LUdxdsiO A-2-Thursday, Sept. 20, 1990-Santa Cruz Sentinel - 1 Wally Trabing Traveling alone and loving it HOW DO YOU feel about traveling alone? I've tried it several times, fought loneliness once or twice, but looking back, the memories are good to excellent. .There are so many options: picking up short flours on the spot, joining others for a day, then -going on your own way, I think it is most successful if you have a !5nind that can serve as a companion. Traveling !;adeux Is fine if you both know give-and-take. ;And if you dig group travel, fine. . Susanne Hogsett has visited 110 countries in 30 years, 60 percent of it solo. She is more .possessed with travel than you and 1. 1 hear she is a blast. People go ga ga when she speaks "evenings at Cabrillo College, which she will do throughout October, on everything from .traveling solo, and economical air travel to "packing the perfect suitcase. We talked on the 'phone of travel combinations, helps and aids. I iemember a solo work trip to Southern Ireland. ;I rented a car, took short tours with others then -went back to wandering on my own. One evening after attending the Abbey ITheater in Dublin, I became lost while trying to ;find my boarding house, so I hailed a cab, gave ;him the address and he quickly led me to the destination. : Another example: My wife and daughter did a -weA-long New York theater tour. They took a ; small apartment, and often went their own ways during the day, met for tea or for dinner Hand the theater. It afforded each traveling "space. " I Hogsett specializes in economical and moderately priced travel at her business, Travel Easy in Palo Alto. Her experience has been that of staying in small, cozy, inexpensive hotels. "They can put ;you more in touch with the culture of the 'country you paid to come and see, than the , large, more luxury places where you see more I tourists and few natives." ; Like Tom Bodett of Motel 6 says: "When you're sleepin we look just like those in big, fancy hotels." : "Youth hostels" is a slight misnomer, for Hogsett has often seen 70-year-olds and whole families sleeping over for about $10 a night. "In ; Germany some of them are in castles; some ;have family rooms. Great breakfasts for $5." She recommended Eleanor Berman's new book, "Traveling On Your Own." Likewise, Hogsett sees advantages of ; second-class train travel. I concur, depending ; on the country. I love first, but on a run from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, through the alps to Bar - on the Montenegro coast we shared a ', second-class compartment with a young family, ; exchanging foods, language and laughs. ; Whenever I tried to catch a photo we'd disappear into one of the 254 tunnels. I Hogsett said the eating-alone problems are i solved by eating in smaller places or in f family-style cafes or eating early. I On her Oct. 19 travel solo lecture, she will tell J of a recent trip to Amsterdam she took because I of a low fare. There, she visited and learned of a ; special low air rate to Sweden and off she went. That's delightful serendipity. I She is a wanderer, sauntering the back streets, getting lost on purpose for that feeling of being swallowed by a new culture. j Another aid to the passionate traveler is the J International Travel News. A free copy will be I yours by calling 800-365-SUBS. ! And for economical auto rental, she will tell you about Auto Europe, about $145 a week. She's a gold mind of travel tips. I I asked her for her favorite inexpensive view I hotel in Paris, and right away she said, "Hotel ; De La Faculty," corner of Rue Racine and St.-; Michel. Rooms ($40) on the fifth floor look out I on Notre Dame and the Eiffel tower. I "I'll give you one more favorite," she said, "and THAT'S ALL. When in Istanbul, Barut's Guest House is, like $30, but dining on the roof is magic." If you are of a personality type that doesn't mind inexpensive travel mixed with a expensive splurge now and then, I find it excites the mind. Excitement is in the hunt and discovery of that delightful room with a balcony that takes the sights you see in travel magazines and revel in it with a bottle of local red, sharp cheese and unexperienced pastries, sitting between you and your partner. . Especially at sunset. Or, feeling devilish, stepping into the dining room of a famous hotel and letting the la-de-da wash over you and your gold Visa card. : Oh. joy r I Lastly, Hogsett mentioned four areas that are relatively free of tourists which she has found .fascinating to visit. And easy on the dollar, t They are Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala. ' ! Wally Trabing's column appears in the Sentinel Tuesday through Saturday. Meeting on CYA camp set By MARIA GAURA Sentinel staff writer SANTA CRUZ - A Hood of protest' over plans to close the Ben Lomond Youth Conservation Camp and four other youth camps statewide has apparently convinced the California