Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the 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, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. In the hotel breakfast room, join your fellow Road Scholar participants for a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a buffet dinner each night which will include salad, vegetables, starch, protein and dessert. Beverage choices include coffee, tea and water.
Evening: Orientation. 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 questions. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.
Activity note: Walking about 2 miles on flat surfaces throughout the day; standing up to 1.5 hours in the afternoon. Getting on/off the boat; ride is approximately 3 hours. The boat will either be a 50-foot custom trawler which comfortably carries up to 32 passengers, or a twin engine 57-foot catamaran style vessel which carries up to 42 passengers. Driving about 30 miles, 1 hour, throughout the day.
Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room, the breakfast buffet will offer a variety of choices including cereals, oatmeal, breads, fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and rotating hot foods such as scrambled eggs or waffles. Beverages include juice, coffee, tea, and milk.
Morning: After boarding a bus from the hotel, we’ll transfer to the dock and board a boat to cruise up the Napa River and into the heart of the Napa/Sonoma wine country with its quaint, yet sophisticated towns. Enjoy the remote backwater habitats dominated by red-tailed hawks, egrets and diverse plant species. Our instructors will provide a wealth of knowledge regarding this unique eco-system and the wildlife habitat. Following the study cruise, we’ll walk to lunch in downtown Napa.
Lunch: At a local microbrewery in downtown Napa, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: After enjoying some time for independent exploration in downtown Napa, we will rendezvous at a predetermined time and place to board the bus and transfer to a local family-owned winery in Napa. Here, a local expert will share information about the production of the wine focusing on some of the farming practices they employ while also explaining the climatic and geographical impacts the area has. Before departing for the hotel, we will enjoy a sampling of the wines produces on site.
Dinner: Hotel buffet.
Evening: A local biologist will join us in the hotel meeting room to provide a wildlife presentation focusing on a stealthy inhabitant of the area!
Activity note: Walking about 1 mile on flat surfaces; standing up to 2 hours in the afternoon. Driving approximately 40 miles, about 1 hour, on the bus throughout the day. Getting on/off the boat; ride is about 2.5 hours.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Upon transfer to the dock via bus, we’ll board the boat and journey through the Carquinez Strait, past Glen Cove, Port Costa, and the Mothball Fleet, which is a floating museum of government and military ships. Continuing through Suisun Marsh to Suisun City, we’ll see the largest remaining coastal wetland in California which teems with fish, plants, and wildlife including river otters, marsh wrens, and American white pelicans. While on our way to the dock in Suisun City, we’ll listen to enlightening commentary given by a local expert as we pass through this amazing eco-system.
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Suisun City. There is a variety of options within a short walk from the dock. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Afternoon: We’ll then board a bus and travel to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Suisun City for a field trip. Here, we will view the center’s resident wildlife as members of the staff discuss the vital work of wildlife rescue. Carrying on, we’ll transfer via bus to a family owned olive oil company to explore the mill and the certified organic garden led by a member of the staff. After learning about the history of olive oil milling and the process of olive oil making, we will have a chance to taste their award winning oils. We’ll then return to the hotel via bus.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a tasty buffet meal with standard beverages. Share your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: We'll gather in the meeting room for a closing session to share experiences and exchange farewells with new Road Scholar friends. Our excursion leaders will test our knowledge of the unique ecosystem we explored this week. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.
Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!