2021-2022 zoom Meetings

September 16, 2021 (NOTE- 3RD THURSDAY!)

Exploring North America by Motor Home or Travel Trailer Eric Schuman, Ron Kelemen, Kathy Ellis-Kelemen

Long before Covid travel restrictions abroad, many Americans have taken to the roads with their motor homes, trailers, campers, and tents. Eric Schuman (owner of a small motor home) and Ron and Kathy Kelemen (owners of a small Airstream) will tell us what it’s like to travel with an RV, the pros and cons of each mode, and what you need to know if you’d like to hit the road with one. Along the way, they will share photos of some of the amazing sights they have experienced on the road.

Oct. 14, 2021 Papua New Guinea Cross-Cultural Experience Dale Ryan and Laura Simpson Ryan

Dale and Laura will share photos and stories from their two year stint in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, the land of the unexpected! They served as educators in remote Menyamya, Morobe Province, in PNG.

Nov. 11, 2021 Morocco—A Land of Beauty, Contrast, and History Ron Kelemen and Kathy Ellis-Kelemen

PreCovid, Morocco was one of the safest Arab countries to visit, and it will probably resume that status once the pandemic is over. It is downright picturesque. Join Ron and Kathy Kelemen as they camped in the Sahara Desert and explored its modern and ancient cities, its beautiful countryside, and archeological ruins in 2017.

Dec. 9, 2021 Italy & Ireland- Inch by Inch and Foot by Foot Virginia Vanderbilt

Two of our favorite countries; one of our favorite modes of transportation. Join Virginia and Michael as they explore tiny portions of extraordinary countries on foot. Compare the pros and cons of different walking holidays: Totally independent; partially programmed; and all inclusive. Is a ramble through a foreign destination in your future? Join us to share the experience of very slow travel and to see what the options are.

Jan. 13, 2022 Britain’s South Hams Cherie and Chuck Bennett

Join Chuck & Cherie Bennett as they explore the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and learn what a South Ham is. Many Brits consider this one of their favorite areas of Britain. This quiet, isolated region of beautiful countryside and picturesque villages has a deep and abiding link with the D-Day landings at Normandy and other maritime history, including the Mayflower and Drake's Golden Hinde. Gorgeous coastline, harbours, gardens and stately homes fill out the program.

Feb. 10, 2022 Hiking in Switzerland Jim Brown

Jim's hike of the "Alpine Pass Route" from Sargans to Morges can be hiked in about 15 days, but Jim chose to make it 50 days! With several detours along the way, highlights included Loèche-les-Bains and Grindelwald, Ticino and the Chestnut Festival (la fête de la châtaigne) which takes place near Locarno on Lago Maggiore.

Mar. 10, 2022 Royal Inca Paradise of Machu Picchu Pritam Rohila

Located at the height of 7,710 feet, deep in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu is perhaps the most important archaeological site on the South American continent. It was a fortified royal retreat along the extensive Inca foot highway, lost to the outside world until its discovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Flying from Lima in a small plane between mountain peaks and over narrow valleys; experiencing altitude sickness at Cusco; and waiting for clearance of the landslide blocking the train track to Machu Picchu; getting there for us was an adventure. But encountering picturesque stepped agricultural terraces of Machu Picchu, along with its stone dwellings, its Temple of the Sun, and Hitching Post of the Sun, made it all very worthwhile.

Apr. 14, 2022 Tantalizing Tasmania Dick and Jane Groff

We’ll share our driving exploration of Australia’s own “down under”, the island state of Tasmania. About the size of Ireland, Tasmania is a laid-back island and mostly uncrowded - on one 6-hour drive we encountered only 2 other cars but 6 wallabies! Highlights included meeting one of the (in)famous Tasmanian devils, seeing Cradle Mountain, and exciting, scenic boat tours on the island’s east coast among the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere.

May 12, 2022 The Falkland Islands and Santiago Eden Rose Brown