The activity level for this program is "Keep the Pace." Participants should be able to walk up to 3 miles over the course of the day at elevations from 5,000-7,500 feet over varied terrain with some inclines; stand up to 1.5 hours, and walk up and down stairs. You will also be required to handle your own luggage. It will be necessary to get on/off of the motorcoach and to climb stairs at the Indian Arts Research Center.
At the hotel, the hot breakfast buffet may include eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes or waffles, fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, milk, coffee, tea, and more.
Our Study Leader will present an overview of Southwest landscapes and the areas we'll be visiting in the next few days. We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the historic La Fonda hotel, and other sites as time permits. Our Group Leader will discuss some of the area's history along the way.
At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a plated or buffet meal with choice of entrées, coffee, tea, water; additional beverages available for purchase.
After lunch, we will head up to the School for Advanced Research and the Indian Arts Research Center which was featured (albeit under a pseudonym) in Anne Hillerman's book, "Spider Woman's Daughter." The IARC collection is considered by many to be one of the most remarkable assemblages of Southwestern Native art in the world. Representing a broad range of works, this valuable collection's foundation initially was formed in 1922 and has since grown to over 12,000 items, which are housed in two vaults in the IARC building. We will then board the motorcoach for a short drive to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to contemporary and traditional American Indian art, with a focus on the Southwest. Its architectural design was inspired by the traditional Navajo hogan; the Case Trading Post is modeled after some of the old trading posts of the southwest, creaky floors and all.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Go out to experience Santa Fe nightlife, engage in informal activities with new Road Scholar friends, enjoy the hotel's amenities, or just relax.