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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 L I N D A J O H N S O N T R I U M P H T R AV E L C L U B D I R E C TO R | T R I U M P H C O M M U N I T Y B A N K E A S T M O L I N E , I L L I N O I S ìOn Phillip Island, in Victoria, Australia, we gasped as the fi rst ëscoutí penguin leapt from the water and onto the beach to see if it was safe for the others. Taking turns, several penguins sprung out of the water, but quickly leapt back to the safety of the sea. Once they deemed it safe, we sat mesmerized as thousands of pen- guins shot onto the beach and paraded past us on the way to their burrows. Though we may travel to exciting locations and view amazing cities, an up-close encounter with nature is always thrilling.î L O I S B A X V I C E P R E S I D E N T | C E N T R A L B A N K C L A S S I C J E F F E R S O N C I T Y, M I S S O U R I ìIn 30 years of travel, I have had so many amazing outdoor experiences. I raced snowmobiles in Yellowstone, hiked a rain forest in Costa Rica, walked down the steps to the Ganges River in India, planted trees in Kenya and saw penguins in the Falk- lands. All are incredible experiences, but best of all is the sharing of those experi- ences with customers.î P A T A N D E R S O N D I R E C T O R A N D T R AV E L C O O R D I N AT O R | N O R T H E R N I L L I N O I S U N I V E R S I T Y A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N T R AV E L P R O G R A M D E K A L B , I L L I N O I S ìOn our travel program in Turkey, we had an opportunity to take a hot-air balloon ride. Traveling at heights up to 1,500 feet, I felt peace, effortlessly drifting over the deep canyons, lush fertile valleys and dramatic volcanic landscape of Cappa- docia. The combination of amazing scenery below and the explosion of color of almost 100 decorative balloons all around us was absolutely spectacular.î J E N N I F E R B O H A C D I R E C T O R , T R AV E L P R O G R A M S | T E X A S A & M U N I V E R S I T Y C O L L E G E S TAT I O N , T E X A S ìOn a safari to Tanzania and Rwanda, I was the most excited about the gorilla trek we did in Rwanda. It was my fi rst time to do a gorilla trek, and it was life changing. To be in the middle of a family of mountain gorillas was amazing. It was fascinating to see their interactions and how they live.î what memorable outdoor experience have you had with your group? T A L K B A C K P L A N N E R S R A N D Y C A L A G U A S HERITAGE CLUB MANAGING OFFICER | FIRST CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK M A S O N C I T Y, I O WA ìOn a Kenai Fjords boat tour in Alaska, I thought the highlight was going to be the glaciers. What I had not anticipated was the unbelievable sea life we would encounter. Our group was literally hanging over the railing of the boat as pods of orcas and humpback whales jumped, fl uked, breached and all around performed a show that Cirque du Soleil could not have choreographed better.î

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