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Make the Mountains Glad: An Intergenerational Adventure in California’s High Sierra

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Program #15919RJ
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
Altitude above 7000 feet

Equipment Requirements
Hiking boots or sturdy comfortable shoes are required for full participation in this program. Cameras and binoculars are optional.

Itinerary for Jul 28 — Aug 2, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Clair Tappaan Lodge is a grand old building constructed of huge wooden beams and hand-cut stone. Sierra Club volunteers built the Lodge in the 1930's and volunteers continue to maintain it. A small, friendly staff cares for the guests. In keeping with the communal nature of the Lodge, guests are asked to choose a brief chore to do each day. Sleeping accommodations are simple - Bunk beds in rooms that vary from small, two-person cubicles to family rooms that can accommodate from 4 to 12 people, to larger men's and women's dorms.(You may request a lower bunk.) People gather here from all corners of the globe to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the multitude of nearby opportunities for outdoor adventure. After a full day outdoors they relax on one of the many open decks, in the cozy library or in the hand-built hot tub and enjoy each other's company without the distraction of television or other electronic gadgetry. They meet new friends around the dining room table, in the spacious comfort of the living room or around the evening campfire. They return home inspired by their Lodge experience, making plans to return once again in the very near future.

Contact info:
19940 Donner Pass Road
Norden, CA 95724 USA
phone: 800-679-6775
web: ctl.sierraclub.org

Room amenities: This is a rustic Lodge with bunkbeds and limited storage space. Linens, blankets and towels, pillows and pillowcases will be provided for Road Scholar participants. Bring your own soap and toiletries.

Facility amenities: The Lodge boasts a cheerful dining room, a large living room with a huge fireplace, a cozy library with a wood-burning stove, a recreation room, and a hot tub. All meals are included. Hearty breakfasts and dinners are served family-style. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

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

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared. There are two men's and two women's bathrooms with shower stalls and cubbies where you can keep your toiletries.

Additional nights before: $55 per night incl. 3 meals
Sierra Club members save $5.00 per night.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 28 - Welcome/Orientation
Afternoon: Plan to arrive at the Lodge in plenty of time to unpack and settle in. You and your grandchild may want to hike the Lodge Nature Trail before dinner.

Dinner: 6:00 PM - Dinner at the Lodge

Evening: We'll gather for introductions, orientation activities, and a tour of historic Clair Tappaan Lodge.

Lodging: Clair Tappaan Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Clair Tappaan Lodge is a grand old building constructed of huge wooden beams and hand-cut stone. Sierra Club volunteers built the Lodge in the 1930's and volunteers continue to maintain it. A small, friendly staff cares for the guests. In keeping with the communal nature of the Lodge, guests are asked to choose a brief chore to do each day. Sleeping accommodations are simple - Bunk beds in rooms that vary from small, two-person cubicles to family rooms that can accommodate from 4 to 12 people, to larger men's and women's dorms.(You may request a lower bunk.) People gather here from all corners of the globe to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the multitude of nearby opportunities for outdoor adventure. After a full day outdoors they relax on one of the many open decks, in the cozy library or in the hand-built hot tub and enjoy each other's company without the distraction of television or other electronic gadgetry. They meet new friends around the dining room table, in the spacious comfort of the living room or around the evening campfire. They return home inspired by their Lodge experience, making plans to return once again in the very near future.

Contact info:
19940 Donner Pass Road
Norden, CA 95724 USA
phone: 800-679-6775
web: ctl.sierraclub.org

Room amenities: This is a rustic Lodge with bunkbeds and limited storage space. Linens, blankets and towels, pillows and pillowcases will be provided for Road Scholar participants. Bring your own soap and toiletries.

Facility amenities: The Lodge boasts a cheerful dining room, a large living room with a huge fireplace, a cozy library with a wood-burning stove, a recreation room, and a hot tub. All meals are included. Hearty breakfasts and dinners are served family-style. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

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

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared. There are two men's and two women's bathrooms with shower stalls and cubbies where you can keep your toiletries.

Additional nights before: $55 per night incl. 3 meals
Sierra Club members save $5.00 per night.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 29 - West Shore of Lake Tahoe / Homewood Wildlife Shel...
West Shore of Lake Tahoe / Homewood Wildlife Shelter / Evening Campfire

Breakfast: Prepare brownbag lunches before breakfast. Breakfast is served at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Hike some of the most beautiful trails of Lake Tahoe's scenic west shore. Then go for a swim in Tahoe's clear cold waters, or just enjoy relaxing on the beach of this magnificent lake.

Lunch: Eat your lunch as you enjoy the scenic beauty all around you.

Afternoon: Watch your grandchild smile as a small bird sits on her shoulder, a tortoise crawls on her lap, a furry rabbit cuddles in her hands or a friendly snake wraps around her arm. While learning how to safely handle these "domesticated" rescued animals from the Homewood Wildlife Shelter, your grandchild will also learn how to respect related creatures in the wild.

