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Program #11801RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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
Exception would be for those who choose to hike some of the higher peaks.

Equipment Requirements
Clothing that is suitable for hiking. hiking boots, hat, sunscreen, day pack, waterproof bag for camera, binoculars, extra clothes, waterbottle, rain gear, hiking pole or poles if you use them (recommended).

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 13, 2013

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Type: Cabin

Description: Ohana camp sits on a hilltop on the shores of Lake Fairlee. The views are spectacular, the cabins are delightful and the food is top notch! In the Hawaiian language, ohana means family, community, a circle of good friends. So the camp we call Ohana brings families and friends together to refresh and celebrate their ties, and build new ones with others who enjoy living simply for a time in the out-of-doors, and sharing all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the ammenties of our 110 acres that includes tennis courts, horseshoes, basketball court, numberous gardens, a library and walking trails. www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Contact info:
341 Quinibeck Road
Thetford, VT 05058 USA
phone: 802-333-3460
web: www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Room amenities: Rustic cabins have 2-4 bedrooms most with shared bathrooms. Each cabin contains showers with on-demand hot water, field stone fireplaces for warmth, a small kitchen with stove and fridge and a porch with a wonderful view. Furniture is rustic and beds are very comfortable!

Facility amenities: Our historic Main Hall, with a massive field stone fireplace, has a large wrap around porch for relaxing and taking in the incredible views of Lake Fairlee, the Middle Brook Valley and the surrounding hills and mountains. Below the Main Hall you will find a cozy library filled with books on local lore and nature. And to the other side is our gameroom complete with ping pong, fooseball, shuffleboard and most lawn games imaginable. Historic cabins have been recently renovated with new baths and kitchenettes. Each cabin has a field stone fireplace in the living room. There is no auxiliary heat - just the warmth of the fireplace. Each cabin has a porch. The site is a typical New England landscape, filled with uneven terrain, woods and open, grassy hillsides. There is a need for walking up and down hills at this site.

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

Bathroom: shared baths

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Afternoon Arrival/Evening Welcome
Afternoon: 3:30 - 5:00 pm - check into room and Road Scholar registration.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall.

Evening: Welcome, orientation and review of the week.

Lodging: Ohana Camp of the Aloha Foundation

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Ohana camp sits on a hilltop on the shores of Lake Fairlee. The views are spectacular, the cabins are delightful and the food is top notch! In the Hawaiian language, ohana means family, community, a circle of good friends. So the camp we call Ohana brings families and friends together to refresh and celebrate their ties, and build new ones with others who enjoy living simply for a time in the out-of-doors, and sharing all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the ammenties of our 110 acres that includes tennis courts, horseshoes, basketball court, numberous gardens, a library and walking trails. www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Contact info:
341 Quinibeck Road
Thetford, VT 05058 USA
phone: 802-333-3460
web: www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Room amenities: Rustic cabins have 2-4 bedrooms most with shared bathrooms. Each cabin contains showers with on-demand hot water, field stone fireplaces for warmth, a small kitchen with stove and fridge and a porch with a wonderful view. Furniture is rustic and beds are very comfortable!

Facility amenities: Our historic Main Hall, with a massive field stone fireplace, has a large wrap around porch for relaxing and taking in the incredible views of Lake Fairlee, the Middle Brook Valley and the surrounding hills and mountains. Below the Main Hall you will find a cozy library filled with books on local lore and nature. And to the other side is our gameroom complete with ping pong, fooseball, shuffleboard and most lawn games imaginable. Historic cabins have been recently renovated with new baths and kitchenettes. Each cabin has a field stone fireplace in the living room. There is no auxiliary heat - just the warmth of the fireplace. Each cabin has a porch. The site is a typical New England landscape, filled with uneven terrain, woods and open, grassy hillsides. There is a need for walking up and down hills at this site.

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

Bathroom: shared baths

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - First hike on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. ...
First hike on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Get to know your accomplished A.T guides on this hike. They will be able to answer questions on history and the surrounding natural world. As well as anything you need to know about the outdoors.

Note: Today we will stomp in around Woodstock, VT on our hike. We will take our time and be sure that we have the right gear and everyone is feeling good.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall. Fresh baked treats by our chef.

Morning: Introduction to Basics of Hiking and we will begin our day hike on the Vermont section of the A.T. Not much elevation change today.

Lunch: Hearty bag Lunch

Afternoon: Hike returns at 4:00

Dinner: Bountiful dinner served buffet style in our beautiful dining hall. Local produce from our gardens or neighboring farms.

