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CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA

Four Great Migrations Converge: Elephant Seals, Whales, Birds and Butterflies

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Program #15752RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jan 27 — Feb 1, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $99 - $300
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 27 - Welcome!/Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in and program registration is from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Cambria Pines Lodge.

Evening: Orientation session after dinner.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $99 - $300
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 28 - Preparation Classes/Morro Bay Museum of Natural H...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Cambria Pines Lodge.

Morning: Prepare for your upcoming field trips by studying Elephant Seals and sea otters this morning followed by a talk about the Monarch Butterfly migration. Get ready for our expert's fun and informative presentations!

Lunch: Cambria Pines Lodge.

Afternoon: Take a fieldtrip to the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History for a short walk to observe the intriguing life of the Heron Rookery, followed by time back at the museum where unrivaled technological interactive displays await. One can learn about estuary ecology, it's animals and life. Operate the hydrologic cycle, dig a food pit to create your own food chain or observe what the forces of nature are doing at that very moment in time in a number of interactive exhibits.

Dinner: Cambria Pines Lodge.

Evening: A local bird expert leads a class this evening to further your understanding of the birds in this area, and to prepare you for those to look for during our walks and fieldtrips this week.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $99 - $300
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 29 - Bird Watching, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Walk/Eco...
Breakfast: At Cambria Pines Lodge.

Morning: The morning includes two field trips so hold on to your hat! First we'll head out with a guide from the Audubon Society to view some of the several hundred species of birds that winter in this area. Afterwards, we'll head down the coast to Wolff Vineyards for some tips on wine tasting. Our instructor will be the owner and winemaker. His 125 acres of ecologically friendly property was planted 30 years ago by one of the Edna Valley's wine growing pioneers, Andy MacGregor.

Lunch: At the winery by a local artisan caterer.

Afternoon: Following our lunch break we will take a walk through the vineyard with the winemaker. He will discuss the unique ecological aspects of his vineyard which provides habitat for some other migrating species!

Return to the lodge late afternoon for a couple hours of free time before dinner to rest and relax.

Dinner: Cambria Pines Lodge.

Evening: Our wine instructor will join us for dinner and spend the evening with us discussing organic and sustainable wine growing practices.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $99 - $300
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 30 - San Simeon Birding Walk; Elephant Seals Field Tri...
Breakfast: At Cambria Pines Lodge

Morning: Known as a "Globally Important Bird Area on the Pacific Flyway," this time of year brings some 400 species of birds to their winter home. Head to San Simeon to walk with a local docent to view ocean birds, inland birds and those that inhabit the local hills. Although a mild to moderate hike (level 3), one can always stop anywhere and just enjoy the scenery or walk back to San Simeon Creek picnic area if one chooses. Following the walk, take a field trip to visit the elephant seal sanctuary with our mammal expert. It can be a noisy place indeed during breeding season as males bellow threats, pups squawk to be fed, and females squabble with each other over prime location and pups. Gargles, grunts, whimpers, squeals and trumpeting combine to create the elephant seal symphony of sound. From huge blubbery males with pendulous noses (up to 2 feet long) to winsome females with a permanent smile to endearing plump babies (weaners) with big brown eyes, this will be an experience you will long remember.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Our expert returns to continue our sea mammal studies- this time focusing on whales. Then enjoy a few hours of free time prior to dinner.

Dinner: At Cambria Pines Lodge

Evening: View a video on estuaries followed by evening entertainment in the lodge's lounge.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cambria Pines Lodge is located just off Highway One and is nestled among 25 acres of pines, set away from the crowds on California’s central coast. Enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences in a country setting. Accommodations, dining facilities and educational programs are located within a short walking distance of each other. Paths are flat and mostly paved. The hotel has a split-level floor plan with approximately 8 stairs to guestrooms. There are a limited number of rooms with ramp access. Please contact the program provider as soon as possible if you require such a room. Dinners will be buffet style. Some meal substitutions may be available for medical conditions indicated on the required Participant Information Form.

Contact info:
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA 93428 USA
phone: 800-966-6490
web: www.cambriapineslodge.com

Room amenities: Amenities include satellite TV with on-demand movies, free wireless Internet, telephone with programmable wake-up call and voice mail, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and AM/FM radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: The Main Lodge offers an excellent restaurant featuring local wines and the Fireside Lounge (with nightly live entertainment) all surrounded by world-class gardens. The certified organic kitchen garden provides home grown organic produce to the restaurant at Cambria Pines Lodge, while other areas of the theme gardens offer spectacular landscaping. Other amenities include room service between 5:00 and 8:45 PM, a gift shop, a day spa and an outdoor pool and spa. Cambria Pines Lodge offers extensive grounds and gardens. The gardens are constantly being updated and expanded and offer something for everyone. Sit at the top of one of the forested hills and paint a picture of the surrounding hills framed by a series of pine trees, or sit by one of the many fountains located throughout the property. Take a stroll through the woods to Cambria Village or to Cambria Nursery and Florist, where many of the plants from our gardens are available for purchase. The Lodge is a non-smoking facility with smoking allowed outdoors only.

