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HOOD RIVER, OREGON

The Spectacular Columbia River Gorge: Geology and Wildflowers Amongst Nature’s Beauty

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Program #1826RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Field trip to Columbia Hills Nature Preserve on day four will be at 3,200 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 27 — May 2, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: The Hood River Inn’s unique Columbia River shoreline location is convenient to many nearby attractions and recreational opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area. Complete with waterfront access and a private beach, the Hood River Inn is an easy one-hour drive from Portland along scenic Interstate-84.

Contact info:
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
web: www.hoodriverinn.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include satellite television, pay-per-view movies, AM/FM alarm clock, 27” televisions, desk/work area, in-room refrigerator, free wireless connections & data ports, microwave, free local calls, iron & ironing board, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The Hood River Inn's well-appointed resort features 149 guest rooms, many with scenic river views, private balconies or patios. A flavor of the great Northwest warms the decor. Just outside, our private swimming beach, heated pool and hot tub spa beckon. The Riverside Grill offers panoramic views of the mighty Columbia River from the dining room and from our immense outdoor deck. The stunning Cebu Bamboo Lounge offers sleek, comfortable elegance and the very best happy hour in town! Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat, relax in over-stuffed leather chairs and watch our widescreen plasma TV. Check our schedule for live entertainment. Our front desk staff is always on duty. If you have a request or need, they are ready to help.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $77 plus tax
Participants must make their own before and after reservations by calling the Inn at 541.386.2200.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 27 - Check-in and Orientation
Arrive To: Motel check in at 4pm.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Orientation and introductions.

Lodging: Best Western Hood River Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hood River Inn’s unique Columbia River shoreline location is convenient to many nearby attractions and recreational opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area. Complete with waterfront access and a private beach, the Hood River Inn is an easy one-hour drive from Portland along scenic Interstate-84.

Contact info:
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
web: www.hoodriverinn.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include satellite television, pay-per-view movies, AM/FM alarm clock, 27” televisions, desk/work area, in-room refrigerator, free wireless connections & data ports, microwave, free local calls, iron & ironing board, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The Hood River Inn's well-appointed resort features 149 guest rooms, many with scenic river views, private balconies or patios. A flavor of the great Northwest warms the decor. Just outside, our private swimming beach, heated pool and hot tub spa beckon. The Riverside Grill offers panoramic views of the mighty Columbia River from the dining room and from our immense outdoor deck. The stunning Cebu Bamboo Lounge offers sleek, comfortable elegance and the very best happy hour in town! Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat, relax in over-stuffed leather chairs and watch our widescreen plasma TV. Check our schedule for live entertainment. Our front desk staff is always on duty. If you have a request or need, they are ready to help.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $77 plus tax
Participants must make their own before and after reservations by calling the Inn at 541.386.2200.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 28 - Geology Field Trip
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Our instructor's brief geology lecture comes to life on an all day geology field trip. After breakfast, the group reconvenes for a 30 minute lecture, then boards group transportation for Panorama Point (weather dependent) to study the geology of the Hood River Valley. We will slowly make our way to the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge studying nature's 40 million year old tale of erupting volcanoes, rivers of lava, violent earthquakes, landslides, and enormous floods. Lunch and 2 hour self-guided tour at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon. Additional geology stops on the return to the motel.

Lunch: Lunch at Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles.

Afternoon: Continue geology field trip.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Hood River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hood River Inn’s unique Columbia River shoreline location is convenient to many nearby attractions and recreational opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area. Complete with waterfront access and a private beach, the Hood River Inn is an easy one-hour drive from Portland along scenic Interstate-84.

Contact info:
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
web: www.hoodriverinn.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include satellite television, pay-per-view movies, AM/FM alarm clock, 27” televisions, desk/work area, in-room refrigerator, free wireless connections & data ports, microwave, free local calls, iron & ironing board, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The Hood River Inn's well-appointed resort features 149 guest rooms, many with scenic river views, private balconies or patios. A flavor of the great Northwest warms the decor. Just outside, our private swimming beach, heated pool and hot tub spa beckon. The Riverside Grill offers panoramic views of the mighty Columbia River from the dining room and from our immense outdoor deck. The stunning Cebu Bamboo Lounge offers sleek, comfortable elegance and the very best happy hour in town! Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat, relax in over-stuffed leather chairs and watch our widescreen plasma TV. Check our schedule for live entertainment. Our front desk staff is always on duty. If you have a request or need, they are ready to help.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $77 plus tax
Participants must make their own before and after reservations by calling the Inn at 541.386.2200.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 29 - Wildflower Field Trip
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, the group gathers for a wildflower lecture covering aspects of geological activity that have created the many unique environments found in the Columbia River Gorge. The instructor will show via slide show many of the plants that will be found on our all-day wildflower identification field trip. Walking tours of Catherine Creek in Washington and Rowena Crest area of Oregon.

