Monday, June 9, 2008

Pembrook Newsletter

Updated on April 12, 2014

TRIPS PLANNED… 2014 - 2015

Kathy Didier
PO Box C, Woodstock, NH 03293


Be it  a weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or travel to a more distant location, I hope that you will consider joining the excursions offered below. Listed first are the weekend trips in NH. Scroll down farther and you can read about the more distant trips that I and my co-leaders have planned.

Botswana -
Zambia - Zimbabwe - South Africa - France -  Portugal - Italy -  Bulgaria - Romania -  Brazil - India - Singapore - Malaysia - Bali - Borneo - Mexico - Amsterdam - Luxembourg - Brussels

and the White Mountains of New Hampshire

This is a sampling of trips being offered. Read descriptions below. If you have interest in any of the trips, ask to be put on an information list. As soon as trip plans are completed, you will be among the first to receive information. Many of these trips fill quickly.
Join us for hikes during all seasons of the year. We also enjoy holiday celebrations such as New Years, Presidents, Memorial Day - Independence Day - Labor Day - Columbus Day Weekends. We are in an excellent area for summer sports - hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking. In the winter, there are opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing all around us.

Consider joining one of our world wide tours.  In January/February 2015, escape the cold and join us on a tour through Mexico - Mexico City to Puebla to Oaxaca to Chiapas.  See information below.

Spaces available for our November, 2014 Puglia and Southern Italy.

Thank you..... Kathy Didier

The first trips listed are in White Mountains of New Hampshire. Further down, we have listed trips which take place outside of New England.  With the sale of Pembrook, we have transferred our White Mountain trips over to The Mountain Fare Inn, in Campton, NH. 

Mountain Fare is a classic White Mountain ski lodge/ bed and breakfast located between Franconia Notch and Squam Lake in Campton’s peaceful Upper Village. The Inn sits on 6 acres in the heart of New Hampshire’s ski, hiking and biking country near Waterville Valley Resort just north of Plymouth, home to Plymouth State University and the Holderness School. Also nearby are Loon and Cannon Mountains.

May 2-4, 2014  (AMC) SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Part II.    For those who have previously taken a SOLO Wilderness First Aid course.  Certification for these courses is good for two years.  This is an ideal course  for AMC Leaders who require re-certification or others that would like to go beyond the basic Wilderness First Aid. CPR will be offered on Friday afternoon at extra charge.  $270 covers SOLO Course fee, AMC fee, two nights lodging, two breakfasts,  Saturday dinner and happy hour.     Register  with Kathy Didier     603-726-3553 
May 23-26, 2014 (AMC) Memorial Day Weekend in the White Mountains.  With four leaders you will have a choice of two guided hikes each day (one moderate and one 4000’er). Long days allow time for ridge walks. Enjoy the beauty of the mountains.   $330 covers 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, and 2 dinners. Kathy Didier (603-726-3553,  Ls Nancy and Bob  DiMeo   978-649-6255 , Sarah Adams. 781-648-3766 ,   Carol Fyfe
June 13-14, 2014 (AMC) Gentle Hiking and Lupine Festival  in the White Mtns. -  Walk from Sugar Hill to Franconia…stopping to admire the  fields of Lupines.  Great opportunity for photographers.   Visit Sugar Hill Historical Museum and Robert Frost House.  Enjoy Festival Events.    Sunday hike to water fall or pond.   $190 covers 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, and one dinner.  Kathy Didier    603-726-3553 and Marilyn Pomerantz   603-726- 3144
July 18-20, 2014 (AMC) GENTLE HIKING AND SUMMER THEATER WEEKEND IN THE WHITES. Five mile hike to scenic overlook or pond in Whites at an easy going pace followed by a refreshing, optional swim in Mirror Lake or Pemigewasset River. In the evening we will enjoy dinner at local restaurant and Professional Summer Theater to see the musical production “ Little Shop of Horrors”. On Sunday, we will hike another WMNF trail. $235 covers cost of lodging at Mountain Fare Inn , theater ticket, two breakfasts and restaurant dinner. Limited space. Register early with Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553 and Marilyn Pomerantz,
August 22-23, 2014 (AMC) GENTLE HIKING AND SUMMER THEATER WEEKEND IN THE WHITES. Five mile hike to scenic overlook or pond in Whites at an easy going pace followed by a refreshing, optional swim in Mirror Lake or Pemigewasset River. In the evening we will enjoy dinner at local restaurant and Professional Summer Theater to see the stage production of Hitchcock’s “ The 39 Steps” On Sunday, we will hike another WMNF trail. $235 covers cost of lodging at Mountain Fare Inn , theater ticket, two breakfasts and restaurant dinner. Limited space. Register early with Kathy Didier, 603-726-3553 Carol Fyfe
October 10-13, 2014 (AMC) Columbus Day Hiking Weekend in the Whites. Foliage at its best. Something for everybody. Four leaders offer choice of two hikes each day…. 4000’ers and easier scenic hikes. $360 for 3 nights, 3 breakfasts, 2 restaurant dinners . Reg. with Kathy Didier 603-726-3553 Nancy and Bob Dimeo, 978-649-6255 , Anna Panszczyk Other Leader TBA



May 17-31, 2014 – Twelve night Safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe, Africa.  Stand at the foot of a mile-wide Victoria Fallsl.  Row down the Delta in a hand-carved canoe.  Spy the world’s most elusive and exotic animals with your own eyes…the Big Five plus many others.  Hundreds of species of colorful, exotic birds.  Okavango Delta’s one-of-a-kind landscape.  Moremi Game Reserve, Choebe National Park, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Optional extension to Cape Town.  Lodging one week in spacious wall tents w/twin beds (with attached bathroom), five nights in lodge/hotels.  . Trip of a life time.    $5625 covers guided safari, lodging, most meals, internal flights, Group size will be 16-18  Deposit - $800.     Contact Kathy Didier for more information..

