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(CANCELED) Sacramento Travel Group Meeting - March 21 @ 10 a.m.

MARCH 15 UPDATE --- THE MARCH MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED.
To protect ourselves from COVID-19 it is recommended that we avoid groups and practice social distancing. As much as we enjoy our meetings we need to be cautious. I hope the situation will be better in April. In the meantime let's all be as careful as possible and stay healthy.

UPDATE - The March 28 meeting has been cancelled. Due to the new travel restrictions Ms. Jo will not be able to come to the U.S. We will still meet on our regular meeting date of 3/21. We will miss seeing you Ms. Jo. For those of you that can't make it on the 21st, I hope to see you next month. In the meantime I hope everyone stays safe and healthy out there.


We will be having two meetings this month. Ms. Jo will be here visiting from Frankfurt and will attend the meeting on 3/28. The reason for two meetings is that some of our attendees are not on this forum. I don't want them to show up and find no one there on our regular meeting day. Please indicate which meeting you plan to attend so the space can be set up accordingly. Feel free to attend both of them if you'd like.

Do you like to talk about travel, are you planning a trip, or maybe you have just returned from a trip and you want to share your experiences with others? Please join us. Do your friends eyes glaze over or do they run the other way when you want to reminisce about your travels? That won't happen with us. Need help with planning a trip? We have a group of well traveled people who are happy to assist.

We always meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. You will find us at Panera Bread located at 3571 North Freeway Blvd, Sacramento. This location is off I-80, using the Truxel Rd. exit.
This month only we will have an additional meeting on the 28th.

Kindly let us know if you are planning to come. Everyone is welcome, but it gives us an idea of how many people we need to have seating for. Look for the Rick Steves books on the table.

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Hoping to make March 21st. Best wishes to all for health and safe travels in the meantime.

Posted by
2445 posts

We are driving back from Palm Springs on the 27th and plan to be at the meeting on the 28th.

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5229 posts

We will be there on the 28th. Tempted by the 21th, but the drive is a little too long to do two Saturdays in a row.

Lauri and Ed

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44 posts

I plan on coming to both meetings as I will be leaving on the 30th for UK. I may not have a lot of time on the 28th but I'd love to hear about Frankfurt!

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7625 posts

I am sorry too. Was looking forward to seeing everyone.
Next year, maybe?

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Ms. Jo, I know this cancellation is a big disappointment for you. I hope the situation changes and you're able to come here sooner rather than later.

What is happening worldwide is going to affect all travelers. The health of all people is more important than a vacation. I'm hopeful that things will improve in order to proceed with our 8+ week trip in the fall. If not, we will cancel it and just deal our losses. Fortunately it's not an astronomical amount of money on the line.

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Andrea, thanks for the notification.
Sadly, my March calendar is clearing fast -- my Hamilton tix were cancelled also!
But it's most important that everyone stay healthy, of course.
Ms Jo, we will all miss seeing you again. Take good care!

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344 posts

Oh Jo! We missed again! I’ll likely see you sooner on another Christmas market. (Hoping the Rhine stays wet this time!)

I will not be at the March meeting. Will have to teach Daphne 🐱to play poker during the sequester!

See you in May, I hope!

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Things are changing rapidly here. I think the wise thing to do is to wait until later next week and then assess whether it would be better to proceed with or to cancel the meeting. Watch this space.

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Bill and I will not be coming. I fell and broke my leg last month. RS has also cancelled our tour of Scotland. Bummer for me! I hope everyone can avoid the virus. Take care all.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your leg! I hope you heal quickly. Tours can always be rescheduled.

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Hey everybody, in the event anyone else is thinking along these lines but hesitant to post, I make a suggestion that we cancel March's gathering. What's happening out there will surely pass, but in the meantime it's important to do whatever we can to lessen the unintentional spread of COVID-19, in spite of how much we enjoy each other's company. April 18 is right around the corner, hopefully we'll have a better handle on situation by then. Best to you and yours!


Here's an excerpt from an email received today:

What I can say as a physician and public health leader, is that what
we do, or don't do, over the next week will have a massive impact on
the local and perhaps national trajectory of coronavirus. We are only
about 11 days behind Italy and generally on track to repeat what is
unfortunately happening there, as well as much of the rest of Europe
very soon. At this point, containment through contact tracing and
testing is only part of the necessary strategy. We must move to
pandemic mitigation through widespread, uncomfortable, and
comprehensive social distancing. That means not only shutting down
schools, work (as much as possible), group gatherings, and public
events. It also means making daily choices to stay away from each
other as much as possible to Flatten The Curve.

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5229 posts

Sadly, I agree with Matt -- I would trust the group members to be responsible but who knows about the other Panera customers. And since we are in the Governor's over-65-stay-home target group ...

Lauri and Ed

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Matt and Lauri, you're both right and I reluctantly agree with you. The meeting has been canceled. I'm going to be optimistic and hope things will be better next month. Stay healthy everyone.

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768 posts

Smart move due to the escalating Virus concerns.Hope to See everyone next month.
Mike

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Sacramento County has recommended that all residents stay home as much as possible. It isn't a mandate such as the Bay Area has, but we should all do what we can to keep the spread of the virus as minimal as possible. I live in Placer County and I won't be surprised if they are too far behind in making the same announcement.

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I was right, Placer County is now telling people to stay home "as much as possible" and "eliminate non-essential trips." Stay safe and healthy everyone.

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Yolo Co just issued our shelter in place announcement 10 minutes ago 😢

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Mona, is it a mandate or suggestion in Yolo County?

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Day 2 of Alameda County "shelter in place" -- and day 2 of staying in my jammies. But at least Rick Steves is on PBS so we can dream.

Lauri and Ed

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Sacramento County has now mandated people to stay home. Placer County can't be far behind. I hope all of you, whether under mandatory orders or just a recommendation, stay safe from the virus and keep on dreaming of future travel.

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Andrea your (SIP) shelter in place was just announced... I kind of like that acronym for this order 😂

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Mona, it came in just after I made the last post. I think SIP is appropriate. 🍷

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Now we have a state-wide Stay At Home order effective until April 19th. California is a state of 40 million people. I hope everyone will do their part and stay at home.

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I'm just pushing this to the top as a reminder that the meeting has been cancelled. Since the entire state has a mandate to shelter in place I'm pretty sure people should assume this anyway. Hopefully next month things will be different.