Travel group enjoys trip to California

Members of the On the Road Travel Group Susan Wilson, Judy Ball, and Jodi Farrington pose at Alcatraz Island sign.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Whether the group is large or small, whether they travel near or far, members of the On the Road Travel Group always enjoy an adventure. This was the experience of three members of the group on the grand tour of California from Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.

The three traveled to San Francisco, where they met their tour guide and the other members of the tour who hailed from throughout the United States. They spent the next 10 days on a sweeping, scenic tour of California from San Francisco to San Diego.

While in San Francisco members marveled at the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy, Nob Hill. They walked along Fisherman’s Wharf with stops at Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. “What delicious ice cream sundaes,” said Judy Ball, member. “Riding on the cable cars was a thrilling experience. And the trip to Alcatraz was a great opportunity to uncover its intriguing history.”

On the way to Yosemite National Park the group visited Muir Woods to see the towering redwood trees. Due to recent precipitation in Yosemite, they were able to enjoy the waterfalls that usually do not flow at this time of the year.

Next the three drove to Monterey for a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and scenic areas of Pebble Beach and Carmel-By-The-Sea.

They then journeyed south to the Santa Barbara region stopping at the magnificent Hearst Castle on the way. While in the city they visited Old Mission Santa Barbara established in 1786.

Members continued on the Pacific Coast Highway between beaches on the west and towering mountains on the east. They had the opportunity to walk on the Santa Monica Pier, the end of Route 66.

Los Angeles was their next destination — strolling through Hollywood, passing Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and walking on the star-studded Walk of Fame.

Some of the tour group continued on to final destination – San Diego. Before reaching this city, they took to the beaches at La Jolla. In San Diego, they toured Balboa Park, home of the famous San Diego Zoo, explored Coronado Island, visited the historic Gaslamp Quarter, and spent time aboard the USS Midway.

“And we cannot forget about the famous California wines, tasting in Sonoma, Napa Valley, and the Santa Ynez Valley,” Ball said.

In 2018, The On the Road Again Tour Group will be heading for Barcelona, Southern France, and the Italian Riviera, with an extension to the Eternal City of Rome from May 16-29, 2018. This tour is filling fast, notes Ball.

From Sept. 14-23, 2018, they will be exploring Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.

As previously announced, the group will be part of a special events tour that includes the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. This event occurs once every 10 years. They will also be touring Hungary, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland as well as Liechtenstein from Sept. 1 to 16, 2020.

“We are pleased to present our newest tour, the Canadian Maritimes: Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island,” said Ball.

Since the group will be there from July 5 to 13, 2019, they will have the opportunity to participate in a whale watching cruise.

To find out more about these adventures, call Ball at 906-563-9408, or Susan Wilson at 906-271-1040.