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DUNSMUIR, CALIFORNIA

A "Boxcar Children" Adventure: Literature and Adventure Come to Life

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Program #14993RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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 Jul 22 — Jul 26, 2013

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Type: Other

Description: In its golden era, Dunsmuir was once an important, thriving railroad community. Formerly named “Pusher”, this was the spot where additional locomotives were added onto the trains, to “push” them up the steep grade to Mt. Shasta. In 1968, the Murphy family, local descendents of pioneering railroaders, decided to collect and preserve the old rail era, by transforming rail cars into beautifully renovated units. A collection of cabooses, flat cars and box cars were acquired and work was started. “Murphy’s Pond” a popular swimming pond and the wine bar were the first phase of the project. In the years following, additional cabooses were transformed into motel units, a dinner house and lounge were added, as well as a swimming pool and spa which completed the project. The Murphy Family still proudly owns and actively operates this family business. A charming little site, this 'motel' consists of a dozen and a half rail cars permanently parked amidst attractive landscaping and a small pool. Site is next to a river at the foot of the gorgeous Castle Crags.

Contact info:
100 Railroad Park Road
Dunsmuir, CA 96025 USA
phone: 530-235-4440
web: www.rrpark.com

Room amenities: Each rail car is nicely remodeled into an attractive room, and laid out with different configurations of beds; some have two double beds, other have double and twin, etc. All rail cars require several (3-5) steps up into the car. All rail cars have private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an outdoor pool and walking trails.

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

Additional nights before: Contact directly for price
This resort is very popular - call early to determine availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, July 22 - Arrival and Orientation
Dinner: Check in at Cabin 5 on Monday after 3 pm. Opening Pizza dinner at 6pm on the Hotel grounds

Evening: Welcome and introductions, with an orientation to the Boxcar stories with your Group Leader and Instructor

Lodging: Railroad Park Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Description: In its golden era, Dunsmuir was once an important, thriving railroad community. Formerly named “Pusher”, this was the spot where additional locomotives were added onto the trains, to “push” them up the steep grade to Mt. Shasta. In 1968, the Murphy family, local descendents of pioneering railroaders, decided to collect and preserve the old rail era, by transforming rail cars into beautifully renovated units. A collection of cabooses, flat cars and box cars were acquired and work was started. “Murphy’s Pond” a popular swimming pond and the wine bar were the first phase of the project. In the years following, additional cabooses were transformed into motel units, a dinner house and lounge were added, as well as a swimming pool and spa which completed the project. The Murphy Family still proudly owns and actively operates this family business. A charming little site, this 'motel' consists of a dozen and a half rail cars permanently parked amidst attractive landscaping and a small pool. Site is next to a river at the foot of the gorgeous Castle Crags.

Contact info:
100 Railroad Park Road
Dunsmuir, CA 96025 USA
phone: 530-235-4440
web: www.rrpark.com

Room amenities: Each rail car is nicely remodeled into an attractive room, and laid out with different configurations of beds; some have two double beds, other have double and twin, etc. All rail cars require several (3-5) steps up into the car. All rail cars have private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an outdoor pool and walking trails.

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

Additional nights before: Contact directly for price
This resort is very popular - call early to determine availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 23 - Morning Writing, Hedge Creek Falls, Mt. Shasta Ci...
Morning Writing, Hedge Creek Falls, Mt. Shasta City Park, Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery, and dinner at the Botanical Gardens

Breakfast: Breakfast provided on-site, served by your group leader. Enjoy a variety of breakfast items such as cereal, fruit, milk, juice and coffee. Special daily breakfast treats may include such things as bagels with cream cheese, quiche or pancakes.

Morning: Morning writing workshop with your instructor.

Field Trip to Hedge Creek Falls and Mt. Shasta City Park. Explore (and taste!) the mouth of the Sacramento River where it first gushes into daylight. Learn about converting 'trash to treasure', like the Boxcar children did in the first story, when they rescued items from a dump to outfit their 'home' in the woods. Your instructor will connect our modern-day understanding of 'recycling' to Depression-era thriftiness, when families made do with what was available.

Lunch: Lunch during field trip to Mt. Shasta City Park, followed by a S'mores treat!

Afternoon: Head off then to the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery, and see hundreds of baby fingerlings. Watch trout jump and leap as you feed them from the handy food dispensers.

Return to the Railroad Park. Arts and crafts activity for the children, followed by free time for all. Use free time to swim at the pool, enjoy a nearby hike, or just relax.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided by The Botanical Garden with a fun exploration of the gardens afterwards.

Evening: Gather together for story time with your instructor. Get ready for tomorrow's book!

