Explorers Club Fall 2012 Trip Itinerary
All times approximate, and also subject to change just for fun.

Friday, September 14

  7:00 am – Departure by school vans.  (Vans will be in Lot #10; students with permits may park cars here also.)
  8:30 am – Stop briefly for breakfast “to go” in Columbus at Sapp Bros Truck Stop. 
10:30 pm – Seedlings, footsteps, food, and a bathroom break around Grand Island.

Noon – Start the long haul to Colorado (still 400 miles to go).
  5:00 pm – Stretch our legs somewhere in western Nebraska (turn your watch back an hour).  Don’t get MAD.
  7:00 pm – Arrive at
Holiday Inn Express in Loveland, CO (970-663-0057), 6092 East Crossroads Blvd.  Dinner on your own or in groups.  Plenty of local restaurants within walking distance.  Our motel has a pool and exercise room.


Saturday, September 15
  6:00 am – Our motel features an excellent continental breakfast starting @ 6:30 am.
  7:00 am – Depart motel and head into
Rocky Mountain National Park.
  8:30 am – Arrive at Alpine Meadows to hopefully view elk.  Do not approach the elk, they will charge you.
10:00 am – Start up Old Fall River Road.  Viewing spots along the way.  Have your camera ready!

  Noon – Arrive at Alpine Visitor Center (open 10:30-4:30).  Cafeteria features food and souvenirs.  Hope for good weather allowing us to stay for several hours.  Many opportunities for hiking in the alpine tundra (stay on the trails!).
  3:00 pm – Begin descent on Trail Ridge Road (we will make several stops at turnouts for photographs).
  4:00 am – (optional)
Beaver Meadows visitor center (open 8-5, view 20-minute film shown on the hour and half-hour).
  5:00 pm – Leave the park.
  6:30 pm – Arrive back at our motel in Loveland.  Dinner is on your own Saturday evening.

Sunday, September 16
   6:00 am – Our motel features an excellent continental breakfast starting @ 6:00 AM.
   7:00 am – Depart for home aboard vans (560 miles).  

     Noon – Lunch in western Nebraska at very fast food restaurant (student’s choice).  Probably Ogallala or North Platte.

  2:00 pm – Depart restaurant after one-hour lunch. (Don’t forget to turn your watch ahead an hour)
  7:00 pm – Arrive back at WSC Lot #10 (time approximate)