Road Scholar Veteran Jerry Hubble Completes 109th Program

Posted: Thursday, April 25th 2013 at 3:32 PM

The NAU Road Scholar Program, formerly Elderhostel, has been providing trips to picturesque locations since 1983. The organization’s mission, according to their website reads: “Not-for-profit Road Scholar inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.”

Jerry Hubble, a Kentucky resident, has been a participant of over 100 trips offered through Road Scholar. Hubble’s first Road Scholar trip was in 1995 when he saw an advertisement for it at the library, but one was far from enough.

“I’m registered for this one this week [to the Grand Canyon] and then next week I’m doing the Chaco Canyon  [program], so when I complete that, I would have completed 109 Elderhostels,” said Hubble.

Out of these 109 programs he’s been in, 30 of them have been sponsored through NAU.

“I’ve known him for a long time,” said Jennifer Beltz, assistant director of NAU’s Road Scholar program. “He first started coming in the late ‘90s.”

“NAU is one of my favorite providers of Road Scholar programs,” Hubble said. “It’s had the best organized and managed Road Scholar programs that I’ve encountered and it’s outstanding in that it has competent coordinators, excellent instructors, and outstanding facilities.”

“You meet very nice people. I like to think that we are not the typical couch potatoes,” he said.

He’s put so many trips under his belt in such a short amount of time by doing a lot of them back-to-back and the number varies each year.

“When you go on an Road Scholar [trip], you see more than if you were just visiting the area independently,” Hubble explained. “You have a coordinator who’s with you and [explains] the points of interest.”

This is especially nice since the photography programs appeal to him the most. Having someone who’s knowledgeable about the area who can present the best views can come in handy.

“I’m a snowbird,” he said. “I’m stopping off to do these two Road Scholar [programs] and then go back to Kentucky and hopefully I get back out to Arizona come November to do more Road Scholar [programs].”

Hubble is a shining example for life long learning and for the NAU Road Scholar program.

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