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Hot-Air Ballooning and Outdoor Adventure With Your Family in Provo-Orem

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Program #4760RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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
Orem's average elevation is 4756 feet and tram rides (6,000'-11,000').

Itinerary for Jul 1 — Jul 6, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Next door to Wal-Mart Superstore (convenient for incidentals). Free Bright Side Breakfast® Waffles Hot and cold cereal Bread and muffins Fresh fruit All-you-can-drink coffee and juice Additional Breakfast Items: Hard-Boiled Eggs Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Rolls Pastries Bagels Milk

Contact info:
521 West University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058 USA
phone: 180-122-6044 x0
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=962

Room amenities: NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. Free high-speed Internet access in all rooms! Cable Television Coffee Maker Hair Dryer Iron with Ironing Board Dataport Phones Alarm Clock

Facility amenities: Free High-Speed Internet Access Free Local Calls Free Parking Meeting Facilities Available Guest Laundry Facilities Indoor Swimming Pool Fitness Center Pets Welcome

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69 + tax
Please call, the front desk, ahead of time if you are planning on staying before and/or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, July 01 - Arrival & Check In/Welcome & Orientation
Afternoon: 3:00 - 5:45 Check into hotel 5:45 Road Scholar registration at PM in the conference room.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in our conference room at 6 PM.

Evening: 6:45 - 8:00 PM Introductions and overview of the week's activities and events in our conference room.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Next door to Wal-Mart Superstore (convenient for incidentals). Free Bright Side Breakfast® Waffles Hot and cold cereal Bread and muffins Fresh fruit All-you-can-drink coffee and juice Additional Breakfast Items: Hard-Boiled Eggs Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Rolls Pastries Bagels Milk

Contact info:
521 West University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058 USA
phone: 180-122-6044 x0
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=962

Room amenities: NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. Free high-speed Internet access in all rooms! Cable Television Coffee Maker Hair Dryer Iron with Ironing Board Dataport Phones Alarm Clock

Facility amenities: Free High-Speed Internet Access Free Local Calls Free Parking Meeting Facilities Available Guest Laundry Facilities Indoor Swimming Pool Fitness Center Pets Welcome

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69 + tax
Please call, the front desk, ahead of time if you are planning on staying before and/or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 02 - Challenge yourself on a Ropes Course. Discover Th...
Challenge yourself on a Ropes Course. Discover Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life. Learn all about Mountain Men and Utah History.

Note: Wear casual clothes and closed-toed shoes for Ropes Course.

Breakfast: Enjoy an expanded continental breakfast in the hotel which includes eggs, waffles, hot and cold cereals, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, fruit, etc.

Morning: Challenge yourself on CLAS ropes course. CLAS stands for: Challenging Leadership Adventure Systems. Please wear casual clothes and closed-toe shoes for this activity. You will be climbing, swinging and participate in group experiences on and off the ground. Mission: To improve personal effectiveness and group dynamics through comprehensive experiential challenges. Vision: To facilitate opportunities for people to tangibly recognize and internalize their own personal worth/value and realize their fullest potential, both as individuals and as part of the group dynamic of home, work and society as a whole. To assist individuals in developing leadership potential so that they may become a more positive and effective influence for good in their personal environment and in relationship to all those with whom they interact. Introduction: People learn more through experience than through any other method of learning. Challenge course participants learn techniques in problem solving, leadership, human relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution, group cooperation, building self-confidence and esteem, trust, self-direction, motivation, and values. Analogies can be made to life-relevant topics, helping to increase understanding and strengthen character. The aim is to allow the participants to view themselves as increasingly capable and competent. By attempting a graduated series of activities which involve physical or emotional risk, and succeeding (or sometimes failing) in a supportive group atmosphere, an individual may gain confidence in himself/herself and others. Each activity is based on the assumption that anyone who conscientiously tries will be successful. Success is in making an effort. A cooperative, supportive atmosphere tends to encourage participation. The use of teams, points, and timed competition has consciously been minimized to allow participants to succeed without fear of failure.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at CLAS Ropes Course.

