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Oregon's Beautiful Coast: Wilderness and Natural Wonders

Program Number: 11909RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2013 - 6/28/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Florence, Oregon
Price starting at: $815.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The coast of Oregon is a hidden gem of awe-inspiring natural beauty and remarkable history. Discover the towering headlands, secluded beaches and wild rivers of this secret region with experts who introduce its wildlife, geology and human history, and learn about the exploration and settlement of the rugged coast through lectures and at historic sites.




Highlights

• At Shores Acres State Park, explore dramatic sea cliffs and learn about a local timber baron’s former estate and an elegant botanical garden that remains with acres of flowers and a serene Japanese pond.
• Visit iconic Heceta Head Lighthouse and watch for seals, sea lions and our summer resident gray whales feeding close to shore, then head upriver to observe the flora and fauna of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River from a jet boat.
• Study the formation of the sand dunes at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area from a unique perspective within a dune buggy.



Activity Particulars

Casual walks throughout on varied terrain; some standing.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Florence, 2 nights; Coos Bay, 1 night; Gold Beach, 2 nights; Return to Florence for departures.



Coordinated by Coastal Journeys Unlimited.




Florence

Sand dunes tower 500 feet above the beach in this area of Oregon’s central Coast, and neighboring Florence offers a perfect point from which to begin an exploration of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, with its lakes and dunes that extend for miles.



Gold Beach

Gold Beach is a small town near the mouth of the Rogue River on the southern Oregon coast. The town offers quiet beaches, pristine open spaces and hiking trails through vast forests. Since 1895, mailboats based in Gold River have been delivering the mail up the Rogue River — this is one of only two rural mailboat routes remaining in the U.S.



Coos Bay

Marine estuaries, old-growth forests and beaches characterize the natural landscape of this historic port city on Oregon’s South Coast. Coos Bay is close to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Cape Arago and the fishing port of Charleston.



Accommodations
Florence and Gold Beach: Oceanfront resorts. Coos Bay: Comfortable, modern hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Red Lion Inn
  Coos Bay OR 5 nights
 Red Lion Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching.
  Contact info: 1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com
  Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and exercise room. On-site self-service laundry also available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for details. Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for details. Rate may vary seasonally-call hotel for specific information.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at hotel front desk starting at 3 p.m. Orientation in hotel meeting room at 5 p.m. You will be staying at Red Lion Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:00 a.m., Check out is 11 a.m. You will be staying at Red Lion Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Coos Bay OR
  Nearest city or town:  Coos Bay, OR
  Nearest highway: Hwy 101
  Nearest airport:  Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (airport code OTH), formerly known as North Bend Municipal Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Coos Bay OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Coos Bay

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Red Lion Inn
phone: 541-267-4141
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$0
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Must arrange shuttle to hotel from airport 541-267-4141

 

Portland to Coos Bay

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Sea Port Airlines
phone: 188-857-3276 x7
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

90 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

200 Miles

   

Sea Port Airlines now offers daily flights between Portland International Airport (PDX) and North Bend (OTH). www.seaportair.com/

 

Portland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Rental Car Agencies
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

Numerous automobile rental agencies operate out of Portland International Airport. Please contact these agencies directly for car rental information.

 
Driving Directions
  Portland to Coos Bay by Car There are several great routes to Coos Bay from Portland: Fastest: Follow Interstate 5 south from Portland through Salem, Albany, Eugene and Cottage Grove. South of Cottage Grove, take Exit 162 (Highway 38) and follow Highway 38 to Reedsport. In Reedsport, turn left onto Highway 101 South and follow it to Coos Bay. Highway 101 will cross the large bridge over the bay and into North Bend. Continue to follow 101 through North Bend. The Red Lion is on the right just north of downtown Coos Bay. Drive time for this route is approximately 4 hours. Most Scenic: Follow Interstate 5 south to Albany. Take Exit 234B and follow Highway 99E to merge with Highway 20. Follow Highway 20 through Corvallis and on to Newport on the coast. Turn left onto Highway 101 and follow it south to Coos Bay. This route will take you along the very scenic section of the coast between Waldport and Florence. Once in Florence, the highway will move inland through the Oregon Dunes to Reedsport and Coos Bay. Drive time for this route is approximately 5 hours.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to Coos Bay! Registration and check-in.
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at the Red Lion Hotel check-in after 2 pm. Orientation is at 5 p.m. in the hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner in Banquet room at hotel
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Simpson Reef, Cape Arago, Charleston and Shore Acres State Park.
(Monday, June 24)

