Yellowstone & Grand Teton - Yale University

Yellowstone & Grand Teton - Yale University

Dear Yale Traveler,This extraordinary journey, designed specifically for Yale alumni and limited to just38 participants, offers you the opportunity to explore two of North America’s grandestnational parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, from the comfortable accommodations ofhighly acclaimed guest ranches, Montana’s Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and Wyoming’sLost Creek Ranch and Spa.Both guest ranches provide easy access to the spectacular mountains, forests, lakes, andthermal wonders of these parks, as well as close proximity to the abundant birds and animalsthat are a highlight of the Western landscape. A variety of excursions will immerseparticipants in the natural beauty, adventure, and outdoor lifestyle of the West, includingwalks, hikes, horseback riding, and river rafting.Accompanying you will be John Mack Faragher, preeminent historian of the AmericanWest,and well-known illustrator and environmentalist James Prosek, Yale College Class of 1997.BozemanMontanaMountain SkyGuest RanchTo register today, please complete the reservation form in this brochure and mail or faxit to the Association of Yale Alumni at 203-432-0857. If you have questions, please call205-432-1952 or email,Judith CushinghamDirector, Yale Educational TravelYellowstoneGrandTetonLost CreekRanch & SpaWyomingJackson HoleJohn MackFaragher isthe ArthurUnobskeyProfessor ofAmericanHistory at Yaleand Director of the HowardR. Lamar Center for the Studyof Frontiers and Borders.He attended the Universityof California, Riverside, andreceived his PhD in 1977 fromYale. He taught for fifteenyears at Mount HolyokeCollege, returning to Yale in1993. Professor Faragher haspublished numerous articlesand a dozen books, mostrecently Frontiers: A ShortHistory of the American West(with Robert V. Hine). Helooks forward to sharing hislove of the American Westwith travelers on this program.JamesProsek, ’97,is an artist,writer, andnaturalist whopublished hisfirst book—Trout: An Illustrated History—when he was a student atYale. Winner of a 2003Peabody Award for hisdocumentary on 17th-centuryauthor and angler IzaakWalton and his book TheComplete Angler, Prosekco-founded a conservationinitiative called World Trout,which raises money for coldwaterhabitat conservation.His latest book, Eels: AnExploration, From NewZealand to the Sargasso, ofthe World’s Most MysteriousFish (September 2011), wasa New York Times BookReview Editor’s Choice.BarbaraBatey hasbeen a naturalistand guide inMontana formore than 25years, and is aseasoned tour manager. Herknowledge of the ecology,flora, fauna, and geology ofMontana is encyclopedic (sheseems to know every flowerand blade of grass that growsthere), and she eagerly sharesher love of nature.Photo credits: From Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park© Gennady Kanivets; Bison, Grand Teton NationalPark © Steve Byland; Fly-fishing in Yellowstone© Glenda Powers; (Letter) Pelican in Grand Teton© Johannes Hemmes; (Interior) Bull elk grazing© Alptraum; Bison portrait © Melissa Schalke;Marmot © Artur Zarnowski; Coyote © Alptraum;(Reservation form) Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone© Flashon Studio; (Back cover) Elk bugling©Halbrindley; Old Faithful © Henri Faure;Grand Teton National Park © PdamaiAll other destination photos courtesy of MountainSky Guest Ranch and Lost Creek Ranch & Spa.HarryHoward isthe cofounderof BoojumInstitute(now BoojumExpeditions),an adventure travel firm thathas pioneered wildernessjourneys worldwide. Motivatedby a lifelong passion with theoutdoors, he has traveledextensively as a wildernessguide.

