Proposed New Programs? Suggestions?

I'm a veteran of 25 plus Road Scholar Programs -- all of which I have enjoyed (some more so than others).  My recommendation is a forum for participants  to suggest possible new programs to be offered by Road Scholar.  On my last program (In the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark from Missouri to Oregon), several of us discussed possible programs that it would be great if Road Scholar would consider.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a mechanism to communicate this to Road Scholar -- hence, this topic in the discussion forum.  

Several of  us on my last program were kicking around ideas for new programs.  The one that most of us thought would be excellent would be one focused on Historic Route 66.  A couple of others that I would like to see offered are:

1) offerings focused on the state of Oklahoma (there is an excellent program that I did a couple of years ago focused on Essential Arkansas) -- it would be great if there were similar offerings for some of the other less well-known states - Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, etc..

2)  more offerings on the US presidents - I've completed the program in Ohio and Virginia focused on the Presidents.  It would be great if there was a program focused on the New England presidents (the two Adams, JFK in Boston, Coolidge in Vermont and Pierce in New Hampshire) or other presidents.

3) the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

4) other less known / popular national parks

Fellow scholars, what would you like to suggest to Road Scholar to consider for future offerings?  Please chime in.  Also, it would be greatt if Road Scholar developed a discussion group to offer suggestions for new programs, modifications to existing programs, etc.

Comments? Ideas?

  • In reply to mpeased011609:

    People might be frightened away from a trip totally concerned with Geology, but I think it would be exciting,
    particularly in the Four corners area,or just Utah or just Arizona or Just Colorado or just New Mexico. Heck, just
    Sedona by itself would be exciting (geologically speaking).
  • In reply to larrylobo42010500:

    You’re right, geology is an acquired taste. But who knows, there might be a dozen of us.
    Any of the places you mention would be fascinating. We can dream!
  • In reply to mpeased011609:

    There is program called "Rockhounder's Dream: Dugway Geodes, Sherry Colored Topaz, Wonderstone" that takes place in Utah. I enjoyed the "Great Ice Age Floods: Nature’s Power & Beauty in the Northwest" program in the Washington Scablands. Now I want to see one in England/Scotland/Wales.
  • In reply to larrylobo42010500:

    I remember being awed by what I saw in the Badlands in South Dakota, especially the heat lightning that danced all around us in a canyon. I was in high school then and wished that I knew more about geology.
  • In reply to zen021519:

    I went an On The Road with side trip to the Badlands. In the morning we had to most knowledgeable and entertaining geologist lecture us on what we would see on the entire trip. Instead of seeing canyons and rocks; I appreciated how the earth was formed and how the horizon changed as we traveled along. We had same on another RS trip going from Yosemite on to Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce. "Our" geologist traveled with us and again it was such a more meaningful trip to know when and why the scenery changed.
  • In reply to zen021519:

    My wife and I drove thru parts of the 'Badlands' back in the '70's. The Spanish word 'malo' translates as 'bad' or 'evil'.
    I thought that part of S.Dak was SCARY lands, so I'm in favor of changing 'Tierras Malas' to 'Evil Lands'!
  • In reply to CT_PBW:

    I began to appreciate what I had seen when I took archeology courses in college.
  • In reply to kasaunders012643:

    Re: DNA in geneology (kasaunders) This certainly could be made interesting for the general public, but it might require a quick review of biochemistry (which COULD be done in an entertaining way). My worry is it could end up being a daily
    classroom activity with breaks for lunch. Maybe a trip to a police forensics lab?
  • In reply to zen021519:

    I agree! There are only 2 classical music Europe tours and the remainder are Summer music festivals. Cleveland, Chicago both great orchestras.
  • I am suggesting visit to artist Frida Kahlo's blue house museum in Mexico City. Also, the Jackson Pollock-Lee Krasner farmhouse & studio in East Hampton NY. Each trip could incorporate lectures, site visits & speakers.
  • In reply to sharongailie53110622:

    I would JUMP at the chance to go on a trip that focuses on Frida Kahlo, her works, her long and tempestuous relationship
    with artist/activist Diego Rivera and, yes, the Blue House museum in Mexico City! What a kick THAT would be!
  • I’m pushing for more programs in the Midwest. So many trips require travel to places with airports hard to reach, or once you get there hard to actually get the the program location without a rental car. Then there are many programs that are just beyond a 12 hour driving time, requiring additional hotel stays.
  • In reply to mollysydney012712:

    Signature City Cincinnati and one in Columbus. The Signature City Cleveland was outstanding, wish they had dates to be able to do Cuyahoga Valley NP as back to back.
  • How about a small cruise adventure that visits each of the US territories in the Caribbean and South Pacific.
  • In reply to hhhappy2011229:

    Would love an InterGen covered wagon trip with wide age range.