By: Stu Cooper/Happy Destinations
I am a man of my word. Almost three years to the day that our grandson Jake was born, I promised to take him to Disney World. We (the three generations) made our first "adventure" to Florida.
It been over thirty years since I last took two toddlers to Disney. Yes, Jake has a little sister.
The memory does fade as to the challenges encountered when taking toddlers to Disney. Safe to say it was a very good thing that our daughter Jessica and son-in-law Craig came along for the ride.
From Grandpa's point of view, it was an absolutely fantastic and memorable trip. I'm not so sure Grandma Sharon would agree, since she and our daughter were tasked with the diaper and clothes changing, as well as chasing after the little ones.
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
As the afternoon progressed and the sun fell low enough to cast long arms of shadow across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail, we watched a chipmunk pinball from rock, to log, to rock, disappearing into the woods. The Appalachian Trail is a public footpath traversing more than 2,000-miles of scenic, wooded, wild and socially significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains - encompassing 14 states from Georgia to Maine.
Crossing Maine and cutting through Canada with sections continuing into Greenland is an unofficial trail known as the “International Appalachian Trail.” The International Appalachian Trail runs from Maine into New Brunswick and Quebec. It then branches into parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the western shore of Newfoundland to the northern end of the Appalachian Mountain Range, where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. The International Appalachian Trail is a separate trail and not a true broadening of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The International route even has extensions to Greenland, Europe and Morocco.
By: Kathy Manney/Around Our World
America’s first motor highways were “auto trails.” Rather than numbers, they were issued names.
Route 66 was the first paved transcontinental highway between Chicago to Los Angeles. It conveyed adventure, leading to a popular TV program known simply as “Route 66.”
Route 66 was synonymous with red booths and gleaming chrome in mom-and-pop diners and service stations along the road. It opened the Western states to America’s fledgling car-motoring way of life. Then new faster highways began bypassing old highways.
Many towns sitting along the fabled old route corridor are a graveyard of abandonment; little more than orphaned buildings - forgotten and boarded-up. Some towns cling to life with gift shops showing weathered tin roofs and original wood floors. Inside, you see a page of Americana.
We are well on our way to the best attended group cruise in VEGAS VOYAGER history. By the time you read this we will be over 100 passengers participating in our PHAT PACK cruise to the Mexican Riviera on the Carnival Splendor, January 27 to February 3, 2018. This is just going to be a fantastic and memorable trip.
Think about it. What could be better then combining a seven night Mexican Riviera cruise with the music of the Phat Pack. The two private (for our group only) command performances together with our own private cocktail party will make for one exciting and unique vacation experience.
By: Stu Cooper
If not now, when? This has become my prevailing sentiment as I get older.
While I am only in my mid 60s it has occurred to me that I am either at the end of the plateau of my life or maybe even at the top of the down slope. Rather than fret about this inevitable condition, I have decided to embrace it.
For me, embracing the “condition” means taking advantage of every travel possibility available. As The Vegas Voice travel editor, it would figure that traveling is what I like to do. And for those of you who read my monthly article, I have to believe traveling is what you like to do too.
Over the years The Vegas Voice Travel Club, the Vegas Voyagers has offered a wide variety of trips to unique destinations. And you may have noticed we emphasized our group trips on many cruises.
In fact, our “Bus to the Boat” program offering round trip bus transportation to the piers in Los Angeles coupled with cruises has proved enormously successful. And these trips will continue for many years to come.
But now it’s time to spice things up - to offer unique and “bucket list” travel opportunities. For example, now is the time to go to Cuba.
Go now, before the mass influx of fellow Americans, and “our” dollars that might change the current atmosphere of this unique country. Where else can you step back in time fifty years and see how the world existed in 1965?
By the time you read this, I will have cruised to Cuba with Carnival’s Fathom Cruise Lines. I will of course, write about this new experience in next month’s edition.
For me, this is just another completion of my “bucket list” and you can be assured that there will be a Cuba trip planned for the Vegas Voyagers in the near future. If not now, when?
Last month’s article about the Vegas Voyager planned Interfaith trip to Israel may have gotten the biggest response of any article I have ever written. There seems to be a huge amount of interest from our readers for a trip to Holy Land.
This interest makes my heart glad! As I stated, for me, it has been the most compelling travel destination I have ever been to, and I have been to Israel a half a dozen times.
Visiting Israel cannot be described as just a trip - it can be a life changing experience. The air seems more rarified, the atmosphere electric, the scenery overwhelming.
If you have ever thought about a visit to this religious crossroads of the world, now is the time to go.
Take these trips now. Or, travel to that special place you have always wanted to see - and go now.
For those of you who suffer from the same “condition” as me, don’t delay. If not now, when?
As always, Happy destinations.
By: Stu Cooper
As the travel editor of the Vegas Voice , I just placed my latest blog on the Vegas Voyager's website. It's all about "Generational Travel". I hope you enjoy it. And if you have any questions or comments , please feel free to get back to me. To access my blog, click here.
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker
You Won't Believe It...
Vegas Vacationers finally has a real website. Not just a little “mom and pop” type site, but the real McCoy, and it’s all designed to make travel easy and fun for seniors like us. Whether you like to browse, or want to search for the perfect vacation or even a cruise around the world, Vegasvacationers.net should be the first and last place you look. Although it’s a newborn, it’s already chock full of travel ideas and is our new online home base, so we can give you the personalized care and individual attention you deserve.
Our next VEGAS VOYAGERS meeting is scheduled for FRIDAY JUNE 14TH at 9:00 am . It will be held in the main ballroom at the PALACE STATION HOTEL AND CASINO . Please note our new location. Please RSVP by calling 1-800-698-1101.