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									VOL. 33, NO.5                                    8,365 Active Members                               44,709 Members Since 1979                              MAR./APR., 2012

Spring Open House & Holiday Preview
              Saturday, April 14th • KVIE Studios
             2030 West El Camino Avenue (at I-5)
                      10:00am & 1:30pm
            FREE admission and FREE light lunch
              Bring a new child’s book to donate
  It’s time to roll out our holiday tours for 2012, and tell you
about some of the other new destinations that have popped
up since we last gathered in August. Join us at the KVIE
studios for a 90-minute program, lunch and a chance to see
your traveling friends. No admission, but like last year, we are
asking you to bring a new book for a child for KVIE’s Ready
To Learn program. (Last year we collected nearly 300 books.)
        FREE Shuttle Service from selected locations,
       morning and afternoon shows, call for details.
                       For Reservations:
  Go to and click on the post-it-
note at the top of the page, or, call our office, M-F, 8am
– 4:30pm. Online reservations requested after office hours
will be confirmed the next business day. By reserving online,
even after hours, you are safely holding your space.                                           Lee and Nancy appear to have found a “sailor” in Key West on our annual trip in January.
                                                                                               “Crusty” doesn’t start to describe him!
    INSIDE THIS ISSUE                                                                                                                    Announcing By Invitation Only
Just One Man’s Opinion .................................... 2                                                                             Now, you can travel with Sports Leisure
Clayton Place ........................................................ 3                                                               to see the most exclusive shows, the best
The Customers Always Write ...................... 4-5                                                                                  entertainers, get the toughest ticket and
The Human Side .................................................. 6                                                                    travel in Sports Leisure style. Details
Casino Trips and Baseball................................. 7                                                                           about this exciting new members only
Day Trips ...........................................................8-10
                                                                                                                                       benefit are on Mark’s Just One Man’s
The Barber Pole..................................................11
                                                                                                                                       Opinion column on page 2. You’ll want
New Vacations & Getaways .................... 12-14
Staff Spotlight and Teasers ............................15
                                                                                                                                       to become a part of By Invitation Only
Tour Calendar .............................................. 16-19                                                                     today!
Coupons and Tour Updates..........Back Cover                                                                                                    U.S. Gymnastic Trials
       HHHHHHHHHHHH                                                                                                                           June 28 – July 1 • San Jose
                                                                                                                                         For details on this exciting chance to
Editor .......................................... Mark Hoffmann
Executive Editor .........................Kevin Murphy                                                                                 see our Olympic athletes being chosen,
Contributing Writers ........................ P. Hansen,                                                                               please call our office or see the description
                                                                            Cara Taylor and Judy Castle showing off their winning      on page 17. See the gymnasts who will
R. Goodge, S. Angeletti & C. Whitehead                                      form at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in
Contributing Photographer ........C. Galloway                               San Jose in January.                                       represent our country in London!
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                 Just One Man’s Opinion
                              By Invitation Only, A New                                                                                                          our website and click on the little yellow post   couple of years, expressly for the reason of
                               Benefit of Membership                                                                                                             it note at the top of the page that says, “By     being able to take my place if and where
                    As we come up on our 33rd anniversary                                                                                                        Invitation Only.” You’ll be asked to provide      needed. (I won’t be able to travel with you
                 in a few months, I am reminded of the
                                                SUCCESS STORIES—A SpECIAl AdvERTISIng SECTIOn
                                                                                                                                                                 us your e-mail address (or the address or a       folks as much next year, as I will be serving
                                         way business has                                                                                                        friend or relative who will receive the e-mail    as volunteer Chairman of the National Tour
                                         changed in three                                                                                                        By Invitation Only notices).                      Association. So Chris is familiar with my
                                         decades. When we                                                                                                           That’s the way the new program works.          favorite destinations and can step right in.
                                         started in 1979,                                                                                                        By having your e-mail address, we will            That might be necessary on occasion this
                                         cell phones, the                                                                                                        be able to notify you immediately (and            year, as my schedule ramps up a bit.)
                                         greatest invention                                                                                                      in a cost effective way) by sending out a            At the end of May Chris and I will split Tour
                                         ever known to Tour                                                                                                      By Invitation Only e-mail alert. We’ll tell       Directing duties on two wonderful and very
                                         Directors,    hadn’t                                                                                                    you what’s happening, when and where,             different trips. The first is a short regional
                                         appeared on the                                                                                                         and what it will cost. You will then have         excursion, an itinerary that was a Mystery
                                         scene. For our first                                                                                                    the opportunity to let us know if you are         Tour in 2011. (If you’ve ever wanted to see
                 few months, we didn’t even reserve seats                                                                                                        interested in that event or trip. If we get       what happens on a Mystery Trip, here’s
                 on the motorcoach. Like the rest of our lives,                                                                                                  enough response in the designated time            your chance.) Sisters & Bend, Oregon’s
                 travel and the way people purchase and                                                                                                          frame, we will be able to add the trip to our     Mountain Secrets, departs on May 29th.
                 experience it have changed a lot in the last                                                                                                    schedule. (This will also work for things like    The trip is 4 days in length and includes
                 32 years. We are excited about a new idea.                                                                                                      the long-anticipated Searching for Lake           an air flight to/from Portland. Positioned
                                                                                                                                                                 Wobegone tour, which has been kept off            right after Memorial Day, it gives you three
                         When Opportunity Knocks,
       SportS LeiSure VacationS
       9812 old Winery place, Sacramento, ca 95827                                                                                                               the schedule for years because of the short       nights at a casual mountain lodge, outdoor
       (916) 361-2051
                           Now We Will Answer •
       After working in the Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District, Mark Hoffmann founded Sports Leisure Vacations out of his Fulton Avenue apartment         notice we get on Minnesota performances           sightseeing featuring the headwaters of a
       in 1979. Though Mark admits to ‘just sort of happening into it”, he found his niche in the retail tour business, enabling folks to achieve their travel
                    In the past, we haven’t always been able to
       dreams. Given the fact that Mark and his staff strive to exceed customer wants, they’ve been most successful in serving a niche of mature travelers,
       often those who need a little extra consideration. Sports Leisure Vacations assembles and operates custom tours and vacations of one to fifteen days
                                                                                                                                                                 of the show.)                                     river and spectacular waterfalls, and a visit
       in length, and can accommodate a wide variety of travel interests. Check out the website to see an amazing array of travel options. The company

                 offer you all of the travel and entertainment
       culture has centered around refusing to put profits ahead of service, and a mantra: “We love our travelers and they love us back.” It’s working- not
       only is the company thriving in its 32nd year, but community support and acknowledgement have resulted, including a prestigious award for contribu-
       tions to the Arts from the Sacramento Arts and Business Council. For twenty years Sports Leisure has been an underwriter of KVIE Public Television.          Now, you won’t miss the really special         to Bend and the Columbia River Gorge.
       VP Clayton Whitehead has served on the KVIE Board and Mark was president of the National Tour Association in 2000. Mark and Tom Romano host
                 opportunities we would have liked. For
       the Travel Guys on KFBK, Sundays 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                 shows and events, because you can be                 Old Cape Cod, Provincetown to
                 example, last fall, Hugh Jackman performed
      j a n ua r y 2 0 11 s a c m a g . c o m

                                                                                                                                                                 notified and invited to attend. We are            Nantucket, is 7 days and departs June
                 in San Francisco for three weeks. But the                                                                                                       excited, because potentially we can offer         8th. It’s an updated version of a tour we
                 timing of the show announcement made                                                                                                            you many more opportunities to see the            offered last fall, with a little less time on
                 it impossible to sell the trip before making                                                                                                    best entertainers and the most unique             Martha’s Vineyard and an extended stay
                 what would have been a nearly $5,000                                                                                                            attractions. Plus, you can register for our       on Nantucket, based on the input from the
                 commitment to tickets. Second example.                                                                                                          Spring Open House & Holiday Preview on            travelers on last year’s trip. It is a great time
                 Again in San Francisco. Richard III, a popular                                                                                                  April 14th at KVIE while you are on line!         to visit Oregon and the Cape, before the big
                 Shakespearean play starring Kevin Spacey,                                                                                                          By Invitation Only is open only to             crowds of summer. Of course, that is Just,
                 offered a very limited engagement. But                                                                                                          members of the Sports Leisure Travel              One Man’s Opinion.
                 again the timing was not right.                                                                                                                 Club and their guests. There is no charge            I’d love to escort the U.S. Gymnastics
                    Now the date of an event will no longer be                                                                                                   for registering and you never have to buy         Finals if time allows in June, because to see
                 the determining factor on our attendance.                                                                                                       anything. Remove your name from the list          the country’s best right before the Olympic
                 Because an exciting new benefit of                                                                                                              at anytime. We will never share your e-mail       Games would be a thrill. In September,
                 membership awaits everyone reading this                                                                                                         address with anyone (you are our customer,        Clayton and I will host Broadway and
                 page. The only thing you will need is a                                                                                                         not someone else’s).                              Baseball, to Chicago and St. Louis, then
                 computer, or a friend with one. On May 1st,                                                                                                                                                       my Oregon Coast trip right after that and
                 we will launch By Invitation Only.                                                                                                                   On the Road with Mark                        Living! History! Nuts!, my Mystery Tour
                    Here’s how it works. Beginning                                                                                                                  Folks often ask, where are you going           with Ryan Quinn, follows in October.
                 immediately, you can go to our website at                                                                                                       next? Sometimes I hesitate to share that             See you on the road. And so it goes…
        and register.                                                                                                             information, because I always seem to be on
                 This is important, because only those who                                                                                                       the go, and often can’t be in two places at
                 wish to be a part of it will be enrolled in                                                                                                     the same time, no matter how hard I try.
                 By Invitation Only. You can also enroll by                                                                                                         Chris Galloway has been my tag-team            Mark Hoffmann, CTP
                 telephone, but we encourage you to go to                                                                                                        traveling partner on many trips for the last      Owner/Founder

                 2                                 Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012
                                                                                                         Clayton Place
          Kia Ora, Friends!                        donkeys – the latter to protect the former           our website, the 2012 Dream Book (page 62)
   No, I’m not trying to learn yet another         from prey. (I don’t understand it either. We         or call the office for a complete itinerary and
language – just greeting you like a local          just have to accept it as fact.) Assisted by         details.
would. I’m writing                                 his paramedic brother-in-law and other                 Our dear friend Chuck Evans used to leave
you today from the                                 family and friends, our formerly calm farm           his groups with the Irish Blessing. Here in
lanai of my hotel in                               has become quite a three-ring circus. As the         New Zealand, they have a similar tradition.
Paihia, overlooking                                photo indicates they are cute critters. I’m          Ma te Atua koe e whakau, kit e pono me te
the       crystal-blue                             certain Toot is enjoying the activity. As for        hari. (May God fill you with truth and joy.)
Pacific Ocean in the                               me, the professional traveler, I can think of        What could be better than that?
Bay of Islands, New                                worse things than a cadre of public servants
Zealand. Our 19-day                                visiting my mother daily!                            Rongomau (peace from “Your Tour Guy”),
journey      through                                  Being “down under” at what is here the
paradise is drawing                                end of summer has me thinking about
to a close (only five days left) and I think       the beauty of fall foliage back home – that
we’ve saved the best for last. This place is       crispness in the air that means autumn is
AMAZING! If it’s not already on your Bucket        here. Our tour began on the South Island, the        Clayton Whitehead, CTP
List, add it! Hopefully I can talk Mark into       closest land mass to Antarctica. It was cool         Vice President
letting me do another vacation here more           there and leaves were already starting to
sooner than later.                                 change. It was lovely, but perhaps nowhere
   One reality of an almost 3-week long trip is    in the world are the changing colors grander
something even this well-seasoned traveler         than in New England. Though it pains this
suffers from time to time: Homesickness.           Southerner to say it, New England rocks in
I miss my friends, church, office and most         the autumn. If you’ve never experienced
of all, the good old US of A. Thankfully, in       the northern states in the fall, I invite you to
this age of technology, it’s easier than ever      take a look at A New England Fall Foliage
to reach out and touch someone. A new              Sampler which features New Hampshire
iPhone, my laptop and a wonderful New              and Vermont, with just a taste of Maine.
Zealand invention called the YABBA card            Two stunning resorts – one lakeside and
(which allows 10-cent per minute calls to the      the other mountaintop, each for a 2-night
States) help me stay connected. I just have        stay – have been selected to afford you the          Clayton, Blueberry (Sports Leisure’s mascot) and
to remember I’m presently one day ahead,           very best in hospitality and scenery. Refer to       Pahutu Geyser in Rotorua, New Zealand
but three hours behind California. That is to
say when it’s Saturday at noon for you, it’s 9
a.m. Sunday morning here. Got it? There just
has to be a way to get rich on this reality. For
example, shouldn’t I be able to tell you who
wins the race before it’s run or which stock
is about to go sky high? I’m going to have to
work on that…
   Staying connected to Toot has been
particularly enjoyable of late. Many of
you know my mother, Queen of the Prune
Cake – certainly a legend in her own time.
She lives on our 100-acre family farm in
Bethlehem, Georgia, which true to the song
is an extremely “little town.” Historically,
it was a cattle farm, but all that changed
recently when mom met Chris-the-Fireman.
Long story short, we now raise alpacas and         Clayton’s mom has some new boarders on the family farm in Georgia

