We’re going back to school, too. Sorta.
Mr. Tattered and I are preparing for our next outing, which happens to be educational in nature. Again, sorta.
We’re taking “an adventure in learning” through Road Scholar, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hands on learning opportunities for folks over 55. In essence, it vacationing, but with an emphasis on learning.
We’ve been through several of their programs and enjoyed them all.
This time we’re headed to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu.
There’s more to this than meets the eye. Our trips in the past have been pretty straight forward, just like regular travel. But this time, because it is more of an actual adventure vacation, there are different rules, and lots more to consider.
For starters, the requirements for luggage weights are more stringent, which will be a bit of a challenge, given that we need to take a bit of equipment (snorkel masks, trekking poles.) That will make it more important that we limit our clothing, and not include “contingency” (or in-case-of) clothing. We’re reading and re-reading our program information over and over to make sure we catch all the little gems in the “fine print” and will taking everything we NEED and nothing that we don’t.
The good news is there’s no “dressing up” for this trip. It’s all active, outdoor stuff – bathing suits, rash guards, lightweight shorts, etc. But we WILL need to layer, as there are some pretty significant changes in altitude from one portion of the trip to the other, so we’ll have to take some long pants, sweatshirts, raincoats/windbreakers. AND, we may not be allowed to even hand wash clothes for a few days, so I’m trying to get used to the fact that we may be pretty stinky at times!
I’m also needing to reconcile the fact that it will be my first vacation without my computer. YIKERS! And no art supplies! This is hard core!
We’ll have our phones and be armed with an international calling plan, but being out in the boonies, there are sure to be days, if not a week, when we will be completely out of touch. It’s been a very, very long time since that has happened. And because of the weight, magazines will have to stay home as well. Hopefully a Kindle, and walking to exhaustion every day will be enough to keep me from going crazy.
We’re still a couple of months out, but we’re getting excited. We’ve started training a little (increasing the intensity of our walks) and of course are reading and watching National Geographic shows. We’ll be prepared!