ALASKAN ODYSSEY
SUMMER OF 2008
A 36 DAY ODYSSEY OF PERSONAL DISCOVERY THROUGH A TEAM ORIENTED CAMPING EXPERIENCE IN ALASKA AND THE CANADIAN WEST
JUNE 14th - JULY 19th 2008 - 36 DAYS
HIGHLIGHTS of ALASKAN ODYSSEY

Using the Outward Bound model, participants will have the opportunity to explore not only this Last Frontier of our country, but challenge themselves as well.  Many participants have discovered more about themselves on past American Odyssey Programs than they would have ever dreamed.  Although the trip is structured, with a definite itinerary, there is the opportunity to add many things to the trip or to customize it. 
Alaskan Odyssey Road Rules are a part of the experience
as well as the Alaskan Odyssey Polar Bear Club and Stargazes.
A number of students have received College Credit for this experience.

Tuition Includes:



Highlights include:
Alaskan Odyssey Road Rules, Polar Bear Swim Club, 
Gold Panning, Wildlife Watching:
Grizzlies, Moose, Elk, Bald Eagles, Puffins, Dall Sheep,
Seals, Caribou, Whales and more...
Glacier Hiking, Backpacking, Sea Kayaking, Climbing and Rappelling, Clamming, Touring the Kenai Fjords and Cook Inlet,
Cinnamon Buns at Braeburn Lodge, Watson Lake Signpost Forest,
Driving the Alaskan Highway, Museums, Mining Towns, Ghost Towns, Denali National Park, Whitewater Rafting, Alaskan Marine Highway System, Cross the Arctic Circle, Swim in the Arctic Ocean, The Midnight Sun, Stargazing, Sleeping under the stars, Tundra, The Alaskan Pipeline, Mosses, Lichens, Dogsled Demonstrations, Iditarod Museum, Native North American Culture, The Canadian Rockies of Alberta & British Columbia, Columbia Icefield, Jasper, Yoho, Banff, Kootenay, Canadian National Parks, The Burgess Shale,
Mount Wilcox Peak Ascent, Lake Louise, Elk, Caribou, Moose,
Hot Springs
More than half of the North American Continent in 36 days, Reflection, Friendships, Journals, Fun, Cold Water, Glaciers, Snow, Thunderstorms, The Highway, Memories, Awareness, Self Discovery, Appreciation of and for America and Canada,    And Finally Home Again - Never The Same Again.
SLEEP. SLEEP. SLEEP.
Letters to New Friends Telephone Calls to Each Other And
Reunions, Sharing, Caring, - DISCOVERY!

Learning More Than You Thought Was Possible About Yourself,
Pushing Your Limits,

With Your New Friends and Alaskan Odyssey Family.

If you are interested in finding out more about this trip, don't hesitate to give me a call.  I will send you a brochure and an application for this

"Once In A Lifetime Experience".

Call David Barlow, Alaskan Odyssey Director (704) 239-3706,
E-mail: americanodyssey@gmail.com
to request a Brochure as well as a 
CD with Powerpoint Presentations, Participants Evaluations and Comments, Newspaper Articles, and more...


THE DETAILS
THE ALASKAN ODYSSEY EXPEDITION HAS BEEN OFFERED WITH RESOUNDING SUCCESS DURING THE SUMMERS OF
2000, 2002, 2005
WHO:  NC Teaching Fellows and other College Students.  In the last several years we have included some recent High School graduates and several High School students in their Junior and Senior years.  We recommend that students have completed their Freshman year of High School and are mature before applying.  Age range is ~16-25.

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INTERVIEWED
AND MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND TWO LETTERS OF REFERENCE. 
One should be from a Professor or Teacher that knows you well and the other from a peer.

WHEN:  The Trip Dates for 2008 are June 14th through July 19th                                                     36 Days.
     
DEPARTURE: will be from Raleigh-Durham Airport, NC  
(Round Trip Airfare to & from Seattle, Washington is included.)
  More information regarding Ticketing and Predeparture will be available upon Acceptance.

NUMBER of PARTICIPANTS: Min. 10/ Max. 33

NO PREVIOUS CAMPING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VALID PASSPORT!  Required for ALL US Citizens to Re-Enter the US beginning Jan. 1, 2007

PURCHASE OF SOME LIMITED CAMPING EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED!   You may be able to borrow some items.
This includes: Internal Frame Backpack, Sleeping Bag, and Pad.
See Website-Alaska -What to Bring -Gear and Equipment

PROGRAM FEES AND DEPOSIT: 
The cost of the trip is $3675.
This is All Inclusive except personal spending money and several meals.  See Tuition Includes: Above
Note:  The price of this Expedition may fluctuate slightly based on the World Economy and the cost of Air Travel, Gasoline, and Vehicle Rental Costs.
Plane Tickets will be purchased not later than March 1st 2008. 

A $1000 Payment is Due within 10 Days of Acceptance.
 
Monthly Payments of $500 are due beginning in January 2008.
If accepted after January, then payments will begin that month.

N. C. Teaching Fellows deduct the $250 that is escrowed from the Teaching Fellows' Scholarship. Teaching Fellows cost is $3,425

Balance of payments is due NOT LATER than May 1st  2008.

PLEASE help RECRUIT Qualified Participants from your Campus and beyond.

EDUCATIONAL FORMAT:  The format of the experience is that of Experiential and Outdoor Education in a variety of outdoor settings including rural, remote, urban, suburban, and tourist settings.  There will be a strong concentration in the geological and earth sciences as well as astronomy. I have contacted a number of Alaskan Educators and we will have the chance to talk with several of them about Education in the Far North.
The group will function as a family unit and will follow the Outward Bound Model. Grocery shopping, food preparation, route planning, support for each other, group challenges, celebrations are all shared.  Every effort will be made to ensure that each participant's experience is rewarding and that personal growth is realized.

COLLEGE CREDIT:  Credit may be available for this trip. 
Check with your advisor.

"Something hidden.  Go and find it.  Go and look behind the Ranges- Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you.  Go!"
                                                                          -Kipling

The Director and AMERICAN ODYSSEY Staff Members
are Available for Presentations To Youth, Church, College, or Civic Groups.

TO SCHEDLE A PRESENTATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
David Barlow,  Alaskan Odyssey Director (704) 239-3706
PO Box 198  Landis, NC 28088
E-mail: americanodyssey@gmail.com

And tell friends and others to visit our website:
www.americanodyssey.org     


THE ALASKAN ODYSSEY EXPERIENCE
WILL BE OFFERED DURING THE SUMMER OF 2008

THE NEW ZEALAND ODYSSEY EXPEDITION
WILL BE OFFERED DURING A SUMMER IN THE NEAR FUTURE
A Several Week Expedition Down Under.

AMERICAN ODYSSEY: THE AMERICAN WEST EXPERIENCE 
WILL BE OFFERED DURING THE SUMMER OF 2009
ALONG WITH A 14 DAY
CANYONLANDS AND UTAH ODYSSEY
OR A
CASCADES VOLCANOES ODYSSEY




















































"You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again… so why bother in the first place? Just this: what is above knows what is below, but what is below does not now what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art to conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can still at least know."

Rene Daumel
Mount Analogue

AHOALTON!
Dave

















































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Welcome To Junior Enrichment 2008
Dave with Kayak - Sunset- Kachemack Bay Alaska
"Last Plane Out"  The Don Sheldon Amphitheater - Denali
John Muir's Brother - The Director - Dave Barlow