Afternoon: Enjoy the Museum of Ancient Life, which has the distinction of having the world's largest display of mounted dinosaurs. Not only will you meet the fierce prehistoric friends at the museum, you will also become a part of their world. While you're weaving through the exhibits, chirps of insects and growls of ancient creatures greet you in each hall. Exhibits like the Erosion Table and the Fossil Dig give you an opportunity be a part of the science of palaeontology. Needless to say, this is not an ordinary museum! You will be guided through the museum by the museum curator who designed it all. MUSEUM FACTS: * Opened to the public in June of 2000 * The defining characteristic of the Museum of Ancient Life is found in its hands-on approach to exhibits * Guests are invited to touch actual fossils and feel real dinosaur bones and eggs, as well as other displays * Exhibit halls are designed to immerse guests in the subject matter, using expansive murals, soundtracks, plants and gurgling streams * There are 50 interactive, hands-on displays within the exhibit halls * With 60 complete skeletal displays, the Museum of Ancient Life is the world's largest dinosaur exhibit * The Museum of Ancient is home of the most extensive display of original fossils in the state of Utah * A working palaeontology lab operated by Western Palaeontology is located within the museum and can be observed by guests as they tour the exhibit halls. After exploring the Museum, view an award-winning movie at the "Xango" large-screen 6-stories high theater!

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel conference room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening of learning about Utah history and the Mountain Men who were the first "white-men" who moved into the local mountains. Understand what life was like and how they lived from our Expert Instructor and Utah Historian, Debi Brady. Mountain men were trappers and explorers who roamed the North American Rocky Mountains — from about 1810 through the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s) where they were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade. They arose in a natural geographic and economic expansion driven by the lucrative earnings available in the North American fur trade, in the wake of the various 1806–07 published accounts of the Lewis and Clark expeditions' (1803–1806) findings about the Rockies and the Oregon Country where they flourished economically for over three decades.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Next door to Wal-Mart Superstore (convenient for incidentals). Free Bright Side Breakfast® Waffles Hot and cold cereal Bread and muffins Fresh fruit All-you-can-drink coffee and juice Additional Breakfast Items: Hard-Boiled Eggs Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Rolls Pastries Bagels Milk

Contact info:
521 West University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058 USA
phone: 180-122-6044 x0
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=962

Room amenities: NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. Free high-speed Internet access in all rooms! Cable Television Coffee Maker Hair Dryer Iron with Ironing Board Dataport Phones Alarm Clock

Facility amenities: Free High-Speed Internet Access Free Local Calls Free Parking Meeting Facilities Available Guest Laundry Facilities Indoor Swimming Pool Fitness Center Pets Welcome

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69 + tax
Please call, the front desk, ahead of time if you are planning on staying before and/or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 03 - Hot-Air Ballooning, Explore the world-famous Olym...
Hot-Air Ballooning, Explore the world-famous Olympic Park, home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Cool off at Utah's largest water park: Seven Peaks.

Note: Morning Ballooning can be cool so bring a sweater. Wear closed-toed shoes this day for ballooning and exploring the Olympic Park.

Breakfast: Enjoy an expanded continental breakfast in the hotel which includes eggs, waffles, hot and cold cereals, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, fruit, etc.

Morning: HOT-AIR BALLOONING: Soar over beautiful Park City or Heber Valley. Olympic venues from a bird's-eye view (ski-jump 90 & 120 meter ramps or Soldier Hollow, home of Nordic biathlon). Depending on the size of the group will depend if the group gets split into group "A" and group "B" for their one-hour ballooning experience. Lear the history of hot-air ballooning and how to navigate balloons. You may also get to help inflate the hot-air balloons and experience the whole ballooning process from beginning to end. DID YOU KNOW: On the 19th September 1783 Pilatre De Rozier, a scientist, launched the first hot air balloon called 'Aerostat Reveillon'. The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and the balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground. The first manned attempt came about 2 months later on 21st November, with a balloon made by 2 French brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. The balloon was launched from the centre of Paris and flew for a period of 20 minutes. The birth of hot air ballooning!!! Just 2 years later in 1785 a French balloonist, Jean Pierre Blanchard, and his American co pilot, John Jefferies, became the first to fly across the English Channel. In these early days of ballooning, the English Channel was considered the first step to long distance ballooning so this was a large benchmark in ballooning history. OLYMPIC PARK: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of 2002 Olympic Games venues, including ski-jump ramps (athletes jump on astro turf during summer), bobsled and luge tracks, and freestyle/aerial ski-jumping athletes using a specially designed pool to train.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch at Olympic Park

Afternoon: Stop by the hotel to change into your bathing suite. Yes, this means grandparents too! After a very hot and grueling hike to Timpanogos Cave National Monument, you too should cool off in the wave pool or float around in the lazy river even if you are not interested in all the water slides like the grandchildren will be. Wearing a T-shirt over bathing suits is recommended to keep from sun-burning. Seven Peaks Water Park is Utah's largest water park and will be enjoyed by all!

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel conference room.

