Getting in/out of vans; driving about 30 miles round-trip, approximately 1 hour. Early morning, pre-breakfast hot air ballooning field trip, leaving at 6:00 a.m. Dress in layers as weather conditions may change without notice; closed-toe shoes, swimsuit, shorts, shirts, etc.; sun protection recommended. Walking about 1/2 mile between activities; mostly flat surfaces, some stairs.
Since we have an early 6:00 AM departure for hot-air ballooning, we will have a late breakfast. Snacks will be provided during the ballooning field trip. After returning to the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water included.
We will assemble in the hotel lobby early for announcements and divide into ballooning groups before boarding the vans for our 6:00 a.m. ride to the site where we will take off to go hot air ballooning. Upon arrival, the balloon pilot will give us a safety orientation briefing. There are four sections in the basket of a balloon. Each section holds three people for a possible total of 12 people in the basket, not including the pilot. We’ll help inflate the balloons and be up and away for a soaring ballooning adventure! While reaching new heights, the balloon pilot will give us a brief history on navigation and ballooning: how, where, when ballooning got started, who began the journey in hot air balloons, and the future of the industry. After landing, we will take vans back to the hotel for a late breakfast. We’ll have some announcements on our activities for the rest of the day.
In the hotel conference room, we'll will enjoy a buffet-style lunch.
We’ll meet in the conference room for a fun movie. Next, we’ll change into swimsuits or shorts and T-shirt and board vans for a 5-minute shuttle to the Homestead Crater — a geothermal spring inside a 55-foot-tall limestone rock formation — where we can swim or float. Over 10,000 years in the making, The Crater formed when melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains seeped deep within the earth. Two miles below the surface, the earth’s interior heated the water. As it percolated upward, it picked up minerals, which were then deposited on the surface — eventually forming the volcano-shaped limestone deposit called The Homestead Crater. The hole at the top of the dome lets in sunlight and fresh air while the interior stays heated by the mineral water at a constant range of 90-96°F. When going inside the crater, put your things on the shelves provided and take a life vest to put on before going in the water. Everyone is required to have a life vest on at all times while in the water. You may want to keep on shorts and shirts so that the life vest will not rub against your bare skin. The Group Leader will discuss the history and geology of how and when the Crater was made. We will float in the water for about an hour and then reboard the van and travel back to the hotel. Since we’re already wet, we’ll go to the hotel’s indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub and enjoy a swim party with the grandchildren and Group Leaders. Grandparents are welcome to join, take part in other activities at the hotel, or just relax.
In the hotel conference room, we will enjoy a buffet-style dinner together.
At leisure. Feel free to swim in the pool/hot tub or just relax.