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ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN

Hiking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Glacial Features and a Cold Cache Experience

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Program #21530RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Oct 5 — Oct 10, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: Victorian Village Resort, a beautifully restored vintage resort in Elkhart Lake, WI, has the feel of a gracious informal country estate. At this relaxing hamlet kissing the sandy shores of the refreshingly clear Elkhart Lake, you can walk downtown to ice cream shops, art galleries, eclectic stores, foodie-worthy dining, lively taverns and a world class spa. Set in the Kettle Moraine Forest with hiking, biking and cross country ski trails, this resort has welcomed guests for over a century and is still a premiere destination for those who desire natural beauty and the pleasant ambiance of a little lakeside village that promises it's guests a whole lot of fun!

Contact info:
276 Victorian Village Rd
P O Box 337
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 USA
phone: 877-860-9988
web: www.victorianvillageresort.com

Room amenities: Guests staying at the Victorian Inn will enjoy in their guest rooms a mini fridge and coffee maker along with a private balcony.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool is conveniently attached with the Victorian Inn accommodations.

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

Additional nights before: Call resort directly for rates
Call the resort directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 05 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Orientation...
Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / The Cold Cache Program

Afternoon: WELCOME TO ELKHART LAKE! Plan to arrive in the afternoon. Resort check-in available from 3:00 pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation and to confirm the time and place of the session. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk. ORIENTATION. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Our leader instructor, Dr. Dave Mickelson, will provide an OVERVIEW OF WISCONSIN’S GLACIAL FEATURES. Please be aware that program activities ad scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Evening: Gather in our meeting space for a session on THE COLD CACHE PROGRAM - HOW DOES IT WORK? ColdCaching is an exciting new way to explore and learn about the many fascinating natural features along the thousand-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Experience the thrill of a treasure hunt, learn important navigational skills and develop an appreciation for Wisconsin's fascinating Ice Age history.

Lodging: Victorian Village Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Victorian Village Resort, a beautifully restored vintage resort in Elkhart Lake, WI, has the feel of a gracious informal country estate. At this relaxing hamlet kissing the sandy shores of the refreshingly clear Elkhart Lake, you can walk downtown to ice cream shops, art galleries, eclectic stores, foodie-worthy dining, lively taverns and a world class spa. Set in the Kettle Moraine Forest with hiking, biking and cross country ski trails, this resort has welcomed guests for over a century and is still a premiere destination for those who desire natural beauty and the pleasant ambiance of a little lakeside village that promises it's guests a whole lot of fun!

Contact info:
276 Victorian Village Rd
P O Box 337
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 USA
phone: 877-860-9988
web: www.victorianvillageresort.com

Room amenities: Guests staying at the Victorian Inn will enjoy in their guest rooms a mini fridge and coffee maker along with a private balcony.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool is conveniently attached with the Victorian Inn accommodations.

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

Additional nights before: Call resort directly for rates
Call the resort directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 06 - Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Parnell and Butle...
Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Parnell and Butler Lake Segments / Ethnic Settlements

Note: Hiking total: 4.6 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 4. Itinerary: from resort, travel 13 miles to Highway 67 trailhead, then hike 2.5 miles to Parnell Fire Tower. Bus pick-up at Parnell Tower then travel 9 miles to the Ice Age Visitor Center for lunch. Board bus and travel 3 miles to Highway F trailhead. Hike 2.1 miles to Butler Lake. Bus pick-up at Highway V, then travel 3 miles to Garriety Hill gravel pit. Return to bus and travel 20 miles back to resort.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the resort. Each morning you'll enjoy assorted cereals, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast, bagels, hard boiled eggs, orange juice, milk, and coffee.

Morning: Board bus at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. The Ice Age Trail (IAT) is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin. Our first hike is along the PARNELL SEGMENT to the Parnell Observation Tower to view the landscape. Travel through moulin kames, kettles, and hummocky topography.

Lunch: Bag lunch at the Ice Age Interpretive Center.

Afternoon: Board bus and travel to the BUTLER LAKE SEGMENT. Butler Lake is spring fed and sits in a large kettle mostly bounded by peat bog. The IAT follows the crest of the Parnell Esker along the lake. Dundee Mountain is a large Moulin kame about a mile west of the trail.