Note: Short and frequent walks through parks and along scenic bluffs overlooking the ocean. None of the walks are more than a mile in length, but they add up throughout the day to a couple of miles total. Participants should be able to negotiate uneven ground, beach sand, and rough paths without assistance.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: Lively lecture on the dynamic geology of the coast followed by a field trip to Simpson Reef at Cape Arago west of Coos Bay. Simpson Reef is the state's largest sea lion and seal haul-out so we'll look for California and Stellar Sea Lions, Harbor and Elephant Seals. We'll also be on the lookout for Osprey, Herons and Bald Eagles.
 Lunch: Lunch at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology featuring their legendary Clam chowder and cheese bread.
 Afternoon: Return to Cape Arago and visit Sunset Bay where ancient tree stumps testify to the powerful geologic forces at play on the coast. Later, we'll travel to Shore Acres State Park to explore the dramatic sea cliffs and contorted trees on this battered headland. The park is the former estate of a local timber baron and his elegant formal botanical garden is still there with acres of flowers, exotic plants and a serene Japanese pond.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: A raucous lecture and slideshow will introduce you to the colorful people who have called the coast home.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Wild and Scenic Rogue River by jet boat!
(Tuesday, June 25)

Note: Jet boat ride will feature high speeds, spins and occasional splashes, but it's all done in a very safe manner. At our lunch stop, there is a steep climb on a paved path to the riverside lodge.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: Travel to Gold Beach along highway 101 with a rest stop in historic Port Orford. Board the jet boat and head upriver through wilderness canyons, past riverside cottages, and amongst wildlife that includes Osprey, Bald Eagles, Ducks, Cormorants, Black Bear, Deer and salmon.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch overlooking the river at Singing Springs Ranch in Agness.
 Afternoon: Return to Gold Beach on the jet boat with stops along the way to look at wildlife. The return drive to Coos Bay will have a rest stop at Bandon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Red Lion Hotel
 Evening: Free evening to relax.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Oregon Dunes dune buggy ride, Florence and the historic Umpqua River Lighthouse.
(Wednesday, June 26)

Note: Dune buggy ride over towering coastal sand dunes with a stop for a short walk atop one of the highest dunes. Opportunity to explore Old Town Florence on foot, (up to 1 mile), and a climb to the top of a historic lighthouse.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: We'll travel to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and head out into the sand on a massive dune buggy. While in the dunes we will see the expansive array of dunes and learn about their unique geology and ecology. Atop one of the highest dunes, we'll climb out of the buggy to explore the sand on foot.
 Lunch: Lunch in Old Town, Florence
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Old Town Florence, a lovely riverside district of shops. Excellent opportunity to sample locally-made ice cream! Following the free time we'll travel to Winchester Bay and visit the historic Umpqua River Lighthouse and museum. Inside the lighthouse, you will be able to climb up into the massive fresnel lens, (the only lighthouse on the Oregon Coast in which you can do that).
 Dinner: Dinner at the Red Lion.
 Evening: Learn about the amazing history of exploration on the northwest coast in a fast-paced lecture.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bandon, Beach walk and Coquille River Lighthouse.
(Thursday, June 27)

Note: The morning will feature a beach walk in Bandon that requires participants to negotiate a large flight of stairs to reach the beach. Once on the beach, we will walk about 1 mile in sand. The afternoon will include another opportunity to walk on a beach near the Coquille River Lighthouse. Later, we will visit the South Slough Estuarine Reserve and walk about 1 mile on a gently-sloping forest path.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: The beach at Bandon, south of Coos Bay, is one of the most spectacular anywhere. Massive offshore rock formations are home to thousands of sea birds and countless marine creatures. Walk the beach with your naturalist guide and discover intertidal creatures and investigate the treasures found along the surfline.
 Lunch: Lunch at Lord Bennett's in Bandon.
 Afternoon: Visit the Coquille River Lighthouse and search for agates on the beach north of the river's mouth. Later, travel to the South Slough Estuarine Reserve to learn about the vital habitat there. We'll walk through the forest along the estuary to a boardwalk over the tide flats. We'll watch for Heron, Egret, ducks, geese, and other sea birds.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Wrap up our adventure with a slide show and geography activity.
   
Accommodations: Red Lion Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast. Have a safe trip home!
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Depart From: Check out before 11 a.m.
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Coos Bay OR Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit www.oregonsbayareachamber.com
  Oregon Coast
For additional information, visit www.oregoncoast.com
  Southern Oregon Visitors Association
For additional information, visit www.southernoregon.org
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