1. Local Friends Celebrate Their Birthdays And Love Of Learning On A Road Scholar Adventure

    For people who love learning and adventure, one of their favorite ways to celebrate their birthday is by going on a Road Scholar learning program. From traversing the legendary Silk Road, to climbing Mount Picchu, to sailing the Alaskan fjords, lifelong learners have always found special joy in blowing out the candles while experiencing something unforgettable, whether it’s exploring a fascinating destination, learning something new in a faraway place, or bonding with likeminded adventurers.

    Oak Harbor, WA resident Edna Blackwood is looking forward to celebrating a special birthday this year with her good friends and neighbors Margaret and Gene Loper.  

    With their birthdays a day apart – Edna’s is April 27 and Margaret’s is April 28 – and their shared love of learning adventures, Edna suggested celebrating on a Road Scholar program this year. “We’ve gone on Road Scholar programs together before — this upcoming one, Songbirds, Butterflies and Wildflowers, Northwest History and Life in the Methow Valley, will take place in the quiet and beautiful countryside in Sun Mountain, Washington State.” she says. “It will be informative and we’ll come away learning something new about someplace so close to us.”  Spend a few moments talking with Edna and you will be surprised to learn that she is turning 95 — and Margaret is turning 82.  

    imageEdna kayaking Alaska’s Inside Passage

    Edna has been all over the world, traveling with her late husband Robert while he was in the U.S. Navy and with Road Scholar. She spent years teaching art and square dancing, and raising a family of three children. Edna introduced her adult children to Road Scholar learning adventures and they recently spent time together on a program in Victoria, B.C. for New Year’s.  “It was special because it was the first time in 17 years we were all able to get together,” Edna says.

    Margaret Loper remembers that Edna introduced her and Gene to Road Scholar.  “We have friends who travel with other groups and they are just tourists,” Margaret says. “But with Road Scholar, we are doing good things for our minds, too.”

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    Edna with Paula Pettengill, Road Scholar’s Vice President of Travel Services

    Last year Edna, Margaret and Gene went on a program exploring Alaska’s coastal wilderness. “There was just so much enjoyment on the Alaska program,” Margaret says. “We learned about the landscape and history, and had the opportunity to be with others who were interested in learning. Gene and I are looking forward to this special program with Edna, close to home.”

    Are you celebrating a birthday during a Road Scholar learning adventure? Let us know so we can celebrate with you! Send us an email at socialmedia@roadscholar.org with your name, birthday, and program date and we’ll wish you a special birthday message on our Road Scholar Facebook page.


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