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Explore, Paddle and More: Discover Sea, Forest and Dunes of the Central Coast With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 19582RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2014 - 7/11/2014; 6/15/2015 - 6/19/2015; 7/6/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/13/2015 - 7/17/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Cambria, California
Price starting at: $779.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Intergenerational
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

Examine tide pools, explore a coastal forest and kayak among otters as you enjoy the pleasures of childhood with your grandchild on a fun-filled adventure on California's Central Coast. With a naturalist leading the way, share hands-on educational opportunities like touching sea stars, limpets, chitons and hermit crabs in their natural habitats, hunting for animal signs in the forest, and playing games among the trees.




Highlights

• Watch from a kayak as otters feed in the rich estuary waters of Morro Bay and discover the molted fur of an elephant seal along a secluded beach.
• On a eucalyptus forest nature walk search for butterflies, raptors, egrets and evidence of mountain lions and bears.
• Visit with a red tail hawk! Meet rehabilitated birds of prey with Pacific Wildlife Care.



Activity Particulars

Hiking, walking up to two miles over mixed trails and paths, some rocky terrain. Kayak in stable ocean kayaks for up to two hours with frequent stops on calm, protected bay; no open ocean. Basic instruction provided. No experience necessary.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Cambria

A quiet seaside village on California's Central Coast, Cambria enjoys a mild climate year-round. Home to tidal coves, migrating sea mammals and unspoiled beaches, the community is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco near San Simeon.



Accommodations
Retreat lodging away from the crowds, set among 25 acres of Monterey pines overlooking forested valley. Lunch on your own in Morro Bay to explore this small beach town.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown is a native Californian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management from Cal Poly State University and has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He taught outdoor education for nine years both locally and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California, and opened a children’s summer camp in his local area with the current camp director. At present, he is a licensed marriage and family counselor in Arroyo Grande and owns a small commercial orchid nursery. Bruce has traveled extensively and eight years ago, he and his wife took an around-the-world tour. Bruce is a mountain climber, having climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa and to the base camp of Mt. Everest. He is also an avid fisherman, enjoying both fresh and salt water fishing.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Cambria Pines Lodge
  Cambria, CA 4 nights
 Cambria Pines Lodge
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 Road Scholar 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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $89 -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
  Additional nights after: $89 -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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration begins at 4:00 PM at the hotel. You will be staying at Cambria Pines Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Cambria Pines Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Waiver required for kayak trip. This waiver is included in the preparatory materials packet and is required by Central Coast Outdoors' insurance carrier to obtain signed liability release waivers from all participants due to the activities on this program. Parental Consent Form (one per grandchild) and the Intergenerational Rules and Regulations. Please return all forms to Road Scholar at 14819 SE 82nd Drive. Clackamas, OR 97015.
  Parking availability:
No charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cambria, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Morro Bay, California
  Nearest highway: Highway One
  Nearest airport:  San Luis Obispo, California
  From End of Program
  Location: Cambria, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cambria from San Luis Obispo

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ride On Transportation
phone: 805-541-8747
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 per person for two travellers; single traveller rate $90
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

50 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

37 miles

   

RIDE-ON is a private transportation company servicing San Luis Obispo (airport, train station and bus depot). Advance reservations required as they are not open on weekends. Sunday transportation is available by prior reservation only. You must be able to handle your own luggage to and from the RIDE-ON shuttle. Please ask for Bob or Aleen when calling. They will combine travellers for a reduced rate per person. Greyhound Bus Lines information: 800-229-9424 Amtrak information: 800-812-7245

 

Cambria from San Luis Obispo

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cambria Towing & Taxi
phone: 805-927-4357
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 each way (up to 7 people)
Prices are subject to change.

   

Cambria is halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on scenic Highway One. San Luis Obispo has the nearest plane, bus and train terminals. There is no convenient, regular public transportation from San Luis Obispo to Cambria Pines (45 miles away). Advanced reservations are required.

 

Cambria from San Luis Obispo

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
RTA (Regional Transit Authority)
phone: 805-541-2228

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$3.00 for Adult; $1.50 for Seniors and Children
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.15 hours 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Take a taxi from San Luis Obispo airport to Govt Center in downtown. Take bus 12 to Morro Bay Transit. Transfer to bus 15 towards San Simeon. Get off at Burton Drive and Yorkshire Drive. Walk East 0.2 miles to Cambria Pines Lodge. For interactive route map, visit: http://www.slorta.org/ The following airlines service San Luis Obispo: American Eagle, United Express, Sky West and American West. The following taxi services are: Surf Cab at (805) 806-0313 or 234 Taxi at (805) 234-8294.