September 5–September 8This privately owned guest ranch nestledbetween Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offersoutdoor adventure and the comforts of a world-class resortin the region’s most spectacular location. The guest cabins,which accommodate 60 guests, have been featured inArchitectural Digest and praised for their Old Westelegance. Each cabin contains two separate bedrooms withsoft mattresses and warm quilts to provide a good night’ssleep after a long day of activity. On average there is onestaff member for every guest and a ranch crew of educated,experienced, trained professionals.There’s undeniably something special about seeing thispart of the country from horseback. With a herd of morethan 100 horses, the ranch has a horse to match yourability level, and once the ranch staff has “made a match,”that horse is yours for the duration of your stay. You canride to the top of one of the many mountain peaks aroundthe ranch and see the valley below, where the Snake Riverwinds through Grand Teton National Park at the base ofthe Teton Range. Watch elk and moose as they come to thewater’s edge to drink, ospreys and eagles soaring overhead,and, if you’re lucky, the shy but playful otter or a blackbear and her cubs foraging for berries along the banks.Surrounding the ranch is pristine wilderness ideal forhiking. There are literally thousands of marked trails inJackson Hole, many within a few minutes of the ranch.The ranch also offers scenic float trips on the upperportions of the Snake River and exclusive customizedguided hiking trips. Skeet or trap shooting with a trainedinstructor, spa treatments, and relaxing in the sauna areother options.The ranch has a fishing permit, guide, boat, and equipmentfor fly-fishing excursions to nearby lakes, ponds, andstreams, where browns, rainbows, and native cutthroattrout make this a world-class fly-fishing destination.Evenings at the ranch center on the lodge, where guestsgather to relax and perhaps enjoy a game of pool orthe challenge of a variety of board games. Star-gazingmay be on tap, or musical entertainment. The finestRocky Mountain cuisine is offered at all meals, from aContinental or hot breakfast to a hearty lunch featuringhomemade soups, salads, entrees, and desserts to eveningcookouts or family-style dinners served in a dining roomwith an extraordinary view of the Tetons.HighghtsGrand Teton National Parkguided tourhearly-morningwildlife Excursionhfarewell dinner

Per person, sharing Duplex Cabin at Lost Creek $6,250Two independent sides, each with one queen/one twin bed,lounge chairs, private bathroom, small refrigeratorPer person, sharing Living Room Cabin at Lost Creek $6,490Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, one queen/one twin bed perbedroom, living room, gas fireplace, convertible sofa, kitchenettePer person (single) in Duplex Cabin at Lost Creek $8,990Airfare: U.S. domestic airfareis not included. Private airporttransfers will be provided forall participants from Bozeman,Montana, to the Mountain SkyGuest Ranch and from the LostCreek Ranch to Jackson Hole,Wyoming.Program Rates Include:Educational program by Yalelecturers and naturalists •All accommodations and mealsas specified in the itinerary •Three nights’ deluxe accommodationsat Mountain Sky GuestRanch in Emigrant, Montana,and three nights’ deluxeaccommodations at Lost CreekRanch and Spa in Moose,Wyoming • All excursionsas specified in the itinerary •Baggage handling • Gratuitiesto porters, wait staff, guides,and drivers • •Entrance fees•all lunches and dinners •• Professional tour managerWelcome and farewell receptionsWine, beer, or soft drink withBottled water on motor coachesWhat to Expect: This is amoderately strenuous programthat is at times physicallydemanding and busy. Dailyactivities can include hiking,walking at times over roughterrain, and horseback riding.Participants should be fitand in active good health.General InformationProgram Rates do notInclude: U.S. domestic airfareto Bozeman or from JacksonHole • Medical expenses andimmunizations • Travelinsurance• Optional excursionsor deviations from the scheduledtour• Excess baggage charges• Meals not specified in the• •Laundry or dry cleaning Telephone, email, and faxitinerary; dishes and beveragesnot part of the included mealscharges• Room service • Otheritems of a personal natureInsurance: Travel insurancefor trip cancellation and interruption,medical problems,baggage loss and delay, etc. ishighly recommended, and wehope that you will obtain it forthis expedition. Trip cancellationpolicies that apply to thisexpedition are included in thisbrochure. Please be sure tocarry the details of your travelinsurance coverage with you onthe program. Travelers are freeto purchase the travel insuranceof their choice. It is recommendedthat travelers clearly understandthe difference between “primary”and “secondary” travel insurance.Terms &ContionsReservations &Payments: To reserve space,please complete the reservationform and mail it with yourcheck or credit card informationto the address at the top of theform. You may also fax theform to 203-432-0587 and yourreservation will be held for fiveworking days pending receiptof your check or credit cardinformation. If you have questions,please call 203-432-1952or email Final payment deadlineis May 7, 2012, 120 days beforedeparture.Cancellations & Refunds:Upon payment of a $1,000 depositper person, all reservationsare subject to the cancellationprovisions set forth below andby which the passenger agreesto be bound. Cancellations shallnot be effective until they arereceived in writing and confirmedby the Association of YaleAlumni. Deposits are refundable(less a $250 per personadministration fee) if writtennotice of cancellation is receivedwithin 30 days of reservation;after that, deposits are 100%nonrefundable. Final paymentis due May 7, 2012 (120 daysprior to departure). Cancellationswithin 120 days ofdeparture are 100% nonrefundable.For this reason we stronglyurge participants to purchasetrip cancellation insurance. Ifthe program is cancelled by theAssociation of Yale Alumnior the tour operator, you willreceive a full refund, withoutfurther obligation on our part.No refunds will be made for anypart of this program on whichyou choose not to participate.Note: Neither the Associationof Yale Alumni nor CriterionTravel, Inc., the tour operator,accepts liability for any airlinecancellation penalty incurred bythe purchase of a nonrefundableticket in conjunction with thistour.California Seller of TravelProgram CST #2088800-40S e p t e m b e r 2 – 8 , 2 0 1 2To reserve today, fax this reservation form to Yale Educational Travel at203-432-0587 to hold your space for one week, pending receipt of yourdeposit or credit card instructions. Please make your deposit check payableto Criterion Travel and mail it with this registration form to: Association ofYale Alumni, Box 209010, New Haven, CT 06520-9010.NAME #1 (as on passport) YALE AFFILIATION(S) birth dateNAME #2 (as on passport) YALE AFFILIATION(S) birth dateSTREET ADDRESSCITY / STATE / ZIP / POSTAL CODEHOME PHONEFAXWORK PHONEE-MAILPAYMENTEnclosed is my check for $ _____________ ($1,000 per person), to reserve _______place(s) on National Parks of the WestORCharge the deposit to my credit card: VISA / MC / AMEX (circle one)card #cardholder SIGNATUREExp. dateSECURITY codeI/We understand that final payment is due May 7, 2012, 120 days prior todeparture.SINGLE TRAVELERS: I understand that there is a supplemental charge for singleaccommodations. If this is a reservation for one person, please indicate:I prefer to have single accommodations.OR I plan to share accommodations with: ________________________________OR I’d like to know about roommates. I am a Smoker / Non-smoker.I understand that if one cannot be found by the final payment date, I will pay thesingle rate.I/we have read the tour information section of the brochure and agree to theTerms and Conditions stated therein.SIGNATURESIGNATUREReservationsDATEDATE

