No Need to Pack a Bag, See the World from your Seat when the Popular Armchair Adventure Travelogue Series Returns to The West Woods

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It’s not always easy to get out of the house in the winter, what with all the layers and boots and snow in the driveway – but the popular Armchair Adventures Travelogues series is one great reason to do so.

No need to pack a bag, go through security or worry about itineraries, either. These are easy opportunities to travel the world with adventurers eager to share their photos and tales.

The following travelogues can be enjoyed on the following designated Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Township.

Travelogue: Utah’s “Mighty Five” on January 6th

Utah is home to five national parks, collectively referred to as The Mighty Five. Join the Sauder family as they take you through their spring break travels to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southern Utah!

The Island of Rhodes on January 13th

The island of Rhodes is 70 miles off the coast of Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. It is a hotbed for Mediterranean flora, especially orchids, bird migration, interesting insects and animals, the remnants of bygone cultures and famous beach playgrounds. Join Tom Sampliner, photographer and past Native Plant Society president, for this presentation in conjunction with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio.

Birding Mongolia on January 27th

Join Dot Bambach upon her fulfillment of a decades-long dream to visit Mongolia. From windswept steppes to snowy mountain lakes and the Gobi Desert, Mongolia is a country with a great variety of both habitats and birds. It also has a long and fascinating history and a rich cultural tradition, all of which will be addressed in this presentation.

Scotland on February 10th

Join photographers and travelers Bruce and Susan Bennett on a visit to Edinburgh during the Fringe festival, followed by a visit to the Isle of Skye, then out on the ocean from Oban to the Isle of Mull, Iona and more. In Scotland, where “old ruins” means Roman times, castles are numerous, the food is great, and people are exceedingly friendly!

Katmai National Park Salmon Run on February 24th

Geauga residents Morris Pengilly and Joy Wyatt share their wildlife experiences at Brooks River Falls Camp in Alaska. They witnessed the annual sockeye salmon run with many hungry bears converging streamside, hoping to catch a meal as thousands of salmon swam upstream to their spawning areas.

Since the debut travelogue in 2006, an average crowd is 100 people, sometimes braving blizzard-like conditions to enjoy local photographers’ and travelers’ stories of discovery. Many presenters also bring maps, souvenirs or the backpacks right off their backs so people can see what is involved in taking such a trip – what do you have to take with you? These items are set up in the back of the room for pre- and post- examination and questions.

Registration is not required for any of these free, all-ages programs, which are wheelchair/stroller accessible. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via  Geauga Park District, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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