Prior to breakfast each morning, there will be an elective exercise activity, either a stretch or a walk led by park staff. Driving approx. 55 miles roundtrip; about 1/2 hour one way. Getting in/out of a rubber raft; staff assistance provided as needed; ride is about 3 miles; sitting on a backless seat for approx. 2.5 hours. Walking approx. 1/2 mile; less than 1 hour in Calico; mostly flat, paved.
At the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s Skillet Restaurant, we’ll enjoy a hearty buffet featuring a choice of eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, biscuits and gravy, baked goods, a variety of cereals, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Before breakfast, we’ll gather for a morning exercise session featuring stretching or a walk led by park staff. Transferring by bus after breakfast, we’ll make our way to the White River where we will set out with a staff member from the Ozark Folk Center State Park on a leisurely float aboard rafts. As we make our way down the gently flowing river at a slower pace, we’ll take in the lovely views of flowers, birds, and trees as our staff member provides commentary. At the end of our river journey at Calico Rock, we will get out of our rafts.
In the covered pavilion of the recreation area of Calico Rock, we'll have a picnic lunch with lemonade and water.
Next, we’ll go on a walk through Old Calico at a relaxed pace led by a community volunteer and learn more about this river community that is often referred to as a ghost town. Unique due to its location within the city limits of Calico Rock, the now abandoned area of East Calico was once a thriving boomtown in the 1900s with much of its work dependent on zinc mining. Although a transportation hub for other raw materials like lumber and cotton as well, the town eventually saw its businesses decline and its people move elsewhere. New infrastructure was eventually built on higher ground slightly west, so the once prosperous East Calico simply remains, in the words of the notable ghost town writer Lambert F. Florin, “a shadowy semblance of its former self.” We will also have a short stop at the Calico Rock Museum, which features information, pictures, and historic scenes of the town and its people. We’ll then return to the Ozark Folk Center State Park.
Skillet Restaurant buffet.
Next, we’ll gather in a meeting area on site with our former Crafts Director for a delightful evening presentation featuring many aspects of Ozark lifestyle including clothing, food, folklore, and language.