PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session after dinner.
After registration, there will be a Manager's Reception followed by dinner.Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: ORIENTATION: Begins after dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to rest of group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Embassy Suites Los Angeles International Airport/SouthMeals Included: Dinner
The trail to General Sherman Tree is paved, starts at 7000 ft elevation and drops 210 feet (the exact height of the tree) over a 1/4 mile to the viewing platform. Bus used to transport group back up to the parking area.
No elevator at Montecito Sequoia LodgeBreakfast: Breakfast at hotel before departureMorning: FIELD TRIP: Travel I-405, past the Getty Center to the I-5, a major north-south route which bisects the entire LA metropolitan area. Journey through rugged mountains before reaching the scheduled rest stop at Pyramid Lake. Afterwards travel SR-99 which passes through the farms, orchards and vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley.Lunch: Lunch at Hometown Buffet in VisaliaAfternoon: Upon arrival in Sequoia National Park, visit the Giant Forest Museum featuring exhibits on giant sequoia ecology and the General Sherman Tree, the largest living tree in the world.Dinner: Buffet dinner in Montecito Sequoia Lodge dining roomLodging: Montecito Sequoia LodgeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Zumwalt Meadow Trail is mostly level, about 1 mile long and affords excellent views of the Kings River and surrounding granite cliffs, including Grand Sentinel (8,518 ft.) and North Dome (8,717 ft.).
Walk will be led at a leisurely pace with mostly natural history and story telling along the way.Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in Montecito Sequoia Lodge dining roomMorning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove Village before continuing onto General Grant Tree, one of the five largest trees on earth.Lunch: Bag lunch provided by Montecito Sequoia Lodge. Enjoy lunch in Kings Canyon.Afternoon: After lunch, visit Roaring River Falls and walk 200 yards on a paved trail to the viewpoint.
Dinner: Buffet dinner in Montecito Sequoia Lodge dining roomEvening: CLASS: Evening program at Montecito Sequoia LodgeLodging: Montecito Sequoia LodgeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride the free Yosemite Valley Shuttle to the Ahwahnee Lodge, Curry Village Pavilion Buffet, or eat at the Yosemite Lodge Mountain Room or Food Court.
If you are interested in eating dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room, it is best to make reservations for Tuesday.Lodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
CLASS: Attend the Ranger program on a Yosemite-related topic.Lunch: Bag lunch provided by hotel restaurantAfternoon: Free Afternoon: Take the free Yosemite Valley Shuttle to the Ahwahnee Hotel or other points of interest in the park, or take an optional walk.Dinner: You will have two nights on your own while at Yosemite Park to dine where you choose. Dining options will be listed in the “Yosemite Guide”, the park newspaper which is published several times a year. You may view a current copy of the newspaper online at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm
If you are interested in eating dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room, please be advised that “Proper attire is kindly requested for dinner.” The dinner dress code in The Ahwahnee Dining Room is 'Resort Casual'. Gentlemen are asked to wear collared shirts and long pants. Ladies are asked to wear dresses or skirts or slacks and blouses. Make reservations by calling (209) 372-1489.Lodging: Yosemite Lodge at the FallsMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Travel through Panamint Mountains on the way to Death Valley National Park.
Check into Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park.Dinner: Dinner at Stovepipe WellsLodging: Stovepipe Wells ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
First we'll visit Zabriskie Point, a site that offers an excellent view of the Furnace Creek Badlands and Badwater Basin which, at 279.8 ft below sea level, is the lowest place in North America. Our next stop will be the Death Valley National Park Visitors Center followed by other points of interest.Lunch: Lunch at the Wrangler Buffet at Furnace Creek RanchDinner: Dinner at Stovepipe WellsLodging: Stovepipe Wells ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Return trip to Los Angeles travels via Trona, Ridgecrest and Mojave.Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in RidgecrestAfternoon: Return drive to airport hotel in Los Angeles. The approximate return time is 4:00 to 6:00PM depending on traffic. Please make your flight departure arrangements after 7:00PM.
This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our exploration of the Four Jewels of our National Parks system and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch