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Vagabonds' search for next great adventure

Travel group explores world’s nooks and crannies

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April 30th, 2009

In addition to the popular special trips program, a group of ambitious Greenspring community members known as the Vagabonds plan trips to various destinations throughout the country and overseas. There are so many people living here at Greenspring who enjoy leaving campus and exploring new things, says Joan Matteson, who co-chairs the group with Ky Gilbride. Our group plans at least two trips a year to meet the demand. The group started in 1998 with day trips to St. Michael s, Md., and the Virginia wine country. Today, the Vagabonds explore more far-reaching destinations, including the Ozarks in Branson, Mo.; the sun, surf, and outlet shopping in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and the sea air and salt water taff y in Wildwood, N.J. Not only are the trips extremely well organized, says Marge Krape, but the people who go are so much fun. We all have such a great time together. Margaret and Buck Simpson agree. We ve traveled to New York City, Cape May, and the Smokey Mountains with the Vagabonds, Mrs. Simpson says. Everything is so well organized that we don t have to do a thing. We just sign up, pack our bags and go. A large number of world travelers live at Greenspring, Matteson says. Many of us are eager to visit new sites and re-explore previous destinations. In 2003, 42 Vagabonds set off to Ireland for their first international excursion. ' ' The busy nine-day itinerary included a trip to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, a city tour of Dublin, and a breathtaking hike to the Cliffs of Moher. ' The following year, almost 50 travelers spent ten eye-opening days exploring Rome, Venice, and Florence, Italy. This month, the Vagabonds will travel to Lancaster, Pa., and in September they will take their first cruise, an eight-night adventure from Baltimore, Md., to Nova Scotia, Canada. I m glad that we can put these trips together, says Ky Gilbride. Everyone has been very responsive, and it s great to plan a trip that people may not have gone on otherwise.