|(Photo by Dick Bevevino)|
So what now? It's time to think about one of our favorite topics again: VACATIONS ! Last summer we had some great advice on river cruises from Pam and Alan, Carol and Ray, and Ruthanne and Ted. Now let's consider other ways to enjoy getaways, both close to home and abroad.
Our friend Terry has just returned from a trip to France, Italy, and Switzerland. On a tour? In a manner of speaking. Terry and friends booked a guided walking tour with www.northwestwalks.co. Their hike covered 112 miles in 10 days. But wait! Before you scream, "Yikes, who can do that?" remember that the group hiked 12 miles a day with the following schedule: Hike/break/hike/lunch/hike/break/hike/dinner with ice-cold beer. Terry's advice? Add squats and lunges to your exercise routine for 6 months before the trip. That strengthens your legs for those inclines. Take your hiking sticks with you, too. A side benefit? Using those hiking sticks makes the hike more doable and also burns more calories at the same time. And best of all, enjoy the magnificent vistas all along the way.
Would you rather walk this winter or spring instead of in the summer months? www.macsadventures.com offers walks in places like Southern Spain and Portugal as well as trips through the British Isles, their base of operations. You can explore the site by putting in your level of ability (Whew! There is an "easy" category.), the dates of interest, and other info that will aid in showing you their offerings.
Other tours? Walking? Camping? Kayaking? For families? For couples? For singles? Many tour companies serving the USA offer these. http://grandamericanadventures.com/tourtypes There are even tours for those of us who prefer to amble along at a slower pace. Now, that sounds great to me!
(Our thanks to Terry and Bob A for sharing their amazing adventures.)