Seniors headed for the hills

FLINT TWP. — For sure, chartered bus trips to casinos are standard fare for senior citizens who like to travel, but the Carman-Ainsworth Senior Center will be charting new territory with two trips being planned for 2016.

One of them is almost a year away – Oct. 1-9 when seniors will be heading to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and the Black Hills among many other historic sites.

The nine-day, eight night bus trip costs $739 per person, double occupancy, and $994 single occupancy, which includes transportation, 14 meals, admission to events, guided tours and nightly accommodations at five hotels.

Pam Luna, center director, said the trip is being organized by request. Interested seniors have nearly a year to get ready and about eight months to make full payment by the July 25, 2016 deadline.

Besides the previously mentioned tourist sites, the itinerary includes a guided tour of historic Deadwood, home to legendary characters like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, where the travelers also get to work in a customary casino visit. Other stops include the famous Wall Drug Store, the Wildlife Loop Road at Custer State Park, the High Plains Western Heritage Center, the Crazy Horse Memorial, the popular Corn Palace and the Borglum Historical Center, named for the sculptor of the four heads of U.S. presidents that are carved into Mount Rushmore.

Overnight stays en route include stops in Iowa at the Des Moines Botanical Center and the Iowa State Historical Museum.

For more information about signing up for the trip, contact Diane Demers at 810-513-1965.

The second big trip being planned sticks to the familiar casino itinerary. The destination is the spa-like Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo near Lake Michigan, with outbound and homebound stops at Firekeepers casino in Battle Creek.

The trip costs $129 per person, double occupancy, and $169 for single occupancy and includes transportation, lodging and $100 in casino incentives. Payment is due in full at the time of booking.

The trip is being planned for January 17 and 18. Contact the senior center for more details at 810-732-6290.

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