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Sail and Fish on Mobile Bay With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 21397RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/10/2014 - 8/15/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Fairhope, Alabama
Price starting at: $995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

You and your grandchild will have your own fish stories to tell after fishing together in the Weeks Bay estuary on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, accompanied by local experts who teach you all aspects of a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Explore the marine life of the greater Mobile Bay estuarine system to learn how to identify your catch, and find out why Mobile Bay is the only place in the world with regular occurrences of the jubilee, a natural phenomenon in which teeming throngs of crabs, shrimp and other sea life leave deeper waters and swarm the shallows along the coast. Cap off this adventure of a lifetime with your grandchild by taking a ride on a pontoon boat into the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the second-largest delta in the United States.




Highlights

• Climb aboard the USS “Alabama” battleship and the USS “Drum” submarine, and explore a variety of military vehicles and aircraft.
• On an afternoon sail on Mobile Bay and around Mobile Bay Lighthouse, hoist the sail, take the wheel or just sit back and enjoy as captain and crew narrate your voyage.
• Discover marine life while seine fishing, learn to canoe on Weeks Bay, explore the science museum and more.



Activity Particulars

Get on and off boats, sometimes from floating docks requiring balance. Standing up to one hour during fishing lessons. Visit to battleship last more than two hours, involves climbing up and down ladders on a boat and submarine.



Personal fishing equipment preferred, but not required. Inshore saltwater fishing requires light tackle.



Coordinated by University of South Alabama.




Fairhope

Founded in 1894 by adventurous people seeking a personal utopia, lovely Fairhope sits high on bluffs overlooking Mobile Bay. This charming Southern city is known for its beautiful parks, moss-draped live oaks and picturesque downtown that attracts artists, writers and visitors alike.



Accommodations
Comfortable conference center in Weeks Bay with junior Olympic-size pool, 10 minutes drive from downtown Fairhope.
Meals and Lodgings
   Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
  Fairhope, Alabama 5 nights
 Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Hiking trails, private pier with gazebo, chapel, rec hall, pool, kayaks, canoes and sunfish, comfortable southern porches for socializing and relaxing.
  Contact info: 10400 Beckwith Lane
Fairhope, AL 36532 USA
phone: 251-928-7844
web: www.campbeckwith.org/
  Room amenities: Private bath and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: All rooms have a private bath and free parking. Beckwith has a wonderful Junior Olympic size swimming pool, and is located on Weeks Bay, fun for fishing, boating and swimming. Please bring your own hair dryer.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Local hotels available. Please call to get information on Hampton Inn 1-800-426-7866 or Marriott's Grand Hotel 1-800-228-9290.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Local hotels available. Please call to get information on Hampton Inn 1-800-426-7866 or Marriott's Grand Hotel 1-800-228-9290.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Conference Center Check-in at 4 PM, Registration is 4:00-5:30 PM You will be staying at Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Conference Center Check-out is 9:00 AM. Program ends with box lunch to go. You will be staying at Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A liability form is to be filled out for each grandchild.
  Parking availability:
Parking adjacent to lodging at no charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fairhope, Alabama
  Nearest highway: Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  Mobile, Alabama (airport code MOB)
  From End of Program
  Location: Fairhope, Alabama
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Pensacola to Beckwith

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
A Airport Taxi
phone: 850-478-4477
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

One Way $125.00 for 1 or 2 passengers. $5 a head for more, prices subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

56 miles

   

Generally flying into Pensacola is cheaper than flying into Mobile. Check with your airlines. Traveling to the hotel from the airport, is very expensive. If you plan to site see in the area, you might consider renting a car.

 

Mobile to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mobile Bay Transportation
phone: 251-476-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 for 1-3 people, or $25 per person for 4 people or more
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour and 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

48 miles

   

