The activity level for this program is "Keep the Pace." Participants should be able to walk up to three miles and stand for several hours daily. Today's field trips involve getting on/off motorcoach; traveling 30 miles for 1 hour over the course of the day; standing for up to 2 hours at the museum and walking up to 1/2 mile to lunch. The visit to the Mirror Lab requires navigating some stairs; participants must wear flat, close toed shoes for this visit.
Hotel buffet available at 6:00 a.m.includes oatmeal, granola, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, milk, coffee and juice.
This morning a local expert will tell us about the prehistory and history of the area. We'll then board our motorcoach and depart on a field trip to the Arizona State Museum. The Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, holding a comprehensive collection of Native American basketry and the world's largest whole-vessel collection of Southwestern Native American pottery.
At a restaurant near the museum, we’ll have a plated meal from a select menu; coffee, tea and water included (additional beverages available for purchase).
After lunch we'll travel to the University of Arizona's Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory for a behind the scenes visit. We will learn about new technologies and cutting edge engineering being developed by the University's College of Science that allow for a deeper look into outer space. We will see how they produce the world's largest and most advanced telescope mirrors and how their work contributes to advancement in science and astronomy. Then we will return to the hotel for a little down time before dinner.
In our hotel meeting room, we’ll enjoy a tasty buffet dinner featuring a choice of entrée selections, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
This evening, we'll be treated to a performance by a local Western guitarist/vocalist.