                                                                                                   Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012             3
The Customers Always Write
Hello Sports Leisure Travelers,                       make along the way. Pete is one of those          Dear Clayton,
   I wish I was one of your fellow travelers.         special people who spent a good part of              I am writing a belated note from my
I have been friends with Mark and Clayton             his life making dreams come true. Now, he’s       daughter, Lisa, and myself to thank you
since 1988 when we all attended the                   watching over me, to make sure everything         for the wonderful trip planned by Sports
National Tour Association convention in               is just right for Sports Leisure Travelers. We    Leisure Vacations (SLV) and led by you
Kansas City. You may know that Mark was               will stop and say hello next time we are in       to Poland and the Czech Republic in
the President of NTA some years ago, and              the Lawrence, Kansas area.                        September 2011.
is now on the board of directors once more,                                                                I would not have planned a trip myself
and in line to become the head man again…             Hello There Chris,                                given the past history of long Soviet rule
quite an honor.                                          Just finished reading your blog about the      and not knowing what conditions we
   Also Clayton has the honor of having               Southeast Asia Cruise. Nice read! We are          would find as tourists. However, knowing
been the NTA Volunteer of the Year. These             still on Singapore time. Grant is having a        how thoroughly SLV plans trips, researches
two guys are amazing.                                 hard time getting back to Grass Valley time.      hotels, restaurants, etc., I knew there would
   Thus my reason for writing you… I spent            I’m missing Arab Street !                         be no problems.
35 years in the group travel industry, and               We received the vacation experience/              Our guide Anita was not only knowledge-
retired in December of 1999. Several years            evaluation forms today in the mail. Now           able but had a sense of humor; all of the
ago Mark brought a mystery tour to my city            to relive our wonderful holiday while             local guides were great. The bus made
of Lawrence, KS… home of the Christmas                answering questions. Grant and I pretty           travel comfortable, the churches and castles
Parade with horsedrawn vehicles… sorry                much travel by ourselves on HAL, but I must       breathtaking. The hotels were great. We met
the weather was not great, but all had a              say that traveling with you (through Sports       so many nice and interesting people in our
good time, and visited the tiny town of               Leisure) and the small group that we had          group. We became aware of how proud the
Lecompton, KS, of great civil war historical          was a real pleasure. You handled everything       Polish people are of their freedoms, how
significance quite near here. These guys              and everyone with such professionalism. We        they have cleaned up polluted sites/rivers
at Sports Leisure create some of the most             will definitely recommend the services that       and are building their country.
awesome experiences.                                  Sports Leisure offers.                               Lisa and I also want to thank you for taking
   I asked Mark to put me on the mailing list            We are at it again in 4 weeks on HAL’s         your time to write out two pages of notes
for the annual brochure and the “Traveler”            Oosterdam to Hawaii celebrating my                about sites to see and places to go in New
which I just read.                                    birthday. Safe travels where ever you go          York City on the Thanksgiving tour. Above
   “The Customers Always Write” was really            next.                                             and beyond the call of duty! The uptown/
interesting… in my old life I used to read            Cheers, Ingrid and Grant                          downtown info was helpful. My grandson,
all the “post tour questionaires” from our                                                              Lisa and I did go to lunch at The Boathouse,
tours when I was a part of Maupintour… by             Hi Mark,                                          dinner at Sardi’s, and the deli Carneigie. We
doing so we were able to take suggestions                Gary and I are really bummed that we           covered a lot of ground. Our only regret, we
and make necessary changes, which is so               can’t go on the National Road trip in April,      did not see more shows. The Book of Morman
important. It is obvious to this old retired          but it is a great reason. I finally was called    was “interesting.”
travel guy that Sports Leisure is a “family.” If      and received a new kidney on January                 Again, thank you Clayton. We look forward
health allowed, I would certainly be joining          11th… 2012 has started out very well for          to our next adventure with you.
you. First on my list would maybe be The              us and will continue to get better. I will be     Eileen Herrin and Lisa Jensen
Dakotas trip in June 2012 or Key West in              homebound for 3 months and probably
2013.                                                 be back to “regular” by early summer. You         Dear Mark –
   Y’all be sure to keep your eyes and ears           know what that means, no more boxes and             Need to share this. Lost a shoe (not just
open… those two guys at Sports Leisure                machine… just go on trips and enjoy.              any shoe, a Nordstrom’s shoe) on the Apple
Vacations have a lot of awesome stuff up                 We will be going on the September trip         Farm Christmas trip. Called the hotel and
their sleeves!                                        for the fall colors… really looking forward       they didn’t have it. Called All West and the
Pete Anderson                                         to that. Have a great National Road trip and      reply was, “Is it a black pump?” They would
National Tour Association President, 1988             say hello to our fellow travelers for us. Happy   not even accept payment for mailing it
aka The Old Kansas Jayhawker                          traveling,                                        back to me. Such great service you provide.
   Ed. Note: One of the best parts about              Gary and Shari Beck                               Happy end of story.
what I do for a living are the friends you                                                              Margo Nappi

4           Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012
Hello Mark,                                             The fact you acknowledge there were 42             Special thanks to Margaret Bell for
   The Rose Parade trip was another                  on the trip tells me it was indeed sold out. I     sending along a copy of her poetry book.
successful undertaking by Sports Leisure.            assure you that if we could have gotten your       I think I’ll share some of her selections on
Patti was an excellent tour director!                daughter onto the trip without going over          upcoming trips.
   Hilde and I made reservations with no             our passenger limits, we would have done              Thanks were received from the Cristo Rey
problems. Our son’s mother-in-law, Gunvor            so. Each traveler represents a little more         High School, for a donation made on behalf
Scordelis of Modesto, was briefly on the             profit, and I’m not opposed to that. I hope        of Kelly Brothers. Kelly was a terrific host for
waiting list but made it, too. Our daughter,         you understand that the limits we place on         our Chicago Sports Weekend last year and
Ellen Graebe of Emeryville, was on the               participation are often designed to make           declined any type of compensation. So we
waiting list for weeks but unfortunately             the trip more enjoyable for those who are          made a donation to one of his favorite local
never made it on the trip. We checked                traveling.                                         charities on his behalf.
frequently with your office but one week                In fairness, it should be noted the trip was       We received several thank you notes from
before Christmas were told that there was            announced in April and didn’t sell out until       Gold Members for our annual Valentine’s
no room on the LA part of the tour.                  late August.                                       cards. We send them to active Gold Members
   Now looking back on the events, there                                                                each year (that’s about 500 envelopes).
would have been room for Ellen. The bus              Dear Mark and Clayton,                             Clayton hand addresses the envelopes and
from Sacramento to Oakland was not full.                Yesterday I finished reading (devouring)        the cards are hand-signed. Wish we could
The train from Oakland to Van Nuys was not           the Sports Leisure Traveler cover to cover.        send them to all 8,000 active members, but I
full (Hilde, Gunvor and I had an empty seat          I am a Life Member since 1980 or 81. While I       think Clayton’s arm would fall off.
next to us in the dome of the private rail car).     was working for the state, I had neither time
The hotel in Long Beach did not seem to be           nor money to travel. Now that I’m retired, I         If you have a comment, suggestion or
sold out. The bleachers at the Rose Parade           plan to begin my traveling career. I love that       tour idea, we invite you to drop us a line.
were not filled up; there were plenty of             you have so many “nearby” trips to choose            Due to space limitations, not all letters
empty seats close to where we were sitting.          from. I want to go on all of them. Over the          can be printed (others may be edited).
The return flight from Burbank was 2/3 full          past 30+ years, you have fed my dreams. I            Mail to:
at best.                                             hope now to actually start making those                   SporTS LeiSure VaCaTionS
   So it comes down to the “no room in the           dreams come true. Thank you!                                    Attn: Mark/Clayton
bus” down south, We were 42 passengers,              Barbara LeDoux                                            9812 Old Winery Place, Suite 1
43 with Patti. Our bus had a number of extra            P.S. – Clayton, you know me from St.                       Sacramento, CA 95827
seats. Our bus driver, Gill, told me their buses     Francis of Assisi Parish; Mark, congrats on               or e-mail Mark or Clayton at:
have a minimum of 47 seats.                          your NTA honors.                                       
   So learning all this, Hilde and I felt bad that                HHHHHHHH                       
our daughter could not participate on this

                                                           The Travel Guys
excellent excursion with so many neat side-
trips. Maybe you can give us a explanation
that makes sense. Thank you.
Sincerely, Fred Graebe                                 Win a trip to Hawaii or New York in the
                                                       Mystery Spot Contest
  Ed. Note: Fred, I’m happy to try and
                                                       beginning March 25
explain. While there were open seats/rooms
as you described, we have limits on the                Sunday from 2:00-3:00pm
number of people we allow on a given trip.
Multiple day excursions are never booked
                                                       News Talk 92.5 FM &
over 42. There are many reasons for this, but          AM 1530 KFBK
the primary ones are comfort and service.    
  For example, the private train car you rode
in technically can seat up to 58, but even             Brought to you by:
with 42 we received enough comments on
evaluations about the tight quarters that
we are limiting the train trip to 35 people
next year, just to insure that our travelers are                                                                        LLC

comfortable on the train.

