In this week's Boomers and Beyond Dixie's guests have some terrific and very doable ideas not only for your summer enjoyment, but for all year round.
Oh the places you can go with a special "Passport to Adventure", so says Zebulon Miracle with the Museum of Western Colorado.
"The museum has a program that we call "Passport to Adventure", and on this program we take participants on everything from day trips, to regional trips that last a couple of days, clear up to international trips. And what's really great about these is that you're able to save a lot of money," explained Miracle.
The price is right, and if you hurry, you can sign up and they'll do all the work!
"With the gas being four dollars per gallon, we take care of the driving. We're able to buy hotel rooms in bulk. We're able to provide snacks, and we're able to provide expertise," he explained.
Charles Gillett has been going on the trips for four years thanks to his wife.
"My wife did volunteer work at the museum at one time and she mentioned to me that they have programs, and I said, "So get me one of those passports,"" said Gillett.
Taking a visiting relative on a passport trip is just one way he's enjoyed the program.
"My wife's twin brother came to visit, he and his wife last year, and I encouraged him to join me and he very much liked it," Gillett said.
Mary Lou Kelly's enthusiasm will also have you running to sign up.
"I've asked for and paid for two tours this year already and hope to do some more," Kelly exclaimed.
All ages come on the trips, she says, and she has a terrific idea for parents and grandparents.
"Taking your kids and your grandkids to see some of these artifacts may just pique an interest in them. They could become budding paleontologists or archaeologists," she said.
Dedicated passport adventurer Ted Lambert is a strong advocate for the program.
"They're a lot of fun," he said. "I really enjoy the ones where we look at rock art and dinosaur tracks and things like that."
Loving the convenience of having it all planned for him, he says there's definitely a side benefit to not having to drive.
"You know you see a lot more when you're not driving," Lambert explained. "It's funny riding on the highway you'll say, "Well I didn't know that building was there," and they'll say, "Well it's been there for ten years.""
Ted's so impressed with Zeb's information-packed handouts, he says they're keepers.
"I've got one whole drawer at home in my filing cabinet. I have those handouts from every museum trip I've ever gone on," he said.
For Ted, visiting the site locations often leads to additional trips with new friends.
"I'll say I'm going back and (they'll say), well let's go together," Ted explained.
The passport gang is certainly motivating.
"We really enjoy each other and have a good opportunity to visit," Gillett said.
Lambert agreed, saying, "It's really a fun time."
"It's a lot of fun," said Kelly.