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Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Program Number: 14629RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/30/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Lace up your boots and discover a section of the Appalachian Trail in the Pocono Mountains — a stretch prized for its outstanding views. Pass through the picturesque Delaware Water Gap and follow rocky ridges a few thousand feet above sea level. Learn trail orientation, hiking safety and the history and preservation of a national treasure.




Highlights

• Enjoy hikes led by experienced, knowledgeable experts on the renowned Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
• A walk with a local naturalist acquaints you with the environment of the Poconos.
• A yoga stretching class helps you relax at the end of the day.



Activity Particulars

Please see Date Specific Information for details.




Date Specific Information

10-26-2014

Moderately Challenging. Three 3-6 hour hikes up to 8 miles in small groups according to skill. Elevation gains up to 1,000 feet.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



4-12-2015

Moderately Challenging. Three 3-6 hour hikes up to 8 miles in small groups according to skill. Elevation gains up to 1,000 feet. Special excursion with our Naturalist/local Biology Professor, who will lead a study that will focus on vernal pools and their ecology.



5-10-2015, 10-4-2015

Challenging. 9-12 mile hiking excursions along rough-rocky trails, countless waterfalls and scenic vistas; some scrambling with distance and elevation gains up to 2,000 feet; mountain survival training from a seasoned professional and former Appalachian thru-hiker.



6-14-2015, 9-13-2015, 9-20-2015, 10-18-2015, 11-1-2015

Moderately Challenging. Three 3-6 hour hikes up to 8 miles in small groups according to skill. Elevation gains up to 1,000 feet.



10-25-2015

Autumn on the Appalachian trail in the Northeast boasts a panoramic journey in explosive color. Explore breathtaking views from majestic vistas and stroll through woodland forests to shimmering waterfalls. We offer two groups of walking: 1-2 or 3-4 miles daily. Our naturalist will accompany each group and teach you about local wildlife, edible vegetation and rare fauna and flora.



Coordinated by Shawnee Institute.




Shawnee on Delaware

This quaint, historic village is situated amid the sylvan beauty of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area at the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, just 75 miles from New York City.



Accommodations
Historic Shawnee Inn, located on the only inhabited island of the Delaware River, overlooks the river and 27-hole championship golf course with indoor pool and full-service spa.

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

Cindy Miano retired in 2004 from a career in elementary education where she taught fourth grade and served as a language Arts chairperson. In addition to managing Shawnee Institute Road Scholar programs, Cindy is a personal trainer and life coach. She practices Pilates, yoga and various strength training programs, and helps to promote wellness plans for individuals while helping them to achieve overall good health.
 
Leslie Underhill

An avid student of yoga for the last seven years, Leslie Underhill has combined her love of the discipline with her enthusiasm for teaching. In 2004, she opened the studio Yogannamaste, and recently opened a bed and breakfast where she teaches yoga to guests. In addition to taking her classes to businesses and schools in the area, Leslie also teaches yoga to cancer survivors at the Pocono Medical Center. She is certified in spanda yoga and is classified as an ERYT 200.
 
Scott Slingerland

Scott Slingerland has raced mountain bikes for 15 years, including a four-day race across Costa Rica, and several 24-hour mountain bike races. Scott is a cycling instructor and teaches bicycle repair and riding skills. For training, he uses his bicycle for daily transportation to meetings, shopping and to visit family. Scott has cycled in Italy, India, Sri Lanka and China, and finds that the usage of bicycles in these countries is “eye opening.”
 
Len Rue

For over 20 years, Len Rue has led educational photo excursions in North America, Africa, Australia and South America. He teaches credited courses in photography for both undergraduate and graduate programs as an adjunct professor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Len’s photos have been published in hundreds of publications worldwide, including Newsweek, National Geographic and Readers Digest. Len has a B.A. in professional photography and a M.A. in instructional technology.
 
Rick Koval

Rick Koval is a longtime resident of Luzerne County and a professional naturalist, consultant, wildlife photographer and award-winning outdoor writer. He was the director of land conservation for the North Branch Land Trust before becoming the head naturalist for Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. Rick is a local television personality as a naturalist on the popular show, “Pennsylvania Outdoor Life.” He is currently writing a book on the native orchids of the Poconos.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
  Shawnee on Delaware 5 nights
 Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Type: Inn
  Description: Historic Inn on serene Delaware River setting.
  Contact info: 1 River Road
Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356 USA
phone: 800-742-9633
web: www.shawneeinn.com
  Room amenities: Moderately sized charming rooms have private bath, cable television, free wireless Internet connection, iron & ironing board, blow dryer and telephone.
  Facility amenities: Concierge, 24-hour front desk, fitness room, ice machine, iron, laundry service. lounge, room service (limited hours), 24-hour security, wake-up service and restaurants. Full service spa, and free Internet at the Inn's business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Most bathrooms are a step up from the level of the room.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $169 Fri-Sat; $109 Sun-Thur. Call the Shawnee Inn directly at 800-742-9633 to make reservations. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group to receive the special rate. Rate is for two people, but does not include taxes or meals.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $169 Fri-Sat; $109 Sun-Thur. Call the Shawnee Inn directly at 800-742-9633 to make reservations. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group to receive the special rate. Rate is for two people, but does not include taxes or meals.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 - 5:00 PM Check-in and Registration at the Inn. You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM Check out and depart. You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Shawnee on Delaware
  Nearest city or town:  Shawnee-on-Delaware
  Nearest highway: I-80
  Nearest airport:  Newark, New Jersey; New York, New York
  From End of Program
  Location: Shawnee on Delaware
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Port Authority of NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Martz Trailways
phone: 570-424-3040

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adults - $34; Seniors - $29.95
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours to Delaware Water Gap 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles to Delaware Water Gap

   

Bus service ends at Delaware Water Gap, about 2.5 miles from the Inn. Transportation from the bus terminal to the Inn is available by taxi for $10.

 

Newark - Liberty Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Olympia Trails Bus Company/Liberty Express
phone: 877-863-9275

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adults - $16; Seniors - $8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles to Port Authority of NY

   

Tickets are available at Greyline in in the airport terminal, or can be purchased on the bus. From the Port Authority terminal in New York, take Martz Trailways to Delaware Water Gap.

 

New York - Kennedy Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New York Airport Express Bus Service
phone: 718-875-8200

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles to Port Authority of New York

   

Bus stop is located at the Express Bus Stop at each airline terminal. Departure every 20-30 minutes. At the Port Authority bus terminal, take the Martz Trailways bus to Delaware Water Gap.

 

Delaware Water Gap

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Pocono Cab Co.
phone: 570-424-2800

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

   

Service is available 24/7.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East: I-80 West Take PA Exit 310, Delaware Water Gap (immediately after toll bridge, first exit in PA). Follow signs for Delaware Water Gap. At the TRAFFIC LIGHT, proceed straight through on River Road. Go under overpass and over railroad tracks. At stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  From the North: I-84 West Take Exit 46, Milford. Turn left toward Milford at the stop. At the traffic light in Milford, go straight through and on to US Route 209 S. Follow 209 South for about 25 miles. Just past the traffic light at the elementary school, make a LEFT turn on Hollow Road. Go 4.0 miles (pass Shawnee Mountain) until Hollow Road intersects with River Road at the Shawnee Playhouse. Turn RIGHT onto River Road. The entrance to Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is 1/4 mile on your LEFT.
  From the South: I-95 North I-95 N TO I-476 N. (I-76 N, then I-476 N if coming from Philadelphia Airport). On I-476 N go to US-22 E, to US-33 N, then I-80 E to PA Exit 310, Delaware Water Gap. Turn LEFT at the TRAFFIC LIGHT on River Road. Go under the overpass, and over the railroad tracks. At the stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort will be on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  From the West: I-80 East Take I-80 E to exit 310, Delaware Water Gap. Make a LEFT at the TRAFFIC LIGHT on River Road. Go under overpass and over railroad tracks. At stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  Note for all: Once you are at the entrance to the Resort, pass the gate house and continue straight over the bridge. The main parking lot will be on your left. The front entrance of the Inn faces the river, so drive around to th entrance portico if ou need help with your luggage.
Equipment Requirements: A day pack or fanny pack, good quality hiking shoes or boots, rain gear, sunglasses, insect repellent and sunscreen. A broad brimmed hat, walking stick or trekking poles are recommended.
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. Registration. Orientation.
(Sunday, June 14)
   
