As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of The Seasoned Traveler.
Often overlooked by tourists, Michigan is a treasure trove of quaint communities and colorful festivals, and it touches four of the five Great Lakes. In the season premiere, host George Bauer introduces viewers to attractions including the Tulip Time Festival in the aptly named town of Holland; lovely Mackinac Island, where glorious old hotels take visitors back in time; the Bavarian-style town of Frankenmuth; and the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, America’s largest indoor/outdoor museum.
New York State is much more than just The Big Apple and Niagara Falls. George Bauer’s visit includes the eastern end of Long Island, home of the Hamptons but less known for its beautiful, bucolic countryside and quaint villages; the spectacular Finger Lakes district, with its picturesque communities and numerous wineries; the majestic Adirondacks; and Lake Placid.
In Canada’s largest province, George Bauer explores Montreal, whose many attractions include the Vieux Montreal historical district and Mont Royal, an extinct volcano that offers an unparalleled view of the city. In the regal capital, Quebec City, George’s stops include the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, a grand hotel on a bluff overlooking Old Quebec, and the Grande Allee, a charming promenade lined with restaurants and clubs. Capping off the tour: breathtaking Montmorency Falls, Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area and #le d’Orleans, a tiny agrarian paradise in the St. Lawrence River.
In this Eastern European country, George Bauer stops in two enchanting alpine resort areas: Bled, with its perfect lake and stately 16th-century castle, and Bohinj, located in Slovenia’s only national park. Other highlights include Skofja Loka, which boasts a charming town square and centuries-old inn; the capital city of Ljubljana, whose ancient roots are evident in the ruins and relics found in its Old Town district; the amazing rock formations of 4 million-year-old Postojna Caves; Predjama Castle, carved into the mouth of a rock cliff; and Lipica, birthplace of the famous Lipizzaner Stallion tradition.