 

Cambria from San Luis Obispo

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals

   

There are several rental car agencies at the airport if you prefer to rent a car. We recommend you make reservations in advance. Avis: 800-831-2847 Budget: 800-527-0700 Enterprise: 800-736-8222 Hertz: 800-654-3131 Thrifty: 800-847-4389

 

Cambria from San Luis Obispo

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ride-On Transportation
phone: 805-541-8747
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 per person for two travellers; single traveller rate $90
Prices are subject to change.

   

For schedules and information, contact Greyhound Bus Lines at 800-229-9424. RIDE-ON is a private transportation company, which can provide transportation from San Luis Obispo. Reservations need to be made in advance because they are not open on weekends. Sunday transportation is available by prior reservation only. You must be able to handle your own luggage to and from the RIDE-ON shuttle.

 

Cambria from San Luis Obispo

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ride-On Transportation
phone: 805-541-8747
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 per person for two travellers; single traveller rate $90
Prices are subject to change.

   

Contact Amtrak for schedules and information- 800-812-7245. RIDE-ON is a private transportation company, which can provide transportation from San Luis Obispo. Reservations need to be made in advance because they are not open on weekends. Sunday transportation is available by prior reservation only. You must be able to handle your own luggage to and from the RIDE-ON shuttle.

 
Driving Directions
  Cambria Pines Lodge (Cambria, CA) from Northern California Take Highway 101 south to Paso Robles. About 1.5 miles south of Paso Robles take CA Highway 46 West. Continue to follow CA-46. After nearly 25 miles, you will reach the intersection with CA Highway 1. Turn right (North) onto CA highway 1. Stay on Highway One until second stop light, which is Burton Drive. Turn right on Burton Drive and follow the double yellow line as the road winds uphill to the right. After half a mile, you will see a sign on the left for Cambria Pines.
  Cambria Pines Lodge (Cambria, CA) from SLO Airport Start out going northwest on Airport Dr toward Aero Dr. Turn slight right onto Aero Dr. Travel 0.2 miles. Turn left onto CA-227 / Broad St. Travel 2.2 mi. Turn right onto Santa Barbara St. Travel 0.4 mi. Santa Barbara St becomes Osos St. Travel 0.4 mi. Turn right onto Marsh St. Travel 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Santa Rosa St. Travel 3.2 mi. Santa Rosa St becomes CA-1 N. Travel 29.8 mi. After you reach the "Cambria City Limits" sign, stay on CA Highway 1. The second stop light is Burton Drive. Turn right on Burton Drive and follow the double yellow line as the road winds uphill to the right. After half a mile, you will see a sign on the left for Cambria Pines. Estimated Time: 50 minutes Estimated Distance: 36.57 miles
  Cambria Pines Lodge (Cambria, CA) from Scenic Coastal Route From Northern California Take Highway One going south. Cambria is a little over 100 miles south of Monterey. The road has numerous curves. Once you reach Cambria, the third stop light on Highway One is Burton Drive. Turn left on Burton Drive. Follow the double yellow line as the road winds uphill to the right. After half a mile, you will see a sign on the left for Cambria Pines.
  Cambria Pines Lodge (Cambria, CA) from Scenic Coastal Route From Southern California Travel Highway 101 north to San Luis Obispo. Once in San Luis Obispo city limits, take CA Highway 1 toward Morro Bay. Follow signs to CA Highway 1. In about 13 miles you will pass the city of Morro Bay, then Cayucos. Cambria is about 16 miles north of Cayucos. After you reach the "Cambria City Limits" sign, stay on CA Highway 1. The second stop light is Burton Drive. Turn right on Burton Drive and follow the double yellow line as the road winds uphill to the right. After half a mile, you will see a sign on the left for Cambria Pines.
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: Meet Your Fellow Explorers and Your Adventure Guide!
(Monday, July 7)
   
 Afternoon: Registration: 3:00-4:00 PM, followed by time to get to know your new friends who will share in your week of discovery.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Meet your guide for the week as he discusses the adventures that you will be sharing over the next few days.
   