Lunch: Lunch at historic Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles..

Afternoon: Continue wildflower field trip after lunch.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Free time after dinner

Lodging: Best Western Hood River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hood River Inn’s unique Columbia River shoreline location is convenient to many nearby attractions and recreational opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area. Complete with waterfront access and a private beach, the Hood River Inn is an easy one-hour drive from Portland along scenic Interstate-84.

Contact info:
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
web: www.hoodriverinn.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include satellite television, pay-per-view movies, AM/FM alarm clock, 27” televisions, desk/work area, in-room refrigerator, free wireless connections & data ports, microwave, free local calls, iron & ironing board, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The Hood River Inn's well-appointed resort features 149 guest rooms, many with scenic river views, private balconies or patios. A flavor of the great Northwest warms the decor. Just outside, our private swimming beach, heated pool and hot tub spa beckon. The Riverside Grill offers panoramic views of the mighty Columbia River from the dining room and from our immense outdoor deck. The stunning Cebu Bamboo Lounge offers sleek, comfortable elegance and the very best happy hour in town! Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat, relax in over-stuffed leather chairs and watch our widescreen plasma TV. Check our schedule for live entertainment. Our front desk staff is always on duty. If you have a request or need, they are ready to help.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $77 plus tax
Participants must make their own before and after reservations by calling the Inn at 541.386.2200.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 30 - Columbia Hills Nature Preserve Field Trip and Mar...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Columbia Hills Nature Preserve. Transportation in a small commercial bus. We will ascend to the top of Stacker Butte, which is 3,200 feet in elevation. Dress warmly! It can be very windy and chilly on the summit. For more information view the brochure www.dnr.wa.gov/nap/publications/colhillsbro.pdf

Lunch: Lunch at Maryhill Museum.

Afternoon: Self guided tour of Maryhill Museum (www.maryhillmuseum.org/). Return to motel for free time.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Best Western Hood River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hood River Inn’s unique Columbia River shoreline location is convenient to many nearby attractions and recreational opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area. Complete with waterfront access and a private beach, the Hood River Inn is an easy one-hour drive from Portland along scenic Interstate-84.

Contact info:
1108 East Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031 USA
phone: 541-386-2200
web: www.hoodriverinn.com/

Room amenities: All rooms include satellite television, pay-per-view movies, AM/FM alarm clock, 27” televisions, desk/work area, in-room refrigerator, free wireless connections & data ports, microwave, free local calls, iron & ironing board, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The Hood River Inn's well-appointed resort features 149 guest rooms, many with scenic river views, private balconies or patios. A flavor of the great Northwest warms the decor. Just outside, our private swimming beach, heated pool and hot tub spa beckon. The Riverside Grill offers panoramic views of the mighty Columbia River from the dining room and from our immense outdoor deck. The stunning Cebu Bamboo Lounge offers sleek, comfortable elegance and the very best happy hour in town! Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat, relax in over-stuffed leather chairs and watch our widescreen plasma TV. Check our schedule for live entertainment. Our front desk staff is always on duty. If you have a request or need, they are ready to help.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $77 plus tax
Participants must make their own before and after reservations by calling the Inn at 541.386.2200.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 01 - Historic Columbia River Highway field trip
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: All day field trip via Historic Columbia River Highway in commercial bus. Stops at waterfalls along the way and two mile round trip wildflower walk through historic twin tunnels. www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/HCRH/history.shtml

Lunch: Lunch at Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Afternoon: Continue field trip. Return to hotel 4-5 pm.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Farewell evening program.

Lodging: Best Western Hood River Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 02 - Field trip to Columbia Hills State Park
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel (may leave bags at front desk) before field trip to Columbia Hills State Park pictographs and petroglyphs. Transportation in commercial bus. Return to hotel target is 12:00, but expect delays. www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selectedpark=Columbia Hills

Lunch: Box lunch for available for pick up upon return from field trip. Program ends.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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9 Expert-led lectures
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