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Hiking, Canoeing and an Amazing Underground Adventure in the Ozarks

Program Number: 20269RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/13/2013 - 10/18/2013; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014; 5/24/2015 - 5/29/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/4/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Potosi, Missouri
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Science & Nature; Water Sports
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Set amidst thousands of acres of forest-covered hills, a pristine lake and near one of America’s most remarkable underground playgrounds, Trout Lodge is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise in the Ozarks. Join the outdoor staff to experience the natural history of the area on a hike, canoe Sunnen Lake and learn about aquatic ecology, try your hand at archery or riflery, and take a pontoon ride on an underground lake. You can even learn about horses at the Triangle Y ranch and go for a ride. You’ll be amazed at all the activities so close!




Highlights

• Voted one of America’s Top 100 Adventures, take a pontoon ride on the underground lake in the Bonne Terre Mine.
• Venture out on a naturalist-led hike to a mud cave, then explore inside.
• Visit a local winery to sample local wines, try line dancing with ranch staff and enjoy a campfire under the stars!



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to 2 miles, caving requires getting muddy and wet.




Date Specific Information

10-13-2013

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Coordinated by YMCA of Greater St. Louis/Trout Lodge.




Potosi

The Eastern Ozarks are defined as much by its history and culture as by geology, geography and landscapes. Potosi is one of several rural communities in this region of clear streams, big springs and pastoral scenery. Gently rolling hills, deep valleys and plateaus are home to small farms and an abundance of wineries which dot the countryside.



Accommodations
Conference center with comfortable lodge-style rooms that have a lake-view.
Meals and Lodgings
   YMCA Trout Lodge
  Potosi, MO 5 nights
 YMCA Trout Lodge
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.
  Contact info: 13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org
  Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.
  Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $65 per person special rate. Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at 3:30 pm in the Lodge, Main Lobby. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
After lunch. Check out is 11:30 am. You will be staying at YMCA Trout Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
We offer free parking which is located up a small hill from the lodge. Handicap parking is available in the front drive.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest city or town:  Potosi, MO
  Nearest highway: MO State Hwy AA
  Nearest airport:  Lambert International (STL)
  From End of Program
  Location: Potosi, MO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. Louis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YMCA Trout Lodge
phone: 573-438-2154
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40 per person / $65 per couple round-trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 depending on traffic 

   

Shuttle is run by YMCA Trout Lodge. Sign up form is sent out with Health Forms approximately 6 weeks before arrival. Current pick up times are: 1:30pm St. Louis Airport (Terminal 1) 1:45pm St. Louis Airport (Terminal 2) 2:30pm St. Louis Downtown Amtrak Station Return at end of program is approximately 2:00pm at airport and 2:45pm at train station.

 
Driving Directions
  Greater St. Louis Follow I-70 West to I-270 South. I-270 South to State Hwy 21 South. Follow 21 South to the town of Potosi. Turn right onto State Hwy 8. Follow 8 through town and turn right onto State Hwy AA. Main entrance to YMCA of the Ozarks is about 2 miles on the right.
Elevation Note: Elevation ranges from 800 - 1100 feet

Equipment Requirements: Bring a spirit that is ready for some fun!!
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in and orientation.
(Sunday, October 13)

Note: Arrive and check in beginning at 3:30pm. Fruit basket at registration table.



   
 Afternoon: Orientation at 4:30pm.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Evening: Get To Know You Activities with a snack.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 1 mile Nature hike through the Ozark woods with naturalist Pontoon Tour Climb Alpine Tower Canoeing lessons Karaoke
(Monday, October 14)

Note: Group will meet in the main lobby before heading to activity areas. Guests may be split into smaller groups to maximize the time and quality at each activity.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.
 Morning: Take a guided one mile nature hike through the woods here on our 5200 acres. Follow the hike with canoeing lessons on beautiful Sunnen Lake.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Afternoon: Climb Alpine Tower as well as spend more time learning about canoeing and exploring the different coves of Sunnen Lake. Optional pontoon tour in the afternoon.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Evening: Karaoke and Evening tea - an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better. Hot tea, coffee, and scones will be available as well as some of your favorite songs to sing along with.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Options for hiking or Zumba and Archery or Riflery lessons Aquatic ecology lessons and more canoeing on Sunnen Lake and a Barn dance in the evening
(Tuesday, October 15)

Note: We will meet in the lobby to go to activity areas - participants may be split into groups to maximize time at activities