Evening: Evening Program Willem Lange, author, "thru-hiker," humorist and commentator for National Public Radio

Lodging: Ohana Camp of the Aloha Foundation

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Ohana camp sits on a hilltop on the shores of Lake Fairlee. The views are spectacular, the cabins are delightful and the food is top notch! In the Hawaiian language, ohana means family, community, a circle of good friends. So the camp we call Ohana brings families and friends together to refresh and celebrate their ties, and build new ones with others who enjoy living simply for a time in the out-of-doors, and sharing all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the ammenties of our 110 acres that includes tennis courts, horseshoes, basketball court, numberous gardens, a library and walking trails. www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Contact info:
341 Quinibeck Road
Thetford, VT 05058 USA
phone: 802-333-3460
web: www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Room amenities: Rustic cabins have 2-4 bedrooms most with shared bathrooms. Each cabin contains showers with on-demand hot water, field stone fireplaces for warmth, a small kitchen with stove and fridge and a porch with a wonderful view. Furniture is rustic and beds are very comfortable!

Facility amenities: Our historic Main Hall, with a massive field stone fireplace, has a large wrap around porch for relaxing and taking in the incredible views of Lake Fairlee, the Middle Brook Valley and the surrounding hills and mountains. Below the Main Hall you will find a cozy library filled with books on local lore and nature. And to the other side is our gameroom complete with ping pong, fooseball, shuffleboard and most lawn games imaginable. Historic cabins have been recently renovated with new baths and kitchenettes. Each cabin has a field stone fireplace in the living room. There is no auxiliary heat - just the warmth of the fireplace. Each cabin has a porch. The site is a typical New England landscape, filled with uneven terrain, woods and open, grassy hillsides. There is a need for walking up and down hills at this site.

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

Bathroom: shared baths

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - Hike the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire. We w...
Hike the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire. We will head to the White Mountains for a hike up Mt. Smarts (3,240') and/or Mt. Cube. (2,909')

Note: Smarts Mountain: Offers a taste of boreal forest. Standing alone and often buffeted by high winds. With its open quartzite ledges on Lambert Ridge and old fire tower on the summit, Smarts affords plenty of interesting views across the surrounding countryside. Mt. Cube: With open ledges on its north and south peaks, commands views both back down the valley towards Hanover and ahead to the White Mountains beyond. The pinkish-gray summit rocks are quartzite and good for lunch.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall with fresh baked goods from our chef.

Morning: Explore the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire with a choice of hikes- both with excellent views.

Lunch: Hearty bag Lunch

Afternoon: Continue day hike Return between 4:00 and 5:00

Dinner: Bountiful dinner served buffet style in our beautiful dining hall. Local produce from our gardens and neighboring farms.

Evening: Evening Program with Ben Kilham, Bear Biologist. Ben is known as "Mother Bear Man" as seen in three National Geographic Films about his work.

Lodging: Ohana Camp of the Aloha Foundation

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Ohana camp sits on a hilltop on the shores of Lake Fairlee. The views are spectacular, the cabins are delightful and the food is top notch! In the Hawaiian language, ohana means family, community, a circle of good friends. So the camp we call Ohana brings families and friends together to refresh and celebrate their ties, and build new ones with others who enjoy living simply for a time in the out-of-doors, and sharing all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the ammenties of our 110 acres that includes tennis courts, horseshoes, basketball court, numberous gardens, a library and walking trails. www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Contact info:
341 Quinibeck Road
Thetford, VT 05058 USA
phone: 802-333-3460
web: www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Room amenities: Rustic cabins have 2-4 bedrooms most with shared bathrooms. Each cabin contains showers with on-demand hot water, field stone fireplaces for warmth, a small kitchen with stove and fridge and a porch with a wonderful view. Furniture is rustic and beds are very comfortable!

Facility amenities: Our historic Main Hall, with a massive field stone fireplace, has a large wrap around porch for relaxing and taking in the incredible views of Lake Fairlee, the Middle Brook Valley and the surrounding hills and mountains. Below the Main Hall you will find a cozy library filled with books on local lore and nature. And to the other side is our gameroom complete with ping pong, fooseball, shuffleboard and most lawn games imaginable. Historic cabins have been recently renovated with new baths and kitchenettes. Each cabin has a field stone fireplace in the living room. There is no auxiliary heat - just the warmth of the fireplace. Each cabin has a porch. The site is a typical New England landscape, filled with uneven terrain, woods and open, grassy hillsides. There is a need for walking up and down hills at this site.