You must register at least 24 hours in advance. When you call you will get Yellow Cab, you must ask for Mobile Bay Transportation. They will transfer you to Mobile Bay Transportation. You can register on line by e-mailing dispatch@mobilebaytransportation.com or you can call 251-476-7711. Confirm your reservation before your flight lands to ensure pick up. Prices subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  From Mobile Regional Airport to Beckwith Travel east on Airport Blvd. for 8 miles to I-65. Take I-65 South to I-10 East. Travel approximately 15.5 miles and you will take Exit 35 onto Hwy 98 South to Daphne & Fairhope. Stay on the four lane highway (do not exit onto Scenic Hwy 98). The four lane highway will narrow to two lanes. In approximately 3 miles Hwy 98 will intersect with Scenic Hwy 98 at a 4-way stop. Take a left onto Scenic Hwy 98. In approximately 2 miles you will see a Camp Beckwith sign where you will then turn right onto Mary Ann Beach Rd (CR 27 South). Continue on for approximately 2 miles, you will see a sign marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center to your left. Turn left into Beckwith and continue until you see Alves Hall. You will register here.
  From Pensacola Airport Take Airport Blvd. to Ninth Ave. then take Ninth Ave. South to Fairfield Ave. Take Fairfield Ave. West to Hwy 98, Take Hwy 98 West. Go through Elberta, Foley, and Magnolia Springs Cross the Louie Brannon Bridge (Fish River) Approximately 2 miles past the bridge you will see a Camp Beckwith sign. Turn left onto CR 27 South (Mary Ann Beach Rd.) Continue on for approximately 2 miles you will see a sign marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center on your left. Turn left into Beckwith and continue until you see Alves Hall. You will register here
  Interstate 10: East or West Traveling from the east or west on I-10, take exit 35 onto Hwy. 98 South to Daphne & Fairhope. Stay on four lane highway (do not exit onto Scenic Hwy. 98), four lane highway will narrow to two lanes. In approximately 3 miles Hwy. 98 will intersect with Scenic Hwy 98. Turn left onto Scenic Hwy 98. In approximately 2 miles you will see a Camp Beckwith sign. Turn right onto CR 27 South (Mary Ann Beach Rd.) Continue on for Approximately 2 miles, you will see a sign marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center on your left. Turn left into Beckwith and continue until you see Alves Hall. You will register here.
  Interstate 65 (Montgomery) From 1-65, take exit 37 South, the Bay Minette/Gulf Shores Parkway exit. Take State Hwy 287 south to Sate Hwy 59 south, Gulf Shores Parkway. Take I-10 westbound at Loxley, Al, (exit 44). From I-10, take Exit 35 onto Hwy. 98 East to Daphne & Fairhope. Stay on the four lane highway (do not exit onto Scenic Hwy. 98). The four lane highway will narrow to two lanes. After the lanes narrow, Hwy. 98 will intersect with Scenic Hwy 98 (in about 3 miles.) Turn left onto Scenic Hwy 98 in approximately 2 miles you will see a Camp Beckwith sign. Turn right onto CR 27 South (Mary Ann Beach Rd.) Continue on for about 2 miles you will see a sign marking the entrance to Beckwith Camp and Conference Center on your left.
Equipment Requirements: You may bring your own fishing pole and tackle for in shore salt water fishing. We will have some available if you do not bring your own.
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: Registration, Check-in and Orientation/ Dinner in Beckwith Dining Room/ Introductions
(Sunday, August 10)

Note: Ice breaker games, wear clothing you can easily move around in.



   
 Afternoon: Participants will check in and register for the week from 4-5:30 PM.(Central Time) You will receive keys to your room(s) and packet of information for the week. Beginning at 5:30 PM we will have an orientation for the week, all information will be discussed and any questions will be answered at this time. **Please note: schedule is subject to change based on weather and instructor availability.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the Conference Center dining room.
 Evening: Introductions include lively games for getting to know each other. Additional questions are answered at this time.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning class on Marine life, fishing, afternoon swim and sailing, evening class on history, all meals at Conference Center.
(Monday, August 11)

Note: Please use sunscreen and bug spray today.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the Conference Center Dining Room.
 Morning: Begin your morning learning about marine life with an Environmental Specialist. Class will bring the wonders of the coast to life. Next, spend some classroom time learning about fishing and rules to have a safe and fun time. We will then head to the pier to experience the joys of fishing.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the Conference Center dining room.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will have time to swim in the pool. Then we will head off campus to a marina and sail on Mobile Bay to the Mobile Bay Lighthouse and back. You can hoist the sail or take the steering wheel or just sit back and enjoy the ride.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the Conference Center dining room.
 Evening: History of the Conference Center will be taught to the Grandparents while the Grandchildren head off to practice skits for Thursday night follies.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fishing and field trip to Seafood Restaurant, 5 Rivers and Pontoon ride, night swim. Breakfast and Dinner at the Conference Center
(Tuesday, August 12)

