Travelers share adventures in 13-week series

Local residents will discuss their world travel experiences and share photos of their adventures each Saturday in January, February and March starting at 2:15 p.m. at Metroparks locations. Presentations are free, and there is an optional pre-program walk at 1 p.m. each week.

Locations alternate between Oak Openings Lodge at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 5440 Wilkins Road and the Ward Pavilion at the east entrance to Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 4830 W. Central Avenue, Toledo.

This year’s lineup includes trips to 11 international destinations as well as sojourns here in the States by new and returning presenters.

Maumee Valley Adventurers is a local organization focused on outdoor recreation and travel. The group is best known for the Travel Circle series, weekly hikes and bike rides, as well as sponsoring four annual bicycle tours. The group partners with Metroparks on the travel lecture series and two bike tours.

“MVA is about finding adventure, whether it’s in New Zealand, one of our National Parks or right here in the Metroparks,” said Scott Carpenter, vice-president of the non-profit organization and spokesman for Metroparks Toledo. “Travel Circle routinely fills the room, drawing 80 to 100 people each week during the winter months. I think the series is so popular because it features local people sharing their stories and inviting us along on a vicarious expedition.”


January 12

Toledo Spain and Beyond

by Judy Pfaffenberger

Oak Openings Lodge

January 19

Hoodoos Galore: Hiking Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

by Diane DeYonker & Jim Hawkins

Ward Pavilion

January 26

Traveling Around New Zealand

by Larry Lindsay

Oak Openings Lodge

February 2

The Middle of the Map: Missouri’s Parks, Rivers, Trails & Cities

by Scott Grenerth

Ward Pavilion

February 9

Exploring Hungary: Budapest and Beyond

by Bill Hilt

Oak Openings Lodge

February 16

Syria: The Cradle of Civilization

by Corine Dehabey

Ward Pavilion

February 23

Australia: 28 Days Coast to Coast to Coast

by Nancy & Tom Verner

Oak Openings Lodge

March 2

An Arabian Adventure

by Barbara Laird & Susan Goodman

Oak Openings Lodge

March 9

Lisbon, Madeira, the Canary Islands and Morocco

by Christine & Richard Weisfelder

Ward Pavilion

March 16

Bicycling in Asia

by Keith Webb

Oak Openings Lodge

March 23

Time Trains and Travel: 20 Sites in Switzerland

by Vince Walsh

Ward Pavilion

March 30

Egypt: 5,000 Years of History

by Ron Randall

Oak Openings Lodge