In our May – June 2017 issue New Zealand’s Milford Track is a hiking challenge for seniors, but not an impossibility as our 72-year-old author recounts in her story. We then move to the northern polar regions to meet the walrus, a marine mammal that is easily recognizable but seldom seen by wildlife enthusiasts without a trip to the top of the world. Our next story reveals what really happens to lost luggage – it’s not what you think! We suggest some self-guided narrow boat exploration of England or a river cruise on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River, and finally we touch down on Canada’s Vancouver Island where a town has literally painted its colorful history in dozens of building-sized murals that attract visitors from across the world.
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Short (four days) but challenging with significant elevation changes, the Milford Track on New Zealand’s South Island is a trek that is popular with active mature travelers. MaryAnn Gerst, age 72, shares her ups and downs with seven hiking friends, ages 55 to 65, all from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Walrus is eminently recognizable in print photos and on nature shows because of its huge bulk and long protruding tusks. However, few travelers have ever glimpsed it in the wild nor appreciate why this circumpolar marine mammal should be on their viewing bucket list. We offer insights and images that could well change your mind. Photo by Nathalie Lasselin.
For air travelers, it is commonly a dreaded expectation that you may not be reunited with your luggage on the baggage carousel at the end of your flight. Our story is surprisingly reassuring on that front. However, even if you never see your luggage again, you will discover that your loss has a happy ending in Scottsboro, Alabama.
Join Richard Blackburn on a self-guided narrow boat exploration of the Trent & Mersey Canal in the North Midlands of England. Britain’s network of historic canals is an adventurous treat for senior vacationers like Richard and his wife, Jan, who navigated their 45-foot-long, 7-foot-wide narrow boat through some incredibly tight spaces, many locks and beautiful English countryside.
A small town on Canada’s Pacific Coast, Chemainus’s story of near-economic extinction is compelling but its re-invention as a world-renowned outdoor gallery of wall murals is almost too improbable to be true. Alison Gardner visits this charming Vancouver Island center of the arts, proudly preserved history, and an abundance of nature-based activities.
Many of our readers are committed river cruise fans but have already explored Europe’s many rivers and canals. Marianne Scott shares her experience of river cruising along Myanmar’s storied Irrawaddy River and her encounters with the local people in a country where tourism is still in its infancy.
Coming in July/August 2017: We follow an American volunteer who has made three trips to Crete to teach English to students, and we cruise the canals of Holland on a 12-day art appreciation tour that highlights that country’s centuries of painters.
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