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Motor coach groups from Buffalo since 1983; sometime by air or rail.

About The Owner:

Jerry Waldkoetter was born in Seymour, Indiana. As a child saw the Milan Indians vs Muncie Central Bearcats H.S. basketball game that the movie “Hoosiers” is based. Eagle Scout. He graduated from Concordia University – Chicago. BA in Education and Geography; MA in School Administration.   He is a former principal and school teacher.  Veteran of 70-80 Whale Watch tours since 1984.  I have seen Humpbacks, Minkes, Blues, Bulugas, Pilots, Orcas (Killer Whales – actually the world’s largest dolphin), Gray Whales, and twice the extremely rare, North Atlantic Right Whale – – at the following locations, Cape Cod, St. Lawrence Estuary, Friday Harbor, Long Beach, and Costa Rica.  

About the Staff:

Kathy Burkett, Administrative Assistant
Kathy Burkett is an Administrative Assistant for Way To Go Tours.  Now retired from her career, she worked in Information Technology at Moore Business Forms, EDS-Electronic Data Systems, and HP-Hewlett Packard  A WNY native, she has enjoyed traveling with her family to 49 of the states, all but Alaska.  Her favorite places are the Canadian Rockies and Medora in the Dakotas.  Kathy enjoys the outdoors, campfires, sunsets, and all of God’s glorious creation.   
Rebecca Dena, Tour Escort
Rebecca Dena occasionally assists Jerry with Way to Go Tours. I always admired watching Jerry help others explore our beautiful nation and have been interested learning about organizing trips.  I am married 23 years to my husband Brian, and have been enjoying watching my two daughters Allison and Katelyn grow into beautiful young ladies.  I live in Wheatfield and am a homecare physical therapist.

Kathy Fretthold, Tour Escort
Principal at Trinity Lutheran School, West Seneca, NY.  Director of Education and Assistant to the President of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod Eastern District Office. Buffalo State University. Floral arranger for weddings.

The Way To Go Tours History:

Originally Waldkoetter Tours, The Way To Go Tours has been in business since April of 1983.

Member of the National Tour Association since 1994

The National Tour Association (NTA) is a trade organization for thousands of tourism professionals involved in the packaged travel industry. NTA members represent some of the most reliable and creative in the industry, with companies spanning 40 countries. Our members include tour operators, tour suppliers such as hotels and attractions, and destination marketing organizations. NTA emphasizes that all members exhibit professionalism and integrity, as well as abide by the NTA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.