                                                                                                   Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012       5
The Human Side Learn, Laugh, Reflect
                                                                                                                What If There Isn’t
                              The Tomato Garden                                                                   “Anymore?”
    An old gentleman lived alone in New                A few days later he received a letter from
 Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual               his son.                                              One day a woman’s husband passed
 tomato garden, but it was very difficult              Dear Papa: Don’t dig up that garden.            away, and on that clear, cold morning,
 work, as the ground was hard. His only              That’s where the bodies are buried. Love,         in the warmth of their bedroom, the
 son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in          Vinnie                                            wife was struck with the pain of learning
 prison.                                               At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents          that sometimes there isn’t “anymore.” No
    The old man wrote a letter to his son            and local police arrived and dug up the           more hugs, no more special moments to
 and described his                                                        entire area without          celebrate together, no more phone calls
 predicament:                                                             finding any bodies.          just to chat, no more “just one minute.”
    Dear Vincent: I                                                       They apologized to               Sometimes, what we care about the
 am feeling pretty                                                        the old man and left.        most gets all used up and goes away,
 sad because it looks                                                     That same day the old
                                                                                                       never to return before we can say good-
 like I won’t be able                                                     man received another
                                                                                                       bye or say “I love you.” So while we have it,
 to plant my tomato                                                       letter from his son.
                                                                                                       it’s best we love it, care for it, fix it when it’s
 garden this year. I’m                                                       Dear Papa: Go
 just getting too old                                                                                  broken and heal it when it’s sick.
                                                                          ahead and plant
 to be digging up a                                                       the tomatoes now.                This is true for marriage… and old
 garden plot. I know if                                                   That is the best             cars, children with bad report cards, dogs
 you were here my troubles would be over,            I could do under the circumstances.               with bad hips and aging parents and
 because you would be happy to dig the               Love you, Vinnie                                  grandparents. We care for them because
 plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Papa                                                         they are worth it.
                                                                                                           Some things we keep -- like a best friend
 Gentle Thoughts for Today....                       • When you are dissatisfied and would             who moved away or a sister-in-law after
• A penny saved is most likely a                       like to go back to your youth, think of         divorce, because there are some things
  government oversight.                                Algebra.
                                                                                                       or people that make us happy, no matter
• The older you get, the tougher it is to lose       • Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder
                                                                                                       what. Make room for special people and
  weight, because by then your body and                and your hand over my mouth… Amen!
                                                                                                       you will have more special moments. Isn’t
  your fat have gotten to be really good
                                                          Five things that you cannot                  that what makes life worth living, your
                                                                 recover in life:                      own personal series of special moments.
• The easiest way to find something
                                                                                                       They don’t repeat.
  lost around the house is to buy a                        (1) The Stone… after it’s thrown
                                                                                                           Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a
  replacement.                                             (2) The Word… after it’s said,
• He who hesitates is probably right.                                                                  mystery, today is the true gift. That’s why
                                                           (3) The Occasion… after it’s missed,
• Did you ever notice? The Roman                                                                       we call it “the present.”
                                                           (4) The Time… after it’s gone, and
  Numerals for forty (40) are XL.                          (5) A person… after they die
• If you can smile when things go wrong,
                                                          Remembering Our Friends:                             The Taxi Driver and
  you have someone in mind to blame.
                                                           A final bon voyage and farewell to
                                                                                                                  The Minister
• The sole purpose of a child’s middle                                                                  A taxi driver and a minister arrived in
                                                         members of our traveling family who have
  name is so he can tell when he’s really in                                                          heaven at the same time. The taxi driver was
                                                         passed recently. We shall miss them all,
  trouble.                                                                                            led to a palatial suite, and the minister was
                                                         especially Margaret, who was a huge SLV
• When you put the two words “The” and                                                                given a small plain room.
                                                         fan and longtime traveler.
  “IRS” together it spells “Theirs...”                                                                  “I don’t get it,” the minister said. “All he did
                                                         John Koenck, Richard Shaw, Miriam Fryer,
• Some people try to turn back their                                                                  was drive a cab and I was in the ministry for
                                                            Peggy Billigmeier and Margaret Iske
  odometers. Not me, I want people to                                                                 decades.”
                                                           If you know of a member of our traveling
  know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a                                                           “Up here, we go by results,” St. Peter said.
                                                         family who should be remembered here,
  long way and some of the roads weren’t                                                              “While you preached, people slept. While he
                                                         kindly contact our office.
  paved.                                                                                              drove, people prayed.”

6          Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012
                                                                  Casino Trips and Baseball
            Casino Mystery Overnighter
                          2 Days • April 24-25
                                                                                       The 2012 Ballpark Express
    You just never know where you are going to end up on a Sports                For over 30 years, the BEST way to get to the ballparks in Oakland
Leisure Mystery tour. Of course, this is a casino trip so you know there      and San Francisco has been with Sports Leisure Vacations. The
will be dealers and one-armed bandits along the way. Here are a few           original Ballpark Express allows you to travel to the game in comfort
clues to get you thinking about your destination: It’s April but there        without the traffic, tolls, gas and food stops, etc. Refreshments are
                                                                              served on board the motorcoach on your way to and from each
is always chance of a freeze. First names are important but we should
                                                                              game. You’ll enjoy Lower Deck seating for all A’s games and your
all have a nickname. We’ll party until the cows come home, or maybe
                                                                              choice of Lower Deck Outfield seats (first price listed) or View Level
we’ll just head over to their place. Everyone’s got a brand, but this one
                                                                              Infield seats (second price listed) for Giants games. Please request
is really tasteful. The tour will include transportation on SuperCoach        your seating area when making your reservation. Early reservations
III, overnight accommodations, one lunch, casino bonuses (subject to          advised, lower level seating already limited for many games.
change), and the services of a Sports Leisure Vacations Tour Director.
300/350 Gold Passport Points $299 p.p./dbl.occ., $349 single                                            San Francisco Giants
                                                                              Thurs., May 17            Giants vs. Cardinals       12:45pm $107/$99
                        The Lettermen
                          At the Carson Valley Inn                            Sat., June 2              Giants vs. Cubs*           4:15pm       $144/$129
                                May 20-21                                     Sun., June 10             Giants vs. Rangers         1:05pm       $129/$114
  Depart Sacramento from one of our convenient pick up points
                                                                              Sun., July 29             Giants vs. Dodgers         1:05pm       $129/$114
aboard Supercoach III to the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the
popular Forest Champagne Brunch at Harrah’s and travel the scenic             Sun., Sept. 9             Giants vs. Dodgers*        1:05pm       $144/$129
drive over the Sierras down Kingsbury Grade to the town of Minden
                                                                              Thurs. Sept. 27           Giants vs.                 12:45pm $107/$99
and the newly renovated Carson Valley Inn. Enjoy the 3pm matinee              (Fan Appreciation Day)    Diamondbacks
performance of The Lettermen with the evening at your leisure. From
their first hit in 1961, “The Way You Look Tonight,” 18 Gold Albums           Field Level (First Deck) seats are generally located in Section 132
                                                                              in Left Field. View Level (Third Deck) seats are gernerally located in
and countless hits attest to a popularity that has endured through
                                                                              Section 317, behind home plate.
several generations. The next morning make an (optional) visit to the
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. On your way back home               * Includes a one-way ferry ride to the ballpark on board the Baylink
stop once again at Lake Tahoe for lunch on your own before arriving           Ferry from Vallejo. Return to Sacramento on board SuperCoach III.
back in Sacramento between 4-5pm. 250/300 Gold Passport Points.
$229 p.p/dbl.occ., $269 single (incl. show) $199 p.p/dbl.occ., $239
                                                                                                          Oakland Athletics
single (no show)                                                              Sun., June 24             Athletics vs. Giants       1:05pm       $109

                      Oh What A Night                                         Sun., July 22             Athletics vs. Yankees      1:05pm       $107
                             At the Eldorado                                  Sun., Sept. 2             Athletics vs. Red Sox      1:05pm       $107
                              August 12-13
                                                                              Wed., Oct. 3              Athletics vs. Rangers      12:35pm $99
   Touring internationally since 2009, “Oh What a Night” takes you            (Fan Appreciation Day)
on a nostalgic trip down memory lane to celebrate the hit songs of
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, whose fascinating story is told in        Field Level Seats located in Right Field, just past First Base.
the hit musical “Jersey Boys.” The show is a spectacular production
                                                                              “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”
with singers, dancers and video projection, reflecting the era when
                                                                                                                                            – Yogi Berra
The Four Seasons were on top of the charts. The show delivers first
class musical arrangements, perfect harmonies, authentic costumes,
and all of The Four Seasons’ greatest hits. Your accommodations will
                                                                                The Champagne Express to Tahoe
be at The Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino where you will receive $5 in                                          Harvey’s Casino
slot play and a $3 food credit. A buffet dinner is included at the Eldorado       Monday, April 16, Tuesday, May 15 or Thusday, June 14
Hotel & Casino if you choose to see the show this evening. There will            Our monthly trips to Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Casino on the South
be an optional casino stop on day two at Boomtown; those who go                Shore of Lake Tahoe includes a 6-hour stay with a slot credit of $20
will receive $5 cash. 200/225 Gold Passport Points. $189 p.p./dbl.occ.,        and a free buffet or $7 food credit. You must belong to Harvey’s
$209 single (incl. show) $149 p.p./dbl.occ., $169 single (no show)             Total Rewards program to receive the bonuses. $40

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Day Trips and Theatre Outings
Spring in San Francisco                               that followed his brother George’s death.         Enjoy lunch prior to the 2pm matinee at the
Thursday, April 5                                     Featuring a star-studded Broadway cast, the       Northern Queen Inn. $119
   Visit the San Francisco Flower Market to           performance includes 27 numbers from the
savor the scents and sights and shop for              Gershwin hit parade including “Can’t Get          SF Symphony’s Barbary
flowers and greenery for your home just in            Started,” “Spring Again,” “Long Ago and Far       Coast and Beyond
time for Easter. Experience Macy’s Annual             Away,” and “The Man That Got Away.” Enjoy         Davies Symphony Hall, SF
Flower Show in Union Square featuring                 free time for lunch at your leisure in Union      Saturday, May 12
lavish displays of flowers and plants. This           Square before the 2pm matinee. $127                 Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and
year’s theme “Tower of Flowers” showcases                                                               the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
floral architecture and specialty gardens             A Day of Wildflowers                              celebrate the musical roots and heritage
bursting with color and imagination. Enjoy            and Roses                                         of the City by the Bay in Barbary Coast and
free time for browsing, shopping, and lunch           Monday, April 23                                  Beyond: Music from the Gold Rush to the
on your own before returning home. $74                   In April there is an explosion of flowers in   Panama-Pacific Exposition, with music
                                                      the little valley that is the 1895 homestead      written from the mid-1800s through the
Easter Brunch at Ironstone                            of Eleven Roses Ranch near Clear Lake. Meet       orchestra’s founding in 1911. With MTT as
Sunday, April 8                                       Anne Garner who will share some stories           curator, conductor, and host, soprano Laura
  Return to the Sierra Foothills with our             about her heritage and her connection to          Claycomb, violinist Vadim Gluzman, pianist
festive daytrip to enjoy an Easter brunch             the ranch. A wagon ride through the valley        Anton Nel, and organist Cameron Carpenter
buffet at the beautiful Ironstone Winery,             with horses Belle and Blue accompany a            capture the exuberant energy and confident
just outside Murphys, overlooking its green           chuckwagon BBQ. Stop briefly at Granzella’s       swagger of The City in its formative musical
vineyards and orchards. Stroll through the            in Williams before returning home. $119           years. Dinner is included at The Franciscan
blooming gardens, visit the history museum                                                              Restaurant prior to the 8pm show. $159
and, of course, sample some of the winery’s           Big Band Blast!
award-winning wines and maybe bring                   Gallo Center for the Arts                         You’ve Got a Date for
home a few bottles! $125                              Friday, April 27                                  Lunch in Amador
                                                         This rousing blast from the past features      Monday, May 14
Mamma Mia!                                            guest stars Mary Ann Mobley and the String           Spend a day in the Shenandoah Valley,
Gallo Center for the Arts                             of Pearls vocal group. A cavalcade of hits        with gentle rolling foothills covered with
Saturday, April 14                                    provided by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra,           vineyards. Enjoy a lunch prepared especially
  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s             under the baton of Bill Tote, is expected to      for you by the chef of Taste restaurant
quest to discover the identity of her father          include Amapola, Maria Elena, Green Eyes,         in Plymouth. A visit to the Shenandoah
brings three men from her mother’s past               Change Partners, Tangerine, and Besame            Museum and Sobon Winery completes your
back to the Greek island they last visited            Mucho. Enjoy dinner prior to the 7pm show         visit to Amador County. $109
20 years before. The story-telling magic of           at the Canal Street Grille. $153
ABBA’s timeless songs, including “Dancing                                                               Betrayal, Bankruptcy, and
Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Winner            Teahouse of the August                            Brilliance
Takes it All,” and, of course, “Mamma Mia”            Moon                                              Featuring the Walt Disney Family Museum
propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter        Nevada Theatre, Nevada City                       Wednesday, May 16
and friendship. Lunch precedes the 2pm                Satuday, May 5                                       The life of storyteller Walt Disney comes
matinee at the Canal Street Grille. $184                The Community Asian Theatre of the              alive in the wonderful Walt Disney Family
                                                      Sierra presents this wonderful comedy             Museum that celebrates the man behind
Gershwin: The Man That                                about culture clash at the historic Nevada        such storybook legends as Steamboat Willie,
Got Away                                              Theatre. In the aftermath of World War II,        Mickey Mouse and Snow White. Founded by
Jewish Community Center in SF                         a U.S. Army Captain is transferred to a tiny      San Francisco resident Diane Disney Miller,
Sunday, April 15                                      Okinawa island town called Tobiki with            one of Walt Disney’s children, the museum
  Created and narrated by internationally             the job of teaching the natives all things        tells the personal story of his life through his
renowned critic and author Rex Reed, this             American. Chaos and confusion reign but           own words and family memorabilia. Lunch is
musical follows the life of lyricist Ira Gershwin     through the villagers, Captain Fisby starts to    included at Scoma’s along with an afternoon
in the decades of phenomenal output                   see the beauty of preserving their culture.       ferry ride across the bay to Sausalito. $129

