Calendar of Travel Bug Events

We present talks and/or slide shows on travel or geographically related subjects.
Most events are on Saturdays and take place in our store and are free
All begin at 5 PM unless otherwise noted and last for about an hour.
We attempt to have a presentation every other Saturday
Date Subject Presenter Description
Sat Oct 20 RVing Alaska Highway Bill & Candy Elkjer Its time to begin planning for your 2019 summer RV trip to Alaska! Discover tips learned over 20 years from 15 round trips from Santa Fe through Canada to Alaska. You will gain information on various routes including the Alaska Highway, Marine Highway (ferry) and the Inside Passage, Cassier Highway, Canadian Rockies, British Columbia 's wine country, Totem Pole and First Nation villages, and Dawson City, Yukon. Camping spots and RV parks (rated on a 1-10 scale), weather, Canadian holidays and suggested travel dates, museums and cultural attractions along the way, restaurants, and wildlife will be discussed. Apprehensive about taking pets, children, food, or alcohol across the border? We 'll cover basic requirements and suggestions for entering Canada and returning to the U.S. Books, maps and helpful publications will also be shared as well as information concerning roads, fuel and repair assistance. And just to whet your appetite for time in Alaska, a few not to be missed Alaska attractions will be mentioned as well.
Sat Nov 03 Xinning to Kashgar by Motorcycle Eric Moffat Join Travel Bug 's own Eric Moffat for another wild ride--this time across northern China. What was meant to be a Himalayan expedition along the northern silk route from Lhasa to Kashgar in 2012, required urgent rethinking when five days before the tour a monk in Lhasa self-emolated and the Tibet Tourist Bureau copletely closed the borders. With some quick rearranging the group instead rode the northern desert route, through the Turpan depression and even through a two-day sandstorm across the Taklamakan Desert and into the heart of Uyghur territory.
Sat Nov 17 People of Yunnan China Susan Boe
People and culture of Yunnan, China

Located in the far southwest of China, the Yunnan Province is home to more ethnic minorities than any other province in China. Its population of 46 million people blend the best aspects of ancient and modern China. Linked to Eurasia, Tibet, India and Southeast Asia by trade routes, Yunnan has been a regional trader of goods and ideas for centuries. The resulting customs reflect significant influences from many nationalities and backgrounds. Like Santa Fe, Yunnan is located in a mountainous area and has become a trendy location for China 's growing domestic tourist industry.

Susan Boe visited the Yunnan Province in March 2018 as a participant in a small photography tour that visited several cities and villages in the province. Don 't expect photos of the Great Wall or teeming urban centers, but instead you will learn about the architecture, landscape and friendly people in this ancient kingdom.
Sat Dec 01 An American in Pre-Revolutionaly Iran Steve Horowitz A Peace Corps teacher in Iran 1968-71, Steve Horowitz has given numerous readings from his collection of stories "Donkeys, Dervishes, and the Borderline: An American 's Experience in Pre-revolutionary Iran " around the western US for the past 8 years.
Before the reading, there will be a brief introduction to the language, culture, and geography of the country. Black and white slides from that era will also be included in the presentation.
Steve was an ESL teacher and a Program Director for over 30 years. He created and hosted a world music radio show for 12 years as well as international interview show and a university TV show.
Sat Dec 15 Crossing England by Foot on the Coast-to-Coast Walk Ken Collins CROSSING ENGLAND BY FOOT ON THE COASTO-TO-COAST WALK

The most famous long distance hiking path in England is the Coast-to-Coast Walk, created and publicized by the legendary outdoorsman Alfred Wainwright. The Walk, almost 200 miles in length, goes from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the east, traversing the most spectacular country in all of England, through three national parks - Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park. Located in the far north of the country, but somewhat south of Hadrian 's Wall, it is a challenging experience but going through some of the most traditional areas of English culture and ways of life. Join Ken Collins who did highlights of the Walk in May of this year. Normally a region of the country famous for stormy weather, this year was remarkable for clear skies and warm temperatures, making for an exceptionally beautiful, memorable experience. We begin at St. Bees on the Irish Sea and end at Robin Hood 's Bay on the North Sea, where each member of our small group threw a pebble into the Sea which each had each carried from the beginning of the Walk, a long-standing custom for walkers on this path