Light exercise available prior to breakfast (walking, gardening, yoga, etc.). Walking about 3 miles; approx. 2 hours; elevation gain of roughly 400 feet. Driving approximately 35 miles each way on country roads; about 3 hours total. Train ride is about 4 miles; approx. 1 hour long.
In Lyles Hall, we’ll have a buffet meal, plus juice, coffee, tea, water included. While we’re here, also take some time to make and pack your own sack lunch from an assortment of choices so we can take it with us.
Setting out from our accommodation, we’ll board our bus and take a short drive up to the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad where we will learn from a railroad employee who will teach us how to pan for gold while also telling us about the California Gold Rush. Also while here, we’ll hop on a steam engine train for a ride with our railroad expert as we learn about the area’s fascinating logging history.
At the Railroad, we’ll have our sack lunches.
We’ll then board our bus and transfer to Yosemite National Park where our Study Leader will lead a hike to the "top of the world" on Sentinel Dome at a whopping 8,100 feet above sea level! All the while aboard the bus and on the trail, our Study Leader will offer commentary on the surrounding area and its history. Continuing along the trail, we'll spend the rest of the afternoon at Glacier Point. This incredible overlook will allow us to stand at the uppermost edge of Yosemite Valley and take in a panoramic view of the meandering Merced River, giant Half Dome, waterfalls, and the green canyon floor of Yosemite. Bring your camera! We’ll then return to the camp via bus.
Lyles Hall buffet.
Each evening at the camp we’ll gather for a group activity. Whether a performance by local musicians or artists, a live animal or historical presentation, or lectures on the human and cultural history of the area, our presenters are all experts in their field and they love to share their knowledge of Yosemite with others. Lucky us!