California Explorer Trip

California Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

Backpack the lofty peaks of the Sierra Nevada, raft thrilling Class III whitewater on the American River, trek along a wilderness coastline, paddle rolling waves on an inflatable kayak, surf the California Coast, paddle Monterey Bay in a sea kayak, and hike among the towering Redwoods in a paradise few people ever experience.

21 Days

$4,595

  • June 23rd - July 13th
  • July 16th - August 5th
  • San Francisco, CA

Day 1-2

Soaring into the fantastic San Francisco Bay Area, you’ll know your adventure has begun when you spot the famous Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. As you get off of your plane and enter the airport, you’ll have no trouble spotting your new group leaders; they’re the ones who are as excited as you are! Gathering your bags you’ll also meet your new teammates as well; kids your age with the same passion for the outdoors and adventure, a guaranteed recipe for an amazing quest. Once we’re all together, we’ll travel just a short distance to our first campsite. For the rest of the day, we’ll learn to set up our tents, enjoy an awesome first meal as a group, and most importantly, hang out and get to know the people you are going to become so close to over the next several weeks. Following our compasses north, we’ll travel over the Golden Gate Bridge and hop on the famous scenic coastal Highway 1. Along the way, we’ll have the perfect opportunity to learn about what makes this picturesque coastal region so unique. From the tiny little fishing towns, to the history of the Miwok Indians, to the dairy industry of the area, you come to find that this region moves at a different pace than the rest of the state does. Towards the end of the day, once we reach camp, we’ll stop, hike around a little bit, have a picnic lunch, and maybe start a pick-up game of frisbee before retiring for the evening. All in all, a pretty good day.

Day 3

Today we venture into the massively stunning Muir Woods National Monument. Our morning will consist of an exploration amongst these colossal “grandfather” trees, towering at heights up to 300 feet tall! While we’re there, we’ll also learn about the logging industry’s past role in the area, and more importantly, the need to preserve these old-growth wonders today. Come afternoon we’ll leave the Redwoods behind and set our sites forward to preparation for our Lost Coast excursion!

Day 4-8

You will quickly find that the name, “The Lost Coast” of California is a rather appropriate one, as it seems to be a place that time has nearly forgotten. The King Range, an imposing wall of mountains towering 4,000 feet above the black sand beaches, is the reason why this unusual environment has kept itself so private and lost from view. Over the next several days, we’ll spend our time backpacking along the shoreline, past harbor seals, and tide pools overflowing with starfish and crabs. We may even spot the infrequent surfer or two whom has hiked to the surf in order to truly earn his or her waves for the day. At night we’ll sleep under the Pacific Coast stars, listening to the gentle waves, enjoying our dinners, and the awesome team we are becoming.

Day 9

Over the next day we’ll plunge through the whitewater on the American River! We’ll be joined by professional rafting guides who will instruct us on proper paddling techniques, swift-water safety, and also tell us some of the intriguing history that surrounds this river. Rooted deep in Gold Rush history, we’ll sit by the campfire at night listening to our river guides tell tall-tales of adventure in these magnificent gorges.

Day 10-15

For the next several days, we’ll be trekking through the Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Here we’ll put our fundamental backcountry travel skills to work, as well as build on them as we travel past granite domes, sprawling meadows, and twisting alpine streams. Although Yosemite is normally a frequently visited park, we’ll reward ourselves with solitude by taking the path less traveled. Once we leave the trailhead behind, we’ll see virtually no one; the high alpine lakes, incredible vistas and star scattered skies will be left just for us!

Day 16-17

Following our time in Yosemite we will treat ourselves to showers and laundry, before we make our way back to the Pacific Coast. We’ll take advantage of the azure waters off the coast of Monterey Bay. This beautiful environment is home to an abundance of marine mammals, including sea otters, harbor seals and bottlenose dolphins. It also lies on the migratory path of several species of whale. Because of the rich diversity of fauna in the bay, we’ll take the opportunity to visit the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium where we’ll learn about the ecosystem of marine life that we’ve just had the chance to see first hand from our stable, two person kayaks. This will be a wonderful event as the close of our trip draws near.

Day 18-20

For as extraordinary as our past days have been, next up we’re going to change the pace a little bit by hitting the waves at Half Moon Bay! With the aid of professional instructors, you’ll hang-ten under the California sun. A great activity to end our trip, after our days of surfing are over we’ll explore San Francisco as a group, before we all gather around the table for our celebratory banquet. A time to enjoy each other’s company before our morning departure, it’s truly a great closing event for our inspiring adventure.