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.
 Morning: Participants will have the choice between a Zumba class and a guided 1 mile nature hike. Following the class participants will take archery and riflery lessons.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Afternoon: Archery and riflery lessons followed by over 2 hours of caoneing on Sunnen Lake learning about the history and exploring the Aquatic Ecosystems
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Evening: Barn Dance - Line dancing instruction with our professional ranch staff
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Guided hike along our beautiful 2 mile Cold Springs trail and a trip to the Bonne Terre Mine - followed by a trip to a local winery. Spend the evening discussing some of the greatest adventure movies in Hollywoods History.
(Wednesday, October 16)

Note: Bus will depart at 12:15pm and return at dinner time. Must be able to walk down 60 stairs to enter the mine. Bring your camera as this is a sight to see!!



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.
 Morning: Take a guided tour through our beautiful forest ending by our natural cold springs. Also enjoy some free time at our facility. You can enjoy more canoeing, archery or riflery.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to the well known Bonne Terre Mine. This is truly a natural wonder. We will hike through the mines as well as take a pontoon ride on the underground lake. This destination was voted as one of America's top 100 adventures. We will follow this trip with a visit to a local winery where you will sample local made wines.
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Evening: Enjoy a fun, relaxing evening discussing the greatest Adventure films in Hollywood while spending time with your new friends.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Travel in the air on a zip line, enjoy a tour of the ranch and a peaceful valley ride, explore mud cave and spend the evening at a campfire under the stars
(Thursday, October 17)

Note: Today will require closed toed shoes. You will get muddy and wet while exploring the mud cave located here on property. Guests may be split into smaller groups top maximize the experience with each activity



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.
 Morning: Enjoy a ride on our 50 foot zip line. This is quite a thrill. You will also learn a bit about horses down at the triangle Y ranch as you get a tour of the stables and enjoy a peaceful ride.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon taking a nature hike to our very own natural wonder...Mud Cave. We will then explore the cave and get a sense of what total and complete darkness is. This is a fun adventure but you will get wet and dirty!
 Dinner: Hot buffet dinner including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. Full salad bar with fresh fruit and soup. Many dessert options.
 Evening: Campfire under the stars followed by an Astronomy lesson and an Ice Cream Social - have a snack with all the fixings! Pick up your passport sticker and socialize on the last night.
   
Accommodations: YMCA Trout Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Check out. Free time.
(Friday, October 18)

Note: Check out time is by 11:30am



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast also includes fresh fruit, breads, hot and cold cereals and pastries as well as coffees, teas and juices.
 Morning: Enjoy a relaxing morning, play a round of min golf or try more activities such as archery, riflery or more canoeing. Say goodbyes to your new friends.
 Lunch: Hot buffet lunch with salad bar. Menu varies. A boxed lunch is available for an additional fee for those that wish to leave as soon as class is over.
 Afternoon: Free time available to use YMCA Trout Lodge after check-out for all participants. Do some of the activities that you wanted to do but didn't get the chance.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Potosi, MO YMCA Trout Lodge
Full use of YMCA Trout Lodge. Includes boathouse, fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, mini-golf, lake swimming, Arts and Crafts, horseback riding and climbing towers. Some may require an additional fee. For additional information, visit www.ymcatroutlodge.org
  Elephant Rocks
The giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. The coarsely crystalline red granite forms are popular with history buffs (who like to read the names of the 19th century miners who used to work in the area and who carved their names into rocks), children (who love to climb and scramble over and through the rocks) and parents (who revel in taking pictures of their children pretending to push the rocks). The park has a trail that winds through the rocks, which is an interpretative Braille trail. Abundant picnic areas and vibrant fall colors add to the park’s appeal. For additional information, visit mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park
  Johnson Shut-ins
Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites. For additional information, visit mostateparks.com/park/johnsons-shut-ins-state-park
  Fort Davidson
Fort Davidson (at the base of the lookout, Pilot Knob Mountain) was a strong defensive position: hexagonal walls nine feet high and ten feet thick, surrounded by a dry moat nine feet deep. Two long rifle pits ran out from the walls and a reinforced board fence topped the earthworks. Access to the fort was through a drawbridge on the southeastern corner of the structure. In September of 1864, Fort Davidson became the scene of one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War in Missouri . . . the Battle of Pilot Knob. For additional information, visit www.missourihistorictowns.com/missouri-historic-places/pilot-knob-missouri-history-landmarks.htm
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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