 Afternoon: A Road Scholar registration desk will be set up near the front desk in the lobby of the hotel. A welcome reception and orientation will be held before dinner. After guests meet and greet there will be a hiking safety talk.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Inn will include; two salads, two entrées (one of which will be vegetarian), vegetables, rice, potatoes, or pasta, a fresh fruit selection, dessert and coffee.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hiking. Yoga.
(Monday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot or cold breakfast at the Shawnee Inn's River Room restaurant overlooking the Shawnee Inn campus.
 Morning: This morning's hike will be on the Appalachian Trail. Hikers will have the option of choosing between hikes of different levels of difficulty, and will be organized into groups based on preference and ability.
 Lunch: We will make our own lunches at the Inn before we leave. A variety of breads, cheeses, meats, condiments, fruit, snacks and drinks will be available to choose from.
 Afternoon: We will learn after-hiking yoga relaxation stretches you can practice on your own during the week
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Inn.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Harder Hiking. Evening Concert.
(Tuesday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Start the day with a River Room buffet breakfast.
 Morning: Today's hike on the Appalachian Trail will be more strenuous. We will begin our hike at Camp Mohican, which is managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Hikers will have the option of choosing between hikes of different levels of difficulty and will be organized into groups based on their preference and ability.
 Lunch: We will make our own lunches prior to leaving the Inn. A variety of breads, cheeses, meats, condiments, snacks, fruit, and drinks will be provided.
 Afternoon: We will finish our morning hike, then return to the Inn for a few hours of relaxation before dinner.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Inn.
 Evening: A free concert on the lawn of the Inn.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Naturalist Walk. Lunch on your own. Slide Show.
(Wednesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Healthy breakfast buffet at the River Room.
 Morning: River trip-Smithfield to Delaware Water Gap
 Lunch: Lunch on your own provides an opportunity to experience one of the many local restaurants. Free time activities will be suggested.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Inn.
 Evening: The evening program will be a presentation by our National Park Service ranger naturalist natural features of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Hardest hiking. Evening video.
(Thursday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Greet the day at the River Room breakfast buffet.
 Morning: Today's hike on the Appalachian will be the longest and most difficult (but most rewarding) of the week. Hikers will have the option of choosing between hikes of different levels of difficulty, and will be organized into groups based on their ability and preference.
 Lunch: We will make our own lunches before we leave the Inn. A variety of breads, cheeses, meats, condiments, fruit, snacks and drinks will be provided.
 Afternoon: After we finish today's hike, we will have a few hours to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Our farewell dinner will be at the Gem & Keystone Tavern, a short walk from the Inn.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: AT Thru-Hiker Talk
(Friday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the River Room.
 Morning: Video: "Appalachian Impressions".
 Afternoon: Check out and Depart
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Shawnee on Delaware Bushkill Falls
Eight magnificent waterfalls. Walking trails and steps. For additional information, visit www.visitbushkillfalls.com
  Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
More than 200 miles of roads wind through scenic valleys, over ridges and past historic buildings. Along the way you may see some ot the area's wildlife, view waterfalls, stop to picnic or take a walk along a trail or an old road. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa
  Pocono Indian Museum
The only museum in Northeastern Pennsylvania dedicated to the history of the Delaware Indians. Rt. 209, Buskill, PA. (8 miles) For additional information, visit www.poconoindianmuseum.com
  Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
A preserved 19th century Pennsylvania German farmstead. For additional information, visit www.quietvalley.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.

Suggested Reading List


A WALK IN THE WOODS


Author: Bill Bryson


Description: Home in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. A gloriously out-of-shape friend named Stephen Katz is along for the walk. Katz's overwhelming desire is to find cozy restaurants, but he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride and enjoy their adventure. On the trail, they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters, making for a laugh-out-loud hike. But the book is more than that. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, with its astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes. Bryson not only tells its fascinating history, but he also makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A WALK IN THE WOODS is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.





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