Activity note: You can check-in at the hotel after 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table 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.
Dinner: At 5:00 p.m. we’ll gather in the lobby and walk to a popular local grill next door to the hotel. At the grill, choose what you like from the buffet. Our meal will also include your choice of dessert, soda, coffee, tea and water.
Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We will also discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. All transportation and transfers will be by bus unless otherwise specified. Free time is reserved for you to explore on your own. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Activity note: You will ride approximately 100 miles today, approximately 1-1/2 hours each way. The cave walk is 1/2 mile which takes approximately 90 minutes, and includes stairs with 500 steps, steep grades, and low rock ceilings. Children must be at least 42 in. tall and able to climb the test stairs unassisted.
Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, the buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as waffles, bagels, English muffins, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, apples, oranges, bananas, cereal, milk, juice, coffee.
Morning: We’ll board our motorcoach and travel south for a field trip to Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, located in the beautiful Siskiyou Mountains. Enjoy majestic scenery along the way! Upon arrival, a ranger will lead us through the “Marble Halls of Oregon.” Learn how the cave system was formed and how the unique geology contributes to the plants and wildlife found here. At the halfway point of the cave, there is an option for people to end their walk early. At this spot there is an alternative exit point, so there is no need to double back and head for the entrance. The ranger would escort whichever visitors wanted to leave out of the cave, and then they would take the trail back to the visitor center on their own.
Lunch: At a scenic area around the caves, we’ll have boxed lunches including a sandwich, side, dessert, and water.
Afternoon: We’ll have a little time on our own to explore the historic Oregon Caves Chateau, built by the Conservation Corps in 1934. We’ll return to the hotel with some short stops along the way. We will visit a local wood yard for an opportunity to explore unique, handmade furniture, tree houses, and more. We then travel to Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Wayside to stretch our legs and take in the incredible sights.
Dinner: At a local park, we’ll have a picnic dinner with BBQ chicken, salads, fruit, dessert, lemonade, and iced tea.
Evening: A 20-minute shuttle ride will take us to the Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, a non-profit providing care for sick, injured, and orphaned animals. Here we’ll get close up to some of these wild animals! We will return to the hotel at the end of the field trip.
Activity note: Ride approximately 90 miles throughout the day. Please bring sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and long pants to participate in the challenge course; onsite portable toilets.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert to learn about the unique geology of the Rogue River, a powerful waterway that cuts across the Coast Range and the Siskiyou National Forest on its way to the Pacific Ocean. Departing via motorcoach, we’ll head to the Challenge Course at Prescott Park in Medford. A challenge course puts participants working as teams through a series of physical — and mental! — challenges involving ropes, trees, poles, or other elements to build teamwork and trust. There are low elements, about 2-3 feet off the ground, and high elements that may be 30-40 feet off the ground, all with appropriate gear. Our Road Scholar group will be offered a range of options for each activity, each led by professional staff. There will be ample opportunities to participate in activities that do not require leaving the ground.
Lunch: At the challenge course, we’ll have boxed lunches under the trees.
Afternoon: We’ll continue with our challenge course activities, then reboard the motorcoach and travel to Ashland for free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: At a local family-owned restaurant in Ashland, enjoy a plated meal ordered from a custom menu including an appetizer, a diverse range of entrées, dessert, and assorted beverages.
Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Activity note: Ride approximately 125 miles over the course of the day.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll ride our motorcoach to the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range to see the deepest lake in the U.S., Crater Lake. Learn more about this magnificent lake as you meander around the rim with our local instructor who will offer commentary as we drive. Measuring 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake lies in a caldera created when Mount Mazama collapsed almost 7,700 years ago. The lake averages more than five miles in diameter and is surrounded by steep rock walls up to 2,000 feet above the lake's surface.
Lunch: We will stop for boxed lunches at a picnic area.
Afternoon: Back on our way, we’ll make several stops to take advantage of incredible views of the lake before returning to the hotel.
Dinner: At a favorite seafood restaurant in downtown Grants Pass, enjoy a hearty meal selected from a limited menu with choices such as fish tacos, burgers, salads, plus soft drinks, water
Evening: At leisure. Take a dip in the pool, go for a walk along the river, or just relax.
Activity note: Getting in/out of rafts and paddling; Class 1 & 2 rapids, considered "beginner" level. Please wear a bathing suit with a shirt and shorts if you wish, appropriate footwear including water shoes, sandals with straps, or tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet; a light jacket is recommended. Dry bags will be provided.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will load a van provided by the rafting company and head out for a fun and exciting day of rafting! Upon arrival, there will be a brief lifejacket fitting and safety talk before heading out on the river.
Lunch: Along the river side, choose from a “make your own” sandwich bar, homemade salads, fresh fruit, homemade dessert, plus fruit juice, water.
Afternoon: We’ll continue our rafting trip on the beautiful Rogue River, the perfect combination of incredible geography, sparkling water, sunshine and fresh breezes. We’ll return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: Buffet in the meeting room of the grill next door to the restaurant.
Evening: In the meeting room at the grill, the Group Leader will lead a wrap-up session to review program highlights, share favorite experiences, and say farewell to new Road Scholar friends.
Activity note: Hotel check out is by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!