EXPERIENCES - a TJ's Travel Club for Seniors
Promoting Friendship & Memorable Life Experiences through Travel
TJ's Travel Club for Seniors was founded in 1984, by Jeff Reed, a retired Gerontologist. Jeff has traveled more than one million miles on escorted tours with senior citizens since then. We have chapters throughout the State of Arizona.
We offer hundreds of one, two and three day tours throughout the Southwest, and several Extended Tours and Cruises every year. The Travel Club has chapters in the Phoenix area, the East Valley and the Sun City area. If you would like to know more about our shorter tours, click on "Newsletter" in the banner at the top of the page. You can download the latest E edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter.
If you would like, you can download the latest E Edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter by clicking on the tab "Newsletter" at the top of this web page. You will be directed to a PDF file download of the latest E copy. Once downloaded, you can print the newsletter, or you can send it to friends and family.
In addition to providing various trips and tours for our club members, we also customize tours to Arizona and the Southwest for senior groups from around the world.
TJ's Travel Club offers 1, 2 and 3-day tours throughout the Southwest.
We travel, on average, 12 to 14 days each month, visiting interesting destinations throughout Arizona and neighboring States. The Travel Club also sponsors several Extended Tours and Cruises every year to destinations worldwide.
Why not join us, learning first hand why "we are off our rockers and traveling the world!"
It's easy. Call us at (480) 497-2478. You can also email us at the address on the home page of this web site.
Portal Arizona for Camp TJ
Gateway to Cave Creek Canyon, In the Beautiful Chiricahua Mountains
June 2nd-4th, 2014 Monday-Wednesday
$479 (Double Occupancy)
Includes: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 2 Lunches, 2 Happy Hours
Nestled along the southern border of the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona, 150 miles east of Tucson and 50 miles north of Douglas, is Cave Creek Canyon, a hidden gem with spectacular cliffs, flowing streams and an abundance of wildlife. Endowed with magnificent scenery and unparalleled biodiversity, Cave Creek Canyon is truly a special place. Researchers and scientists claim that Cave Creek Canyon has the richest diversity of wildlife in the U.S. The Chiricahua Mountains make up a Bio-diverse area which is composed of numerous sky islands. Five of the 9 life zones are found in the Chiricahua Mountains. It is home to approximately 370 species of birds (including summertime visits from 12 species of hummingbirds), 60 kinds of butterflies, hundreds of plant species and over 20 varieties of mammals including ocelots, peccary, mountain lions, coati, black bear, ringtail, and white-tailed deer. Birding is fine there year-round and especially rewarding in the summer. Many interesting birds from south of the border can be found in the Chiricahua Mountains. This haunting and mysterious region is also the homeland of the Chiricahua Apaches, including leaders Cochise and Geronimo, who occupied the area until forced removal in the late 19th century.
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to enjoy lunch, included, at the Triangle T Ranch in Arizona’s beautiful Texas Canyon. The Triangle T Ranch, established in 1922, boasts a rich and colorful history! Apache Chieftain, Cochise, and his band, used the ranch as a winter camp for many generations. The ranch also holds a centuries-old sacred ceremonial location among the boulders, complete with petroglyphs and rock carvings. Many diplomats and dignitaries including President John F. Kennedy, General John J. Pershing, were among the ranch's distinguished guests. During World War II, the Japanese ambassador to Hawaii, along with his entourage of 22 adults, 15 children and a Japanese spy were covertly moved from Pearl Harbor to the Triangle T, and interned there. Later the Japanese prisoners were exchanged for American prisoners. We’ll enter The Rock Saloon & Grill through its swinging doors and sit down to a delicious ranch-style plated lunch, included. After lunch it’s back on the bus, headed for Portal, Arizona, gateway to spectacular Cave Creek Canyon, often called Arizona’s Yosemite! We’ll check into our rooms at the Portal Peak Lodge, nothing fancy, but clean and cozy and our home for the next two nights. After a refresh, we’ll gather for our own Happy Hour and then head over to the Portal Peak Café for dinner, included. After dinner, we’ll all enjoy a free evening. Day Two: Breakfast is included at the Portal Peak Café and then we’ll head into Cave Creek Canyon to explore this magnificent region, and enjoy a fantastic brown bag lunch, chock full of goodies! Later that afternoon, we’ll return to the hotel for our own Happy Hour and then we’ll head over to the café for dinner, included. After dinner, we’ll all enjoy a free evening. Day Three: Breakfast is included at the Portal Peak Café and then it’s bags out and we’re headed for Douglas to explore the famous Gadsden Hotel. The Gadsden, named for the Gadsden Purchase, is a stately 5-story hotel that became a home away from home for cattlemen, ranchers, miners, and businessmen. Opened in 1927, the lobby offers a solid Italian marble staircase, with soaring marble columns, and an authentic Tiffany stained glass mural that extends 42 feet across one wall of the massive mezzanine. Legend has it that Pancho Villa rode his horse up the marble stairway and it is well known that the Earp brothers spent more than their fair share of time at the Gadsden Hotel. The Gadsden is said to be haunted, and has been in several movies such as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean with Paul Newman, and Terminal Velocity with Charlie Sheen. Although this musty old hotel does not make for a comfortable over-night stay, a tour of the lobby is always fascinating! From Douglas, we’ll sightsee our way to beautiful and historic downtown Bisbee, Arizona! Bisbee’s loaded with great little restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and more, and we’ll take a little time to explore this little ghost town! After lunch, we"ll hightail home, enjoying pletny of amazing scenery along the way.