8           Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012
John Muir’s Early                                its beautiful garden, the gallery of fine arts    train ride at one of our new favorite eateries,
California                                       photography, and experience stunning              Terra Mia, a wonderful Italian place. $129
Saturday, May 19                                 views of the surrounding vineyards. At the
   A new visitors center at John Muir National   prestigious Culinary Institute of America,        Earthquakes, Rainforests
Historic Site opened just a few months           lunch awaits in its historic Greystone            and Coral Reefs
ago and is a wonderful compliment to the         Restaurant. Finish the day with a short stop      Monday, June 4
home in which naturalist John Muir resided       at the Marketplace in Yountville to browse           Designed by Italian architect Renzo
from 1890 to 1914. Considered by many to         its variety of culinary and gift shops. $162      Piano, the California Academy of Science
be the father of the National Park Service,                                                        is spectacular. This particular departure
Muir’s life and writings are presented in        Sunday’s A Drag                                   to the academy allows you plenty of time
the visitors center and his historic home in     The Starlight Room, San Francisco                 to explore several new exhibits including
Martinez. Lunch follows along with a visit       Sunday, May 27                                    “Earthquake” opening in late May. The
to the Benicia State Capitol State Historic         On this Sunday all is done in extravagantly    exhibit also features a companion show in
Park, slated to be closed due to budget cuts     good taste and wit as the Starlight Room in       the planetarium. Explore Philippine Coral
in June. Serving as California’s State Capitol   the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square       Reefs, a rainforest in Madagascar, and the
from 1853-54, this may be your last time to      is the home of one of San Francisco’s most        sights of the African Savannah. Of course,
see this historical gem. $106                    popular shows – Harry Denton’s noon               the resident penguins are the most popular
                                                 brunch show. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch             attraction at the academy. Lunch is at your
The Presidio & The Palace                        plus a show that gives you attitude from          leisure at the museum café. $91
Tuesday, May 22                                  the mistresses of music, and the divas of
  Serving as a military post under Spain,        drag. After the show, you will have free          The NEW Dawdin’
Mexico, and then the United States from          time to stroll the streets of Sausalito before    on the Delta
1776 to 1994, The Presidio was closed as a       returning to Sacramento. $134                     Wednesday, June 6
base and is a now a part of the Golden Gate                                                          Our always enjoyable spring visit to
National Recreation Area. With Craig Smith       Gardens of Golden Gate                            the Delta is back but with new sites to
as our guide, learn about those historic         Park                                              see! Begin in Pittsburgh (California, of
years, tour the grounds, see the changes         Wednesday, May 30                                 course) at the southern end of California’s
and learn the future plans for this iconic          Celebrate spring by enjoying the many          ecologically diverse Delta. An informative
San Francisco attraction. After an included      beautiful gardens of Golden Gate Park in          luncheon cruise aboard the Island Sereande
lunch at the Presidio Golf Course Restaurant,    San Francisco. With Craig Smith as your           introduces you to the history and ecology of
the sightseeing continues with visits to the     guide, begin at the historic Conservatory of      the region. On the way home visit The Dutra
renovated Palace of Fine Arts and the Lucas      Flowers, home to exotic flowers and plants        Dredging Museum in Rio Vista, dedicated to
Arts Headquarters Building. $110                 from around the world. Other stops include        educating and promoting an understanding
                                                 the Windmill, Roses, and hidden Shakespeare       of the history of dredging and the value of
Spring on the Rails                              Gardens, concluding at the serene and             reclaiming the California Delta. $120
Wednesday, May 23                                picturesque Japanese Tea Gardens. Lunch
  Take a beautiful setting and match it with     is included mid-day at world-famous Cliff         Glass, Fish & Ships
the romance of the rails and what do you         House Restaurant. Be sure to bring your           Thursday, June 7
have? A great spring outing! Climb aboard        camera and wear comfortable shoes to walk            Begin with visits to Nourot and Smyers
the Sierra Railroad in Oakdale and enjoy         and smell the roses. $138                         Glass Studios in Benicia. The studios are
a day of beautiful scenery amongst the                                                             known for outstanding quality and value in
foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.        Steam Whistles and                                vivid colored original designs. Next it’s lunch
A three-course lunch is served on board          Silent Films                                      at The Dead Fish Restaurant overlooking the
with an ever-changing view right outside         Sunday, June 3                                    Carquinez Straights – a silly name but great
your window! Stop at the Oakdale Cheese             All aboard the historic Nile Canyon            food! Following lunch, cruise around the
Factory for a few goodies. $126                  Railway for a scenic ride through the canyon      US Navy’s “Mothball Fleet” aboard the m/v
                                                 along the route of the trans-continental          Journey. You cannot board any of the naval
Mumm’s The Word                                  railway. Once in Niles, step back into the        vessels but it is a great way to see some
Thursday, May 24                                 quiet time of silent films at the local museum    of America’s powerful and historic ships
  Enjoy a delicious and delightful day at        celebrating the era of Charlie Chaplin and        including destroyers, cruisers, oilers, and
Mumm Napa Valley for a tour and tasting          other great legends of the silver screen.         merchant ships. This tour is limited to 30 so
of its award-winning sparkling wine. Visit       Lunch is included in Livermore before the         reserve early! $139

                                                                                              Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012      9
Frankie Avalon                                       The 39 Steps                                     Les Miserables
Gallo Center, Modesto                                East Sonora Theatre                              Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday, June 9                                     Wednesday, June 27                               Wednesday, August 8 or
  For members of a certain generation,                 Cross an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece          Saturday, August 11
there probably isn’t a time that Frankie             with a juicy spy novel, whirl it up with giddy     Come see what the New York Times is
Avalon was not a part of their lives. The            comedy and wildly invented theatrical            calling “an unquestionably spectacular
former teen heartthrob’s career has spanned          stagecraft and you have The 39 Steps, a          production from start to finish.” Based on
three generations in music, television and           fast and frothy whodunit that celebrates         Victor Hugo’s classic novel, this is an epic and
movies, including a string of gold record hits       the magic of theater. When a beautiful and       uplifting story about the human spirit and
such as “Venus,” “Why” and “De De Dinah.”            mysterious woman is murdered, the suave          the life journey of Jean Valjean during the
Enjoy a wonderful stroll down memory lane            hero is falsely accused and pursued across       tumultuous years of the French Revolution.
at the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts          the country in an unforgettable evening          The magnificent score of includes the classic
along with dinner served prior to the 8pm            of pure comedic pleasure. More than 150          songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,”
show at the Canal Street Grill. $154                 characters brought to life by a cast of just     “Bring Him Home,” “Master of the House,”
                                                     four brilliant comedic actors. Lunch is          and many more. Seating is in the orchestra
War and Remembrance                                  included prior to the 2pm matinee at the         for the 2pm matinee performances. A box
Wednesday, June 13                                   Willow Steakhouse in Jamestown. $118             lunch is included for Wednesday trips with a
   Appropriate for the week of Memorial                                                               no-host dinner stop at Pier 39 following the
Day, Stockton’s Haggin Museum presents               The Magic Flute                                  show. Staff Code: Cantaloupe. The Saturday
a wonderful photographic retrospective               San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House         departure includes a no–host lunch stop
of the Second World War with over 100                Sunday, July 8                                   prior to the show in the area of Union
photographs taken by Associated Press                  Inventive, charming, beguiling, and            Square. Wed. – $148, Sat. – $162
photographers from all theatres of the war           unique, Mozart’s final opera is a profound
and stateside. Some of the photos were               but lighthearted tale of romantic love.          War Horse
never published and remained untouched               With an international cast and artistic new      Curran Theatre
for over 60 years. Begin the day with a brief        production for San Francisco, this lyrical and   Wednesday, August 29 or
tour of the historic Fox Theatre, now known          opera favorite will be sung in English. Your     Saturday, September 1
as the Bob Hope Theatre, in Downtown                 choice of seating is in the side sections of        Winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best
Stockton and maybe get up and dance to               the Orchestra or the Dress Circle of the first   Play, and now a popular motion picture,
a few tunes as played on the house organ.            balcony. Be advised that Dress Circle seating    War Horse is the powerful story of young
Lunch follows at Angelina’s Spaghetti House,         involves use of steep stairs and there are       Albert’s horse, Joey, who has been enlisted
surrounded by photos of historic Stockton,           no handrails. A stop is included in Union        to fight for the English in World War I. When
along with the docent-guided tour of the             Square for lunch on your own before the          Joey is caught in enemy crossfire he ends up
Haggin Museum. $98                                   2pm matinee. Orchestra – $215, Dress             serving both sides of the war before landing
                                                     Circle – $165                                    in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to
The Pritikin Museum in                                                                                enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to
San Francisco                                        Michael Feinstein’s                              find his horse and bring him home. At the
Tuesday, June 19                                     The Good Life                                    heart of the show are life-sized puppets
   San Francisco’s largest private estate and        Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco            which bring breathing, galloping, charging
home to an art collection reputed to be              Sunday, July 15                                  horses to thrilling life on stage. A box
worth $40 million has now opened to the                Michael Feinstein returns to Davies            lunch is included for Wednesday trips with
public and Sports Leisure Vacations will             Symphony Hall in San Francisco for only one      a no-host dinner stop at Pier 39 following
be one of the first to visit. Built as his home      night as part of the summer pops series. In      the performance. The Saturday departure
in 1981, Robert Pritikin was an advertising          concert with his big band, “The Good Life”       includes a no–host lunch stop prior to the
executive with an avid interest in art. Known        pays tribute to the great American singers       show in the area of Union Square. Due to the
as a“collector of many things,”his possessions       and songwriters including Frank Sinatra,         popularity of the show, all group seating is
include an eclectic selection of paintings,          Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Tony             in the Center Mezzanine (no elevator). If you
murals, sculptures, musical instruments,             Bennett, and Liza Minnelli. Enjoy seating in     have SEVERE accessibility issues, a limited
pop art, and San Francisco memorabilia. The          the orchestra for this multi-platinum-selling    number of accessible seats in the last row
day includes a luncheon and private tour of          and five-time Grammy nominated superstar         of the orchestra section are available. Please
the mansion and gardens. $140                        performer. Dinner is included at Viva Pizza      inquire at the time of reservation. Wed. –
                                                     before the 7:30pm show. $155                     $143, Sat. – $152