Evening: Group Announcements , then watch a fascinating DVD of Timpanogos Cave National Monument in preparation for exploring the caves the following morning.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Next door to Wal-Mart Superstore (convenient for incidentals). Free Bright Side Breakfast® Waffles Hot and cold cereal Bread and muffins Fresh fruit All-you-can-drink coffee and juice Additional Breakfast Items: Hard-Boiled Eggs Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Rolls Pastries Bagels Milk

Contact info:
521 West University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058 USA
phone: 180-122-6044 x0
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=962

Room amenities: NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. Free high-speed Internet access in all rooms! Cable Television Coffee Maker Hair Dryer Iron with Ironing Board Dataport Phones Alarm Clock

Facility amenities: Free High-Speed Internet Access Free Local Calls Free Parking Meeting Facilities Available Guest Laundry Facilities Indoor Swimming Pool Fitness Center Pets Welcome

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69 + tax
Please call, the front desk, ahead of time if you are planning on staying before and/or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 04 - Enjoy a balloon fest and competition, the Grand P...
Enjoy a balloon fest and competition, the Grand Parade, the scenic beauty of a glacier-carved canyon on a train ride, print your own copy of the Declaration of Independence on a historic replica of Benjamin Franklin's press, and experience Stadium of Fire

Note: This is a long day of activities which focus on America's Freedom Festival in Provo, Utah.

Breakfast: Enjoy an expanded continental breakfast in the hotel which includes eggs, waffles, hot and cold cereals, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, fruit, etc.

Morning: Enjoy the Freedom Festival's Balloon Festival and competition which is celebrating its 29th year! More than 25,000 spectators will have the opportunity to experience approximately 25 of these magical giants close-up as part of the ever popular Balloon Fest. Anyone interested may attend this free event at Bulldog Field, 1100 North Freedom Boulevard, Provo. Balloons will be flying each morning from 6:30-8 am., July 3 and 4. The event offers families and children the privilege of walking around the balloons as they inflate. Make sure and arrive at 6:30am to see the balloons inflate. Keeping in the tradition of the Balloon Fest, pilots will again participate in the Hare and the Hound competition where “hound” balloons try to drop bean bags onto a target laid out by the “hare.” They can obtain additional points through jousting as they attempt to pop large balloons with sharp sticks 200 to 300 feet above the ground. Top pilots from around the nation come to compete in this unique and difficult event. Experience America's Freedom Festival Grand Parade – the largest of its kind in the state of Utah – highlighting freedom through bands, professionally crafted floats, giant helium balloons and local and national performers. Entries will be given the unique challenge to promote patriotism among the 300,000 spectators, through music, displays, dance, and other creative and meaningful expression. The theme for parade entries will be based on America’s Freedom Festival mission statement, “To celebrate, teach, honor, and strengthen the traditional American values of family, freedom, God, and country”.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch back at the hotel.

Afternoon: Enjoy an open-air ride on historic "Provo Canyon Limited" Steam Engine Train (also known as the Heber Creeper). The trip parallels Deer Creek Reservoir with both wildlife and water sport enthusiasts on display. The line operated by the Heber Valley Rail Road was formerly part of a Denver and Rio Grand Western Railroad branch line that connected Heber City to Provo, Utah. The branch line was completed in 1899 and operated freight (and passenger) service until the line's abandonment in 1967. The line was saved for tourist use and was reopened in 1970 when Engine No. 618 and other equipment was brought up the line from Provo. The railroad operates as a non-profit organization. Visit the Crandall Historical Printing Museum which is the most advanced museum of its kind in the entire world! It is a living documentary of the role the written and printed word has had on history. Visitors experience “hands-on live demonstrations” of actual historic printing presses along with exhibitions of original documents which captures the history and impact of writing and printing from the beginning upon society. The historic presses in the Crandall Historical Printing Museum have been used commercially and demonstrate the actual hands-on printing with the patrons assisting in the pulling of the press. Currently, no other museum in the world has a fully working authentic Gutenberg Press with a complete set of the actual movable type made in the same manner as in the 15th Century Gutenberg Print Shop and still used to create identical copies of that first printed Vulgate edition called today the Gutenberg Bible. The museum's working replica Benjamin Franklin Press is currently printing the U.S. Constitution with metal type cast in molds made from the original punches that created the type used to produce the first print of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. You will see this press also print your own historic copy of the Declaration of Independence to take home with you!

