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CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA

Explore, Paddle and More: Discover Sea, Forest and Dunes of the Central Coast With Your Grandchild

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5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.

Itinerary for Jun 17 — Jun 21, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $119 - $249
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, June 17 - Meet Your Fellow Explorers and Your Adventure Gui...
Afternoon: Registration: 4:00 PM, followed by time to get to know your new friends who will share in your week of discovery.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Meet your guide for the week as he discusses the adventures that you will be sharing over the next few days.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $119 - $249
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 18 - Explore a sandy beach, dip your toes in the ocean...
Explore a sandy beach, dip your toes in the ocean, hear the bark of an Elephant Seal and search for the remnants of their molted fur, scavenger hunt in the forest.

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Get ready for your adventure trip to see some of the most extraordinary seals in the world....the massive, talkative Elephant Seals. Inflating their huge snouts, male elephant seals can bellow loudly enough to be heard a mile away. Before our visit to the rookery, our host naturalist prepares you to better understand these fascinating creatures through a lively discussion of their habits and life. The Northern Elephant Seal feeds mostly on squid, octopus, ratfish, hagfish, small sharks, and other deepwater marine life. A deep feeder, it can remain underwater for up to 80 minutes, often coming to the surface for only four minutes or so before diving again. The deepest dive ever recorded for an air-breathing mammal was 5,187 feet (nearly a mile) by a Northern Elephant Seal. Take a walk along the ocean cliff to a secluded beach to look for otters, seals and to view the fascinating Elephant Seals. Elephant Seals' hair and outer layers of skin molt periodically, so keep your eyes open for this molted skin on the beach!

Lunch: At San Simeon State Park enjoy a picnic lunch along the beach with time to splash in the water and enjoy some sun.

Afternoon: After lunch head into the forest as you learn about its ecology from decomposers to bears and mountain lions. Search above and below as you join in on a scavenger hunt to find evidence of these creatures--bones, traces of skin, feathers--who knows what you might find! Play a camouflage game as you learn how animals of the forest protect themselves from their predators. Learn how and why animals do what they do and why a forest is important. Then return to the lodge for a chance to enjoy the pool before dinnertime.

Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge

Evening: After dinner we will have a special visitor who will share Chumash Indian stories and demonstrate the skills of this local Native American tribe. See how they started fire from tools found in nature and learn how they relied on their surrounding plants and wildlife for food. Be prepared to be amazed at his skills!

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $119 - $249
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, June 19 - See wildlife up close--a Great Horned Owl, Red-ta...
See wildlife up close--a Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk or a Merlin? Play "Who Eats Who" and Listen to the Rocky Phone at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Explore Tidepools, Snack on Snails and Feast on Seaweed!

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: More wild critters to meet today! Get acquainted with some of the favorite "stars" at Pacific Wildlife Care. Look eye to eye with Hoot the Great Horned then visit with Finnegan a Western Tree Squirrel, Jack the Merlin, Ruby the Red Tailed Hawk, Zena an American Kestrel or Olive the Opossum. How can you help your wildlife neighbors and protect their homes and environment? Pacific Wildlife Care's staff will help you learn what you can do. Following this presentation spend some time at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Build a sand dune, operate the hydrologic cycle and dig into the food pit to create your own food chains as you learn who eats who in the marine environment. The museum's interactive displays give you fun insight into the wildlife inhabitants of the area. Head to the observation deck to peer through the telescopes in search of birds and wildlife in the bay and to get a good look at massive Morro Rock. Take in a movie in the auditorium and ask the docents all your questions!

Lunch: Visit the historic fishing village of Morro Bay with some time to explore on your own and enjoy a lunch spot of your choosing!

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon discovering what lies on the ocean floor. Explore the tidepools north of Morro Bay and share your discoveries with each other. You will find sea anemones, eels, sea stars, snails, limpets, chitons and possibly octopus in these amazing pools full of marine life. Your adventure guide is right by your side ready for your questions about your discoveries. Ever snacked on snails or feasted on seaweed? Take a try as your adventure guide shares edible findings in the tidepools. He will boil some snails, so you can take a taste!

