Getting on/off bus; about 10 miles each way; approximately 1/2 hour roundtrip. Walking about 4 miles total for the day: approximately 2 miles in the morning on a moderate hike over about 2 hours; approximately 2 miles in the afternoon on an easy hike over about 2 hours; gravel trails; incline but not steep in the morning and mostly flat in the afternoon.
In the dining room of the inn, breakfast will be cooked to order and feature choices including a variety of eggs, pancakes, French toast, breakfast meats, and home fries, plus juices, coffee, tea, and water.
With our instructor, we will travel via school bus to the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area for a walk through the forested preserve to the historic Bishop Farmstead. This 1770s colonial farmstead remains primarily as a complex of cellar holes. We will spend some time exploring the estate and looking for clues that tell us about the old farm before continuing the walk to the fire tower at the summit, which you may elect to climb. The walk back to the parking area will focus on how Vermont has changed over the centuries and how that has impacted wildlife distribution. Through commentary as we walk, we will take special note of clues that still exist on the landscape that can tell us a great deal about what happened here in the past. At the conclusion of our hike, we will drive back to the inn for lunch.
At the inn, we will have a plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water; you may wish to bring beverages of your own to enjoy throughout the program.
Next, we will drive to Lake Whitingham for an exploration of the area’s railroad history during a pleasant lakeshore hike with our instructor, followed by an opportunity to go swimming. We will then return to the inn via school bus.
At the inn, plated dinners will be served according to the selections everyone made on the first night.
At the inn, a staff person from the VT Wildlife live animal program will present some of the varied live animals from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and provide an overview of the themes that we will explore throughout the week.