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner at Crandall Print Museum

Evening: Experience Stadium of Fire and a patriotic evening in the 65,000 seat LaVell Edwards Football Stadium This is one of the main events for America's Freedom Festival. This patriotic extravaganza with a cast of thousands features the largest stadium fireworks show in America. It is also televised worldwide to America's troops and their families on American Forces TV, as a gift from America's Freedom Festival. The Stadium of Fire was created by Merrill Osmond & Alan Osmond in 1980 and has become one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the United States. Past performers at Stadium of Fire have included: Lee Greenwood; Donny & Marie Osmond, The Osmond Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Wayne Newton, Andy Williams, Kenny Loggins, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Barbara Mandrell, Natalie Cole, The Jets, Huey Lewis and the News, Gladys Knight, Alabama, Sawyer Brown, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Reba McIntire, Mandy Moore, Lonestar, Debbie Reynolds, Taylor Hicks, Lee Ann Womack, Brooks & Dunn, Corbin Bleu, Miley Cyrus. Blue Man Group, Jonas Brothers, SHeDAISY, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, David Archuleta, and The Beach Boys.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Next door to Wal-Mart Superstore (convenient for incidentals). Free Bright Side Breakfast® Waffles Hot and cold cereal Bread and muffins Fresh fruit All-you-can-drink coffee and juice Additional Breakfast Items: Hard-Boiled Eggs Fresh-Baked Cinnamon Rolls Pastries Bagels Milk

Contact info:
521 West University Pkwy
Orem, UT 84058 USA
phone: 180-122-6044 x0
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=962

Room amenities: NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. Free high-speed Internet access in all rooms! Cable Television Coffee Maker Hair Dryer Iron with Ironing Board Dataport Phones Alarm Clock

Facility amenities: Free High-Speed Internet Access Free Local Calls Free Parking Meeting Facilities Available Guest Laundry Facilities Indoor Swimming Pool Fitness Center Pets Welcome

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69 + tax
Please call, the front desk, ahead of time if you are planning on staying before and/or after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 05 - Explore Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Raft d...
Explore Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Raft down the beatuiful glacier-carved scenic Provo Canyon. Program Finale Slide Show!

Note: Wear clothes and shoes you can get wet while on the rafting trip. This is more of a float-trip down a river with very few rapids. You will get wet from water fights more than from rapids. Leave valuables such as wallets and cameras locked in vans and do not take these items on rafting experience.

Breakfast: Enjoy an expanded continental breakfast in the hotel which includes eggs, waffles, hot and cold cereals, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, fruit, etc.

Morning: Hike Timpanogos Mountain and explore the captivating Caves! The cave system is uniquely known for its high abundance of helictites, its coloration in its formations, its display of fault-controlled passages, its alpine surroundings, and its unique history. You will have 1.5 hours to hike the 1.5 mile long paved trail which has a 1,092 feet elevation gain to the cave entrance. The pace will be deliberately slow so everyone in the group should be able to do the hike. Bring at least 1 to 2 quarts of water per person because there are no drinking fountains along the trail. Sunscreen is a must! There are no restrooms inside of the caves. Visitors are encouraged to use the last chance restrooms outside of the Hansen Cave entrance before taking their tour. The 1.5 mile long trail provides spectacular views of the geology of the American Fork Canyon and the expanding cities of the Utah Valley. Once in the cave with your expert instructor and guide, you will get to explore an underground world that would naturally go unseen. Get a taste for the thrill of caving as you twist and bend around formations to enter decorated rooms. Learn the science behind formations and colors once thought of as mysterious. Leave some room for discovery too- not everything about caves is completely understood, but your expert instructor and cave guide will help answer the many questions you may have.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at picnic tables across the street from Timpanogos Cave Visitor's Center.

Afternoon: Take a scenic rafting trip down one of Utah's "postcard" canyons, flanked by 12,000 ft. Mount Timpanogos and Devil's Slide. This rafting float trip is the Editor's Choice for Sunset Magazine. Float down the Provo River in 6-8 person rafts. (All guides are certified, and there is no white water.) Thrill at the amazing geology and beautiful scenery through this glacier-carved canyon with snow-fed waters from high in the Uinta Mountains.

Dinner: Enjoy the program finale dinner in our hotel conference room.

Evening: Program Finale: Receive certificates of completion and Road Scholar passport stickers. Enjoy a digital slide show of our week's activities, say our goodbye's for those leaving early the following morning to catch early flights. Happy Trails and we hope you find your week spent in Utah one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of your life!

Lodging: La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, July 06 - Independant Departures
Breakfast: Anytime 6:00 - 10:00 AM. Enjoy an expanded continental breakfast in the hotel which includes eggs, waffles, hot and cold cereals, muffins, bagels, toast, juice, fruit, etc.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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