Dinner:

Evening: Gather around the campfire for an evening of song - complete with tasty roasted marshmallows.

Lodging: Clair Tappaan Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Clair Tappaan Lodge is a grand old building constructed of huge wooden beams and hand-cut stone. Sierra Club volunteers built the Lodge in the 1930's and volunteers continue to maintain it. A small, friendly staff cares for the guests. In keeping with the communal nature of the Lodge, guests are asked to choose a brief chore to do each day. Sleeping accommodations are simple - Bunk beds in rooms that vary from small, two-person cubicles to family rooms that can accommodate from 4 to 12 people, to larger men's and women's dorms.(You may request a lower bunk.) People gather here from all corners of the globe to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the multitude of nearby opportunities for outdoor adventure. After a full day outdoors they relax on one of the many open decks, in the cozy library or in the hand-built hot tub and enjoy each other's company without the distraction of television or other electronic gadgetry. They meet new friends around the dining room table, in the spacious comfort of the living room or around the evening campfire. They return home inspired by their Lodge experience, making plans to return once again in the very near future.

Contact info:
19940 Donner Pass Road
Norden, CA 95724 USA
phone: 800-679-6775
web: ctl.sierraclub.org

Room amenities: This is a rustic Lodge with bunkbeds and limited storage space. Linens, blankets and towels, pillows and pillowcases will be provided for Road Scholar participants. Bring your own soap and toiletries.

Facility amenities: The Lodge boasts a cheerful dining room, a large living room with a huge fireplace, a cozy library with a wood-burning stove, a recreation room, and a hot tub. All meals are included. Hearty breakfasts and dinners are served family-style. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

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

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared. There are two men's and two women's bathrooms with shower stalls and cubbies where you can keep your toiletries.

Additional nights before: $55 per night incl. 3 meals
Sierra Club members save $5.00 per night.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 30 - Hike to Mountain Lakes / Meet 'Kirby's Critters'
Breakfast: Prepare brownbag lunches before breakfast. Breakfast is served at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Together with your grandchild, you'll hike through fragrant pine forests and wildflower-strewn meadows to a lovely hidden mountain lake. There you can choose to take a refreshing swim or just dangle your feet and relax by the water's edge, enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Lunch: Eat your lunch by the shore of a mountain lake.

Afternoon: After a full day of adventures, return to the welcoming Lodge. Join a spirited game of volleyball, soccer or tetherball in the Lodge meadow. Or, if you prefer, relax with a good book or sketchpad on one of the Lodge's many spacious decks, read in the quiet of the library, or chat with your new-found friends.

Dinner:

Evening: Learn all about the Natural History of our area from our wonderful co-leader, Kirby Reed and 'Kirby's Critters.'

Lodging: Clair Tappaan Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Clair Tappaan Lodge is a grand old building constructed of huge wooden beams and hand-cut stone. Sierra Club volunteers built the Lodge in the 1930's and volunteers continue to maintain it. A small, friendly staff cares for the guests. In keeping with the communal nature of the Lodge, guests are asked to choose a brief chore to do each day. Sleeping accommodations are simple - Bunk beds in rooms that vary from small, two-person cubicles to family rooms that can accommodate from 4 to 12 people, to larger men's and women's dorms.(You may request a lower bunk.) People gather here from all corners of the globe to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the multitude of nearby opportunities for outdoor adventure. After a full day outdoors they relax on one of the many open decks, in the cozy library or in the hand-built hot tub and enjoy each other's company without the distraction of television or other electronic gadgetry. They meet new friends around the dining room table, in the spacious comfort of the living room or around the evening campfire. They return home inspired by their Lodge experience, making plans to return once again in the very near future.

Contact info:
19940 Donner Pass Road
Norden, CA 95724 USA
phone: 800-679-6775
web: ctl.sierraclub.org

Room amenities: This is a rustic Lodge with bunkbeds and limited storage space. Linens, blankets and towels, pillows and pillowcases will be provided for Road Scholar participants. Bring your own soap and toiletries.

Facility amenities: The Lodge boasts a cheerful dining room, a large living room with a huge fireplace, a cozy library with a wood-burning stove, a recreation room, and a hot tub. All meals are included. Hearty breakfasts and dinners are served family-style. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

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

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared. There are two men's and two women's bathrooms with shower stalls and cubbies where you can keep your toiletries.

Additional nights before: $55 per night incl. 3 meals
Sierra Club members save $5.00 per night.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 31 - Walk Back in Time / Swimming at Donner Lake / The...
Breakfast: Prepare brownbag lunches before breakfast. Breakfast is served at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Walk back in time with your grandchild. Explore the crest of Donner Summit and witness firsthand the work of those who came this way in ages past - from the puzzling Native American petroglyphs, the Emigrant Trail and Old Stagecoach Road, to the Transcontinental Railroad tunnels and famous China Wall. History is all around you.