Dinner: Dinner in the resort restaurant.

Evening: Gather in our meeting room for a session with a guest speaker on ETHNIC SETTLEMENTS IN EASTERN WISCONSIN. Learn more about the many immigrant groups that came to Wisconsin including Irish, German, Italian, Swiss and Belgian.

Lodging: Victorian Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Victorian Village Resort, a beautifully restored vintage resort in Elkhart Lake, WI, has the feel of a gracious informal country estate. At this relaxing hamlet kissing the sandy shores of the refreshingly clear Elkhart Lake, you can walk downtown to ice cream shops, art galleries, eclectic stores, foodie-worthy dining, lively taverns and a world class spa. Set in the Kettle Moraine Forest with hiking, biking and cross country ski trails, this resort has welcomed guests for over a century and is still a premiere destination for those who desire natural beauty and the pleasant ambiance of a little lakeside village that promises it's guests a whole lot of fun!

Contact info:
276 Victorian Village Rd
P O Box 337
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 USA
phone: 877-860-9988
web: www.victorianvillageresort.com

Room amenities: Guests staying at the Victorian Inn will enjoy in their guest rooms a mini fridge and coffee maker along with a private balcony.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool is conveniently attached with the Victorian Inn accommodations.

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

Additional nights before: Call resort directly for rates
Call the resort directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 07 - Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Two Creeks Buried...
Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Two Creeks Buried Forest, Point Beach, and Greenbush Segments

Note: Hiking total: 3.4 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 4. Itinerary: from resort, travel 52 miles to buried forest, then hike 0.2 miles. Return to bus and travel 10 miles to Point Beach State Forest for lunch followed by a 2 mile hike. Return to bus and travel 59 miles to Glenbeulah, hike 1.2 miles to Highway S. Bus pick-up, then travel 9 miles back to resort.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the resort.

Morning: Board bus at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. When the glacier readvanced into Wisconsin about 14,000 years ago, the climate had warmed and a spruce forest grew. Rising lake levels and the glacier itself killed the forest which is now preserved at TWO CREEKS BURIED FOREST UNIT of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. This is among the most famous and studied geological sites in the Great Lakes area. Wood from this site was the first geologic sample dated with the radiocarbon method. The Two Creeks deposit is almost unique in the central United States, preserving a record of vegetation from a time right at the end of the last glaciation.

Lunch: Bag lunch at Point Beach State Forest.

Afternoon: Hike the POINT BEACH SEGMENT. See ancient beach ridges and swales, sand dunes and the modern beach. Discuss beach processes and the formation and geologic history of the Great Lakes. Board bus and travel to GREENBUSH SEGMENT. The trail traverses high-relief hummocky topography through mixed hardwood forests of maple, basswood, oak, and pine. Look for pileated woodpeckers and wild turkey.

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Evening: FREE TIME. Take some time to relax and reflect. Explore the amenities of the resort or take a walk into town.

Lodging: Victorian Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Victorian Village Resort, a beautifully restored vintage resort in Elkhart Lake, WI, has the feel of a gracious informal country estate. At this relaxing hamlet kissing the sandy shores of the refreshingly clear Elkhart Lake, you can walk downtown to ice cream shops, art galleries, eclectic stores, foodie-worthy dining, lively taverns and a world class spa. Set in the Kettle Moraine Forest with hiking, biking and cross country ski trails, this resort has welcomed guests for over a century and is still a premiere destination for those who desire natural beauty and the pleasant ambiance of a little lakeside village that promises it's guests a whole lot of fun!

Contact info:
276 Victorian Village Rd
P O Box 337
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 USA
phone: 877-860-9988
web: www.victorianvillageresort.com

Room amenities: Guests staying at the Victorian Inn will enjoy in their guest rooms a mini fridge and coffee maker along with a private balcony.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool is conveniently attached with the Victorian Inn accommodations.

