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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 20, 2003

Join Iowa Voyagers On Covered Wagon Trek

Looking for a truly different family vacation for next summer? Then leave the cell phones, computer games and Palm Pilots behind and instead imagine the gentle swaying and creaking of wagons, the smells of leather, sagebrush and wood smoke, hearty outdoor meals, fresh mountain air, stunning panoramas and fun educational activities for the whole family. Kids, parents and grandparents can get a taste of the pioneer experience for four days and three nights during the Iowa Voyagers "Covered Wagon Trek in the Tetons" trip June 21-24, as they travel across the Wyoming range in real covered wagons.

Families will gather at Jackson Hole, Wyo., and be transported to the base camp where they meet their wagon master. After a brief orientation, travelers will stow their gear in the wagons and head out on the adventure of a lifetime. Trekkers travel by horseback or in covered wagons along trails that wind through gently rolling countryside, and across streams and meadows at the base of the magnificent Teton Mountains. Along the way, families may catch glimpses of mountain wildlife including elk, moose, deer, coyotes and eagles. Amateur photographers will find plenty of subjects in the mountain scenery, wildflowers, wildlife, horses and wagon train gear of the American West. The trip is arranged through the University of Iowa Alumni Association's Iowa Voyagers travel program.

Each evening after the wagons form a circle, guests will sleep in their wagons or in tents. As night falls and stars appear, families can enjoy traditional cowboy songs and old-time stories around the evening campfire. Meals are provided and consist of hearty fare, cooked Dutch-oven style over an open fire and served from the chuck wagon by the cowboy crew.

Other activities include special trail rides, hikes, riding lessons, roping lessons and informal talks about the history and natural environment of the area. Newly made wranglers can also try their hands at driving a wagon, or can help out with camp chores such as chopping fire wood or readying the wagons and horses for the morning's trek.

The cost for adults is $695 or $595 for children under the age of 14. This price does not include transportation to Jackson Hole. All families are welcome to join.

For more information contact Diane Baker at the University Alumni Association's Iowa Voyagers program at 319-335-3293 or diane-baker@uiowa.edu. See the Iowa Voyagers website at www.iowalum.com/voyagers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.wagonswestwyo.com

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.Program: Diane Baker, Iowa Voyagers, 319-335-1079, diane-baker@uiowa.edu; Writer: Becky DeCourcey