Lunch: Head to scenic Donner Lake to relax and eat your lunch.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and playing at the beach. You and your grandchild may also choose to rent a kayak, canoe or pedal boat.

Dinner:

Evening: Join hands with your grandchild for the Big Dance. Mambo, samba, cha-cha, line dancing... All taught by a wonderful, enthusiastic instructor.

Lodging: Clair Tappaan Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Clair Tappaan Lodge is a grand old building constructed of huge wooden beams and hand-cut stone. Sierra Club volunteers built the Lodge in the 1930's and volunteers continue to maintain it. A small, friendly staff cares for the guests. In keeping with the communal nature of the Lodge, guests are asked to choose a brief chore to do each day. Sleeping accommodations are simple - Bunk beds in rooms that vary from small, two-person cubicles to family rooms that can accommodate from 4 to 12 people, to larger men's and women's dorms.(You may request a lower bunk.) People gather here from all corners of the globe to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the multitude of nearby opportunities for outdoor adventure. After a full day outdoors they relax on one of the many open decks, in the cozy library or in the hand-built hot tub and enjoy each other's company without the distraction of television or other electronic gadgetry. They meet new friends around the dining room table, in the spacious comfort of the living room or around the evening campfire. They return home inspired by their Lodge experience, making plans to return once again in the very near future.

Contact info:
19940 Donner Pass Road
Norden, CA 95724 USA
phone: 800-679-6775
web: ctl.sierraclub.org

Room amenities: This is a rustic Lodge with bunkbeds and limited storage space. Linens, blankets and towels, pillows and pillowcases will be provided for Road Scholar participants. Bring your own soap and toiletries.

Facility amenities: The Lodge boasts a cheerful dining room, a large living room with a huge fireplace, a cozy library with a wood-burning stove, a recreation room, and a hot tub. All meals are included. Hearty breakfasts and dinners are served family-style. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

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

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared. There are two men's and two women's bathrooms with shower stalls and cubbies where you can keep your toiletries.

Additional nights before: $55 per night incl. 3 meals
Sierra Club members save $5.00 per night.

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 01 - Squaw Valley - Cable Car Ride, Swimming, Skating,...
Squaw Valley - Cable Car Ride, Swimming, Skating, Hiking. Truckee Arts and Crafts Fair.

Breakfast: Prepare brownbag lunches before breakfast. Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Morning: Enjoy panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe as you ride Squaw Valley's world-renowned cable car 2000 vertical feet up to High Camp. At the top you may choose to go swimming in the pool or skating at the outdoor rink, visit the Olympic Museum or take a hike across alpine meadows.

Lunch: Relax and enjoy your lunch.

Afternoon: For a real challenge, hike to the top of Emigrant Peak and gaze at the magnificent panorama stretching for miles around you.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in our favorite Squaw Valley Village restaurant.

Evening: Then return to the Lodge for an evening of storytelling and stargazing.

Lodging: Clair Tappaan Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 02 - Visit the Emigrant Trail Museum / Farewell Picnic...
Breakfast: Prepare brownbag lunches before breakfast. Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Morning: Learn the triumphant history of the Stephens-Townsend party and the tragic story of the Donner Party at the Emigrant Trail Museum in Donner Memorial State Park.

Lunch: Eat a picnic lunch on the shore of magnificent Donner Lake. Say a fond farewell – Until we meet again.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Northern California
Donner Lake / Historic TruckeeExplore Old Town Truckee. Enjoy a leisurely rafting trip down the scenic Truckee River. Go swimming or fishing, kayaking or paddle boating on Donner Lake, just a ten minute drive from the Lodge. Bicycle along the Truckee River Path from Tahoe City to world-famous Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Try the Emigrant Trail Family Bike Path or the challenging Hole-in-the-Ground Loop. For a real thrill try rock climbing at Donner Summit! Equipment rentals and instructors are available locally.
For additional information, visit: www.donner-lake.com (Once around the lake)
Lake TahoeLake Tahoe, famous for its clear deep water and magnificent setting, is just 25 miles away from the Lodge. Sailing and kayaking, hiking and mountain biking, fishing, golfing and tennis, horseback riding - The recreational opportunities are endless.
For additional information, visit: www.laketahoeconcierge.com
Music FestivalBig band & dance, jazz, opera, classical music - All offered during the summer months at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. A calendar of events is posted online.
For additional information, visit: www.tahoemusic.org
Squaw ValleySquaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, offers a terrific adventure program that includes a ropes course, skyjump bungee trampoline. flying trapeze and climbing wall. Squaw Valley High Camp, at the top of the cable car tram ride, features a large roller skating rink, a swimming lagoon and spa, and the Olympic Museum. Visitors may also sign up for guided full moon and sunset hikes.
For additional information, visit: www.squaw.com

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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