Youth Authority to reconsider its plans. In an abrupt change of direction, Youth Authority officials now say they may close only two of the minimum-security camps for youthful offenders. Before the agency's plans were leaked to the public three weeks ago, CYA officials planned to close all five youth camps and turn them over to the Department of Corrections to house adult felons. Santa Cruz County residents will have a chance to discuss the future of the Ben Lomond Youth Conservation Camp with Youth Authority Chief Deputy Director Frank Alarcon and Assemblyman Sam Fair at a public meeting set for 11 a.m. Friday in Room 100 of the County Building, 701 Ocean Street. The Youth Authority hoped the camp closures would help it meet a 3 percent cut in the agency budget this year. Critics say the camps are CYA's most effective program, and say the agency is abandoning its mandate to rehabilitate young offenders. News of the closure plans sparked angry protests in the host counties. In Santa Cruz County, protest has come from the Board of Supervisors, Farr, judges, parole officials, law enforcement officials, community groups and private citizens. Some protesters simply don't want adult felons in their towns, but the majority say the camps are society's best chance to salvage young offenders and they want them to stay. If the camps are closed, more than 500 juvenile wards will be moved into locked facilities that critics say offer minimal training and rehabilitation and are dangerously overcrowded. The camps offer hard work, Job training, academic training and drug counselling in exchange for a relatively free atmosphere. The wards also provide fire protection and numerous community services. In a Tuesday meeting before the Amador County Board of Supervisors, Youth Authority Director Cal Terhune I w- V- In , rh I Bill LoveiovSentlnel file One of the California Youth Conservation Camp workers' chores was to help clean up a gas spill. said the agency is now considering closing only two or three of the camps, said Amador County analyst Catherine Giannini. The announcement was the first public indication that community protest has hit its mark. "He (Terhune) told them that they were reviewing the options and there was a possibility they could keep two or three of the camps open," Giannini said. "He said the Pine Grove Camp (located in Amador) could be one of the the ones kept open." Amador activists feel it's significant that Terhune's announcement was made there, because the protest has been the loudest and angriest in that community. The Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp is located right in the middle of Ginger Rolfs rural neighborhood, and Rolf said she and her neighbors will fight to keep it there. Rolfs group has been meeting twice a week and has organized a letter-writing campaign, a protest on the steps of the Capitol, a yellow-ribbon campaign and meetings with CYA officials. "It's truly a shame that in this day and age they have to consider cutting out the things that really work," Rolf said. "They seem to forget that these kids are people, and they have feelings, and some of them can truly be rehabilitated. This has got to be better than' being in an institution where they're locked up all the time and they're not contributing to society." Rolf thinks the camps in the most vocal communites may be spared this time around, but will be even more vulnerable the next time budgets are cut. "We feel afraid that next year they'll take more of (the camps)," she said. "It's such an injustice to the kids." . . They were reviewing the options and there was a possibility they could keep two or three of the camps open.' Catherine Giannini, Amador County analyst Man sought in repair scam SANTA CRUZ A man suspected of running a fraudulent roof repair scam that preys upon the elderly has been identified but not yet apprehended, said sheriffs detectives. Detective Bob Payne said the man, identified as Daniel M. Fleetwood, 30, has been operating in the Santa Cruz area for about six weeks. He typically contacts elderly victims at their homes and offers to repair their roofs at a discounted rate. After Corrections and clarifications It is the policy of the Sentinel to correct factual errors. We encourage readers to call our City Desk if they are aware of such errors. Please phone 423-4242. about 15 to 20 minutes on their roofs he bills the victims for as much as $675 but in fact performs no work. Detectives said that Fleetwood arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area from out of state. His truck, a 1985 GMC pickup, was confiscated this week by deputies after a tip led them to the Outlook Apartments on Western Drive. Fleetwood, however, was not found. Payne said Fleetwood's alleged scam is similar to ones run by the Williamson Gang, a notorious group of con artists that have preyed on the elderly nationwide. Detectives say the