17356
Corbin
The Daniel Boone Intergenerational Experience — Rivers, Rails and Trails
Learn the legend of Daniel Boone and explore the wilderness of Kentucky alongside your grandchild as you hike, canoe, raft and set out on an evening “owl prowl” with a local expert.
Program No. 17356RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation / Night Hike to Cumberland Falls
Corbin, KY
D
Dupont Lodge

Activity note: Note: Hotel check-in is available from 4:00 p.m. Walking distances up to 1/2 mile on even terrain with some hills.

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. The Road Scholar table will be staffed beginning at 5:00 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the Riverview Restaurant inside Dupont Lodge, we’ll enjoy a hearty buffet with soup and salad, traditional Kentucky cuisine as well as local favorites, and desserts, plus coffee, tea, and soft drinks; Other drinks will be available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: Beginning at 7:00 p.m., our Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; 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. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. When program orientation is over, we’ll head out on a night hike to Cumberland Falls. The falls themselves, often called “Little Niagara” or “The Niagara of the South,” are 68 feet tall and 125 feet wide, flowing over a sandstone bed. Notable events include the frequent appearance of a lunar rainbow or “moonbow” in the mist at the base of the falls, and the fall of a meteorite here on June 6, 1919.

DAY
2
Orienteering and Rock Climbing / Archery Instruction / “First-Person” Daniel Boone History Presentation
Corbin, KY
B,L,D
Dupont Lodge

Activity note: Note: Walking up to a mile on uneven ground.

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant, enjoy a buffet with traditional country items as well as lighter fare plus coffee, tea, juice, or milk.

Morning: We will have a short bus ride to Sheltowee Trace Outfitters where we will get expert instruction on the climbing wall and then we will learn about orienteering with compass as well as using a GPS unit to find a cache.

Lunch: In the Riverview Restaurant we’ll enjoy a buffet with soup and salad, an entrée, and dessert plus coffee, tea, and soft drinks; Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Afternoon: Walk over to the pavilion for Archery. After a short safety lesson, we’ll have an archery instruction allowing participants to practice shooting the target. Instructors are certified instructors with NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program). Grandparents and Grandchildren are welcome to try their hands at hitting the bullseye.

Dinner: At the Riverview Restaurant.

Evening: Take a short van ride or hike trail 4 to Circle Cave, where we will meet Daniel Boone’s lifelong friend, Simon Kenton. Kenton was a Kentucky Scout whom the “Indians” knew as “the man whose gun is never empty.” Thinking he had killed a boy in a fight over a girl, Kenton fled Virginia to the land known as Kentucky. A key figure in opening up and keeping the frontier safe, tells his tale of risking his life to save many future Kentuckians, including Daniel Boone.

DAY
3
Whitewater Rafting / Owls of Kentucky Presentation / Evening Owl Prowl
Corbin, KY
B,L,D
Dupont Lodge

Activity note: Note: Rafting will include ‘Class III: Intermediate’ level rapids featuring moderate, irregular waves with large waves that can easily be avoided.

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Morning: Board the bus for a short ride to the outfitters for a safety talk and getting fitted for equipment (paddles, helmet, and pfd) Then we will board the bus for a short ride to Cumberland Falls. The trip starts at the Outfitters and then "puts-in" just below Cumberland Falls. Each raft holds 6 people plus the professional guide. After a view of the falls (from the bottom!), the trip heads downstream, encountering Class III rapids with names like Center Rock and Surfing Rapid. Lunch is served on the Cumberland Star riverboat during a 5 mile cruise to the take-out point. A bus ride back to the Outfitters for equipment return and then a short bus ride back to Dupont Lodge will finish off your trip.

Lunch: At a riverside stop during our rafting adventure, we’ll enjoy a riverboat buffet including cold cuts, potato salad, chips, and cookies water and soft drinks.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our rafting trip followed by our bus ride back to Dupont Lodge.

Dinner: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Evening: We will walk to the pavilion for a park naturalist’ presentation on the owls of Kentucky. We will discover what adaptations owls have to allow them to be nocturnal birds of prey. We will discover what owls have been eating by dissecting owl pellets. After the discussion, we will try to call in wild owls by owl calls, making them think there is another of their species in their territory.

DAY
4
Blue Heron Mine/ Canoe on the Big South Fork River/ Farewell
Corbin, KY
B,L,D
Dupont Lodge

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Morning: After breakfast, we’ll take our bus for the 35-minute journey through time to Blue Heron, site of a re-created coal mining town. The mines at Blue Heron were abandoned in 1962, and no original buildings remain. Instead, this National Park Service outdoor museum uses “ghost structures,” or metal shells of these buildings, to house exhibits and audio programs to provide visitors with insights into what life was like here when the mine was in full operation.

Lunch: At Blue Heron, we’ll stop for a Coal Miner's box lunch including cold cut sub, chips, fruit and a drink.

Afternoon: After lunch we will take a short paved walk to the river where we’ll review water safety to begin our canoeing adventure led by expert local guides on the Big South Fork River, from Blue Heron to Yamacraw bridge along this scenic river gorge identifying wildlife along the way. Expert guides will Then we’ll board our bus to return to the Lodge to get ready for our cookout dinner and our farewell party.

Dinner: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Evening: After the dessert is served, we will play a couple of outdoor games, some of which were played in the time of Daniel Boone. We will then gather together for a wrap-up discussion and formal goodbyes.

DAY
5
Nature Hike / Wrap-Up Presentation / Program Concludes
Corbin, KY
B

Activity note: Note: Hotel Check-out by 12:00 p.m. Walking up to 1 1/2 miles on even terrain with some hills.

Breakfast: In the Riverview Restaurant.

Morning: In the Moonbow room inside Dupont Lodge we will learn how to pack a backpack for an overnight backpacking trail. After packs have been packed, we’ll leave the hotel for the moderate hike to Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower. The recently restored fire tower offers spectacular views of the level of Kentucky. Get a glimpse of the lonely life of a fire watcher, often times the first line of defense at preventing forest fires. Carrying the pack is optional. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and 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!