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

Additional nights before: Call resort directly for rates
Call the resort directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 08 - Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Milwaukee River S...
Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Milwaukee River Segment and Spruce Lake Bog / Niagara Escarpment

Note: Hiking total: 5.0 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 2. Itinerary: from resort, travel 30 miles to trailhead, then hike 4.7 miles. Bus pick-up at Highway H, then travel 8 miles to Mauthe Lake for lunch. Board bus and travel 6 miles to the Ice Age Trail Visitor Center. Return to bus and travel 3 miles to bog with a short 0.3 mile hike. Bus pick-up at Spruce Lake Bog, then travel 20 miles back to resort.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the resort.

Morning: Board bus at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. The Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest (KMSF) highlights the formation of glacial features such as kettles, kames and eskers. It is this area that inspired Ray Zillmer to conceive of the Ice Age Trail. During the mid-1950s, he pursued government officials at all levels to recognize, preserve and establish a 1,000-mile national park that told the story of the Ice Age. Hike along the MILWAUKEE RIVER SEGMENT through forest and meadows with hummocky moraine, large moulin kames, and kettles easily viewable from the trail.

Lunch: Bag lunch at Mauthe Lake

Afternoon: Presentations at Ice Age Visitor Center by staff from the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and the National Park Service (NPS). Building an off-road trail across Wisconsin—land access challenges. On the ground trail building experiences. The Saunters Program (school outreach). Board bus and travel to SPRUCE LAKE BOG. Take a short hike along a boardwalk to experience a quaking Sphagnum bog in a kettle.

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Evening: Gather in our meeting room for a session with a guest speaker on THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT IN WISCONSIN.

Lodging: Victorian Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Victorian Village Resort, a beautifully restored vintage resort in Elkhart Lake, WI, has the feel of a gracious informal country estate. At this relaxing hamlet kissing the sandy shores of the refreshingly clear Elkhart Lake, you can walk downtown to ice cream shops, art galleries, eclectic stores, foodie-worthy dining, lively taverns and a world class spa. Set in the Kettle Moraine Forest with hiking, biking and cross country ski trails, this resort has welcomed guests for over a century and is still a premiere destination for those who desire natural beauty and the pleasant ambiance of a little lakeside village that promises it's guests a whole lot of fun!

Contact info:
276 Victorian Village Rd
P O Box 337
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 USA
phone: 877-860-9988
web: www.victorianvillageresort.com

Room amenities: Guests staying at the Victorian Inn will enjoy in their guest rooms a mini fridge and coffee maker along with a private balcony.

Facility amenities: An indoor pool is conveniently attached with the Victorian Inn accommodations.

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

Additional nights before: Call resort directly for rates
Call the resort directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 09 - Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Horicon Marsh Uni...
Hiking along the Ice Age Trail: Horicon Marsh Unit / Campbellsport Drumlins / Kewaskum Segment / Farewell Dinner

Note: Hiking total: 5.5 miles. Cold Cache Sites: 3. Itinerary: from resort, travel 39 miles to Oakfield Ledge, then hike 1.0 mile loop trail. Bus pick-up, then travel 18 miles to Horicon Marsh. Hike 2.3 miles. Return to bus and travel 13 miles to cheese factory. Return to bus and travel 27 miles to Kewaskum. Hike 2.2 miles. Bus pick-up at Ridge Road, then travel 40 miles back to resort.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the resort.

Morning: Bus leaves at 8:30 am for our FIELD TRIP. Dr. Mickelson provides commentary during our trip. Great views of the Niagara Escarpment on the 1 mile loop hike at OAKFIELD LEDGE STATE NATURAL AREA. Then hike at the former glacial lake, now HORICON MARSH UNIT of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve where we will see many migratory birds. Return to bus and travel to the nearby town of Theresa and WIDMER’S CHEESE factory and tasting of brick cheese curds.

Lunch: Bag lunch at Horicon Marsh.

Afternoon: Board bus and travel through the very high drumlins in CAMPBELLSPORT DRUMLIN UNIT of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Then travel to the KEWASKUM SEGMENT for a 2.2 miles hike and experience the very large and impressive moulin kames.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the resort.

Evening: Gather in our meeting room for a FAREWELL PROGRAM with our instructors to share your stories and photos along with Cold Cache awards.

Lodging: Victorian Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 10 - Program Concludes / Departure
Note: Check-out by 11:00 am.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the resort. This concludes our program. Thank you for joining us for this ROAD SCHOLAR program in Elkhart Lake. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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