17278
Quincy
Happy Trails: Saddle Up for an Intergenerational Ranch Adventure
Discover a world of cowboys and cowgirls, horses and cattle, pioneers and Native Americans as you and your grandchild build lasting memories on this great Western adventure.
Program No. 17278RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Wagon Ride
Quincy, CA
D
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Activity note: Lodge check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in front of the entrance to the Lodge 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. Orientation: In the Chuck House, 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, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Morning rides last approximately 2 hours, and afternoon rides last approximately 1 hour. We will be dividing into groups based on age and experience so children receive age-appropriate instruction and rides with appropriate distance and difficulty. All rides will be led by ranch wranglers; distance and terrain depends on rider experience level and trail type. Scheduled 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.

Dinner: At picnic tables on the lawn by the Chuck House, enjoy a BBQ buffet meal, plus iced tea, lemonade, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Following dinner, we will take a wagon ride around the property to learn about the ranch and get a better sense of our surroundings. Then settle down around the bonfire for some s’mores and a sing-a-long. Especially for Kids: The excitement continues tonight with frog racing!

DAY
2
Riding Instruction, Trail Ride, Free Time
Quincy, CA
B,L,D
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Activity note: Morning rides last approximately 2 hours, and afternoon rides last approximately 1 hour. Ride distance and terrain depends on rider experience level and trail type.

Breakfast: In the Chuck House, enjoy a plated breakfast offering a wide variety of daily specials, meats, eggs, potatoes, yogurt, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, milk, juice, water.

Morning: This morning we will gather at the pond for group pictures. Next, we’ll meet the wranglers for a riding evaluation and horse assignments for the program. Greenhorn Creek Ranch has over 100 horses – one quarter horses, mustangs, drafts, and a few thoroughbreds. Wranglers will lead a basic riding and safety instruction course to prepare us for fun days of riding ahead. Next we'll head out for our first trail ride! The progressive riding program will help you achieve your riding goals while enjoying the fantastic scenery on the trail.

Lunch: In the Chuck House, enjoy a family style meal including an entree, sides, and dessert, plus iced tea, lemonade, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Getting to know our horses better, we will enjoy an afternoon trail ride into the beautiful terrain of the High Sierra. Enjoy free time this afternoon after returning from the trail ride. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most, including fishing in the pond, playing ping pong, throwing horseshoes, or going for a swim in the pool. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At the ranch.

Evening: Gather for an evening of delightful laughter with line dancing in the saloon and s’mores around a bonfire.

DAY
3
Trail Rides, Crafts & Cards Night, Ranch History
Quincy, CA
B,L,D
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Breakfast: At the ranch.

Morning: Morning trail ride! Every day brings a new experience on the trail. Will you be on a wide trail up a mountain this morning, or a narrow one-person trail? Maybe you'll be in and out of trees or bush wacking!

Lunch: At the ranch.

Afternoon: After a friendly game of volleyball on the lawn, we'll head to the corral to saddle up and ride to the dinner cook-out location. If you prefer a more leisurely ride to the cook-out the wagon will be available to take you.

Dinner: At picnic tables, we will have a freshly prepared cook-out, plus iced tea, lemonade, water.

Evening: After dinner we'll ride back to the ranch with our horses or via wagon. Especially for Kids: The activity director will lead the craft project, followed by a kids' card night at the saloon. During the craft, grandparents will learn about the history of Greenhorn Creek Ranch from the owners, Trish and Ralph.

DAY
4
Trail Ride, Scavenger Hunt, Karaoke
Quincy, CA
B,L,D
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Breakfast: At the ranch.

Morning: Gather at the corral and saddle up for the trail ride. Nestled within 640 acres of wooded forest at an elevation of 4,400 feet, trails lead us through diverse and ever changing landscapes.

Lunch: At the ranch.

Afternoon: Saddle up for our final trail ride at the ranch. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and see how your riding has improved throughout the week. Enjoy free time this afternoon at the ranch.

Dinner: At the ranch.

Evening: Especially for Kids: Explore the ranch with a scavenger hunt around the property, discovering different items and historical information about the ranch. The fun continues with some karaoke in the saloon and dance hall.

DAY
5
Draft Horses, Craft Project Presentation, Program Concludes
Quincy, CA
B

Activity note: Ranch check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the ranch.

Morning: Learn the differences between a draft horse – sometimes called work horses – and riding horses from a local firefighter. The children will then share their craft projects that they worked on throughout the week. Our Group Leader will lead a wrap-up where we'll have a chance to share our favorite experiences and say goodbye to new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program. 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!






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