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                                          The Barber Pole, or Once Over Lightly
   This column is named for the late Bill          through a series of ramps or a heavily used          they are passed on from the airlines and
Conlin, who was the editor of both The             elevator. Of course, once on the upper level,        calculated by the bus companies close to
Sacramento Union and The Sacramento Bee            you have to climb stairs and if you decide           the date of travel.
sports pages during his life. Bill was a big       to leave your seat during the game, you                Should you ever have any questions
part of Sports Leisure, traveling with us to       guessed it, those same stairs will be waiting,       regarding fuel or energy surcharges, we
Spring Training each year. New York, Paris,        but you are right at home plate, with a great        welcome your call. While these are a reality
London; Bill and Mae Belle Pendergast were         overview of the game.                                to some extent, they need to be fair. Your
traveling companions who had been high                The A’s on the other hand, are not as             comments are always welcome.
school sweethearts and spent their later           popular, and seating there is not an issue.
years in the company of Sports Leisure             Tickets are even cheaper.                                Handicap Rooms Requests
Vacations. When Bill wrote a column with              One other word to the wise: Lower level              We are always happy to request special
covering several topics, he used this title. As    Giants seats are already sold out for some           accommodations for those who need them.
baseball season approaches, we honor the           games, limited for others. If you wish to            Recently, we have noticed an uptick in these
memory of our friend Bill Conlin…                  attend a Giants game or two this year and            requests. Because handicapped rooms
                                                   have not already signed up, we suggest you           at hotels are very limited in number, it’s
Seats at the (Giants) Ballpark                     do so as soon as possible. We will soon begin        important if you request one of these rooms,
   Remember when the Giants played at              advertising the games to the public                  you are getting what you need. And because
Candlestick Park? They drew 5,000 people,                                                               they are so limited, if you don’t really need
you could walk up to the ticket window                        Fuel Surcharges                           all of the features of the room, it might be
and get a great seat (as long as the Dodgers          As fuel prices skyrocket, these become            more fair to leave it for another traveler.
weren’t in town).                                  more of a reality. All West Coachlines                  For example, many people prefer a
   Now the team plays at a beautiful               works directly with us, notifying us of fuel         shower with grab bars. (Personally, so does
downtown stadium, arguably one of the              prices on a regular basis. Should fuel prices        this writer.) About half of hotels offer this
best in the country, has even won a World          at the pump drop below $3.30, most of                feature in all rooms. So if what you need is
Series; and you can’t get a good seat without      these charges will go away. If the price of          assistance getting in and out of the shower,
being a season ticket holder or ponying up         oil continues to climb, so will the charges.         and you ask for a handicapped room for that
a lot of bucks. After they beat the Phillies to    We strive to be as fair as possible on these         reason only, you may take the room away
win the Series, there was a huge increase          charges, and we hate “nickeling and diming”          from someone who has a greater need.
in demand for tickets and the Giants,              our travelers. But the reality is that it adds up       Inquire about special rooms when you
despite recognizing that we were long-             to thousands of dollars a month, and if we           register for your trip. Discuss your needs with
time customers, had to limit the number of         don’t recover those costs, a significant part        our staff; and ask to speak to Kevin, Mark
tickets we could buy. Lower level indiviual        of our profit goes away. Here is our policy:         or Clayton if you need to communicate
game tickets were already seriously limited           On Day Trips, because they are                    personal information or need more answers
to seats in the corners of right and left field.   announced only a few months in advance,              to your questions. We want all who wish to
By splitting our tickets between the lower         we are able to monitor fuel and tour prices          travel with us to be able to, and our job is
and second (view) level, we were able to           and include the fuel surcharges. Currently,          to arrange the deck chairs to make as many
double the number of games we offered.             the surcharge accounts for about $2-3 per            folks happy and comfortable as possible.
   Some folks complain that the lower level        person of the tour price. You don’t pay a            Your understanding is appreciated.
seats aren’t the best. (They are right, they are   surcharge upon departure because it has
down the left field line near the foul pole.       already been included.
Trouble is, those are the only seats available        On Extended Domestic Tours in the US
to us [or anyone else, for that matter].) We       and Canada, you will receive a notice of the
could ask for seats in right field, which are      fuel surcharge in the Final Tour Notes. By
closer to the field, but also more likely to be    collecting the charge close to departure, we
in the sun, which is an issue for many people.     can insure you pay a more current rate.
Bottom line, unless you are willing to pay            On     International Tours (except
ticket brokers a premium, the seats Sports         Canada), you may have to deal with air and
Leisure has are among the best available.          motorcoach fuel surcharges. When we are
   The upstairs seats offer a much better          made aware of these when pricing the tour,
                                                                                                        This could be YOU! Munching on a lobster in
view, but you have to get up to them               we include them and tell you. Otherwise,             Hyannis on Old Cape Cod, see page 16.

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New Vacations and Getaways
The Great Gilroy Garlic                                   listed, two meals, and the services of a          The tour includes transportation,
Festival                                                  Sports Leisure Tour Director. 500/550 Gold     overnight accommodations, all attractions
Featuring an evening at the Fairmont Hotel,               Passport Points.                               listed, two lunches, and the services of a
San Jose                                                         $455 p.p./dbl.occ., $515 single         Sports Leisure Tour Director. 500/550 Gold
2 Days July 27-28                                                   $ave $15 until April 10              Passport Points.
   1. Depart Sacramento on board                                                                                $485 p.p./dbl.occ., $535 single
SuperCoach III bound for the community                    The Santa Cruz Follies                                   $ave $15 until April 10
of Gilroy and its famous Garlic Festival. On              2 days Sept. 12 – 13
Friday morning, the weather is cooler and                    1. After a brief break from this popular    “Show Me” TV Stars In
the weekend crowds haven’t yet appeared.                  annual trip, we travel back to Santa Cruz to   Branson
Enjoy all your favorite foods with that most              see the The Santa Cruz Follies’ new show,      Featuring Dick Van Dyke and Greg Brady
wonderful member of the onion family.                     Copacabana Finale. Performed since 1955        6 Day • September 15-20
Garlic ice cream? Yep, you’ll find it here!               by actors and singers all “50 years young                      H Highlights H
Arrive in San Jose in the middle afternoon                or better,” it’s a wonderful variety show      • Nine shows: Andy Williams with Dick
and check-in to your hotel in the heart of the            benefitting Senior Citizen Opportunities.         Van Dyke, Yakov Smirnoff, Shoji Tabuchi,
city, The Fairmont. (D)                                   Lunch is included at The Crow’s Nest              Joseph at the Sight and Sound Theatre,
   2. This morning you have a choice to                   along the waterfront before the 1pm               Twelve Irish Tenors, The Oak Ridge Boys,
make. Explore San Jose’s Tech Museum, a                   matinee performance. Your overnight               Barry Williams, Greg Brady, Presley’s
hands-on technology and science museum                    accommodations are nestled near the               Jubilee, The Brett Family
for people of all ages and backgrounds, take              woods at the Hilton Hotel in nearby Scotts     • Five nights at the beautiful Hilton
a tour of the unique Winchester Mystery                   Valleys. (L)                                      Promenade
House, or simply choose to sleep in and                      2. Enjoy a visit to the Santa Cruz Beach    • Visit the Titanic Museum during its 100
relax a little at your hotel. Lunch and some              Boardwalk with an informative history talk        year anniversary
time for shopping is included in the village              at its famous merry-go-round and make a        • Private chat with Steve Presley
of Half Moon Bay en route to Sacramento,                  reach for the brass ring! A barbeque lunch     • 12 Meals; 4 breakfasts, 2 brunches, 1
arriving in the late afternoon. (L)                       is included at Roaring Camp with a ride           lunch and 5 dinners
   The tour includes transportation,                      through the coastal redwoods on the Big        • Door-to-door transportation
overnight accommodations, all attractions                 Trees Railroad before returning home. (L)      • Round trip airfare to/from Branson
                                                                                                         • 2800/3100 Gold Passport Points
                                                                                                            1. Fly direct to Branson. You hotel is at
                                                                                                         Branson Landing which sits on the banks of
                                                                                                         Lake Taneycomo with a friendly pedestrian
                                                                                                         area of shops and restaurants. Only steps
                                                                                                         away is Branson’s old town with its quaint
                                                                                                         shops including Dick’s Five & Dime. Dinner
                                                                                                         is hosted at Andy William’s Moon River Grill
                                                                                                         before his performance with TV legend Dick
                                                                                                         Van Dyke. Hilton Promenade – 5 nights
                                                                                                            2. Brunch is scheduled this morning at the
                                                                                                         beautiful historic Big Cedar Lodge on the
                                                                                                         banks of Table Rock Lake. With a repertoire
                                                                                                         ranging from Broadway to Barry Manilow
                                                                                                         to Frank Sinatra and of course plenty of
                                                                                                         traditional Irish music, The Twelve Irish
                                                                                                         Tenors’ show features something for every
                                                                                                         musical taste. (BR,D)
                                                                                                            3. The Brett Family sings everything
Excitement surrounds the chefs as they cook (and perform) at the Gilroy Garlic Festival                  from the 40’s and 50’s to classical, Motown,

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Broadway and more! Get the lay of the land       Mendocino’s Colorful
this afternoon with a scenic tour of the local   Coast
area including the College of the Ozarks.        4 Days • October 9-12
Known locally as “Hard Work U,” no student          Autumn is the best time to explore the
pays tuition; rather, they work to earn their    beautiful Mendocino Coast. The summer
education. Later, get a behind-the-scenes        crowds have disappeared and the towns of
experience with a visit to the Presley Family    Ft. Bragg and Mendocino are returned to
Theatre and chat with Steve Presley of the       the locals (and you!). Last year we decided
Presley’s Jubilee. From gospel to country,       on a three-night stay with several new
the Presley Family will provide a great time.    restaurants and attractions. Sport Leisure
(B,L,D)                                          travelers responded by selling out the tour!
   4. Yakov Smirnoff, the famous Russian            1. Carey Transportation delivers you to the
comedian, delivers explosive laughter in         Sports Leisure office to meet SuperCoach III.
a show filled with brilliant special effects,    Skirt the north shore of Clear Lake en route        Our good frriend Eva enjoying a ride through the
                                                                                                     redwoods on the Skunk Train
dazzling dancing, heart-filled moments,          to the small community of Upper Lake for
and just plain fun. Enjoy a special dinner on    lunch at the Blue Goose Restaurant and a visit      lunch is waiting. For the rest of the journey
the top floor of the Plaza Restaurant with       to the Mendocino County Historic Museum             to Willits, experience the railroad’s enclosed
entertainment by Kenny Parrot. Theirs is one     in Willits. Arrive in the late afternoon at your    motor-car, which travels on the tracks.
of the most distinctive and recognizable         accommodations in Ft. Bragg, with private           SuperCoach III will be waiting at the other
sounds in the music industry. The four-          balconies, above Noyo Harbor. Harbor Lite           end to deliver you home to Sacramento,
part harmonies and upbeat songs of The           Lodge – 3 nights (L,D)                              arriving in the late afternoon. (B,L)
Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of               2. After a light breakfast included each            The tour includes roundtrip transportation
country hits earning them Grammy, Dove,          morning at the lodge, explore the village           aboard SuperCoach III, accommodations,
CMA and ACM awards. (B,D)                        of Mendocino with a morning visit to the            all attractions listed, all meals (3B,4L,3D),
   5. 2012 is the year of Titanic, the           historic Kelley House followed by an optional       and the services of a Sports Leisure Tour
centennial year of the great ship’s maiden       docent-guided walk. Lunch is included at            Director. 1150/1350 Gold Passport Points.
voyage. At the Titanic Museum experience         the popular Café Beaujolais, known for its               $1145 p.p./dbl.occ., $1330 single
life on board just as it was on her maiden       delicious regional cuisine. Following lunch                     $ave $35 until April 10
voyage 100 years ago. Walk the hallways,         choose to explore the unique shops of
parlors, cabins and grand staircase while        Mendocino, visit MacKerricher State Park            Mammoth Lakes, Movies
surrounded by more than 400 rare artifacts.      for a ranger-guided tour of the boardwalk           and Ghost Towns
Watch the spectacular production of              to the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean,        6 or 9 Days • October 17-22 or 25
Joseph, at the Sight & Sound Theatre, an         or relax back at the hotel. Dinner is included         Enjoy an autumn drive to Las Vegas
epic, timeless story about the power of          at the Cliff House, overlooking the waves of        through Mammoth Lakes, The Eastern Sierra
forgiveness. It includes a spectacular 30-foot   the Pacific. (B,L,D)                                and Death Valley. Return by air from Las
tall Egyptian palace that spans 300-feet and        3. Visit the Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse this        Vegas or extend your tour to include ghost
wraps around three sides of the audience         morning and enjoy the peaceful Mendocino            towns and other interesting sites in Nevada.
and a cast of 45 professional adult and          Coast Botanical Gardens, the only public               1. Our fleet of Carey vehicles will transport
children actors and dozens of live animals.      gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean.              you to the Sports Leisure office. Depart on
Your evening show features a performance         The afternoon is at your leisure before             Supercoach III for the south shore of Lake
by legendary violinist Shoji Tabuchi. (B,D)      dinner and a production of the popular              Tahoe for lunch and continue traveling down
   6. One last show before saying farewell       Peter Schaeffer play, “Lettice & Loveage” at        Highway 395 to the heart of Mammoth
to Branson. Spend the morning with               the intimate Mendocino Theatre Company              Lakes. Sierra Nevada Lodge – 3 nights (L)
Barry Williams, Greg on television’s The         Playhouse. (B,L,D)                                     2. Bodie is the most amazing ghost town
Brady Bunch, along with his live five piece         4. All aboard the Skunk Train! The view          you’ll ever see. Back in the 1880’s it was the
band. Barry has a new multi-media show           from the restored rail cars of the California       roughest and toughest of all the mining
specially created for Branson audiences.         Western Railroad is pretty much unchanged           towns in the west. Now it’s preserved as a
Your afternoon flight gets you back to           since the route opened 126 years ago:               state park. At Mono Lake learn the story
Sacramento in the early evening. (B,BR)          towering trees, deer drinking from the Noyo         of the lake’s fight for survival. For decades
      $2770 p.p./dbl.occ., $3070 single          River, an isolated fisherman’s cabin peeking        the Los Angeles Department of Water and
          $ave $125 until April 10               from the forest. A steam engine delivers you        Power has siphoned off water from the
                                                 half-way, to North Spur, where a BBQ tri-tip        streams feeding the lake, causing the lake’s