September 6-14, 2014 - Portugal
Kathy will join Matt from Adventurebug for a  journey that combines the best of Portugal´s natural, urban and historically rich treasures.  From Lisbon´s enchanting lanes to wonderful coastlines, national parklands and the verdant hilltop forts and majestic castles of medieval times.  This is a special edition of his Portugal tour.  Follow him through vineyards and cork forests, seeking out the wide range of flavors on offer, including a special visit to Porto with a boat journey up the Dauro River, home to the world´s best port and some of the Iberian Peninsula´s most spectacular scenery.  Light daily walks offer insight of historical, natural and cultural features, while authentic rural hotels provide for a comfortable experience. Kathy Didier,

November 6-17, 2014 - Puglia and Southern Italy – (GoAhead)   12 day trip
Sip cappuccino in a café where only Italian can be heard. Wander underground through Neolithic caves. Travel back to simpler times in untouched Alberobello. Everywhere you go in Southern Italy, authenticity presides. From the soothing shores of Sorrento to the quaint homes of the Trulli Valley, discover the soul behind the “boot heel” of Italy.  If you sign up on line...please let Kathy know.

January 28 - February 12, 2015 - Mexico....Mayan History ...from Mexico City to Chiapas....Spend time exploring Teotihuacan and Aztec site in Mexico City....the homes and studios of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo....  Puebla, Mexico with nearby Cholulua.  Historical Oaxaca with Zapoltec Ceremonial sites of Mitla and Monte Alban.  Crafts villages near Oaxaca.  Chiapas - San Cristobal de las Casas, a day with the Zapatistas, San Juan Chamula Market, Sumidero Canyon, Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak....and so much more.  For information contact:   Kathy Didier

March 13-27, 2015 - Northern India -  Himalayan Kingdom.  Our journey uncovers the secrets of the Himalayan foothills and Northern India's diversity to the discerned traveler.  The third in our trilogy of great Indian voyages with Matt Butler of Adventure Bug and our local guide, Kapil.  India the land of faiths, the birthdplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism invites you to its most mystic and revered sites.  An extension planned from March 27-April 1, will add some exotic flavor as we travel into the Thar Desert of Royal Rajasthan.  Be awed by the Citadel of the Sun in Jodhpur and its blue city.  Spend time in the shepherd village of Bhenswara and visits to forts and ancient cities such as Jaiselmer.  603-726-3553
 April 26 – May 4, 2015.- Umbria, Italy –      Visit this scenic area of Italy at the most beautiful time of year. Poppies in bloom, cuckoos singing, festivals being celebrated.. Walking and sightseeing through ancient hill towns of Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, Perugia,.    Taste  wines and olive oils.  Cooking class.  Local hiking and tour guides. Private or double occupancy rooms and baths in lovely bed and breakfast.  Gourmet dinners.    -  xxxx  covers lodging, most meals, sightseeing, and transportation in Italy. Kathy Didier,  603-726-3553 

September, 2015 - Bulgaria to Romania The Black Sea Coast to Transylvania (GoAhead). 
Transylvania traditionally conjures images of forested hills, crumbling churches, and of course, “Dracula’s Castle.” While Romania’s heartland definitely delivers all of the above, it also harbors some of Europe’s best-kept secrets, including Sibiu, the city recently dubbed a “Capital of Culture.” Before uncovering Romania’s cosmopolitan capital and quaint Saxon villages, soak up the sun in Bulgaria’s under-the-radar resort towns and golden beaches lining the Black Sea coast.  Kathy Didier 

November 1-15, 2015 -  Brazil…One of the world’s most captivating places, Brazil is a dazzling country of pristine rain forests, wetlands, conservation areas and of course eccentric, rhythm-filled metropolises. Brazil is a traveller´s paradise for all ages and interests.  Capturing a balance of dramatic landscapes and unique natural gems with the Brazilian Alegria (Joy), this journey promises the very best Brazil has to offer.  From Rio´s music filled quarters to the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls, the Amazonian experience, stunning coastal islands and frozen-in-time colonial towns. We uncover what makes Brazil one of the world´s emerging nations.  In addition, expect a wide range of Brazilian gastronomy and of course a taste of caipirinha as we venture off the beaten path at times to meet the real Brazilieños and acquaint ourselves with some important social and environmental projects in process.The itinerary will be 15 days with Rio de Janeiro as our start/finish point.  This trip is designed and led by Kathy Didier and Matt Butler (of Adventurebug Worldwide).  Contact Kathy Didier to get on the mailing list for this trip.

.2016 - Working on a trip to Uganda.  Get on the information list if interested in this trip.

Thank you for your interest in my trips. Feel free to get back to me with questions. Kathy



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