gang of interrelated families specialize in home repair scams, charging for work that is not done. Often by the time victims realize they have been taken, the gang has moved on. In 1985, Santa Cruz police captured 52-year-old Joseph Bishop believed to be a prominent member of the Williamson Gang. Bishop eventually pleaded guilty to grand theft and fraudulent use of a contractor's license number. Bishop skipped bail, was later arrested in Minnesota and sentenced to three years in prison. Payne said that Fleetwood is believed to have fled the area. He uses a number of other names including Danny Marino and Dean John. He is described as 30 to 39 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 200 to 230 pounds with dark wavy hair and dark eyes. He is known to wear a full mustache and speaks with a New York accent. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives Payne or Mario Sulay at 425-2431. A ; ' Vi v. Daniel Fleetwood Wanted by deputies Family files lawsuit in earthquake death SANTA CRUZ Relatives of a Santa Cruz woman killed in the October earthquake have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of Plaza Books. Ray Nielsen, the son, and Jane Sharp, the daughter of Catherine "Kay" Trieman, claim Hal Morris was negligent in maintaining his building which housed Plaza Books. A wall from that building collapsed in the quake, falling through the roof of the adjacent Ford's Department Store. Trieman, 75, who was shopping at Ford's, was buried in the rubble. Her son and daughter claim in the suit that Morris should have known that his building was unsafe. Relatives of Edith Dominquez, who was injured inside Ford's, filed suit against Morris and the city of Santa Cruz in May. Officials probe plane crash By KAREN CLARK Sentinel staff writer LA SELVA BEACH The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to find out why a Piper Tomahawk airplane failed to gain enough altitude while taking off late Tuesday afternoon, sending two pilots over a 60-foot cliff to a sandy beach. The county Sheriffs Office identified the two pilots as Robert Hughes, 46, and Rilah Elmore, 22, both of Watsonville. Elmore was not hurt and Hughes suffered only minor injuries. Wayne Pollack, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Board in Lawndale, said Wednesday that early reports indi cate Hughes, a licensed pilot, was taking additional training from Elmore, an instructor with Santa Cruz Aviation, when the accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. A spokeswoman for Santa Cruz Aviation, which owned the plane, said the company had no comment on the accident. Hughes also refused to comment on the crash when reached at home Wednesday afternoon, saying only that he was thankful to be alive. Pollack explained that pilots periodically take additional training to "increase their level of proficiency," and that's what Hughes was doing when he and Elmore took off from the Monterey Bay Academy airstrip above Manresa Beach. He said the two told him there was no indication of a problem when the small plane began accelerating, but that it managed to get only about 10 feet off the ground after takeoff. The plane overflew the end of the runway, he said, but still could not gain enough altitude to avoid "colliding with terrain." The plane went over the cliff and hit the beach. There was no fire. Witnesses said the Piper Tomahawk was badly damaged, with its cockpit and engine compartment torn apart and the tail and wing section crumpled. Pollack said NTSB officials had the wreckage and would be studying it to help find out what happened. On the street What are you doing to recycle? 4 (Asked in Aptos) r Jack Hartley Life insurance agent La Selva Beach I have the three plastic things at home. In my office, any piece of paper that's blank on the back, I cut it up for scratch paper. At home I try to save whatever I can. tr 4 Kat Doud Natural foods store worker Santa Cruz Save everything. Don't take plastic, don't take brown bags. Look at the packaging to see and don't buy the overpackaged ones. Don't buy Styrofoam. Recycle all cans and glasses. Try to stay away from anything that makes trash. Ike Monzulla Restaurant owner, Soquel I'm recycling in the recycling bins, the cans, the paper plastic in the bins that come around every week. Also I take plastic home from my business to put it in the bins. Carla Daniel UCSC student Santa Cruz What we do is use the curb recycling. There's really not much that we have to recycle. Cardboard is the only part they don't take that we save and recycle. feiJ ftZJ Randy Pike 1 Restaurant manager Highlands Ranch, Colorado We work with a company that promotes restaurant recycling. We recycle all bottles, all glass, our newspapers, all of our cardboards. We buy all sodas in cans and recycle them. We use recycled paper products. Also I recycle my old jokes.
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