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11th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 23-26, 2020


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Thursday Field Trips

 

List of all Thursday field trips and descriptions.





Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #1: Geomorphology Hike I: Horn Hollow - Level: 3 - Duration: 3.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 13 Spots Open

A hike to view surfaces features and topology shaped by karst processes in Horn Hollow and the lower portion of the Valley of the Caves. Horn Hollow is a hanging karst valley that is the last major side valley of the Valley of the Caves before it's junction with Tygart's Gorge. The trip will look at sinkholes, pits, cave entrances, swallow holes and resurgences and how these features were shaped by the development of caves in Horn Hollow over time.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #2: Three Bridges Beauty Hike - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 8 Spots Open

The beauty at Carter Caves State Park is demonstrated well in this moderate hike displaying natural stone bridges, stairs and the artwork of mother nature. As we hike you will see different ecosystems as we explore what the local animals are finding to eat in their natural habitat. If we have ice and snow be aware the bridges may be slippery. Please dress accordingly and wear appropriate footwear. We welcome the 50+ age group.

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #3: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 15 Spots Open

Find some hidden secrets in these wild and once often-visited park caves. Dripping dome rooms, scalloped rock passages, huge breakdown, a belly-crawl connection between caves, and a room filled with dozens of mini bathtub-like dams are just a few of the treasures you'll discover. These caves contain active streams. Be prepared to have wet feet, wet hands, possibly more if you slip! Water bottle/snack suggested. Total outdoor hike of at least 1.5 miles required over hilly terrain, so be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #4: I-Did-A Hike Challenge - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. Do the I-Did-A Hike Challenge and earn stickers for visiting Natural Bridge, Smoky Bridge, Raven Bridge, Fern Bridge and Box Canyon. No sledding or mushing here as this a self-guided, on your own, hike. Take a selfie of you or your group with Natural Bridge, Smoky Bridge, Raven Bridge, Fern Bridge or Box Canyon in the background. Show your selfie at the Friends of Carter Caves table in the lobby of the lodge and get an "I Did A Hike" sticker. Earn a different sticker for each of the five natural features you visit. Send in your selfies and your photos will be part of the Saturday evening program. Upload Your Selfies Here or Email to ididahike@winteradventureweekend.com or Text to 937-475-5417. Trail maps are available in the lobby of the lodge and on the web site. Your dogs might be barking after this race! More Info

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #5: A Visit to Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 60 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave. You will meet your guide in the parking lot of Cascade Cave. Follow the signs from the lodge to the Cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Cascade Cave Parking Lot. Transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #6: I-Did-A Hike Challenge - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. Do the I-Did-A Hike Challenge and earn stickers for visiting Natural Bridge, Smoky Bridge, Raven Bridge, Fern Bridge and Box Canyon. No sledding or mushing here as this a self-guided, on your own, hike. Take a selfie of you or your group with Natural Bridge, Smoky Bridge, Raven Bridge, Fern Bridge or Box Canyon in the background. Show your selfie at the Friends of Carter Caves table in the lobby of the lodge and get an "I Did A Hike" sticker. Earn a different sticker for each of the five natural features you visit. Send in your selfies and your photos will be part of the Saturday evening program. Upload Your Selfies Here or Email to ididahike@winteradventureweekend.com or Text to 937-475-5417. Trail maps are available in the lobby of the lodge and on the web site. Your dogs might be barking after this race! More Info

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #7: I-Did-A Hike Challenge - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. Do the I-Did-A Hike Challenge and earn stickers for visiting Natural Bridge, Smoky Bridge, Raven Bridge, Fern Bridge and Box Canyon. No sledding or mushing here as this a self-guided, on your own, hike. Take a selfie of you or your group with Natural Bridge, Smoky Bridge, Raven Bridge, Fern Bridge or Box Canyon in the background. Show your selfie at the Friends of Carter Caves table in the lobby of the lodge and get an "I Did A Hike" sticker. Earn a different sticker for each of the five natural features you visit. Send in your selfies and your photos will be part of the Saturday evening program. Upload Your Selfies Here or Email to ididahike@winteradventureweekend.com or Text to 937-475-5417. Trail maps are available in the lobby of the lodge and on the web site. Your dogs might be barking after this race! More Info

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Thursday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #8: Winter Walk: Walking Meditation, Journaling, and Yoga - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 Spots Open

Cultivate a calm and clear conscious awareness of the present moment through the mindful movement of this walking meditation. Start your Winter Adventure Weekend practicing presence and soak in the experience, one breath at a time. The present moment - the one moment life truly exists. Research shows mindful movement practices improve concentration, decrease anxiety and depression, and build deeper connections to the environment. The walk will be chosen that day and will commence and conclude inside the lodge at the Field's Facility. We will be going outdoors for this activity. Once we return to the lodge, we'll step onto our mat and explore gentle yoga poses and reflect on our experience through journaling time. Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in (jeans not recommended), and shoes for walking. Bring your yoga mat, a small blanket, and you may bring your personal journal (or paper will be provided), to the Fields Facility (downstairs at the Lodge). Please arrive 10-15 minutes before practice in order to set up. This activity is for all levels. Hollie Hall, RN, E-RYT-200 will be guiding the practices. Hollie is an experienced 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance obtained through the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Studio 8 in Huntington, WV. She is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center's RYT-300 program and works at Eternal Yoga and Pilates in Ashland, KY. Hollie Hall is a Huntington, WV native and currently resides in South Point, Ohio with her husband, George, two sons, Elijah and Nate, and mother-in-law, Barbara.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 7:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #9: Walking on Sunshine - A Thru Hike of the 1,100 mile Florida Trail - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. Presented by Andy Niekamp. The southernmost of the National Scenic Trails in America, the Florida Trail is unlike any other. Where else can you see an alligator, bear, and panther all in one day? Take an 1,100 mile journey from the Everglades to Pensacola through the interior of Florida. The Florida Trail ranges from remote and wild knee-deep swamps to bike paths through busy suburban Orlando to the white, sandy beaches of the Panhandle. See parts of Florida that most people never get to see. Learn how Andy endured sun, heat, rain, wind, cold, floods, hurricane damage, alligators and venomous snakes to complete this 2.5-month hike. Andy Niekamp has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 30 years. His passion is long distance hiking. He has backpacked over 16,000 miles in more than 30 different states coast to coast including 10,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Andy is the Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, a backcountry guide service based in Dayton, Ohio. Andy is the founder and organizer of the 6,000-member Dayton Hikers group which is largest and most active outdoor recreation club in Dayton, Ohio.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #10: Star Gazing - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

Join us for stargazing and learn more about the night sky! January is one of the best times to observe the night sky, with bright constellations, various nebulae, and star clusters to observe. You'll learn about various objects in the night sky, how to locate them, and their significance in time and space. A few binoculars and telescopes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own...just leave your flashlight behind! If you are scared of the dark then this is not the trip for you!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.