Travel Club


Schedule for 2017-2018
(24th Season)


Attendance at meetings of the Mid-Valley Travel Club, now averaging around 70, and ranging up to a record high of 130 in June 2010, reflects the quality of presentations offered by Club members, for which we are most grateful. The Mid-Valley Travel Club encourages new voices. If you are interested in a possible contribution to our 2017-2018 season (Travel Skills) or 2018-2019 (Travel Destinations or Travel Skills), please use the form on our web site's home page or speak directly to Dick or Jane Groff, the Program Chairpersons.

We continue to meet Salem area residents who are frequent travelers, yet are unaware of the Mid-Valley Travel Club, despite our 23 successful seasons since 1994 and publicity provided by the Salem Statesman Journal and the Salem Public Library's newsletter. If you have friends who travel, please direct them to the Club's comprehensive website:
and PLEASE bring them along to meetings. Larger attendances encourage more lively discussions, from which both neophytes and experienced travelers can learn.

Dick & Jane Groff, Program Chairpersons
Don Jacobsen, Club President
Derek Stables, Founding President
Peter Ronai, Immediate Past President; Current Webmaster and Treasurer


Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Troubled Beauty: Sangkhlaburi and the Thai-Burma Border

Recently a travel writer described Sangkhlaburi as "Thailand's best kept secret."

My husband Larry and I have traveled to this part of Kanchanaburi state every year since 2003. This region is the site of the "Death Railway," immortalized in the film "Bridge Over the River Kwai". Most foreign tourists will stop in Kanchanaburi town, look at the bridge and the cemetery where so many prisoners-of-war are buried, but few will venture further.

This slide presentation will take you from exotic Bangkok to remote Sangkhlaburi, and farther into the jungle where tourists never go.

Nonna Crook
Thursday, October 12, 2017
England: A Tour For Teens

Chuck and Cherie Bennett were guides for a specialized tour of England for their teen granddaughters. Their main interests were Stonehenge, Harry Potter, and castles and palaces, so the Bennetts were based in Bath, North Yorkshire, and London. The 17-day tour included the North York Moors Railway, York, Warwick Castle and Kensington Palace. The girls also were introduced to English gardens, cream teas, the Cotswolds, and a walk on the moors. They stayed in a 17th-century Yorkshire longhouse. Their favorite part was the polo match in Wiltshire, but the Bennetts underestimated teen girls' shopping impulse.

Cherie & Chuck Bennett
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Hidden Rajasthan and the Holi Festival

From maharajas to merchants, palaces to temples, and rats to camels, join us on an exploration of some of the highlights and hidden treasures of Rajasthan, the largest state in India.  We will visit some of the major cities and take a sunset camel ride in the desert.  We will "crash", from a distance, a lavish Indian wedding and catch a quick glimpse of a popular television show in production.  Vicariously experience the Holi Festival, a very colorful affair indeed.

Virginia Vanderbilt
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Double-feature: 1. Quito, The Highlands and The Galapagos, 2. Botswana and South Africa

Enjoy Gary Pederson's professional quality iMovies in two diverse areas of the world captured in pictures, presented in movies and music:  
1.  A beautifully documented journey to Quito, the Ecuadorian highlands and the Galapagos, the UNESCO World Heritage biological zone that is a ‘melting pot’ of unique land and marine species. 
2.  Experience Cape Town, South Africa, and Safaris in Zambia and Botswana.  Travelers Gary and Catherine Pederson share their experiences engaging with Africa’s people and wildlife.

Gary Pederson
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen

Denmark is said to be the happiest country on earth… and the Obery Family knows why. From historic sites to amazing parks, the city of Copenhagen offers everyday fun for the whole family. Gary, Angela and sons lived like Danes for several weeks in both 2010 and 2015. They traveled the city by bike and on foot, exploring Tivoli, the Climbing Forest, the Viking Ship Museum, the King’s Garden and much, much more.

Angela & Gary Obery
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Surprising Singapore

Discover the prosperous, vibrant but paternalistic city-state of Singapore, a dynamic blend of Asian and Western cultures.  Experience the historic British Colonial center and the Chinese, Indian and Muslim quarters.  See the fabulous holiday lights where the world goes shopping on Orchard Road.  Visit the Botanical Gardens with the world's largest collection of orchids, and the new Garden by the Bay, with its award-winning conservatories and futuristic "super-trees," and rise above it all in the "Singapore Flyer."

Dick & Jane Groff
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Nepal: Before Tragedy

Two weeks after we returned from Nepal, the earthquake struck and demolished many of the fantastic cultural sites that we had seen. We’ll share pictures and stories of our travels through Kathmandu, Pokhara, and our trek around the Annapurna range.

Steve & Toby Rhine
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Magic Patagonia: Enticing Lands at the End of the Earth

Join club member Eric Schuman as he takes you on a visit to southern Chile and Argentina.  See rheas, guanaco, and colorful vistas at Torres del Paine –South America's most spectacular national park.  Visit two breathtaking glaciers, and laugh at Eric as he stumbles at a tango lesson in Buenos Aires – then discovers himself in the middle of a political demonstration in a crowd of 500,000 protesters.  (Note: he survived.)

Eric Schuman
Thursday, May 10, 2018
France: Normandy to the Riviera

Join Doug and Nancy Fisher for an extensive tour of the beauties of France.  Starting in Normandy, see the "tapestry town" of Bayeux and the nearby historic D-day beaches, the American and German cemeteries and iconic Mont Saint-Michel.  Then it's on to the fabled Loire Valley, land of elegant, quintessentially French chateaux and gardens.  Tour the less visited Dordogne region, home of cliff dwellings and prehistoric cave paintings.  Continue to the fabled Riviera at Villefranche-sur-Mer, experience the French Alps at Annecy, and end your tour with the delights of Paris.

 Doug & Nancy Fisher


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