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Review left 10/05/2022
Kayaking was my main focus on this trip, and the paddling experiences went beyond my expectations. We took four trips around the islands - at the perfect pace to work out and still soak up the magnificent scenery. Our guides went above and beyond to provide not just a safe and comfortable experience, but to point out sights and to relay fascinating details -- everything from stories about the Madrona tree and local residents, to descriptions of tectonic plates, to myths of the Salish peoples. We even saw Orcas breaching nearby!
Aside from paddling, I also loved the outstanding evening speakers' presentations. We heard the very top speakers and guides for the San Juans. I learned more about the Pacific Northwest in three days than I have in my 11 years living in the region! All of these experts - in history, wildlife, indigenous people's culture, fisheries, environmental issues, island lore - spoke with such love and passion. I am sure more than a few of us were wondering if we could live in the San Juans ourselves.
This was my first Road Scholar trip, and it was the perfect choice for me (even though I was unable to hike at this time). Everything was so well organized, well paced - and adjustable to my needs. I really enjoyed chatting with long time residents of the islands and with people who have helped build Road Scholar programs in this region. Even the mealtime staff and the guides in transit were warm and helpful.
Above all, our leader was especially attentive and knowledgeable. Her good humor, calm problem-solving and her anticipation of our concerns impressed me. It was like having a mother eagle watching over us!
I may even do this trip again!