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Program #8553RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevation ranges from 800 - 1100 feet

Itinerary for Oct 11 — Oct 16, 2015

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 11 - Arrival and Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinn...
Arrival and Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Getting to Know You

Note: Arrive and check in beginning at 3:30pm. Fruit basket at registration table.

Afternoon: Check-in: Available from 3:30 p.m.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. Help yourself to the fruit basket! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check-in.

Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Than you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, or activities. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: In the Trout Lodge dining room, enjoy a buffet with a choice of two soups, salad bar, choice of two entrées, assorted side dishes, and dessert bar plus juice, milk, soda, coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Continue getting to know instructors and fellow participants as we enjoy an evening snack with decaf coffee and tea.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 12 - Humorous Authors and Distractions from Daily Life...
Humorous Authors and Distractions from Daily Life / Humor and Music / Explore Trout Lodge / Wine Tasting

Note: Low activity level.

Breakfast: In the dining room, our hot buffet breakfast varies daily with selections such as omelettes, biscuits and gravy, bacon or sausage, pancakes or French toast, fresh fruit, breads, cereals, and pastries plus juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: The first of our two sessions this morning is led by Sylvia Duncan, an essayist, poet, and short story writer who has had her work published in local and national publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sylvia will focus on humorous authors.

We’ll have a short break between classes, with fruit, coffee and water available during both sessions.

Judy Johnson leads our second morning session that involves class participation in humorous activities. Judy learned much of what she knows about humor from teaching 35 years in the public school system!

Lunch: In the dining room, the lunch menu varies with soup, salad bar, and a hot dish plus juice, milk, soda, coffee, tea, water

Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll explore humor and music with Rick Key. His passion for music at an early age led him to learn and play a startling number of instruments — including a left-handed violin! The session includes film clips and discussion.

Next, we’ll have a bus excursion to experience the beauty of Trout Lodge, with short walks to points of interest. Situated on a 360-acre lake, Trout Lodge is surrounded by 5,200 acres of forest-covered hills. You will also have free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: From earliest recorded history, good wine and good humor have been good companions. We’ll be joined by representatives from a local vineyard who will introduce the tastes of their fully Missouri-made wine and tell you about their wine-making process.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 13 - Humor in Writing / Silliness, Amusements and Dive...
Humor in Writing / Silliness, Amusements and Diversions / Maramec Spring Park and Peaceful Bend Vineyard Field Trips / Music and History of the Ozarks

Note: Field trips include walking on sidewalks and gravel pathways.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: It’s another morning of the Sylvia and Judy Show, with Sylvia focusing on humor in writing followed by silliness, amusements, and diversions with Judy. Coffee, tea, and water available during class.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: We’ll take a field trip to Maramec Spring Park, which boasts the fifth largest natural spring in Missouri. Learn about the spring from a park naturalist. We’ll also recall the iron works based there in the late 1800's and early 1900's, through a museum and remaining historical markers.

Next, we’ll head to Peaceful Bend Vineyard to see the wine-making process and machinery and learn from the experts. Plus an opportunity to taste the wine!

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: At the lodge, we'll see a film about the music and history of the Ozark region. Popcorn provided!

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 14 - Parody, Poetry and Satire / Interactive Silliness...
Parody, Poetry and Satire / Interactive Silliness / Violins and a Luthier / Nature Hike / Evening Tea

Note: Gradual hills and some rocky terrain on nature hike; bring appropriate footwear.

Breakfast: In the dining room

Morning: Parody: the deliberately exaggerated imitation of a well-known person, literary or musical work for comic effect. Poetry: words consciously chosen and arranged for their meaning and the effect caused by the sound and rhythm of words that may or may not rhyme. Satire: a technique used to highlight the follies and foibles of humanity. Sylvia gives examples and weaves them all together.

Judy ends the morning with us outside (weather permitting) as groups of participants mix, mingle, and get silly together.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: See how violins are made as Rick Key shares his luthier skills and expertise.

Then, “mens sana in corpore sano” — a sound mind in a sound body! Led by an outdoor expert, we’ll take a mile-long hike on well-kept Trout Lodge nature trails.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: In other lands, “tea” has long been used to describe not only the beverage made from tea leaves, but also a meal or snack that encourages sociability. We’ll have Evening Tea with scones, coffee, and of course, tea. Relax and enjoy spending time with new Road Scholar friends.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 15 - Finishing Mark Twain / Newspaper Fashion Show / K...
Finishing Mark Twain / Newspaper Fashion Show / Karaoke / Ice Cream Social

Note: The pontoon boat is open-air, with comfortable seating.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Learn about fascinating aspects of local boy Mark Twain with Sylvia, hear an unfinished story, and then have fun finishing it yourself.

Judy then gets our creative juices flowing with a newspaper fashion show. Create a costume entirely made out of newspaper, and craft a story for your character.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Karaoke! Don't worry about knowing the lyrics, the screen shows you the words. Sing alone or together. Singing along with words on a screen first became popular nationally in the U.S. with the 1960s musical show called, appropriately, “Sing Along With Mitch.” The first actual karaoke machine appeared in Japan in the early 1970s and quickly spread through Asia and the western world.

Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You might like to see more of the Trout Lodge grounds and facilities including taking a pontoon boat ride on Sunnen Lake.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: Spend a delightful last evening together as a group with an ice cream social and all the fixings. Road Scholar Passport stickers will be available.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 16 - Sylvia, Judy and Rick Wrap Up / Program Concludes
Note: Check out time is by 11:30 a. m. Box lunches (for an additional fee) will be available for those who wish to depart as soon as class is over. Please check with the Group Leader if you'd like to stay longer after the program concludes.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll round out “Looking on the Bright Side” with three 45-minute sessions. Sylvia leaders a trip through history with best-selling books from 1900 to today. Judy offers brain teasers and playful state mottos. Rick wraps up teaching everyone how to play an instrument.

Lunch: In the dining room. This concludes our program.

Participants are welcome to stay and utilize Trout Lodge facilities and activities this afternoon.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Potosi, MO
YMCA Trout LodgeFull use of YMCA Trout Lodge. Includes boathouse, fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, mini-golf, lake swimming, Arts and Crafts, horseback riding and climbing towers. Some may require an additional fee.
For additional information, visit: www.ymcatroutlodge.org
Elephant RocksThe giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. The coarsely crystalline red granite forms are popular with history buffs (who like to read the names of the 19th century miners who used to work in the area and who carved their names into rocks), children (who love to climb and scramble over and through the rocks) and parents (who revel in taking pictures of their children pretending to push the rocks). The park has a trail that winds through the rocks, which is an interpretative Braille trail. Abundant picnic areas and vibrant fall colors add to the park’s appeal.
For additional information, visit: mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park
Johnson Shut-insPlay in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.
For additional information, visit: mostateparks.com/park/johnsons-shut-ins-state-park
Fort DavidsonFort Davidson (at the base of the lookout, Pilot Knob Mountain) was a strong defensive position: hexagonal walls nine feet high and ten feet thick, surrounded by a dry moat nine feet deep. Two long rifle pits ran out from the walls and a reinforced board fence topped the earthworks. Access to the fort was through a drawbridge on the southeastern corner of the structure. In September of 1864, Fort Davidson became the scene of one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War in Missouri . . . the Battle of Pilot Knob.
For additional information, visit: www.missourihistorictowns.com/missouri-historic-places/pilot-knob-missouri-history-landmarks.htm

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips

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