My wife, Myra, and I haven’t traveled a lot, at least not compared to some of our friends who seem to go somewhere every weekend. It wasn’t for a lack of want. We just hadn’t taken time in our semi-retirement to plan. But when I saw a trip to the Canadian Rockies among those offered through Mississippi State, it wasn’t something we could pass up: 10 days and nine nights traveling through stunning scenery visiting parks and luxury resorts.
It was a region we had always wanted to explore and booking the trip through Mississippi State’s Alumni Association took the guesswork out of everything. Orbridge, the agency that coordinated the expedition, handled all of the travel, lodging and even some activities once we reached our starting point in Calgary, Canada.
The trip included alumni from institutions across the country including the University of Arkansas, Notre Dame and one fellow Bulldog, Julian Watson from Madison. Some people worry about traveling with a group, but it actually provided some opportunities we wouldn’t have had on our own. We were able to tour the Columbia Icefield with very little wait. That could have easily been a whole day’s ordeal if we had been on our own—if we even would have found it. And we stayed at some of the most popular resorts in the region, including some that fellow travelers had been trying, and failing, to get reservations at for years.
Some people enjoy all of the research and coordination that go into planning a trip on their own but for us, it was nice to have someone else do it. We still had the freedom to pick our activities or do dinner on our own. It would be a great way for a group of alumni to get together. And as for Myra and me, we’ve already looked at the next round of trips and plan to join an upcoming excursion to see the wolves of Yellowstone National Park in February.
Lynn L. Reinschmiedt is a retired associate dean and professor emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State. He spent 38 years at the university, most recently serving as interim executive director of the Center for Distance Education.
Story and photos by Lynn L. Reinschmiedt