                                                                                              Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012          13
level to drop and endangering its unique             mining history but also other cultural and            where you will have a hosted lunch. After a
environment. (B,L)                                   social aspects of the region and tours the            rest stop in Las Vegas, arrive in Laughlin in
   3. Mammoth Lakes has been very active             open air Tonopah Historic Mining Park. (B,L)          late afternoon. Golden Nugget, Laughlin –
geologically in the past few thousand years.            9. Dubbed “America’s Patriotic Home” the           2 nights (B,L)
Volcanoes abound and one lava flow helped            town of Hawthorne in western Nevada is                   3. Step back in time to the western town
create famous Devils Postpile National               proud of its red, white and blue streets and          of Oatman, Arizona. Visit the historical
Monument. The formation is a rare sight in           flags blowing in the wind. Part of this pride         Oatman Hotel where Clark Gable and Carole
the geologic world and ranks as one of the           is rooted in the 147,000-acre Hawthorne               Lombard spent their honeymoon in the
world’s finest examples of columnar basalt.          Army Depot’s ammunition storage facility.             1960’s. Enjoy a hosted lunch and have your
Ride the gondola to the top of the famous            Visit the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum                   picture taken with a resident burro before
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort for awesome              before heading home, pausing in South                 returning to Laughlin. (L)
views of the Central Sierra. Lunch follows           Lake Tahoe. (B,L)                                        4. Head to Las Vegas and tour the newly
with a scenic tour of Mammoth Basin with                             6 Day Itinerary                       opened Mob Museum. Learn the fascinating
an interpretive guide. (B,L)                                (Coach to Las Vegas, return by air)            story of the mob brought to life through
   4. Travel to Lone Pine and visit the                   $1755 p.p./dbl.occ., $1950 single                one-of-a-kind artifacts, interactive touch
Movie Museum. From the early days of                            $ave $60 until April 10                    screens and unique ways to interact with
westerns like The Round Up to the modern                   9 Day Itinerary (All coach itinerary)           law enforcement and organized crime tools.
blockbusters of today explore the museum’s                $2095 p.p./dbl.occ., $2335 single                Check into you hotel located in downtown
extensive collection of real movie costumes,                   $ave $100 until April 10                    Las Vegas on Fremont Street. Golden
cars, props, posters, and other memorabilia.                                                               Nugget, Las Vegas– 2 nights (L)
Enjoy a guided tour of Alabama Hill where            Tonopah, Laughlin &                                      5. Enjoy a free day to explore downtown
over 500 movies were shot. Best Western              Las Vegas by SuperCoach III                           or other casinos along the strip. Your Tour
Plus Frontier (B,L)                                  6 Days • November 11-16, 2012                         Director will be happy to suggest sights and
   5. Enter Death Valley National Park this             1. Carey Transportation vehicles will pick         transportation options.
morning making a stop for brunch at the              you up at your home and deliver you to the               6. Depart Las Vegas this morning for
Furnace Creek Inn. Visit China Ranch, a lush         Sports Leisure office. Depart our office on           the trip back to Sacramento. There will be
piece of greenery amidst the forbidding              board Supercoach III for the south shore of           rest and meal stops en route as you travel
Mojave Desert. Towering cottonwoods and              Lake Tahoe where you will enjoy the popular           through Mojave, Bakersfield and Fresno.
willows lie by a wandering stream, with date         Forest Buffet at Harrah’s. Your final destination     Arrive in Sacramento about 9pm. Carey
palms and abundant wildlife, all hidden              for the day is Tonopah. Founded in 1900 as a          vehicles will be waiting at the Sports Leisure
away in some of the most spectacular                 silver mining camp, it once had more than 30          office to return you to your front door!
scenery the desert has to offer. In Las Vegas        saloons, (and just two churches), within its          1150/1300 Gold Passport Points. (L)
your accommodations are minutes south of             city limits. Ramada Inn (BR)                               $1150 p.p./dbl.occ., $1295 single
the strip. South Point Hotel Casino Spa – 1             2. Heading south, you pass a number of                        $ave $35 until April 10
or 2 nights (B,BR)                                   ghost towns as you make your way to Beatty
   6. The newly opened Mob Museum is
creating quite a stir. Housed in the historic
former federal courthouse and U.S. Post
Office building, interactive exhibits provide
an insider’s look into many of organized
crime’s biggest names. If you choose our six
day itinerary, you will return to Sacramento
by air in the afternoon. Those on the nine
day itinerary have a free evening. (L)
   7. Depart Las Vegas for Tonopah, pausing
in the town of Goldfield for a very special
guided tour with a local historian. A former
boomtown, the community is working hard
to restore its unique history. Ramada Inn
Tonopah Station– 2 nights (L)
   8. At Tonopah’s Central Nevada Museum
view displays describing not only local              The Mob Museum in Las Vegas has had a controversial grand opening…you’ll want to hear the story

14           Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012
                                          SLV Staff Spotlight – Ramona Goodge
   Editor’s Note: Ramona is in her second             I am also actively involved with the
                                                                                                                   TEASING NEW TOURS
tour of duty at Sports Leisure Vacations.          Inter-Faith Council of Greater Sacramento.
She was our annual scholarship winner last         This collective of ministers and lay people
                                                                                                                    Sound Interesting?
August. If you weren’t at Tour Preview Day,        from various faith traditions come together                   Here are a few destinations “in
you wouldn’t know any of the details on            monthly to learn more about one another’s                  progress.” If interest dictates, we’ll
Ramona’s studies and the purpose of them. I        faith traditions, to work together on projects             add them to our schedule. If you are
think it’s a fascinating look at a lady who I’ve   such as homelessness, hunger and domestic                  interested in one or more, call and ask
                                                                                                              to be added to the Priority Notification
called a friend for many years. – Mark             violence that reach across all cultures and
                                                                                                              List, and we’ll update you if and when
   Last August I had the honor to receive          religions. Traveling with Sports Leisure has               the trip is scheduled.
the Chuck Evans Memorial Scholarship               been a wonderful opportunity for me to                        In September (12-13), the Santa Cruz
from Sports Leisure Vacations in support           experience different cultures and traditions               Seniorama Follies Revue is back on the
of my pursuit of a Master’s Degree. In my          over the years; and I am honored to be                     schedule. Stay at the Hilton in Scott’s
application I wrote that I hoped to keep           invited into various chapels, temples and                  Valley, with lunch at the Crow’s Nest in
                                                                                                              Santa Cruz (see page 12)… Steamboats
Chuck’s compassionate, friendly spirit alive       synagogues to speak and worship.
                                                                                                              are back on the Mississippi and we are
as I continue with my work in pastoral care.          At the completion in 2013, of what                      planning an excursion for the spring of
I am currently in a master’s program at            feels to be rather rigorous coursework,                    2013. Does that sound like fun?...
Holmes Institute which will culminate in an        I will be Reverend Ramona, and I will be a                    Ramona wants to know if there is
interfaith, multi-disciplinary degree in June      professional guide for one of life’s greatest              interest in a trip to Mexico, specifically
2013. I am studying philosophy, psychology,        journeys. It is my desire to facilitate that final         to see the Monarch Butterflies or Copper
and religion so that I may serve people of         journey for others with love, compassion                   Canyon? Scott is proposing a Winter in
                                                                                                              Yellowstone excursion for February of
all faiths as they live and move through the       and an open heart such as Chuck Evans had.
                                                                                                              next year. Would you like to ride a snow
questions and challenges of illness; and the       I thank Sports Leisure Vacations for the                   coach through a very uncrowded park?
experiences surrounding end of life.               scholarship. It helped with tuition and books                 Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl
   I knew long ago that I wanted to study          this past year. And most of all, I thank all of            are always a hit. It’s a famous venue
comparative religion, to be a counselor,           you who have so wonderfully supportive                     and a great place to witness a concert.
and to be in service to those moving               of me this past year with your kind words                  In looking at the year’s schedule, a
through the experiences at the end of life.        of encouragement. I love being out on the                  performance by Liza Minelli caught our
                                                                                                              eye in July. Interested?
Staff Code: Cherry. This master’s program is       road sharing beautiful and majestic places
                                                                                                                 Speaking of 2013 and river cruises,
the fulfillment of my dream. I am currently        such as Theodore Roosevelt National Park in                how about a river cruise in Europe? Paris
working as a bereavement counselor and             North Dakota, the Redwoods in Humboldt                     in the Springtime, features a week long
hospice chaplain when I am not out on the          State Park or places closer to home in the                 cruise on the Seine River from Paris to
road with Sports Leisure Vacations.                Sierra Foothills with you. Let’s go hug a tree!            Normandy (WWII historic sites) and of
   Travelers often ask me, “What is the                                                                       course, includes a stay in Paris. Staff
difference between a chaplain and a                                                                           members are already fighting over who
                                                                                                              gets to escort such a journey. Would you
minister?” Chaplains provide spiritual care
                                                                                                              like to see Paris in the spring of 2013 as
and support to patients and their families                                                                    part of a river cruise?
who have questions and other issues raised                                                                       Finally, plans have changed for
by terminal illnesses rather than imposing                                                                    our annual Christmas trip. We had
specific religious beliefs. As I work with                                                                    intended to go to Spokane and stay
clients and their families it is my role to                                                                   at the Davenport Hotel, but due to
recognize that each person has a spiritual                                                                    some scheduling issues with airlines,
                                                                                                              we have decided to postpone that
dimension and their own relationship with
                                                                                                              adventure. Instead, Clayton and I are
that which gives them greater meaning in                                                                      considering an overnighter to San
their lives. I seek to provide a safe supportive                                                              Francisco, with entertainment and a
environment for the entire family to express                                                                  wonderful Christmas Day feast before
all their emotions of anxiety, fear and                                                                       returning home. We’d like to know if this
sadness so that all are able to maintain their                                                                is of interest to our Christmas travelers, or
                                                                                                              should we keep looking?
dignity, their power of choice and their
peace of mind.                                     Ramona on the road, involved in her favorite activity

