Saturday, March 29, 2008

Bon Voyage

My brother is embarking on a trip to Northern California this week with his Biology Honors class. The purpose of the trip is mainly to see Redwoods & compare them to local Cyprus trees, but they are doing so much more while they're there. In no particular order, they will be seeing:
  • Yosemite National Park (3 nights)
    • Driving tour of the valley floor
    • 'Starlight stroll' though the valley
    • Educational/guided tour lead by park naturalists
  • Skiing in Badger Pass
  • San Francisco Bay area (3 nights)
    • walking across the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Fisherman's Warf
    • Alcatraz
    • Pier 39
    • Hard Rock Cafe
    • the Exploratorium
    • Jelly Belly Facotry
    • M.H. de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park
    • North Beach waterfront attractions
    • Walking tour through Little Italy & Chinatown
    • Driving through Salinas Valley & Silicon Valley
  • Sequoia National Park (2 nights)
    • The famous General Grant
    • Several educational/guided tours with Sequoia Field Institute naturalists
  • Kings Canyon National Park
    • Educational/guided tour lead by field institute naturalists
  • Ano Nuevo State Park (2 nights)
    • Driving through Santa Cruz Mountains
    • Travel by steam train through the Redwoods
    • Santa Cruz beach & pier
    • Monterey Peninsula
    • Monterey Aquarium
    • Dinner at Bubba Gump's
  • The "17-Mile Drive"
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Opportunities along the way for skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, snow tubing, snow shoing, hiking, bicycling, or horseback riding
Although I was lucky enough to travel to Mexico during high school, I'm still very jealous of this trip!! I just wish they needed some young & hip chaperones.... Tim & I are both very experienced chaperones! If we could keep a bunch of first graders in line then we could surely handle high schoolers, right? On second thought... high schoolers... without parents... for over a week... nevermind!

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