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DAY 1  Sunday, Aug. 12:  arrive Las Vegas for 2 nights with rooms at a location central to the

            famous Las Vegas “Strip”                    Note:  arrive earlier if you wish more time in Las Vegas.

DAY 2  Monday, Aug. 13:     Red Rock Canyon tour and short hikes with picnic lunch.

 DAY 3  Tuesday, Aug. 14:   Depart for Zion Nat. Park

                        with a look at some great dinosaur footprints in St. George, UT. 150 mi.

DAY 4  Wednesday, Aug. 15:  Zion Explorations.  Choose short or longer hikes in the Valley of Zion. 

DAY 5  Thursday, Aug. 16 :    Depart Zion for Grand Canyon's North Rim. 120 mi of scenic drive.

DAY  6   Friday, Aug. 17:  North Rim explorations.

DAY 7   Saturday, Aug. 18:  Morning departure for Bryce Canyon Nat. Park. 175 mi.

DAY  8 Sunday, Aug. 19:  Drive to scenic points, with hikes to be arranged. 

                                                Oh, the colors and the erosional spires are truly "inspiring"!

DAY 9 Monday, Aug. 20:  Today, on to the scenic limestone cliffs of Capitol Reef Nat. Park. 70 mi.                                                                           Lodging at a noted B & B with sunset views.

DAY 10 Tuesday, Aug. 21:  Depart Capitol Reef for Moab, UT.  150 mi.  Moab is the hub for

                                    Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and we will be here for 3 nights.

DAYS 11, 12 Wed - Thurs, Aug. 22, 23: We will explore these two parks with drives

                                                             and short hikes to sublime scenic views.

DAY 13 Fri., Aug. 24:  Depart for Vail, CO for a high-class mountain village overnight.  260 mi.

DAY 14, Sat., Aug. 25:  On to Rocky Mountain National Park for the next 3 nights.  150 mi.

DAYS 15 - 16, Sun. & Mon., Aug. 26 - 27:  Travels and hikes amongst the great Rockies peaks.

DAY 17, Tuesday, Aug. 28.  It is time to leave!  The drive to Denver is 70 mi, less than 2 hours.

  PLEASE PLAN YOUR FLIGHT FOR THE LATE AFTERNOON.

 

For more information about our tours, plus books and videos on Western New England, visit our web site at www.earthview.pair.com or by email: rdlittle2000@aol.com or phone: (413) 527-8536

 

FAQ’s  --  ( Frequently Asked Questions)  --   and participant comments

Who goes on these “Fantastic Landscapes” Tours?  While our average age of participants is probably mid 50’s, we have had a variety of folks, from families to eighty-something.  How strenuous is the “hiking”?  If you like “nature walks” you’ll love our outings. We have a great variety of options. Some people plan more strenuous activities than others, and our daily activities are geared to meet everyone’s goals, as much as possible. Where do we stay?  We book high quality, medium to small lodgings (usually), in scenic, convenient settings.   Who does the driving?  We use rental mini vans and full-size cars with volunteer drivers.  We buy the maximum extra liability insurance and we have 2-way radios for communication.  I don’t know any geology!  Should I go on this tour?  Yes! If you have an interest in nature, come and learn how to read the “record in the rocks ....... the history in a grain of sand”.  Travel with a geologist to unlock the secrets of the rocks and landscapes. Your tour leader has decades of experience.  Go with our small group and get away from the crowd, but still have a helpful group of friends to share with.  You will have flexibility to stop for that great view, smell the flowers, pick up an incredible rock, have a romantic dinner… 

 The cost is LOW for what you get! (check out other tours and see)   Don’t wait to save your place... seating is definitely limited!

        Who is your tour leader?  Richard Little is professor emeritus of geology at Greenfield Community College, author of 2 books and 2 videos on Connecticut Valley geology, and has been elected to the Mass. Science Educator Hall of Fame.  He has been leading “Fantastic Landscapes” tours since 1981.  His spouse, Suzanne, loves flowers and has degrees in Biology, Education, and Social Work.

Participants’ comments?   “The trip was superb…we have been singing you praises across the land….”  “It certainly was a fantastic trip… the moonlight walk in the dunes was a sublime experience. We will certainly tell our friends about the great time we had, and thank you again for being such wonderful and caring leaders!”   Want to talk with a past participant?  We can refer you.

THE COST:  only $2600 (estimated) Per person / double occupancy + air    Includes:  First Class Lodging, Transportation, Experienced Tour Leader, Guide Book, Pre and Post Trip Meetings, Video Record of Trip. The cost does not include: air fare, food, gas, and minimal costs of parking and entrance fees to parks, etc.  Gas and parking costs will be divided amongst the group members. 

Text Box: T O    E N R O L L           Send $500 per person deposit (check to “Earth View LLC),
 6 Grand View Ln, Easthampton, MA 01027-1075) to hold your space.
For questions or more information, contact Prof. Little by phone or email, see above.
Deposit Fully Refundable until January 15th.      Cancellation fees:  after Jan. 15th = $50 pp; after July 12, 50% non refundable, 
after tour starts, no refund.   February 15th, $1000 due,  FINAL PAYMENT DUE May 1st.