                                                                                                     Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012        15
The Tour Calendar (Previously Announced Tours)
4 Days     Apr. 18-21        The Castle, The Ocean & The Inn             4 Days       May 18-21          Luxury in La Jolla
Featuring two nights at The Apple Farm Inn, overnight oceanfront         See The Scottsboro Boys or Nobody Loves Me (afternoon at the
in San Simeon, Heart Castle tours by day and exclusive night tour,       theater in San Diego), enjoy lunch at the Hotel del Coronado, visit
National Steinbeck Center, San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market, lunch        the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, take time to browse the upscale
in Cambria (4 lunches incl.), door-to-door service, SuperCoach           shops and galleries of town. A tour of La Jolla and a narrated
III. One of our original tours, still one of the most popular. Tour      ride on old historic Hwy 101 are included, along with a stop at
Director: Chris Galloway. 1100/1300 Gold Passport Points. $1085          a historic roadside malt shop. Dine one night at P.F. Changs and
p.p./dbl.occ., $1295 single                                              perhaps best of all, spend 3 nights in the Embassy Suites Hotel. Just
4 Days     Apr. 22-25        Ride the Coast Starlight                    announced in the last newsletter, and already almost a sell out, this
Fly to Los Angeles, overnight, then board the Coast Starlight for        tour has always been quite popular. 7 meals, airfare to/from San
the 36-hour ride to Tacoma. Deluxe sleeping cabins and onboard           Diego, door-to-door service, 1350/1550 Gold Passport Points, Tour
meals included, tour historic Union Station in LA, lunch at Cutter’s     Director: TBA. $1350 p.p./dbl.occ., $1540 single
Bay House and city tour in Seattle, 7 meals, air to Burbank, return      4 Days       May 29 –           Sisters and Bend, Oregon’s
from Seattle, door-to-door service included, Tour Director: Kevin                     June 1             Mountain Secrets
Murphy. 2000/2600 Gold Passport Points. $1970 p.p./dbl.occ.,             Who wouldn’t want to spend 3 nights at the Ponderosa Lodge in
$2590 single                                                             the Cascade Mountains, with deer, and llamas, and marshmallow
10 Days    Apr. 24 –         The National Road, The Road                 roasting and barbecue – and that’s just at the lodge. Low mountain
           May 3             That Built The Nation, Baltimore            sightseeing features waterfalls, the headwaters of a river and other
                             to St. Louis                                natural beauties. Great value, 9 meals, airfare and door-to-door
Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, this was our nation’s first            service included, Tour Director: Mark or Chris Galloway. 1350/1500
commercial road. Travel it now, encompassing colonial history, the       Gold Passport Points. $1335 p.p./dbl.occ., $1465 single
westward movement, a variety of unique and unusual attractions,          7 Days       June 8-14          Old Cape Cod, Provincetown to
from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright to the home of John Glenn,                                           Nantucket
there’s a little bit of everything on this unique highway. Tour          A different version of the Cape Cod tour that was so popular last
Kitchenaide and watch products made, see the world’s largest             fall. This trip goes before the summer crowds arrive. Stay one night
catsup bottle, 18 meals, airfare, door-to-door service. A special        in Boston, two nights in Provincetown (right on the tip of the cape),
journey, limited to 25 travelers. Call for the day-by-day itinerary,     overnight Hyannis and two nights on Nantucket Island. Along the
Tour Directors: Mark and Chris. 3550/4050 Gold Passport Points.          way, there’s a tour of the sand dunes of Provincetown, spectacular
$3510 p.p./dbl.occ., $4020 single                                        dining (including a lobster dinner), a brief visit to Martha’s Vineyard
4 Days     April 27-30       On The (Pismo) Beach                        (with a short tour) and touring and unique activities on Nantucket.
3 nights ocean view rooms at the Sea Crest Resort, sample local          John Kennedy’s life is highlighted. A leisurely itinerary that flies
wines, foods and beverages on a special “Taste of Pismo” Tour, attend    home from Nantucket via New York. Limited to 20 travelers, Tour
the Great American Melodrama in Oceano, visit picturesque Avila          Director: Mark or Chris Galloway. Includes 10 meals, airfare, door-
Beach, lavender farm tour, Casa de Fruita shopping stop, 5 meals,        to-door service, 3350/3700 Gold Passport Points. $3345 p.p./dbl.
door-to-door service, Tour Director: Scott Angeletti. 1200/1450          occ., $3695 single, $100 EPD**
Gold Passport Points. $1195 p.p./dbl.occ., $1445 single
3 Days     May 9-11          Winding Through Weaverville
A brand new adventure in Trinity County, a quick getaway to an
off-the-beaten-track community, along with a bit of history on old
Highway 99 through the northern Sacramento Valley. 2 nights at the
Weaverville Victorian Inn, visit the Joss House, a unique historical
Chinese Temple. Tour through the Trinity Forest, see the “ghost”
mining town of Shasta City and stand on the Sun Dial Bridge, visit
the Highland Art Center, dine at the Jackson’s Steakhouse. Lunch in
Chico, Hwy. 99 history tour, all meals included (7), door-to-door
transportation, Tour Director: Ramona Goodge. 800/900 Gold
Passport Points. $785 p.p./dbl.occ., $870 single
                                                                        Three nights on Nantucket Island highlight our trip along the Cape in June

16          Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012
3 Days     June 8-10        Everything’s Coming Up Roses in             4 Days      June 28 –        US Olympic Gymnastic Trials in
                            Portland                                                July 1           San Jose
See the Portland Rose Festival Parade from inside the Rose Garden       Sports Leisure Travelers get some unique opportunities. This is
Arena. 2 nights Embassy Suites Hotel, visit the International Rose      one of those, the chance to see the best gymnasts in the United
Test Gardens, choral concert, ride through the Cascades to Seattle      States compete for the opportunity to represent us at the Olympic
on Amtrak. 5 meals, airfare, door-to-door service, Tour Director:       Games in London just one month later. You’ll see some of the best
Clayton Whitehead. 1300/1400 Gold Passport Points. $1255 p.p./          young athletes in the world. Tickets are in an excellent location
dbl.occ., $1380 single                                                  for all events. See all the finals competitions and the awards
4 Days     June 10-13       Gardens in Victoria & Glass in              ceremonies, and still have time to visit Santa Cruz and ride the
                            Tacoma                                      Roaring Camp Railroad into the Redwoods and learn a little about
This two-nation vacation features the best of the Pacific Northwest.    San Jose and the Silicon Valley on a city tour. We’ve even arranged
Fly to Seattle, enjoy lunch and Pike Place Market, then ferry by        for an exclusive talk with a coach and/or athlete from the US team.
catamaran to Victoria. 2 nights at the Chateau Victoria, double-        3 nights at the Embassy Suites in nearby Milpitas, tickets to 4
decker bus tour, High Tea at the Empress Hotel, overnight at            events, 7 meals, sightseeing, 1500/1650 Gold Passport Points, Tour
the art-filled Hotel Murano in Tacoma, tour of the Dale Chihuly         Director: TBA. $1470 p.p./dbl.occ., $1625 single, $25 EPD**
Museum of Glass. 6 meals, airfare, door-to-door service. 1800/2000      5 Days      July 3-7         Crater Lake & The Umpqua
Gold Passport Points, Tour Director: Chris Galloway. $1765 p.p./                                     Scenic Byway
dbl.occ., $1975 single, valid passport required                         Scott has come up with this wonderful small-town holiday trip that
6 Days     June 8-13        Roses in Portland, Gardens in               has been “resting” for the last couple of years. He has expanded the
                            Victoria & Glass in Tacoma                  previously popular itinerary to include a wildlife safari, a ride on the
Everything in both itineraries for Portland and Victoria is included.   jet boats of the scenic Rogue River and and two nights near Ashland
2500/2850 Gold Passport Points. $2499 p.p./dbl.occ., $2825              (giving you an opportunity to attend one of the Shakespearean
single, valid passport required                                         Festival shows – optional, not included). Of course, there’s a visit to
7 Days     June 13-19       Alaska’s Denali National Park &             Crater Park and a drive to the rim (around it if conditions permit),
                            The Kenai Peninsula                         fireworks in Roseburg, wine tasting and a stop at Harry and David’s
                                                                        BIG store. 10 meals, transportation on SuperCoach III, Tour Director:
2 unique train excursions – Denali to Talkeetna and Seward to
                                                                        Scott Angeletti. 1450/1650 Gold Passport Points. $1445 p.p./dbl.
Girdwood; 2 nights at the spectacular Alyeska Lodge, 2 nights
                                                                        occ., $1630 single, $20 EPD**
Grand Denali Hotel, Tundra Tour in Denali Park, view glaciers,
learn about dog sledders, 8 meals, airfare, door-to-door service.       2 Days      July 30-31       Rivercats Road Trip to Reno
3800/4550 Gold Passport Points, Tour Director: Scott Angeletti.         The Reno Aces are the Rivercats’ closest competition. This two-
$3790 p.p./dbl.occ., $4510 single                                       game getaway features baseball, a talk from a member of the
3 Days     June 15-17       Take the Train to Truckee and               Rivercats organization about the team, overnight accommodations
                            Virginia City                               at the Silver Legacy and one lunch. Tour Director: TBA. 350/400
                                                                        Gold Passport Points. $335 p.p./dbl.occ., $355 single, $10 EPD**
Experience the golden age of steam aboard the Virginia-Truckee
Railroad, ride Amtrak from Sacramento to Truckee on the California      2 Days      Aug. 1-2         Broadway Pops in the Pines
Zeyphr, travel between train rides on SuperCoach III, 6 meals,          Now an annual favorite, this trip has limited accommodations and
overnights in Truckee and Virginia City (B&B optional upgrade in        traditionally fills early. Witness the Bear Valley Music Festival from
Virginia City, extra charge), 6 meals, door-to-door service. 850/950    your covered, reserved seating under the tent. Stay the night at
Gold Passport Points, $825 p.p./dbl.occ., $935 single                   Bear Valley Lodge. Added attractions: A William Florian concert
5 Days     June 22-26       Strawberries, Beaches and                   and a stop in Murphy’s on the second day, lunch in Sonora the
                            Flower Fields                               first day, a last minute stop in Sloughhouse for fresh veggies just
                                                                        before returning home. Tour Director: Ramona Goodge, 3 meals,
Featuring Santa Barbara, the Lompoc Flower Festival and Solvang.
                                                                        Supercoach III transportation. 600/650 Gold Passport Points. $580
Visit historic Santa Barbara landmarks, including the courthouse
                                                                        p.p./dbl.occ., $620 single, $10 EPD**
and the mission. 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
(on the water), see Lompoc’s annual Flower Festival Parade and
the huge flower fields, overnight at the Apple Farm, old time                    office hours:
melodrama, 5 meals. 1350/1500 Gold Passport Points. $1320 p.p./
                                                                                   8:00am – 4:30pm MON. thru FRI.
dbl.occ., $1490 single
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4 Days       Aug. 9-12          The Sound(s) of Music in                          6 Days       Sept. 16-21       Baseball & Broadway in
                                Leavenworth                                                                      St. Louis & Chicago
In the Cascades outside Seattle is a picturesque little Bavarian-style            Plans are almost in the books for this long anticipated itinerary. Fly to
village. You’ll enjoy a 3 night visit staying at the Bavarian Lodge. On           Chicago, where your 3 night stay includes dinner atop the Hancock
two evenings, you’ll be treated to magnificent performances, one                  Tower, a morning for the Field Museum, Shedd Aqurium or Art
in the outdoor amphitheater. The Sound of Music and Thoroughly                    Institute (your choice, one admission Inc.), the Cubs and Pirates at
Modern Millie are the featured classics. You’ll feel like you are with            historic Wrigley Field, a narrated architechure cruise, lunch at Harry
the Von Trappe family in the Swiss Alps. Lunch in Seattle at Cutter’s             Carey’s and an evening of theater. Take the train to St. Louis and
Bay House, Amtrak to Leavenworth, 7 meals, Tour Director: Chris                   roll through the Illinois countryside, following a good part of old
Galloway. 1650/1900 Gold Passport Points. $1625 p.p./dbl.occ.,                    Route 66. Two nights in St. Louis, with a Cardinals game, a tour of
$1875 single, $25 EPD**                                                           the beautiful Fox Theater and a visit to historic St. Charles among
3 Days       Aug. 19-21         A Port, A President & The Pageant                 the highlights. 10 meals, airfare, door-to-door service, Tour Directors:
                                of the Masters                                    Clayton and Mark. Prices available after April 1.
Each year this trip sells out early, so do not wait until summer to               4 Days       Sept. 16-19       The Redwoods of Northern
register. Patricia Hansen invites you to join her on one of her                                                  California, Big Trees in the Wild
favorite excursions, to see California’s most popular cultural arts               A great trip on SuperCoach III. Visit The Avenue of the Giants on
spectacular. Not only will you see the Pageant, with it’s dazzling                Hwy 101 with a local guide, home of the coastal redwoods. Walk
costumes and life-sized recreations of famous works of art by                     through the groves, visit the marshes of Arcata, teeming with
human actors and actresses; but you’ll learn about it in a special                waterfowl, Luther Burbank Home. 7 meals, overnight Garberville,
post-pageant talk, and be able to dine on and stroll the grounds                  two nights Eureka. 1200/1400 Gold Passport Points, Tour Director:
of the Festival of the Arts before the show. Stay two nights in the               Ramona Goodge. $1175 p.p./dbl.occ., $1365 single, $20 EPD**
luxurious Marriott Newport Beach Hotel. 3 meals, airfare, door-                   4 Days       Sept. 21-24       Return to the Oregon Coast
to-door service, 1200/1400 Gold Passport Points. $1190 p.p./dbl.                  3 nights in Newport on the central Oregon Coast at the Elizabeth
occ., $1360 single                                                                St. Inn (where all rooms have a full ocean view), wonderful meals
4 Days       Sept. 1-4          Balloons, Glass & Ducks: A                        (both casual and gourmet), harbor dinner cruise, Sunday Brunch on
                                Washington State Adventure                        the coast, Lincoln City float blowing and culinary demonstrations,
Featuring the Sequim Hot Air Balloon Festival and the artistry                    Hatfield Marine Research Center and NOAA (National Oceanic and
of Dale Chihuly. Sequim is a tiny, favorite town of ours on the                   Atmospheric Administration) visits, Spruce Goose at the Evergreen
northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Spend 3 nights at the very                 Aviation Museum, 10 meals, airfare to/from Portland, Tour Director:
nice Holiday Inn Express. Lunch in Tacoma, the Museum of Glass, a                 Chris or Mark. 1550/1700 Gold Passport Points. $1540 p.p./dbl.
tour of Seattle before you come home on the amphibious “ducks”                    occ., $1700 single, $35 EPD**
that takes you in and out of the water. Seattle’s newest attraction,              8 Days       Sept. 22-29       Fall in Love with Colorado & Utah
the Chihuly Gardens and Glass Exhibit, is on the itinerary. Enjoy the             For those of you who have asked for a different itinerary in the
view from the observation deck of the Space Needle, and most                      Canyonlands area, Scott has created this new adventure. Featuring
of all, see the balloons rise from the hotel’s rooftop patio garden.              first class service on the Durango-Silverton RR. 2 nights at the
There’s even a side trip to colorful Port Townsend for shopping                   Zermatt Resort, visits to Durango and Ouray – Colorado mountain
and lunch. 6 meals, airfare, door-to-door service, Tour Director:                 villages, lunch at Robert Redford’s Sundance Retreat, Dinosaur
Ramona Goodge, 1700/1950 Gold Passport Points. $1695 p.p./                        Nat’l Monument, round trip air to Albuquerque/return from Salt
dbl.occ., $1915 single, $25 EPD**                                                 Lake City, door-to-door service, 12 meals. 3050/3400 Gold Passport
6 Days       Sept. 6-11         Jammin’ Through Montana’s                         Points. $3020 p.p./dbl.occ., $3400 single, $35 EPD**
                                Glacier National Park                             7 Days       Sept. 29 –        New England Fall Foliage Sampler
Travel Going-To-The-Sun Road through Glacier National Park,                                    Oct. 5
overnight at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Alberta, 2 nights at Many               Visit Vermont and New Hampshire at their colorful best – a taste
Glacier Hotel, 2 nights at Grouse Mountain Lodge – Whitefish, 3                   of Maine, too! Cruise Lake Champlain, see the leaves on the
scenic boat cruises, the music of David Walburn, 10 meals, airfare                Kangamagus Highway, visit Quechee Gorge and Shelburne Farm.
from Sacramento/Kalispell, door-to-door service, Tour Director:                   12 meals, airfare Sacramento/Manchester, door-to-door service.
Scott Angeletti. 2800/3100 Passport Points. $2780 p.p./dbl.occ.,                  3150/3550 Gold Passport Points. $3125 p.p./dbl.occ., $3525
$3185 single, passport required, $50 EPD**                                        single, $50 EPD**
I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect,            Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus
recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. – John Steinbeck