Accommodations: Cambria Pines Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore a sandy beach, dip your toes in the ocean, hear the bark of an Elephant Seal and search for the remnants of their molted fur, scavenger hunt in the forest.
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Get ready for your adventure trip to see some of the most extraordinary seals in the world....the massive, talkative Elephant Seals. Inflating their huge snouts, male elephant seals can bellow loudly enough to be heard a mile away. Before our visit to the rookery, our host naturalist prepares you to better understand these fascinating creatures through a lively discussion of their habits and life. The Northern Elephant Seal feeds mostly on squid, octopus, ratfish, hagfish, small sharks, and other deepwater marine life. A deep feeder, it can remain underwater for up to 80 minutes, often coming to the surface for only four minutes or so before diving again. The deepest dive ever recorded for an air-breathing mammal was 5,187 feet (nearly a mile) by a Northern Elephant Seal. Take a walk along the ocean cliff to a secluded beach to look for otters, seals and to view the fascinating Elephant Seals. Elephant Seals' hair and outer layers of skin molt periodically, so keep your eyes open for this molted skin on the beach!
 Lunch: At San Simeon State Park enjoy a picnic lunch along the beach with time to splash in the water and enjoy some sun.
 Afternoon: After lunch head into the forest as you learn about its ecology from decomposers to bears and mountain lions. Search above and below as you join in on a scavenger hunt to find evidence of these creatures--bones, traces of skin, feathers--who knows what you might find! Play a camouflage game as you learn how animals of the forest protect themselves from their predators. Learn how and why animals do what they do and why a forest is important. Then return to the lodge for a chance to enjoy the pool before dinnertime.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge
 Evening: After dinner we will have a special visitor -- a red tail hawk! We'll have a demonstration on how to start a fire from tools found in nature followed by a special treat!
   
Accommodations: Cambria Pines Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: See wildlife up close--a Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk or a Merlin? Play "Who Eats Who" and Listen to the Rocky Phone at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Explore Tidepools, Snack on Snails and Feast on Seaweed!
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: More wild critters to meet today! Get acquainted with some of the favorite "stars" at Pacific Wildlife Care. Look eye to eye with Hoot the Great Horned then visit with Finnegan a Western Tree Squirrel, Jack the Merlin, Ruby the Red Tailed Hawk, Zena an American Kestrel or Olive the Opossum. How can you help your wildlife neighbors and protect their homes and environment? Pacific Wildlife Care's staff will help you learn what you can do. Following this presentation spend some time at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Build a sand dune, operate the hydrologic cycle and dig into the food pit to create your own food chains as you learn who eats who in the marine environment. The museum's interactive displays give you fun insight into the wildlife inhabitants of the area. Head to the observation deck to peer through the telescopes in search of birds and wildlife in the bay and to get a good look at massive Morro Rock. Take in a movie in the auditorium and ask the docents all your questions!
 Lunch: Visit the historic fishing village of Morro Bay with some time to explore on your own and enjoy a lunch spot of your choosing!
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon discovering what lies on the ocean floor. Explore the tidepools north of Morro Bay and share your discoveries with each other. You will find sea anemones, eels, sea stars, snails, limpets, chitons and possibly octopus in these amazing pools full of marine life. Your adventure guide is right by your side ready for your questions about your discoveries. Ever snacked on snails or feasted on seaweed? Take a try as your adventure guide shares edible findings in the tidepools. He will boil some snails, so you can take a taste!
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening movie to round out your day.
   
Accommodations: Cambria Pines Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Otters, Harbor Seals, Oyster Farm, Sand Dunes, Secluded Beaches, Endangered Birds--this day has it all as you paddle your kayak and walk the dunes.
(Thursday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: An easy morning of paddling takes in a heron rookery, the bird haven of Grassy Island, as well as chances to see otters and seals in this amazing wildlife hot spot. After taking all this wildlife in, we beach our kayaks on a secluded part of the outer sandspit for a fun dunes hike to a hidden Chumash shell midden. Keep your eyes peeled for native american artifacts--a piece of pottery, a rock tool, shells and remnants from beach fires. A short walk past the midden, we come to the Pacific Ocean and unparalleled views up and down miles of secluded beach. Watch for nesting snowy plovers, a protected endangered species. Comb the beach for rocks and shells left by the tides on this wild side of the coast. This trip is designed with beginners and family groups in mind and includes basic paddle and safety instruction at the start of the tour. Morro Bay is separated from the ocean by a long sandspit and is all flat water – no ocean waves. Designated a National Estuary, the varied eco-systems of Morro Bay abound in all kinds of wildlife. Harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters all call the bay home, as well as hundreds of species of birds, including several rare and endangered species. The weather is moderate year round, creating an ideal place for beginners as well as experts to kayak. No experience is necessary as you join your new friends, adventure guide and a kayak guide with outdoor education in mind.
 Lunch: Back on the bay side of the dunes, linger a while longer for a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Take a leisurely paddle back to the docks and then head back to the lodge for a restful afternoon by the pool or for time to explore the town of Cambria.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: With abalone shells and a Native American hand drill--this unique and amazingly efficient drill with an obsidian point--make a keepsake of your adventure!
   
Accommodations: Cambria Pines Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Good Bye to all!
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Visit with your new found friends for one last time and take home a photo souvenir. The check out time at the lodge is 11:00 am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cambria, CA Big Sur
From 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
  Cambria
A 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 Market
Held 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 Castle
In 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 800-444-4445 for more information. For additional information, visit www.hearstcastle.com
  Morro Bay
Near 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 County
Learn about local events and activities. For additional information, visit www.sanluisobispocounty.com
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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