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Adventures for Active Adults

Feb 28, 2009 04:00PM, Published by Super Admin, Categories: In Print




Whoever said that youth is wasted on the young had no idea about the joys of travel, adventure and making new friends in “the golden years.”

Those joys aren’t lost on senior centers and Parks and Recreation Departments in Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties, however. That’s why they’re arranging all manner of tours and travel options for seniors, ranging from short day trips to overnight and week-long excursions. 

“We really try to plan trips we think people would enjoy,” says Tracie Colamartino, community services program assistant for the City of Rocklin. “Moreover, these trips are ideal for people whom might not feel comfortable traveling alone.”

The Rocklin group’s next trip is an overnight casino and snow trip, “The Amtrak to Reno,” on March 3 and 4. That’s followed by an excursion to the Flower and Garden Show in San Francisco on March 21, and a day trip to Sonora to see Fiddler on the Roof on April 1. Other trips include the stage show Wicked on April 29 in San Francisco, followed by a return to the City for the “Sculptures and Fountains of San Francisco” in May 16.

Trips costs vary depending on the destination and amenities. A typical day trip runs about $80, for example, and includes transportation, admission to an event, lunch and a driver tip.  More information is available at rocklin.ca.us/parks or by calling 916-623-5223. Be sure to get added to the “Trip Interest List” to receive regular notices of upcoming excursions. 

Out toward Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Placerville, the senior centers in Folsom and El Dorado Hills organize occasional Tahoe trips. The El Dorado Hills center, for example, has trips to Harrah’s and Harvey’s planned for March 5 and April 2. The cost is only $35, and includes a $20 cash voucher and an $8 food voucher. For details, call 916-358-3575.

Beyond those trips, however, the senior centers in Folsom and El Dorado Hills frequently refer seniors to Celeste Cooney, senior activities coordinator at the Placerville Senior center. “We have some wonderful trips coming up, from ‘Petals and Perfume’ in the Dry Creek area to ‘The Treasures of Idaho and Montana,’” Cooney says. “All folks need to do is pack their bags. We take care of the rest.” The rest includes much more than travel and hotel accommodations. Trips also include “escorts” whom come along to help out “if anything comes up,” and detailed itineraries, as well as admissions and meals. 

Several upcoming tours are headed to San Francisco, for such events as stage shows (Wicked in March) and special exhibitions (Faberge in April). More information is available by calling Cooney at 530-621-6158, or subscribing to the County’s monthly bulletin, the Senior Times, for just $5 per year.  

Finally, although these adventures are designed for and marketed to seniors, they are open to anyone. “If mothers want to bring their daughters or grandchildren  – that’s perfectly okay,” Cooney says, adding with a chuckle, “we never make anyone show their AARP card at the door.”

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