Dinner: Dinner at lodge.

Evening: Enjoy an evening movie to round out your day.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $119 - $249
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, June 20 - Otters, Harbor Seals, Oyster Farm, Sand Dunes, Se...
Otters, Harbor Seals, Oyster Farm, Sand Dunes, Secluded Beaches, Endangered Birds--this day has it all as you paddle your kayak and walk the dunes.

Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: An easy morning of paddling takes in a heron rookery, the bird haven of Grassy Island, as well as chances to see otters and seals in this amazing wildlife hot spot. After taking all this wildlife in, we beach our kayaks on a secluded part of the outer sandspit for a fun dunes hike to a hidden Chumash shell midden. Keep your eyes peeled for native american artifacts--a piece of pottery, a rock tool, shells and remnants from beach fires. A short walk past the midden, we come to the Pacific Ocean and unparalleled views up and down miles of secluded beach. Watch for nesting snowy plovers, a protected endangered species. Comb the beach for rocks and shells left by the tides on this wild side of the coast. This trip is designed with beginners and family groups in mind and includes basic paddle and safety instruction at the start of the tour. Morro Bay is separated from the ocean by a long sandspit and is all flat water – no ocean waves. Designated a National Estuary, the varied eco-systems of Morro Bay abound in all kinds of wildlife. Harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters all call the bay home, as well as hundreds of species of birds, including several rare and endangered species. The weather is moderate year round, creating an ideal place for beginners as well as experts to kayak. No experience is necessary as you join your new friends, adventure guide and a kayak guide with outdoor education in mind.

Lunch: Back on the bay side of the dunes, linger a while longer for a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Take a leisurely paddle back to the docks and then head back to the lodge for a restful afternoon by the pool or for time to explore the town of Cambria.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: With abalone shells and a Native American hand drill--this unique and amazingly efficient drill with an obsidian point--make a keepsake of your adventure!

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, June 21 - Good Bye to all!
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Visit with your new found friends for one last time and take home a photo souvenir. The check out time at the lodge is 11:00 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Cambria, CA
Big SurFrom beaches to mountains...Hike along the streams in the cool, tree lined valleys. Climb up on the high ridges for a spectacular view of the coastline on the western slope and gaze into three million acres of wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest on the eastern slope.
For additional information, visit: www.bigsurcalifornia.org
CambriaA charming artists' village in an idyllic setting half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on scenic Highway One, Cambria is home to pristine beaches, wild and rugged hiking trails, quirky Nitt Witt Ridge, unique shops and art galleries, the very best in casual and fine dining.
For additional information, visit: www.cambriachamber.org
Cambria's Farmers MarketHeld every Friday throughout the year in the Vet's Hall parking lot from 2:30-5:30. Lots of fresh produce, specialty items, snacks, barbeque, and fresh flowers and plants.
Hearst CastleIn 1865, George Hearst purchased 40,000-acres of ranchland. In 1919, his only son, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land. By then the ranch had grown to encompass 250,000 acres. Originally known as "Camp Hill," its wilderness offered a place for family members and friends to "rough it" on camping trips. Despite elaborate arrangements with separate sleeping and dining tents, Hearst envisioned more comfortable accommodations. As they were planning and constructing his dream home, Hearst renamed the rocky perch from which it rose "La Cuesta Encantada" - The Enchanted Hill. By 1947, Hearst and his architect had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. See website for details or call 800-444-4445 for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.hearstcastle.com
Morro BayNear Hearst Castle and the Big Sur Coast, Morro Bay is a working fishing village. Its famous landmark, Morro Rock, was named by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo when he first charted this coast during his 16th Century voyage of discovery. The town is a pleasant tourist destination which has very mild weather all year long. There is no such thing as traffic in Morro Bay, unless, of course, you count birds, sea mammals, and fish!
For additional information, visit: www.morro-bay.net
San Luis Obispo CountyLearn about local events and activities.
For additional information, visit: www.sanluisobispocounty.com

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4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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