Hotel check-in starts at 3:00 p.m. (Hotel office is closed from 12:00-2:00 p.m.) There is always a possibility that smoke and forest fires may cause road closures in California during the summer months. For up-to-date road conditions and closures please contact the California Department of Transportation hotline at 1-800-427-7623 or at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.
Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the hotel lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.
We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for a plated meal with soda, coffee, tea, or water; other beverages available for purchase.
As we linger over dinner, continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholar riding companions, and some of our wranglers from Virginia Lakes Pack Station, who will talk about our learning adventure on horseback. Orientation: After dinner the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. All of our activities take place in the beautiful Eastern Sierra in the Hoover Wilderness near the northeastern edge of Yosemite National Park. We typically cover 4-9 miles a day on horseback, approximately 4-6 hours a day with an hour break in between for lunch. Topics for evening campfire talks will vary by season and staff expertise, addressing aspects of natural and human history such as exploration, the Donner Pass, mountain lions, and more. There will be opportunities for taking photographs, fishing, and swimming so pack accordingly. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation we'll walk back to the hotel to get a good night's rest for the day ahead.