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

Bathroom: shared baths

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Zero Mile Day. Enjoy a leture on the history ...
Zero Mile Day. Enjoy a leture on the history and lore surrounding the Appalachian Trail plus learn basics (and beyond) of map reading. Free afternoon visiting the local sights!

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall with fresh baked goods from our chef.

Morning: History and Lore of the Appalachian Trail Basics of Map Reading

Lunch: Lunch in Dining Hall

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore local area- we can suggest much to do including visiting King Arthur Flour, the Monthshire Science Museum, Vermont Institute of Natural Science...to name a few.

Dinner: Bountiful dinner served buffet style in our beautiful dining hall. Local produce from our gardens and neighboring farms.

Evening: Slide show presentation and talk by A.T. thru-hiker Austin Borg.

Lodging: Ohana Camp of the Aloha Foundation

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Ohana camp sits on a hilltop on the shores of Lake Fairlee. The views are spectacular, the cabins are delightful and the food is top notch! In the Hawaiian language, ohana means family, community, a circle of good friends. So the camp we call Ohana brings families and friends together to refresh and celebrate their ties, and build new ones with others who enjoy living simply for a time in the out-of-doors, and sharing all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the ammenties of our 110 acres that includes tennis courts, horseshoes, basketball court, numberous gardens, a library and walking trails. www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Contact info:
341 Quinibeck Road
Thetford, VT 05058 USA
phone: 802-333-3460
web: www.alohafoundation.org/ohana

Room amenities: Rustic cabins have 2-4 bedrooms most with shared bathrooms. Each cabin contains showers with on-demand hot water, field stone fireplaces for warmth, a small kitchen with stove and fridge and a porch with a wonderful view. Furniture is rustic and beds are very comfortable!

Facility amenities: Our historic Main Hall, with a massive field stone fireplace, has a large wrap around porch for relaxing and taking in the incredible views of Lake Fairlee, the Middle Brook Valley and the surrounding hills and mountains. Below the Main Hall you will find a cozy library filled with books on local lore and nature. And to the other side is our gameroom complete with ping pong, fooseball, shuffleboard and most lawn games imaginable. Historic cabins have been recently renovated with new baths and kitchenettes. Each cabin has a field stone fireplace in the living room. There is no auxiliary heat - just the warmth of the fireplace. Each cabin has a porch. The site is a typical New England landscape, filled with uneven terrain, woods and open, grassy hillsides. There is a need for walking up and down hills at this site.

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

Bathroom: shared baths

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - New Hampshire A.T. Hiking up Mount Moosilauke (4,...
New Hampshire A.T. Hiking up Mount Moosilauke (4,802'). Our highest ascent, but with easy and moderate options to get to the top.

Note: The Gentle Giant, Moosilauke has been climbed by locals for nearly 300 years. At the base of the mountain on the east is the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, which, along with 4500 acres of the Baker River watershed is owned by Dartmouth College. The mountain has a long history of use as a hiking destination, source of timber, and winter playground. The summit is bare and has wonderful 360 degree views of the rest of the Whites, Vermont, and even into the Adirondacks on a good day.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Dining Hall with fresh baked goods from our chef.

Morning: Start Day Hike - here we come Moosilauke!

Lunch: Bag Lunch

Afternoon: Continue day hike Return 4:00-5:00pm

Dinner: Celebration dinner served buffet style in our beautiful dining hall. Congratulations to one and all!

Evening: Final evening program - complete with wit and history!

Lodging: Ohana Camp of the Aloha Foundation

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Lunch and departure
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.

Morning: Morning Birding Hike on Ohana property with local birding expert.

Lunch: Bag Lunch to take on your way as we depart.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Thetford, VT
Discover New EnglandThe official web site for The New England States and an excellent source of information for anything in New England.
For additional information, visit: www.discovernewengland.org/
Hanover Area Chamber of CommerceHanover Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 5105, Hanover, NH 03755 Email address: han.area.chamber@valley.net
For additional information, visit: www.hanoverchamber.org/
Vermont Dept. of Tourism and MarketingVermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing 6 Baldwin St., Drawer 33 Montpelier, VT 05633-1301 To order your travel packet by phone, call our toll-free number: 1-800-VERMONT or order through the web site. Phone: 802-828-3676 E-mail: info@VermontVacation.com
For additional information, visit: www.VermontVacation.com

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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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