2019-2020 Presentation Calendar
September 12, 2019: ENGLAND OFF THE BEATEN PATH - Chuck and Cherie Bennett
Chuck & Cherie Bennett started their latest trip to England with two deliberate, out-of-the-way destinations: Newmarket and Kinder Scout. They were drawn to the remarkable horse breeding and racing culture of Newmarket by the Queen Mum's jockey, author Dick Francis. Kinder Scout in the Peak District was the site of the momentous Mass Trespass of 1932. That led to the preservation of the traditional footpath rights-of-way and the creation of the national parks. In between these destinations they enjoyed 2 days in Lincoln with its fabulous cathedral and castle. They also visited Ely and the fenlands through the perspective of Hereward the Wake, "the Last True Englishman," and visited a stained glass museum and gardens.
October 10, 2019: BEST OF BRAZIL - Debra Minar Driscoll
Pink dolphins, Candomble rituals, the Girl from Ipanema, Cristo Redentor in the fog, and the Devil's Throat! This Road Scholar tour visited five locations in Brazil: Manaus and Amazonia, Brasilia, Salvador da Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, and the Argentina/Paraguay border area of Iguazu.
We have a new venue!
Beginning November 14th, our club will meet at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, until we return to Loucks Lecture Hall in 2021. The meeting day and time remains the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m., September-May.
How to find us: From the corner of Commercial St. SE and Madrona Avenue (Fred Meyer), go east on Madrona 1.1 mile to the light at Fairview Industrial Drive SE (Gilgamesh Brewery) and turn right. Go 1.1 mile and turn left into the ODFW parking lot, which is well lit at night. Turn left in front of the main entrance door (it will be locked). Enter ODFW through the door on the left. (You can access Fairview Industrial Drive from Kuebler Road, but the building is less visible when you come from that direction.)
November 14, 2019: ON FOOT AND OUT OF RUPEES IN NEPAL - Ken Ash and Zsa Dubois
In October of 2017 Ken and Zsa (seasoned travelers, but not beyond making mistakes) experienced their "trip of a lifetime." For five weeks they trod Kathmandu, Pokhara, the jungles of Chitwan and the Annapurna Circuit. Zsa's comment, "Nepal isn't heavy in creature comforts, but is unsurpassed in adventure." Ken's comment: "The first surprise came on stepping off the plane, the last on the way back to the airport. There were surprises every day in between." Ken and Zsa are eager to share their stories of mountains and shortcuts, temples and aggressive monkeys, leeches and super-sized spiders, beautiful people and of course the endless trek.
December 12, 2019: DYNAMIC DUBAI - Dick and Jane Groff
"Build it and they will come!" That sums up the thinking of the current sheik's father, who knew his emirate's oil reserves were limited and that he had to diversify. The result is a thriving, ultra-modern man-made, over-the-top world wonder that defies description and really has no reason to be there! Dick and Jane will show you some of the amazing world-record-holding features and the unique cultural blend created by its business-savvy ruling family.
January 9, 2020: JAPAN: HIKING ANCIENT BUDDHIST TRAILS - Ron and Kathy Kelemen
Ron and Kathy traveled on their own by train and bicycle for 10 days in southern Japan, then joined a Sierra Club group for 12 days to hike the ancient Buddhist trails on the sparselypopulated Kyushu and Yakushima islands. They were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to travel independently in Japan, and they delighted in the spectacular scenery, the rustic country inns, and of course, the food. They will also share some Japan travel tips.
February 13, 2020: THE CYCLADES AND THE DORDOGNE - Eric Schuman
Join Eric Schuman on a trip through historic and picturesque European villages and countryside: Sifnos -- way off Greece's beaten island path The Dordogne -- castles and caves in southwest France
March 12, 2020: TOURING THE WINE COUNTRY OF MACEDONIA & GEORGIA - Virginia Vanderbilt
June 2018 saw Virginia and Michael visiting countries unknown to them: Macedonia (now officially known as North Macedonia) and Georgia. Through their presentation we will visit Skopje with its recently fabricated “patina of age” and the remains of ancient cave communities in Georgia. We will explore beautiful Lake Ohrid in southern Northern Macedonia and the shore of the Black Sea in Batumi, Georgia. We will drink Macedonian wine embellished with flakes of gold and Georgian wine poured directly from terra cotta qvevri. Join us in exploring two lesser known but incredible countries.
April 9, 2020: CRIMEA TO KYIV: INCREDIBLE UKRAINE - Pritam Rohila
In Ukraine, we first headed to the Crimean Peninsula, before it was forcibly annexed to Russia in 2014. There we visited Salem’s Sister City of Simferopol and the most popular of the Crimean resort of Yalta, where at the end of WWII, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, met to divide among themselves their European conquests. Then we flew to Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine’s capital and largest city. There we enjoyed the city’s sights, including the Golden Gates, Saint Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael's Monastery, St. Andrew Church, the Independence Square, and the River Dnieper Embankment, which has a monument to the legendary Founders of Kyiv – brothers Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv and their sister Lybid - and the nearby Tree of Wishes, which is frequented by newlymarried couples.
May 14, 2020: HIMACHAL PRADESH AND THE SPITI VALLEY OF INDIA - Nonna Crook
Ten years ago my husband Larry worked with the Tibetans in Dharamsala, India. While we were there we took a trip to the Spiti Valley in the northern section of Himachal Pradesh state. This area is in the Himalayan foothills, a mountainous region with steep glacial valleys, dotted with Buddhist monasteries. It is a place of austere beauty with a harsh climate, ancient culture, and hair-raising rough roads leading to remote colorful villages. We traveled by car in the first two weeks of October, always with an eye on the weather, afraid that snow would close the Kunzum Pass, which, at 15,000 ft, is one of the highest passes in Northern India.