HighghtsDelve into the historyof the American Westand the developmentof the national parkssystem, beginning withYellowstone in 1872,with ProfessorJohn Mack Faragher.Experience firsthand thefascinating geology,flora, and fauna oftwo spectacular nationalparks in the companyof excellent naturalist/guides.Enjoy comfortableaccommodations,friendly service, anddelightful cuisine attwo renownedguest ranches.Participate in awatercolor paintingworkshop and afly-fishing workshopwith Yale alumnusJames Prosek, artist,illustrator, naturalist,and co-founder ofWorld Trout.Box 209010 New Haven, CT 06520S e p t e m b e r 2 – 8 , 2 0 1 2PRSRT STDU.S. PostagePAIDPermit No. 519New Haven, CTellowstone NationalPark, created byPresident Ulysses S.Grant on March 1, 1872,was the first national park inthe world. Located primarilyin Wyoming, and extendinginto Montana and Idaho,the park is the centerpieceof the Greater YellowstoneEcosystem, the largestremaining, nearly intactecosystem in the Earth’snorthern temperate zone.Yellowstone NationalPark spans an area of 3,468square miles comprising lakes,canyons, rivers, and mountainranges. Yellowstone Lake iscentered over the YellowstoneCaldera, considered an activevolcano. Half of the world’sgeothermal features—amongthem the iconic Old FaithfulGeyser—can be found inYellowstone, fueled by thisongoing volcanism.Hundreds of species ofmammals, birds, fish, andreptiles have been documentedin Yellowstone, including manythat are either endangered orthreatened. The vast forestsand grasslands also includeunique species of plants. Grizzlybears, wolves, elk, and thefree-ranging Yellowstone ParkBison Herd, the oldest andlargest public bison herd inthe U.S., live in the park.Grand Teton NationalPark, established byPresident Calvin Coolidgeon February 26, 1929, islocated in northwesternWyoming ten miles south ofYellowstone National Park.The park’s trademark—thejaggedly impressive andvisually dominant, 40-milelongTeton Range—is theyoungest range in the RockyMountains. To the east ofthe Teton Range lies JacksonHole, a relatively flat valleyterraced by the Snake Riverand dotted with a few isolatedbuttes and hills. GrandTeton, which rises more than7,000 feet above JacksonHole, is the tallest mountainin the Teton Range.There are at least 61species of large and smallmammals resident in GrandTeton National Park’s nearly310,000 acres, including blackand grizzly bears, wolves,pronghorn antelope, bighornsheep, and American bison.Higher elevations featuresmaller animals such as thepika and the yellow-belliedmarmot. The southeasternborder of the park is thelocation of the National ElkRefuge, home to migratingherds of elk in the winter.

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