Road Scholar (previously called Elder Hostel) trip to Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp. It was wonderful!
There were 41 of us all staying in a hotel in Fernandina Beach, FL about 3 minutes walk from the beach. We had suites so it was very comfortable. The programming was really interesting and the guides were great. The meals were all included except for one dinner and they were surprisingly (to me at least) good. Everyone was very cheerful, talkative and interesting to talk with. I'd say the age range was late 50s to mid 70s. And boy was this an energetic group with lots of stamina. The weather even cooperated! I didn't take pictures, but the ones I am including really illustrate what we saw.
The next day we had a talk about the history of Amelia Island including its being under 8 different flags, took a trolley tour around Amelia Island, lunch in old downtown Fernandina Beach, and the went to Ft. Clinch for a Civil War (Union) living history tour.
The third day we took a boat tour on the inland waterways in the morning and saw the lighthouse that is stiill in operation.
We had the rest of the day free. Hubby and I drove south to the Kingsley Plantation (a NPS site) and
walked around there. The highlight of that for me was seeing a gopher
tortoise in its burrow.
We skipped the talk on the shrimping industry this morning because we had a long drive back and didn't want to get caught up in Friday rush hour in Atlanta. We got back mid-afternoon and picked up our dog who gave us a terrifically enthusiastic greeting. What better way to feel glad to be back from vacation.
I was a really fun and interesting vacation. We are already talking about going on another Road Scholar program. Check out their website - they have US and international programs, adult and inter-generational ones, easy activity and strenuous athletic programs, land and sea based ones, etc. The price seemed like a great value for what all was included too.