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

Additional nights before: $99 - $300
The Cambria Pines Lodge does not offer a discounted rate to Road Scholar participants for pre and post program stays. Please make reservations for early arrivals or stay-overs directly with the hotel. Be sure and tell whomever you speak with that you are with the Road Scholar group for that specific week. Call 805-927-4200 or toll free 800-966-6490.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 31 - Whale Watching/Butterfly Trees/Garden Walk
Breakfast: At Cambria Pines Lodge

Morning: Now it's time to catch a glimpse of the migrating grey whales and other ocean inhabitants such as sea otters and dolphins we've learned so much about. After a brief drive to Morro Bay, we'll board a chartered boat out to sea. Please note that weather may effect the length and possibility of this field trip. An alternate activity is planned in the event of unsafe sea conditions.

After our trip at sea we will head to a beloved attraction at Pismo Beach, the "Butterfly Trees." You'll understand the nickname as you see hundreds of Monarchs congregating on their chosen trees, hanging wing down one over another forming a shingle effect and giving shelter and warmth for the group. A docent will guide and instruct as we view this delightful sight.

Lunch: Enjoy some free time in Pismo Beach to explore this fun beach town and discover a restaurant for lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Following our lunch break we will return to the Cambria Pines Lodge for some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Public transportation or taxis are available to take you to sites of interest.

Optional tour of the Cambria Pines Lodge gardens with a local heritage and native plant expert. The lodge gardens include an Herb Garden, Succulent Garden, Flower Bed, Green Garden, Gazebo Garden, White Garden, Rose Garden, and Organic Kitchen Garden mingled with lawn areas, secluded pathways, and ancient pine trees.

Dinner: At Cambria Pines Lodge

Evening: View a one hour film on the Migration of the Monarch Butterfly to help with your understanding of this magnificent flight.

Lodging: Cambria Pines Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, February 01 - Program Wrap Up and Farewells
Breakfast: At Cambria Pines Lodges

Morning: Program wrap up with discussion about program highlights. Farewell! Come see us again at one of our other many programs held here on the beautiful and pristine Central Coast of California!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Cambria, CA
Big SurFrom beaches to mountains...Hike along the streams in the cool, tree lined valleys. Climb up on the high ridges for a spectacular view of the coastline on the western slope and gaze into three million acres of wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest on the eastern slope.
For additional information, visit: www.bigsurcalifornia.org
CambriaA charming artists' village in an idyllic setting half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on scenic Highway One, Cambria is home to pristine beaches, wild and rugged hiking trails, quirky Nitt Witt Ridge, unique shops and art galleries, the very best in casual and fine dining.
For additional information, visit: www.cambriachamber.org
Cambria's Farmers MarketHeld every Friday throughout the year in the Vet's Hall parking lot from 2:30-5:30. Lots of fresh produce, specialty items, snacks, barbeque, and fresh flowers and plants.
Hearst CastleIn 1865, George Hearst purchased 40,000-acres of ranchland. In 1919, his only son, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land. By then the ranch had grown to encompass 250,000 acres. Originally known as "Camp Hill," its wilderness offered a place for family members and friends to "rough it" on camping trips. Despite elaborate arrangements with separate sleeping and dining tents, Hearst envisioned more comfortable accommodations. As they were planning and constructing his dream home, Hearst renamed the rocky perch from which it rose "La Cuesta Encantada" - The Enchanted Hill. By 1947, Hearst and his architect had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. See website for details or call 805-927-2020 for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.hearstcastle.com
Morro BayNear Hearst Castle and the Big Sur Coast, Morro Bay is a working fishing village. Its famous landmark, Morro Rock, was named by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo when he first charted this coast during his 16th Century voyage of discovery. The town is a pleasant tourist destination which has very mild weather all year long. There is no such thing as traffic in Morro Bay, unless, of course, you count birds, sea mammals, and fish!
For additional information, visit: www.morro-bay.net
San Luis Obispo CountyLearn about local events and activities.
For additional information, visit: www.sanluisobispocounty.com

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