DAY TRIPS BY BUS
Would you like to take a day trip but don't want to do any driving? You know, just a dash to Yosemite or the coast or into the Bay Area? For many years, the best way to do it has been by bus on escorted and guided outings with one of three local agencies: Modesto Junior College Community Education, Storer Coachways and Dick Griffin's Big Valley Travel Club.on
STORER COACHWAYS: In addition to daily casino runs and long-distance travel (Mount Rushmore, Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, Canadian Rockies, Branson Christmas), Storer runs day trips to Yosemite, the Giants-Dodgers series, Santa Cruz, Bonfante Gardens, Monterey Aquarium, etc., with pickup at Modesto, Oakdale, Manteca and Turlock.
Information: 544-8687, 800-732-8687 or www.storertours.com
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BIG VALLEY TRAVEL CLUB: In addition to annual trips to Ireland and New Zealand, the group has day trips (open to the public), such as the John Steinbeck House and Museum in Salinas (June 24), Giant vs. A's baseball in Oakland (June 27, 28 and 29), gondola ride at Lake Merritt in Oakland plus Stanford Mansion and Oakland Museum (July 17) and Guide Dogs for the Blind graduation ceremony in San Rafael (July 26.
Information: 634-6804 or e-mail BVTravelclub@charter.net.
MJC COMMUNITY EDUCATION: In addition to weekly outings into the region, MJC offers escorted trips that take several days and even weeks. Learn about upcoming trips Tuesday during slide-show presentations (2 and 6 p.m.) at MJC's East Campus Forum Building, Room 102 (435 College Avenue).
For example, two upcoming trips: "Pageant of the Masters" at Laguna Beach, four days in the Los Angeles area (Aug. 9-12); $535 double, $799 single; lodging at the four-diamond Fairmont in Newport Beach, daily brunch, main tier tickets to Pageant of the Masters and more. Also, sign up now for the 2010 "Alpine Countries & Oberammergau -- The Passion Play," 13 days (July 14-26), tour Austria, Germany and Switzerland and see the 350-year-old Passion Play, performed at Oberammergau only in years ending in zero. The trip will be sold out by fall.