Afternoon: Check-in 1:30 - 5:00 (earlier and later arrivals can be accommodated) Please let us know in advance: call Fr. Hugh, 208-761-9389 or email: email@example.com.
Dinner: Social (wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and dinner) at 5:50, followed by an orientation and get-acquainted meeting at 7:30 PM. Each day is quite full, so generally we try to keep the evenings free or low-key.
Activity note: Shoshone Falls is about 15 miles away; a 30 minute drive which takes us through part of Twin Falls.
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:50 in the dining room; a buffet; chef is highly regarded; she can accommodate almost every dietary need.
Morning: The morning will be devoted to an introductory lecture by the instructor to orient us to the next five days of study and exploration. He will discuss four major factors that have shaped the Snake River Plain.
Lunch: Buffet lunch in the dining room. This is the only lunch we will eat at the monastery.
Afternoon: Field trip to Snake River Canyon and Shoshone Falls. Shoshone Falls is a tourist destination. It is higher than Niagara Falls but not as wide. It used to flow more freely, but dams upstream for irrigation and power generation have lessened the flow. Usually there is a pretty good flow in May. The falls are in a 500 foot canyon, and a trained eye--such as our instructor's--can read off much of the geologic history of the area from those walls.
Dinner: 6:00 PM Buffet dinner in the dining room, prepared by expert chef; dietary needs will be accommodated.
Evening: Because we have very full days we will try to keep the evenings low key. We can suggest evening outings for those who would like one (e.g., to the Minidoka Internment site which housed Japanese-Americans during WWII, or to a local golf course or restaurant). We also have several DVDs on the geology of the area that participants may choose to watch.
Activity note: It is about a 1 hr 45 minutes drive to City of Rocks, but well worth it. The trip takes us southeast of the monastery to one of the first areas of Idaho to be settled. Mormon settlers came here in the 1870s. The City of Rocks is a place of unique rock formations, fascinating geological history, and interesting human history. The California Trails runs through it. This day involves several short hikes.
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:50 AM. Before or after breakfast participants make a brown bag lunch from a generous selections of ingredients: several kinds of bread, cheeses, meats, granola, chips, condiments. We will supply bottled water, but recommended that participants use their own waterbottles for ecological and economic reasons. Our well water is at least as good as any bottled water.
Morning: Board bus at 8:45 AM, taking our lunches and water. We will travel to City of Rocks National Reserve (south of Oakley, ID, near the Utah border), which is administered by the United States Park Service. Once we get there we will look at Twin Sisters, Mica Knoll and Camp Rock, rock formations of very different ages of composition. These will involve short hikes.
Lunch: Our picnic lunch will be at Emigrant Pass Picnic Area in the City of Rocks Reserve.
Afternoon: We will make stops and short hikes to see several rocks formations. This walk provides excellent views. In the late afternoon we will stop at a commercial hot springs not far from the boundary of the park and those who wish can take a soak or swim.
Dinner: After the hot springs we will have dinner at a steak house if Almo, ID, a quaint and tiny town that has come to life in recent years. Almo is just a couple of miles outside the boundaries of the City of Rocks National Reserve.
Evening: After dinner in Almo we will ride the bus back to the monastery guest house. We probably won't arrive back there before 9:00.
Activity note: Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitor's Center is about forty-five minute bus trip to the southwest from the monastery. The overlook and fossils deposits are a few miles bus trip from the visit visitors' center. At the overlook there is an optional one-mile hike to a viewpoint. The whitewater rafting is more exhilarating than strenuous.
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:50. Make lunches before or after breakfast.
Morning: Depart 8:45. Ride (about 45 minutes) to Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitors' Center for orientation, exhibits, and video about the unsolved mystery of the Hagerman Horse fossils. Visit overlook of fossil beds, Oregon Trail, and Magic Valley. Visit a fossil deposit and learn about the story they tell.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at Hagerman City Park.
Afternoon: Whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River with professional guides. Exciting but also opportunity to observe ancient lava dam and recent Bliss landslide.
Dinner: Dinner at the monastery.
Evening: Free evening.
Activity note: During the day we will do several hikes which will add up to two or three miles of walking, but all of it on flat, groomed terrain.
Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:50 AM. Make picnic lunch.
Morning: Leave for Craters of the Moon at 8:45. Visitor Center; short walks lava flows and spatter cones.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at Craters of the Moon.
Afternoon: Continue investigation of lava formations at Craters of the Moon. Hike into (and for those who wish--through) a lava tube cave.
Evening: Free evening.
Activity note: Brief hikes at some of the stops. These destinations are fairly close together and about an hour from the monastery
Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.
Morning: Board bus at 8:30. Visit Box Canyon to view evidence of megaflood.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at a scenic spot in the Hagerman area.
Afternoon: Visit to sites along the Snake River connected with megafloods and aquifers.
Dinner: Social and dinner at 5:50 PM.
Breakfast: Breakfast available from early Sunday morning. Program ends after breakfast. Those who wish can attend Sunday Eucharist at 9:00 AM.