Suspend reality and visit another country for the evening! Join us for our weekly travel presentations as local community members share enchanting stories, beautiful photos, and travel advice. Whether you're looking for an entertaining evening out, or inspiration for your next trip, these shows are sure to please!
Spring/ Summer 2017 Adventure Travel Program Schedule
All shows are held in the store and begin at 7:00PM
*** Please Note! Shows are now held on Wednesdays!
March 15th - Japan: From Monks to Monkeys
Japan is a must see and you should consider a visit to this wonderful country as a strong candidate for your bucket list. Japan is rich in Asian culture, has great cuisine, and Japanese hospitality is second to none. In April 2016, Stan Havlick and his wife Margaret, hopped on a Dreamliner flight to catch the height of the spring cherry blossoms, and also to connect with eight enthusiastic first cousins and their family members. What a hoot! Photos and topics discussed include the Imperial Park, the Geisha District, the Philosophers Walk in Kyoto, unique lodging in a Koyasan Shukubo Buddhist Temple, and a sobering visit to the Palace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. On a lighter note, you will enjoy our visit to a traditional Royokan, the Wild Snow Monkeys of Nagano, the Shinto Shrine World Heritage Site on the Island of Mojajima, a Sumidagawa River cruise, the famous National Museum, and a few special highlights of Tokyo. Stan, who has lived and traveled on all seven continents, will also devote a portion of his program to answering your questions about the wonderful world of travel.
March 22nd - Walking the Jurassic Coast and Cotswold Way, England
England’s national trail system features well-maintained, way-marked, long-distance trails of varying lengths through a variety of landscapes. These hikes are ideal for walkers that prefer the convenience of carrying only a day-pack and staying in B&Bs. They also provide great day hikes for anyone who is touring to see the landscapes and historic sites of Great Britain. In this show, we will visit castles, picturesque villages, Neolithic burial mounds and world-class gardens as we walk through the pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds and the dramatic scenery of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.
March 29th - Spring Break! No Show.
April 5th - Hiking Colorado!
As world travelers, we love heading off to distant lands to see new sites, explore new cultures, and experience the many rewards of foreign travel. As Colorado residents, we also have a wonderful world to explore right here in our own backyards! If you enjoy walking around gawking at beautiful scenery without having to hop on an airplane, this show is for you. Come and discover more of the terrain and geography of our own colorful state in the majestic Rocky Mountains. We'll take a look at some nearby trails along the Front Range and venture out to Colorado's other mountain ranges, and even the eastern plains. You'll be inspired to grab your hiking shoes and daypack and head out to new adventures on the fantastic trails that we are so fortunate to have so close to home.
April 12th - Packing Light Clinic
Do you have a fun trip coming up? Have you never quite tackled the task of effective packing? Join us in this fun and informational clinic on how to consolidate your trip essentials. Learning how to pack light helps to reduce unnecessary stress and really can make your trip more enjoyable! We’ll teach you about packable fabrics, different packing methods, and travel accessories that make all the difference. Whether you’ll be traveling for a week or several months, you can learn how to pack everything you need in one convenient and organized suitcase.
April 19th - The Swiss Alps: Berner Overland & The Haute Route
Come visit some of the most iconic mountains in Europe. You don’t have to be a technical climber to enjoy the magnificent Swiss Alps. We will begin this journey with some easy day hikes near the famous Eiger and Jungfrau mountains in the Berner Overland, and finish with a two-week trek on the “Haute Route” from Mount Blanc to the Matterhorn. This is a trip for those who love charming alpine meadows and villages settled below some of the earth’s most magnificent peaks and glaciers.
April 26th - Exploring Sicily, Italy
Sicily, the largest Mediterranean Sea Island, sports a history of 4,000 years and is a melting pot of cultures given its central position as a crossroad of trade between Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Join Ronnie and Allan Gerard as they reminisce their 21 day sampling of the variety of topology, towns and cities plus the ancient ruins of Sicily…Camera in hand.
The ancient ruins are admittedly among the world’s top, not to detract from Sicily’s friendly people. These folk are solidly Italian but with a complex mix of ethnic cultures resulting from the continuous eras of change of ownership. Ruins span 800 years from early Greek, Roman and even earlier Carthaginian eras. Cathedrals dot the landscape and we agree with the UN that some are world gems; e.g. The Norman Era ‘Palatine Chapel’ in Palermo.
Sicily’s image as the headquarters of the Mafia is belied by the friendliness of people, the great food from pasta, pizza and sea food. Do not underestimate the Gelato (Oh my gosh!).
The topology is varied with wonderful sparkling blue waters and beaches, hikes to ‘Etna’ the still active volcano, medieval mountain-top towns, and appealing cities. We found wonderful places to stay with helpful, delightful staff. The sun, soil, and periodic volcanic enrichment produce world class fruits, lemons and veggies.
May 3rd - Tour du Mont Blanc - Circle Europe's Highest Peak in Three Countries: France, Italy, Switzerland
More details coming soon!
May 10th - Learn How to Pack Light and Travel Smart
More details coming soon!
May 17th - Amazing Argentina
Argentina is a land of great natural beauty as well as passionate and friendly people. The vastness of the country allows for great diversity with many highlights to see. We begin our journey in the hip capital city of Buenos Aires, known as the “Paris of the South”, and a tango lovers delight. We will visit many city sights, including the lively San Telmo market.
We travel to San Antonio de Areco, the Gaucho capital of the world. Then we’re off to the wine district of the beautiful, colonial city of Salta after which we fly to the spectacular Patagonia region spending time at the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier and the rugged and beautiful mountains of the Fitz Roy range with its dramatic, jagged Cerro Torre peaks. We hike and enjoy the beauty of Patagonia for a few days and enjoy an amazing parrilla dinner. Life is good!
May 24th - Imagine Yourself in the Azores!
In the mid-Atlantic, between North America and Europe, 760 nautical miles from Lisbon, 9 volcanic Islands form the Azores Archipelago. Blending amazing nature and super cool Iberian culture, each isle has its own unique character. It is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise!
The natural assets of the islands resemble an array of superlative sights gathered from other destinations: lush volcanoes not unlike those found in Hawaii, medieval Portuguese villages, gurgling hot springs similar to the Scandinavian north, towering cliffs as seen in the dramatic Irish cliffs, rugged Patagonian craters and terraced green fields dotted with dairy cows.
We will travel to four of the nine islands: São Miguel, Pico, Faial, and Terceira. Join us as we hike the caldera of stunning Sete Cidades, enjoy hot thermal pools in Furnas, and discover picturesque waterfalls and cities designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will enjoy the fabulous Portuguese food, visit the tea plantations and remote lighthouses, see yachts and sailors from around the world in Horta, go whale watching, enjoy abundant flowers, and experience the towering presence of a dormant volcano dominating the skyline on Pico. Learn about an amazing group of islands that really are a spectacular and stunning bit of paradise!