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Quintessential Tours Clients - Pat and Joan

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Joan with tour guide, Bob Cunningham in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
Client Name: Pat Scott and Joan Jenkins
Group Size: 2 adults
Group Make-up: Just Pat and Joan. Two good friends from Western Aussie
Home: Western Australia
Interests: Sightseeing, nature, environmentalism, having fun!

Pat and Joan weren't looking for anything fancy. They just wanted to see the beautiful scenery and nature between San Francisco and San Diego, and do so at a leisurely pace. Hearst Castle was high on their list, but they were open to whatever we suggested. They had 4 days to spend with us as a part of a longer holiday. Both ladies were over 65 when we traveled, and each had some health issues to consider.



A two-time cancer survivor, Joan had had a lung removed years before our trip. This made it difficult for her to do anything requiring any exertion. We sought out ground floor rooms, arranged an accessible tour at Hearst Castle (where there are quite a few steps), and took care to make stops where the payoff would come without much work.

On the final day, when I joined the ladies at Disneyland, I was able to recommend renting a wheelchair for the day. This made a perfect day at Disneyland possible, where it never would have happened otherwise.

After meeting the ladies, and spending the day with them, I learned of Joan's serious interest in the Monterey Pine, which is an important timber crop in Australia. My challenge -- and I chose to accept it -- was to find an expert in the subject, who could discuss the tree canker that has made the North American crop largely unusable as timber.
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