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Oh the places they go

Trips and travel group journeys near and far

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October 23rd, 2012

At Maris Grove, Erickson Living s community in Glen Mills, Pa., the trips and travel group provides opportunities that appeal to every interest and budget. Trip Coordinator Peggy Fralinger creates unique and intriguing adventures. Catering to residents interests and travel preferences, she offers day trips to events and performances in the Delaware County area, weekend excursions to historic sites and popular East Coast destinations, and trips across oceans and continents. And she handles all the details.

Adventures of all shapes and sizes

Day trips have included tours of Baltimore s Inner Harbor, community theater and Broadway shows, performances by Philadelphia s symphony orchestra, and a high tea complete with harp accompaniment. Dale Wilhelm and Jane Anderson are fans of the day trips. They ve gone to Phillies baseball games, to New York City, and to a performance by Chinese acrobats at a historic Montgomery County theater. Last October, they went on an extended trip with the group, a week-long Vacations By Rail excursion. Riding on ferries, cruise boats, and historic trains, the travelers visited six New England states and toured places like Old Boston and Cape Cod. They even saw the cranberry harvest. It was one of our favorite trips, says Jane. The convenience of letting someone else handle the transportation, regardless of destination, appeals to Dale. You walk out the door, board the bus, and away you go, says the former DuPont employee.

Stress-free travel abroad

Mej and Joe Blake have sampled a range of Fralinger s trips and have happily traded some footloose, on-their-own travel for her well-organized and creative trips abroad. Peggy plans things so well, says Mej. The bus picks us up at our door, we always fly out of Philadelphia, someone carries our bags, and we know where we re going to sleep. And if something happens, Peggy is there to take over. They ve traveled with the group to Rome, to Paris and Normandy, and on a Caribbean cruise. This April, they toured Switzerland on a two-week trip that featured train, bus, and boat travel. We were on Lake Geneva on a 100-year-old restored side-wheel paddle steamer, says Mej. In Zermatt, they gazed in awe at the Matterhorn. Back home, the view from the Blakes fourth-floor bay window doesn t showcase Alpine scenery, but it knocks your socks off, Mej says. We re in among the trees and wetlands. The couple has a two-bedroom Flagstaff floor plan whose large windows bring light into every room. They can look from their kitchen through their great room and out their bay window to the creek, bridge, and trees below.