Travel Club


Schedule for 2018-2019
(25th Season)


Attendance at meetings of the Mid-Valley Travel Club, now averaging around 70, and ranging up to a record high of 130 in June 2010, reflects the quality of presentations offered by Club members, for which we are most grateful. The Mid-Valley Travel Club encourages new voices. If you are interested in a possible contribution to our 2017-2018 season (Travel Skills) or 2018-2019 (Travel Destinations or Travel Skills), please use the form on our web site's home page or speak directly to Dick or Jane Groff, the Program Chairpersons.

We continue to meet Salem area residents who are frequent travelers, yet are unaware of the Mid-Valley Travel Club, despite our 24 successful seasons since 1994 and publicity provided by the Salem Statesman Journal and the Salem Public Library's newsletter. If you have friends who travel, please direct them to the Club's comprehensive website:
and PLEASE bring them along to meetings. Larger attendances encourage more lively discussions, from which both neophytes and experienced travelers can learn.

Dick & Jane Groff, Program Chairpersons
Don Jacobsen, Club President
Derek Stables, Founding President
Peter Ronai, Immediate Past President; Current Webmaster and Treasurer


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Insider's Japan

“Insider’s Japan” started in Tokyo with its 21st century orientation alongside its iconic traditional-historic and spiritual sites. We quickly left the 21st century and headed into the traditional Japan of Hakone—experiencing the older Ryokan Inn, complete with a multi-course Kaiseki dinner. Takayama and Kanasawa, both untouched by WWII bombing, provided a look at medieval neighborhoods and older gardens. Hands on experiences such as a cooking class, applying gold leaf, and an abbreviated tea ceremony were highlights. Kyoto rounded out the look at Japan with its well-preserved cultural sites, including the famous Golden and Silver Pavilions.

Don & Judy Jacobsen
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Hong Kong: The Pearl of the Orient

The Pearl's luster doesn't diminish with repeated visits! A three-month stay on one of Hong Kong's outlying islands reveals another side to this booming metropolis.

Nonna Crook
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Argentina: Tombs, Tango and Towering Iguassu Falls

We start our visit to Argentina at the world-famous Iguassu Falls, which we view from the Argentina side as well as from the Brazil side. We then proceed to Buenos Aires, "the City of Good Air,” where we check out the Pedestrian Mall, the Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery, and the colorful La Boca area, before going across Rio Plata for a day-long visit to Uruguay. We end our Argentina visit at a Tango dance club of Buenos Aires.

Pritam Rohila
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Hiking in Switzerland (Zermatt & Engadine)

Finally making good on a promise given 20 years earlier, Virginia and Michael take their thirty-year old nephew hiking in the Swiss Alps. Following a stop in London to catch their breath, the group of three joins three other adventurers and two guides for an eight-day exploration of hiking paths around Zermatt and in the Engadine. We walk in the shadow of the Matterhorn, ride the famed Glacier Express, and dine on fondue, raclette and milk chocolate. We celebrate the conclusion of a successful hiking trip by dipping our toes in the rivers of beer known as Munich’s Oktoberfest.

Virginia Vanderbilt
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Scotland Without Golf

Independently exploring Northern Scotland and the Isle of Skye.

Ron & Kathy Kelemen
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Swaziland and South Africa

Nothing could be more spectacular for nature lovers than seeing African wildlife closeup. Join Eric as he visits 3 South African national parks, is challenged in Soweto, delights in Capetown and explores the mysterious last African kingdom of Swaziland (now "eSwatini").

Eric Schuman
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Sweden by Backpack with No Itinerary

One reservation for the day we arrived. the remainder of the trip was following the direction of the wind with a few odd adventures along the way.

Scott English
Thursday, April 11, 2019
From Frogfish to Tarsiers: Indonesia Above and Below

On my fiftieth trip around the sun I promised myself a nice birthday present...and this trip to Indonesia is the gift. Although a majority of this trip will be underwater, I am planning on 2 side trips, one to the Minahsa highlands and to see tarsiers (very small, big eyed primitive monkeys) at a wildlife refuge. I will also have two layovers in Singapore, so am excited to see solar trees, orchids, and hopefully have a fabulous street shoot. Underwater I look forward to seeing many species of frogfish, wonderpus, nudibranchs, coconut octopus, whale sharks (maybe!), night shoots, and mating mandarin fish. Lembeh Strait off the island of Sulawesi is one of the most diverse places in the world for underwater life, and I look forward to immersing myself in it. Hopefully you will enjoy my pictures too.

Laura Tesler
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Camino de Santiago, Two Ways

The Camino de Santiago from two perspectives, both ultimately arriving at The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Lori Buchanan completed the Norte Route (“Camino del Norte”) pilgrimage along the scenic northern coastline of Spain traveling alone. Linda Norris and Vicki Hardin Woods, traveling together, completed the Francés Route (“Way of Saint James”) which is the more traditional pilgrimage.

Lori Buchanan, Linda Norris and Vicki Hardin Woods


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