18            Sports Leisure Vacations / March–April 2012
 4 Days       Sept. 30 –        Catalina Island Getaway                         3 Days     Oct. 21-23        Fall In Yosemite
              Oct. 3                                                            Stay in the park at Yosemite Lodge, convenient to park attractions.
 Our annual visit to California’s favorite island. Fly to LA, Sunday            Three brunches/lunches at National Landmarks: The Groveland,
 Brunch on the Queen Mary, then ferry to Avalon, 3 nights Pavilion              Ahwahnee and Wawona Hotels (the last two in Yosemite Park), full
 Lodge, wide variety of sightseeing on the island, 6 meals, airfare,            day tour of Yosemite including the valley, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls
 door-to-door service, round trip Catalina ferry, 1450/1650 Gold                and Glacier Point (subject to weather availability), plus free time
 Passport Points. $1420 p.p./dbl.occ., $1650 single, $25 EPD**                  to enjoy the indoor or outdoor atttractions of the park. 1150/1400
 7 Days       Oct. 3-9          Living History Nuts – A Mystery Tour            Gold Passport Points. $1115 p.p./dbl.occ., $1355 single
 Living History Nuts. Wait a minute, didn’t that read Living?                   7 Days     Jan. 27 –         Key West, Key Largo, Miami
 History? Nuts? last time around. Yeah, well Mark has been                                 Feb. 2            and the Everglades
 playing around with the clever little name of this tour. Those in the          Four nights in beautiful Key West is the best feature of this trip,
 office (who don’t know where the trip is going either) can’t decide            but it’s not the only highlight. During your Key West visit, see
 if he’s lost his mind, or really come up with something unique. Is             the Hemingway Home, the nation’s very first public aquarium,
 he touring a nut factory? For food, not people. Are these historic             Truman’s Little White House, & Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum.
 sites he is visiting on the itinerary? How does the “living” part play         The dinner and drag show at La Te Da, an authentic clipper ship
 in? This better not be spending a week in Stockton, that’s all we              cruise (optional, included) and the small but amazing Butterfly &
 can say. The package includes 17 meals (every feeding except one               Nature Conservancy plus Mark promises a surprise new attraction
 lunch), your airfare to this place no one has ever heard of and of             this time around. Before you get to the Keys, overnight in Miami
 course, we’ll pick you up at home. Living. History. Nuts. No kidding.          with an air boat ride in the Everglades and overnight in Key Largo
 Mark and Ryan Quinn say it’s the best tour of the year, but then,              with a glass-bottom boat ride. Miami city tour including Coral
 they created it and are taking you on it. Those of us in the office are        Gables and South Beach. Roundtrip air, 13 meals, door-to-door
 still wondering what it could all be about. 2400/2650 Gold Passport            service, Tour Director: Mark Hoffmann or Chris Galloway. Prices
 Points, $2365 p.p./dbl.occ., $2615 single, $25 EPD**                           available after April 1. Call now to reserve your seat with a $100
 7 Days       Oct. 4-10         Oktoberfest & Thanksgiving in                   fully refundable (until May 1) deposit.
 Absolutely one of the most popular new itineraries in a long time.
 A wonderful new tour featuring a Canadian holiday and a brief visit
 to Niagara Falls. Oktoberfest in Kitchner, Ontario – with beer barrel                   Things to Know Before You Go:
 racing, music, foods and crafts. Visit quaint Canadian villages, enjoy         Airfare: On all trips where air travel is indicated, airfares are
 a different sort of Thanksgiving Parade (reserved seating), 2 nights           included in the listed prices.
 fallsview rooms at Niagara Falls in the Embassy Suites. 12 meals,              Home Pick-up: Our exclusive home pick-up is included on
 airfare Sacramento/Buffalo. 2900/3350 Gold Passport Points, $2885              all trips listed here of three days or longer. Carey Limousines
 p.p./dbl.occ., $3340 single, valid passport required                           and their partners provide transportation to/from the airport,
                    Making New Friends…                                         Sacramento’s Amtrak station or the Sports Leisure Vacations
  The Travel Gal Pals love Sports Leisure Vacations – whether they be on        office.
day trips or extended tours. The Travel Gal Pals have made various trips.       Meals: Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for a break
but came together when they were with Scott Angeletti on the “Mesas
                                                                                down of the included breakfasts, brunches, lunches and
and Monuments” tour. Now they get together for lunch to share their lives
and their travels.                                                              dinners.
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                                                                                contains the answers to many often-asked questions. A copy
                                                                                is sent with your reservations.
                                                                                Sports Leisure online: You are invited to visit our website at
                                                                       for more information on any tour
Pictured left to right having lunch at Siena Restaurant in El Dorado Hills is   listed here, or call our office and we will be happy to send you
Brenda Hembree, Rhani Bunker, Georjan Gee, Elaine Myer, Margaret Williams,
                                                                                a detailed itinerary.
and Lorraine Clarke.

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including the cost of Cancellation Protection, are returned to       on tours priced from $451-$800, $ave $20 on tours priced from
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  July – Crater Lake & The Umpqua Scenic Byway – $ave $20
         July – Rivercats Road Trip to Reno – $ave $10
       July – The Great Gilroy Garlic Festival – $ave $15                           TOUR UPDATE…
         Aug. – Broadway Pops in the Pines – $ave $10                A brief list of tours which are sold out, or have only a limited
   Aug. – The Sound(s) of Music in Leavenworth – $ave $25            amount of space (10 or fewer seats, number in parenthesis)
           Sept. – The Santa Cruz Follies – $ave $15                 remaining. Day trips are not listed.
       Sept. – Show Me TV Stars in Branson – $ave $125                          Sold-Out Tours (waiting list available)
   Sept. – Balloons, Glass & Ducks in Washington – $ave $25                             Colorful Carolina Coast
    Sept. – Jammin’ Through Montana’s Glaciers – $ave $50                        San Antonio: Deep in the Heart of Texas
                                                                                          The Kentucky Derby
   Sept. – The Redwoods of Northern California – $ave $20
                                                                                  Over the River & Through the Woods
        Sept. – Return to the Oregon Coast – $ave $35                             The Dakotas: Rushmore, Crazy Horse
     Sept. – Fall in Love with Colorado & Utah – $ave $35                           The Call of the Wild Mystery Tour
     Sept. – New England Fall Foliage Sampler – $ave $50                          Limited Space (10 or fewer seats)
          Sept. – Catalina Island Getaway – $ave $25                               The Castle, The Ocean & The Inn – 6
                                                                                         The Coast Starlight – 2
         Oct. – Mendocino’s Colorful Coast – $ave $35
                                                                                     Casino Mystery Overnighter – 9
 Oct. – Mammoths, Movies & Ghost Towns (6 Days) – $ave $60                              On the (Pismo) Beach – 9
Oct. – Mammoths, Movies & Ghost Towns (9 Days) – $ave $100                                Luxury in La Jolla – 7
                                                                              Old Cape Cod: Provincetown to Nantucket – 9
     Oct. – Living History Nuts, A Mystery Tour – $ave $25
                                                                              Alaska’s Denali Park & the Kenai Peninsula – 4
       Nov. – Tonopah, Laughlin & Las Vegas – $ave $35                          Oktoberfest & Thanksgiving in Canada – 7

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