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Program #15918RJ
7 Days | 6 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
One afternoon visiting Timberline Lodge at 5900 ft. and its surroundings

Equipment Requirements
Recommended digital camera with operating manual and TV connection Appropriate walking clothes, Need to bring rain gear.

Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 26, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Portland within easy walking distance of Willamette River walkway, downtown Portland and local transportation

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/PDXCL

Room amenities: Each room has cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, refrigerator, in room coffee/tea maker

Facility amenities: Lodging has air conditioning, with cable TV, refrigerator, high speed internet access, indoor pool with hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness center, restaurant, walking distance to MAX (light rail) which provides access to airport and free parking during program.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $100-175./room/night
Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - Welcome to the charming City of Portland, getting...
Welcome to the charming City of Portland, getting to know your fellow photographers and learning about the upcoming week.

Note: Please bring your camera and owners manual to evening classes. We will shoot during both sessions.

Arrive To: Check in between 3:00 - 4:30 PM at Lodging

Afternoon: 4:30-6:00 pm Meeting to get to know each other and learn about how to operate your camera. Bring camera and instruction manual.

Afternoon: 3:30-4:30 pm Beginning photographers join instructor to learn how to use basic settings of your camera. Bring camera and instruction manual.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 PM at motel restaurant.

Evening: Program orientation, preparation for the week ahead, and lecture on photo techniques of exposure and composition until 9:00 PM. .

Lodging: Courtyard at Marriott

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Portland within easy walking distance of Willamette River walkway, downtown Portland and local transportation

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/PDXCL

Room amenities: Each room has cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, refrigerator, in room coffee/tea maker

Facility amenities: Lodging has air conditioning, with cable TV, refrigerator, high speed internet access, indoor pool with hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness center, restaurant, walking distance to MAX (light rail) which provides access to airport and free parking during program.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $100-175./room/night
Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Hood River with fields of pumpkins and corn and p...
Hood River with fields of pumpkins and corn and possible windsurfers. Columbia River Gorge waterfalls.

Note: Short walks to find the best pictures. Good footing.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant.

Morning: Travel to the Hood River area and photograph a local farm with pumpkins and corn, take pictures of Mt. Hood and possible windsurfers.

Lunch: During your free time, explore the quaint town of Hood River as you select your eatery for lunch. You will find food and drink ranging from simple home-style meals to gourmet offerings, outstanding wine to hand-crafted beers. In this rich agricultural region, it’s not surprising the food is fresh, local, and delicious.

Afternoon: Photograph the Columbia River Gorge. Including viewing Herman the sturgeon face to face and Multnomah Falls one of the most photographed in Oregon.

Dinner: Dinner at Multnomah Falls Lodge restaurant, adjacent to Multnomah falls, the largest falls in Oregon at 542 ft.

Evening: Travel the Historic River Gorge highway with a sunset stop at Crown point overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

Lodging: Courtyard at Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Portland within easy walking distance of Willamette River walkway, downtown Portland and local transportation

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/PDXCL

Room amenities: Each room has cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, refrigerator, in room coffee/tea maker

Facility amenities: Lodging has air conditioning, with cable TV, refrigerator, high speed internet access, indoor pool with hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness center, restaurant, walking distance to MAX (light rail) which provides access to airport and free parking during program.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $100-175./room/night
Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - Explore and photograph Portland gardens and city ...
Explore and photograph Portland gardens and city artwork: See Wood ducks at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Walk downtown Portland to photograph the artwork, fountains and river life of downtown Portland.

Note: Short walks on paved paths to explore Portland and gardens to find your special pictures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant.

Morning: Walk and photograph Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. This unique seven acre garden contains an outstanding collection of hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, and other rare plant species. Stroll by three waterfalls, cross two picturesque bridges and wander down shaded paths to Crystal Springs Lake and marvel at the fountain’s spray and some of the over 94 species of birds (including the majestic Wood duck) recorded here.

Lunch: Lunch at the motel.

Afternoon: A Lecture on photographic techniques follows lunch. We then lead you on a walk of downtown Portland’s trendy streets, river walks, and natural foot paths which present photo opportunities that include city artwork, fountains, and river live.

Dinner: Enjoy your free time as you explore Portland and select your eatery to satisfy your taste buds. Portland has become one of the most exciting food towns in the country! See what the buzz is all about as you seek out a fine family restaurant, ultra specialty shoppe, or the perfect food cart (there are over 600!).