Lodging: Railroad Park Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Other

Description: In its golden era, Dunsmuir was once an important, thriving railroad community. Formerly named “Pusher”, this was the spot where additional locomotives were added onto the trains, to “push” them up the steep grade to Mt. Shasta. In 1968, the Murphy family, local descendents of pioneering railroaders, decided to collect and preserve the old rail era, by transforming rail cars into beautifully renovated units. A collection of cabooses, flat cars and box cars were acquired and work was started. “Murphy’s Pond” a popular swimming pond and the wine bar were the first phase of the project. In the years following, additional cabooses were transformed into motel units, a dinner house and lounge were added, as well as a swimming pool and spa which completed the project. The Murphy Family still proudly owns and actively operates this family business. A charming little site, this 'motel' consists of a dozen and a half rail cars permanently parked amidst attractive landscaping and a small pool. Site is next to a river at the foot of the gorgeous Castle Crags.

Contact info:
100 Railroad Park Road
Dunsmuir, CA 96025 USA
phone: 530-235-4440
web: www.rrpark.com

Room amenities: Each rail car is nicely remodeled into an attractive room, and laid out with different configurations of beds; some have two double beds, other have double and twin, etc. All rail cars require several (3-5) steps up into the car. All rail cars have private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an outdoor pool and walking trails.

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

Additional nights before: Contact directly for price
This resort is very popular - call early to determine availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 24 - Morning Writing, Turtle Bay Aquarium, Evening Sto...
Breakfast: Breakfast provided on-site, served by your group leader. Enjoy a variety of breakfast items such as cereal, fruit, milk, juice and coffee. Special daily breakfast treats may include such things as bagels with cream cheese, quiche or pancakes.

Morning: Start the morning by continuing to write your own adventure stories.

Field Trip to the Turtle Bay Aquarium in Redding, on the banks of the Sacramento River - which looks entirely different at this location! Explore the interesting aquarium, and stroll the amazing Sundial Bridge.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in the picnic area near the Sundial Bridge.

Afternoon: Return to Dunsmuir. Arts and crafts activity for the children, followed by free time for all. Use free time to swim at the pool, enjoy a nearby hike, or just relax.

Dinner: Have dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Gather together to enjoy sharing your stories, and reading from the Boxcar series.

Lodging: Railroad Park Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Other

Description: In its golden era, Dunsmuir was once an important, thriving railroad community. Formerly named “Pusher”, this was the spot where additional locomotives were added onto the trains, to “push” them up the steep grade to Mt. Shasta. In 1968, the Murphy family, local descendents of pioneering railroaders, decided to collect and preserve the old rail era, by transforming rail cars into beautifully renovated units. A collection of cabooses, flat cars and box cars were acquired and work was started. “Murphy’s Pond” a popular swimming pond and the wine bar were the first phase of the project. In the years following, additional cabooses were transformed into motel units, a dinner house and lounge were added, as well as a swimming pool and spa which completed the project. The Murphy Family still proudly owns and actively operates this family business. A charming little site, this 'motel' consists of a dozen and a half rail cars permanently parked amidst attractive landscaping and a small pool. Site is next to a river at the foot of the gorgeous Castle Crags.

Contact info:
100 Railroad Park Road
Dunsmuir, CA 96025 USA
phone: 530-235-4440
web: www.rrpark.com

Room amenities: Each rail car is nicely remodeled into an attractive room, and laid out with different configurations of beds; some have two double beds, other have double and twin, etc. All rail cars require several (3-5) steps up into the car. All rail cars have private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include an outdoor pool and walking trails.

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

Additional nights before: Contact directly for price
This resort is very popular - call early to determine availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 25 - Morning Writing, Shasta Caverns, Final Evening St...
Breakfast: Breakfast provided on-site, served by your group leader. Enjoy a variety of breakfast items such as cereal, fruit, milk, juice and coffee. Special daily breakfast treats may include such things as bagels with cream cheese, quiche or pancakes.

Morning: Start the morning by continuing to write your own adventure stories.

Depart for an exploration of some of Northern California's amazing caves and caverns. Special treats could include a boat trip, or wearing a spelunker's helmet!

Lunch: Picnic lunch outdoors.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy activities including hiking and exploring. Visit the Train Depot and learn about the history of the railroad in this Northern California town. Also, peak into the studio of an artist who uses found and recycled objects to create unique pieces of art!

Return to Dunsmuir. Arts and crafts activity for the children, followed by free time for all. Use free time to swim at the pool, enjoy a nearby hike, or just relax.

Dinner: Celebrate the week's adventures during the closing dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Final reading of our stories. Suggestions and encouragement to continue your story-writing and reading, as well as the adventures that foster resourcefulness and independence.

Lodging: Railroad Park Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five: Friday, July 26 - Safe Travels Home
Breakfast: Breakfast provided on-site, served by your group leader. Enjoy a variety of breakfast items such as cereal, fruit, milk, juice and coffee. Special daily breakfast treats may include such things as bagels with cream cheese, quiche or pancakes.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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