Day 21

A day of goodbyes, we’ll exchange addresses and farewells before boarding our flights home. In view of all that we’ve experienced together, it’s clear how much we can all agree with Walt Whitman when he said, “Now I see the secret of making the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

Day 1-2

Soaring into the fantastic San Francisco Bay Area, you’ll know your adventure has begun when you spot the famous Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. As you get off of your plane and enter the airport, you’ll have no trouble spotting your new group leaders; they’re the ones who are as excited as you are! Gathering your bags you’ll also meet your new teammates as well; kids your age with the same passion for the outdoors and adventure, a guaranteed recipe for an amazing quest. Once we’re all together, we’ll travel just a short distance to our first campsite. For the rest of the day, we’ll learn to set up our tents, enjoy an awesome first meal as a group, and most importantly, hang out and get to know the people you are going to become so close to over the next several weeks. Following our compasses north, we’ll travel over the Golden Gate Bridge and hop on the famous scenic coastal Highway 1. Along the way, we’ll have the perfect opportunity to learn about what makes this picturesque coastal region so unique. From the tiny little fishing towns, to the history of the Miwok Indians, to the dairy industry of the area, you come to find that this region moves at a different pace than the rest of the state does. Towards the end of the day, once we reach camp, we’ll stop, hike around a little bit, have a picnic lunch, and maybe start a pick-up game of frisbee before retiring for the evening. All in all, a pretty good day.

Day 3

Today we venture into the massively stunning Muir Woods National Monument. Our morning will consist of an exploration amongst these colossal “grandfather” trees, towering at heights up to 300 feet tall! While we’re there, we’ll also learn about the logging industry’s past role in the area, and more importantly, the need to preserve these old-growth wonders today. Come afternoon we’ll leave the Redwoods behind and set our sites forward to preparation for our Lost Coast excursion!

Day 4-8

You will quickly find that the name, “The Lost Coast” of California is a rather appropriate one, as it seems to be a place that time has nearly forgotten. The King Range, an imposing wall of mountains towering 4,000 feet above the black sand beaches, is the reason why this unusual environment has kept itself so private and lost from view. Over the next several days, we’ll spend our time backpacking along the shoreline, past harbor seals, and tide pools overflowing with starfish and crabs. We may even spot the infrequent surfer or two whom has hiked to the surf in order to truly earn his or her waves for the day. At night we’ll sleep under the Pacific Coast stars, listening to the gentle waves, enjoying our dinners, and the awesome team we are becoming.

Day 9

Over the next day we’ll plunge through the whitewater on the American River! We’ll be joined by professional rafting guides who will instruct us on proper paddling techniques, swift-water safety, and also tell us some of the intriguing history that surrounds this river. Rooted deep in Gold Rush history, we’ll sit by the campfire at night listening to our river guides tell tall-tales of adventure in these magnificent gorges.

Day 10-15

For the next several days, we’ll be trekking through the Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Here we’ll put our fundamental backcountry travel skills to work, as well as build on them as we travel past granite domes, sprawling meadows, and twisting alpine streams. Although Yosemite is normally a frequently visited park, we’ll reward ourselves with solitude by taking the path less traveled. Once we leave the trailhead behind, we’ll see virtually no one; the high alpine lakes, incredible vistas and star scattered skies will be left just for us!

Day 16-17

Following our time in Yosemite we will treat ourselves to showers and laundry, before we make our way back to the Pacific Coast. We’ll take advantage of the azure waters off the coast of Monterey Bay. This beautiful environment is home to an abundance of marine mammals, including sea otters, harbor seals and bottlenose dolphins. It also lies on the migratory path of several species of whale. Because of the rich diversity of fauna in the bay, we’ll take the opportunity to visit the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium where we’ll learn about the ecosystem of marine life that we’ve just had the chance to see first hand from our stable, two person kayaks. This will be a wonderful event as the close of our trip draws near.

Day 18-20

For as extraordinary as our past days have been, next up we’re going to change the pace a little bit by hitting the waves at Half Moon Bay! With the aid of professional instructors, you’ll hang-ten under the California sun. A great activity to end our trip, after our days of surfing are over we’ll explore San Francisco as a group, before we all gather around the table for our celebratory banquet. A time to enjoy each other’s company before our morning departure, it’s truly a great closing event for our inspiring adventure.

Day 21

A day of goodbyes, we’ll exchange addresses and farewells before boarding our flights home. In view of all that we’ve experienced together, it’s clear how much we can all agree with Walt Whitman when he said, “Now I see the secret of making the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”