Mike Barton’s “Coast to Coast in Costa Rica” was to be the second in the 2020 Traveler’s Journal series this week. The series was canceled amid concerns of public gatherings with the pandemic outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Oliver Acosta

Mike Barton’s “Coast to Coast in Costa Rica” was to be the second in the 2020 Traveler’s Journal series this week. The series was canceled amid concerns of public gatherings with the pandemic outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Oliver Acosta

Traveler’s Journal 2020 series canceled

Traveler’s Journal, a series of stories and anecdotes of adventure across the nation and globe has been canceled before its first presentation.

The eight-part series was scheduled to kick off March 12 with “Paddling the Entire 1,243 miles of Columbia River for Kids” (presenter: John Kuntz), but organizers canceled the event with concerns about spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus growing in the community.

On March 13 they announced the rest of the series has been canceled.

“Many of these presentations will be re-scheduled for 2021,” Brian Anderson of the Peninsula Trails Coalition said last week.

The annual series traditionally takes place over eight consecutive Thursdays in the late winter/early spring, hosted at the Guy Cole Event Center at Carrie Blake Community Park. Money raised is used to buy project supplies and food for the volunteers working on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Other series presentations scheduled for 2020 included: “Coast-to-Coast in Costa Rica” with Mike Barton (March 19); “Exploring underrated Poland, with a little Slovakia tossed in” with Arvo and Christiane Johnson (March 26); “Spain – A Jaunt on the Camino” with Maridee Bonadea (April 2); “Thailand – Where the Sun (and Lessons) Falls Out of the Sky” with Hilary Powers (April 9); “Ireland – Wherever Green is Worn” with Ron Strange (April 16); “Iceland – Land of Fire & Ice” with Kim Brooks (April 23), and “Backpacking in Patagonia” with Roger Drake (April 30).

For more about the series, call Arvo Johnson at 360-301-9359.

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