff had taken my medical problems more seriously. This trip was not explained adequately by Elderhostel and certainly is not for everyone. I found the odors from the toilets were really grim and did not change during the trip. However, the food was the worst aspect of all. The young woman in charge of the galley needs more help in learning about preparation and meal planning. She told me that she "is learning on the job" which I find admirable. However she needs more help. I find over cooked broccoli in a granola crust in a kind of fratata egg custard with burned edges was an unappetizing breakfast. I would have been very happy with steamed vegetables. Each meal was very heavy in carbs. We did have two green salads. I had the impression that the cook was interested in her job. She needs some basic help that many of us know from raising families. I was also concerned about the soft plastic dishes and greasy dish washing procedures with using dirty dish towels. Those dish washing container could be stainless steel pots and not soft plastic. The participants were a good group and the friendly and knowledgeable "Gray Beards" were excellent addition to have as a necessary staff component. In general, it was not the right trip for me. I have enjoyed the three previous Elderhostel trips. But as I felt trapped on the ship by my medical problems.

Robert from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/26/12 - 08/29/12
This was my sixth program with Road Scholar and was easily the best of the six. Wonderful crew, wonderful guests, wonderful scenery, wonderful weather, wonderful ship. I have such a new appreciation for those sailors of yesteryear who lived like this for months and years on the open ocean. What a fabulous experience this was for me!!

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