Getting in/out of vans. Walking up to 1/2 mile inside and out; climbing up/down ladder; paved pathway, uneven terrain. There is a 1/4 mile optional walk, on a flat sidewalk at Fremont Indian State Park, if a participant wants to see Indian writings carved into the sandstone walls.
In the hotel restaurant, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet.
After checking out of the hotel and loading our luggage on the van, we will ride to the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum near Sevier. When I-70 was being constructed in 1984, earth removal from a ridge uncovered a Fremont culture village from more than a thousand years ago. There were more than 100 structures, and while much was destroyed, much was saved and preserved. During our self-directed exploration, we will be able to explore the museum and see exhibits revealing daily life in the long-gone village. We know from artifacts that the Fremont culture was an advanced society of people who cultivated crops like corn, squash, and beans. They built comfortable homes that could withstand Utah’s harsh environment. The Fremont people expressed themselves through art and play. The museum displays include everything from agricultural and hunting tools to pottery and smoking pipes, and a model of a Fremont woman that was made based on her skeletal remains. Outside, what is called the Parade of Rock Art trail loops behind the museum along a paved pathway. This interpretive trail passes by numerous petroglyphs made by the Fremont people.
At Big Rock Café near the famous Big Rock Candy Mountain, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of lemonade, soft drinks, milk, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. After the Burl Ives recording of “Big Rock Candy Mountain” became famous in the 1950s, some enterprising locals put up a sign at the bottom of a local mountain proclaiming it as the real place from the song. The colors — shades of yellow, orange, red, and white — are a result of volcanic activity and mineralization over millions of years.
We’ll ride on to Torrey, near Capitol Reef National Park, and check in to our hotel with some time to freshen up. We’ll then meet our expert Hopi teacher and potter, Alice Dashee, and learn about Hopi traditions of pottery making. We’ll also get an overview of the pottery making project throughout the rest of the program.
In the hotel restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with beverage choices of lemonade, soft drinks, milk, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
All the molding, sanding, polishing, and painting of our pottery will take place in our conference room at the hotel. There, we’ll learn from our Hopi teacher and expert where our clay was gathered on Hopi lands and the number of filtering and drying processes it has gone through over many days to get it to the point where we can now work with it. We’ll see sample designs and various artistic samples of things we may choose to make.