Evening: We review your pictures taken so far with the instructor and your fellow road scholars.

Lodging: Courtyard at Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Portland within easy walking distance of Willamette River walkway, downtown Portland and local transportation

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/PDXCL

Room amenities: Each room has cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, refrigerator, in room coffee/tea maker

Facility amenities: Lodging has air conditioning, with cable TV, refrigerator, high speed internet access, indoor pool with hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness center, restaurant, walking distance to MAX (light rail) which provides access to airport and free parking during program.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $100-175./room/night
Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Visit and photograph the majestic northern Oregon...
Visit and photograph the majestic northern Oregon coast near Cannon Beach.

Note: Short walks (less than 1 mile) on hard packed sand and well maintained trails to the beaches and overlooks for our pictures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant.

Morning: Drive to the majestic Oregon Coast and stop at Ecola State park for a dramatic overview of the rugged Oregon Coast and Terrible Tilly lighhouse.

Lunch: Sack lunch outdoors.

Afternoon: Visit Oswald West State park for a walk through an old growth Sitka forest to picturesque Short Sand beach. Free time to explore the quaint town of Cannon Beach and walk the beach for views of Haystack Rock.

Dinner: Enjoy exploring Cannon Beach and finding the eatery (on your own) that will satisfy your taste buds. This picturesque community has a long standing reputation as "one of the 100 best art towns in America". Relax and watch sea birds circle Haystack Rock, rising 235 feet above miles of sandy beach.

Evening: Return to Portland.

Lodging: Courtyard at Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Portland within easy walking distance of Willamette River walkway, downtown Portland and local transportation

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/PDXCL

Room amenities: Each room has cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, refrigerator, in room coffee/tea maker

Facility amenities: Lodging has air conditioning, with cable TV, refrigerator, high speed internet access, indoor pool with hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness center, restaurant, walking distance to MAX (light rail) which provides access to airport and free parking during program.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $100-175./room/night
Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 24 - Take pictures of Portlands Rose garden and a sea ...
Take pictures of Portlands Rose garden and a sea of color at the Swan Island Dahlia garden.

Note: Walk through the gardens as you search for your pictures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM at lodging restaurant.

Morning: Photograph Portlands Convention center artwork and gardens. Enjoy a photo presentation on how we can improve our pictures before heading out to Portland's Rose garden.

Lunch: Sack lunch at a park.

Afternoon: Drive through the scenic Willamette River Valley with ferry crossing to colorful Swan Island Dahlia gardens.

Dinner: Dinner at motel.

Evening: Another review session of your photos.

Lodging: Courtyard at Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located in Portland within easy walking distance of Willamette River walkway, downtown Portland and local transportation

Contact info:
435 NE Wasco St.
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 503-234-3200
web: www.marriott.com/PDXCL

Room amenities: Each room has cable TV, hairdryer, ironing board, refrigerator, in room coffee/tea maker

Facility amenities: Lodging has air conditioning, with cable TV, refrigerator, high speed internet access, indoor pool with hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness center, restaurant, walking distance to MAX (light rail) which provides access to airport and free parking during program.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $100-175./room/night
Price dependent on room availability. Mention you are with Road Scholar program for possible discount.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 25 - Visit and Photograph an old growth forest and the...
Visit and Photograph an old growth forest and the historic Timberline Lodge.

Note: Short walks around the lodge as we search for photos. Optional trail walks along Camp Creek as it winds through a magnificient Old Growth forest.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM in lodging restaurant

Morning: Visit historic Timberline Lodge and photograph its many photogenic subjects. Timberline Lodge is a hand built wonder of classic “rustic” elements: high ceilings, massive exposed beams and posts, wrought iron metal accents, and large expanses of rough-cut stones. As much an art museum as a lodge, it is a showplace of superb craftsmanship, both old and new.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the Day Lodge.

Afternoon: Photograph classic old growth Douglas Fir and Cedars draped in mosses and lichen along the banks of Camp Creek. Optional night shot of Portland's city lights.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Share stories and experiences from the week and review photos during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm

Lodging: Courtyard at Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, October 26 - Enjoying the weeks memories of good pictures and ...
Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM will be served in lodging restaurant.

Morning: Program ends at 8:00 AM after breakfast with everyone checking out of lodging by 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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