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.
You can download the latest E-issue of the monthly newsletter "Experiences" at the top of this page. Just click on the banner "Newsletter" You can download or email the newsletter to friends!
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.
Bisbee, Arizona And the Sandhill Cranes of Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area
February 18th & 19th, 2016 Thursday & Friday
$299 (Double Occupancy) $50 (Single Supplement)
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee and goodies on our way to charming and historic Bisbee, Arizona! We’ll arrive in Bisbee in time to enjoy lunch on self—and Bisbee is home to so many great little restaurants, along with interesting shops and galleries, coffee houses, antique stores and so much more. We’ll spend some time strolling the streets of the downtown area, and late afternoon we’ll check into our hotel, which is just outside the city limits. Don’t expect anything fancy, just clean and cozy. After a refresh, we’ll all head back into Bisbee to enjoy a fabulous three-course chicken dinner and a glass of house wine at Café Roka, Bisbee’s most upscale restaurant! And best of all dinner’s included!
Day Two: Get ready for your 5 a.m wake-up call! Then it’s bags out and we’re on the road by 6 a.m. headed for Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, one of the best places to view sandhill cranes, with an estimated winter population of over 30,000! The Draw is in the Sulphur Springs Valley, a Chihuahuan desert grassland habitat, surrounded by Arizona’s sky islands. The sandhill cranes spend the night standing in Whitewater Draw’s shallow waters to evade predators, and then fly out each morning at the crack of dawn, to feed and socialize in the surrounding area. With an impressive wingspan of 6 to 7 feet, the early morning mass ascension of the sandhill cranes is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list! There is no visitor’s center at the Draw, but there are restrooms, and we’ll be serving plenty of hot coffee along with a delicious continental style breakfast—including a variety of fresh-baked muffins, fruit, yogurt and more. In addition to sandhill cranes, the waters of Whitewater Draw attract many kinds of ducks, geese, herons, egrets, shorebirds, gulls and terns. We’ll also keep our eyes open for mammals using these grasslands as a source of food, water and shelter. Mammals seen here include mule deer, javelina, coyote, bobcat, desert cottontail and black-tailed jackrabbit. Formerly a cattle ranch, Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area was purchased in 1997 and is now managed to enhance wetland habitats and provide waterfowl habitat, and wildlife viewing. Later we’ll head into Sierra Vista for a little “club style” touring and lunch on self at the German Café, a true Travel Club favorite. This great little family owned restaurant was featured on Arizona Highways TV with Robin Sewell and food critic Nikki Buchanan calls it one of the best restaurants in the state of Arizona! The German Café’s menu offers schnitzel, smoked pork chops, potato dumplings, red cabbage, potato salad and so much more—all at a moderate price. We’ll take the scenic back roads home from Sierra Vista, winding our way through the Sonoita/Elgin wine region—always making for a beautiful driving tour. This tour is a Travel Club Classic! Call in your reservations and don’t miss out on the fun!