Note: Please use bug spray and sunscreen today.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the Conference Center Dining Room.
 Morning: Continue your fishing lessons and luck this morning on the pier with expert instructors. Clean up and take a field trip to lunch and afternoon fun.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch out today at a local seafood restaurant overlooking Mobile Bay. Several items available for non seafood eaters.
 Afternoon: 5 Rivers is our next stop. You will see a short movie about the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the second largest Delta in the United States. Head into the museum and see what animals inhabit the Delta. Some large and scary, others small and cute animals. As an added bonus we will board a pontoon boat and experience the Delta first hand. Keep your eyes open wide for a chance to catch an alligator sunning himself or an osprey eating a fish. Many other surprise sightings may occur.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the Conference Center dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a swim this evening. With the hot day ending cool off with a refreshing swim in junior Olympic size pool.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Seining and Canoeing in the morning, Free afternoon and craft in the evening. All meals at Conference Center.
(Wednesday, August 13)

Note: Please use bug spray and sunscreen today.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the Conference Center Dining Room.
 Morning: Bathings suits needed this morning for seining. Once we have finished catching many different marine creatures, your instructor will identify and explain your catch. Next we will have a lesson on canoeing and let you have time to explore the Bay.
 Lunch: Lunch served in the Conference Center dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time the afternoon. Take this afternoon to explore the local area. From ice cream shops to horseback riding, museums to beaches, we have something to keep you busy. Or if you prefer, plan to stay at the Conference Center and enjoy the waterfront on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the Conference Center dining room.
 Evening: Evening activity grandchildren will make a frame to take home. Grandparents will assist children in making the frame.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fishing in the morning, field trip to Exploreum Science Museum, USS Alabama and skits. Breakfast and Dinner at Conference Center, picnic lunch.
(Thursday, August 14)

Note: Please have bug spray and sunscreen today.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in the Conference Center Dining Room.
 Morning: Last morning to fish, let's hope the fish are biting. Good time to ask questions of instructor for ideas when you return home to fish on your own. Field trip to Mobile and the Exploreum, science museum. Children and adults discover science in fun and new ways.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch today.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the USS Alabama battleship. Don't miss the USS Drum, WW II submarine which earned 12 Battle Stars for valor. You will also tour the aircraft pavilion with planes on display from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Also you will see a gull-winged WWII Corsair and a P51 Mustang Redtail, the kind flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first Black aviators. On the grounds you will also see "Calamity Jane, A super-secret A-12 Blackbird spyplane, Tanks, memorials and more.
 Dinner: Dinner served in the Conference Center dining room.
 Evening: Grandchildren's talent show followed by a slide show of all the activities of the week. Thank you to the grandparents from the grandchildren.
   
Accommodations: Beckwith Episcopal Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast in dinning room/ Class on Jubilee, check-out and box lunch to go.
(Friday, August 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room
 Morning: Discover Jubilee, a natural phenomenon that takes place from time to time on the shores of Mobile Bay in Alabama. Occurring mainly on warm summer nights often in the early pre-dawn hours, the event initiates a joyous community beach party. Learn what this rare celebration is all about and why it benefits coastal residents.
 Lunch: You will pick up a lunch to go with you today.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Fairhope, Alabama Eastern Shore Art Center
Built around the site of wood-burning Pinewood Kiln, an Alabama Historical Landmark. Monthly exhibits feature oils, watercolors, mixed media, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Concerts, lectures and workshops also featured. For additional information, visit www.easternshoreartcenter.com
  Historic Blakeley State Park
Blakeley is the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Excellently preserved battlefield and breast works for you to come and explore. For additional information, visit www.blakeleypark.com
  Marietta Johnson Museum
Housed in one the 1907 classrooms of the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education. The museum contains books, literature, artifacts, photos and videotapes pertaining to the progressive philosophy of Marietta Johnson. For additional information, visit www.mariettajohnson.org
  The Fairhope Historical Museum
For an exciting view into Fairhope's past, please visit the Fairhope Historical Museum. The museum is full of artifacts from old Fairhope. You can see displays on Clay City, the Single Tax Association and the Civil War. You can also see personal belongings from some of Fairhope's first families.
  U. S. Sports Academy/Sport Art Museum
It is considered to have one of the largest collections of sport art in the world. Additionally, it houses archives which document the history of science of sport. Tours are available and it is free to the public. For additional information, visit www.asama.org
  Weeks Bay Reserve
The Weeks Bay Reserve provides a living laboratory for education and research groups to learn about estuaries, those coastal areas where rivers meet the sea. The Reserve is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and is also a part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U. S. Department of Commerce. For additional information, visit www.weeksbay.org
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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