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Program #6114RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
Eileen from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
I echo all the reviews posted by other participants. Beautiful rock formations, fun slot canyons, energetic hiking, interesting evening programs, excellent accommodations (perhaps the best I have had on a RS program), delicious breakfast, a relaxing pool and hot tub, Joanna, the amazing leader and program coordinator -- this program has it all! And as with all RS programs, the best part is getting to know the other participants who come for all parts of the country. I would put this program on the higher end of "Moderately challenging". Be sure to read the itinerary that accurately describes the program's hikes. Tours of Antelope Canyon and the Glen Canyon Dam are both worthwhile but not included in the program, so you might try to schedule these on a day before or after the program. We have posted pictures at https://lakepowellroadscholar.shutterfly.com/. Happy hiking!

Peggy from Jeffersonton, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
This program combines four days of vigorous hiking with evening programs about geology, local fauna/history, and Western music. Come prepared to hike 5-7 miles a day over sandy washes, through slot canyons, and down some steep slopes with Joanna Joseph, who is a fantastic leader. I hope to return to beautiful Arizona for more hikes!

Maureen from Hilton, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
If you are looking for great hikes, fantastic scenery, fun and entertaining leaders, this is the hike for you. I selected this hike because of recommendations I had received.

Penny from La Mesa, CA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
What fun this program was! Joanna led us to hidden treasures to explore each day: to high arches with expansive views and to slender slot canyons with more intimate connections to nature (with occasional opportunities to be a contortionist). Along the way she not only educated us about botany and geology but entertained with poems and song pertinent to our unique experiences in this lovely land. We were astounded at the bounty of nature in this remote area that can be enjoyed only by getting out into the nooks and crannies. Talented musically and in group dynamics, Joanna can lead you, too, in these remarkable adventures. Give it a try if you are a moderate hiker and adventurous soul. You will not regret it.

Lee from Phoenix, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
Terrific experience! Hiking was not too strenuous, but interesting as it sometimes required some rock scrambling. Beautiful country!

Ellen from San Jose, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
The guides and the participants were all so great. I traveled with three girlfriends and we really enjoyed our "girl time" as well as the opportunity to meet people from all over the country. This is our second Road Scholar trip and we'll be back for more. It's a great way to travel, see new things and it's all planned out by the local scholars to make it a worry-free trip. Most excellent! Plan to make your own trip to see Antelope Canyon--the lower portion was a Wonder of the World. So glad our new friends Tina and Tom took us with them that free afternoon. Amazing.

Tina from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
Tina & Tom from Kansas City, Mo Number of Programs Attended: One Date Attended: 4/14/2013 - 4/19/2013 The April scenery was marvelous, the sky was turquoise blue and beautiful, hiking was spectacular, but not overly strenuous. Other classmates were congenial. The leaders, Joanna & Vivian, were excellent, the hotel was comfortable, and the breakfast was outstanding. I had a three-course meal every morning stocking up on calories for our long hikes. There was free time allowed for seeing other sites nearby. Would recommend this one to anyone interested in beauty, hiking, and a fun time had by all!

David from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 04/14/13 - 04/19/13
Great leader Joanna Joseph; off-beaten-path hikes to wonderous toadstools, balanced rocks, slot canyons, arches and colorfull strata, mostly in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Marriott Courtyard hotel in Page is a great place/good food and with a public golf course next door. Be prepared to move your body in strange ways to maneuver in the narrow slot canyons. Bring gloves and long sleeve shirts to protect elbows and hands from abrasive sandstone slot canyon walls. This was one of my top programs. It gets a 10.

Patricia from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
Like the out-of-the-way places our guide Joanna Joseph led us to, she is a treasure. Her depth and breadth of knowledge – from geologic formations, latin and common names of plants and their uses, music genres, literature, Zen, and local culture – truly inspired awe. She showed us how to wedge our bodies to slow our descent down a slide in a slot canyon as well as how to chimney along the walls above pools of water. The slot canyon hike and the one to Birthday Arch will stay with me forever. We even sighted a condor! This was a fabulous trip with a variety of hiking experiences. One of the most moving involved hiking in silence and sitting in silence for brief periods. It deepened the intensity of the experience. The talks Joanna arranged were fascinating and informative. I was particularly drawn to the one by Merle Graffam, detailing the dinosaur bone excavations in the area around Big Water, Utah. Merle has a dinosaur named after him! The only aspect of the trip that fell short was the food. As a pescatarian (fish-eating vegetarian), I was expecting the variety of food served on my Rode Scholar trip to Denali National Park in Alaska 2 years ago. Alas, the hotel restaurant has only heard of pasta and proceeded to serve it for my dinner every night. Sorry, but I can only take so much pasta. At home I eat it maybe once a month. My roommate and I supplemented our fairly monotonous sack lunches with some hummus, pita chips, and fritos after visiting a local Safeway. One last highlight of the trip: After our last hike, Joanna drove us all to a local ice cream place, where we made up in spades for all the calories were worked off on our hikes. I highly recommend this trip (aside from the food issue; none of the omnivores complained).

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