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The Upper-Left-Hand Corner for Grandparents and Grandkids

Program Number: 20554RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/28/2013 - 8/2/2013; 7/19/2015 - 7/24/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $975.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Science & Nature
Intergenerational
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Journey with your grandchild to Seattle, bustling cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest and gateway to the wonders of Mount Rainier National Park. Explore the Chittenden Locks and fly kites in Gasworks Park. Ride a ferry across Puget Sound and explore a tribal museum. Hike the trails of Mount Rainier National Park. Go behind the scenes at Safeco Field and at the Pike Place Market Look out on all you’ve experienced from atop the Space Needle.




Highlights

• Hike amid the waterfalls, wildflowers and glaciers of 14,410-foot Mount Rainier.
• Learn about the history and operation of the Chittenden Locks from an Army Corps of Engineers interpreter and visit the botanical gardens, locks and fish ladder.
• Relax with kite-flying in the park, a stroll through the Pike Place Market and a pizza party to top off the week.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 15 blocks on city streets. Optional walking in meadows, around waterfalls, on maintained trails.




Date Specific Information

7-28-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Located in the heart of Seattle's vibrant, bustling downtown. Close to the Pike Place Market, light-rail terminal to SeaTac Airport and monorail to Seattle Center. Indoor pool, fitness center, parking available for a fee.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
David Williams

David Williams is a freelance natural history writer. Based on the western edge of the North American plate in Seattle, he has taught geology to students of all ages. His books include “Stories in Stone: Travels in Urban Geology,” “A Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from Seattle” and “A Naturalist’s Guide to Canyon Country.” He has written for numerous periodicals including Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Mechanics and National Wildlife, and is a regular contributor to Earth Magazine.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
  Seattle, Washington 5 nights
 The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.
  Contact info: 1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com
  Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144 during normal business hours.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Red Lion Reservations at 1-855-515-1144 during normal business hours.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Any time between 4:00 -5:00 pm in posted meeting room. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by 11:00 am after Space Needle visit unless you choose to enjoy optional activities at the Seattle Center. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
$15 + tax/night, subject to change. 6'2" height restriction in garage--no RVs or trucks.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, Washington
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, Washington
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

about $15, subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

less than one hour 

   

To catch Shuttle Express ride elevator to 3rd floor of the parking garage from the baggage claim area. Cross skybridge and ride elevator to lowest level. Walk to Island 2 in the pick-up area.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
LINK light rail

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$.75/person/senior rate
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

From the baggage claim area ride elevator to the 3rd floor; cross skybridge to the parking garage. Follow signs to LINK light rail. Purchase tickets from the machine with credit card or cash; ride elevator to the platform level. Board LINK light rail car; trains depart every 10 minutes and trip takes 45 minutes Ride to the Westlake Station. Get off train; ride elevator to street level. Nordstrom will be on your left. Walk south 1.5 blocks up 5th Ave. to the Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave.

 

King Street Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Under $10 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Stita
phone: NA--

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

For one-four persons, about $35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound, exit at Stewart Street (exit # 166). Follow Stewart to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Avenue. Drive 3.5 blocks to the Red Lion Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Pike Street.The hotel entrance is on the right side of the street.
  South, including SeaTac Airport Drive north on I-5. Exit at Seneca St (exit# 165). Follow Seneca St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave.Drive 3 blocks, turn right onto Pike St. Drive the length of that block, turn right onto 5th Ave. At the first opportunity turn right down into the Red Lion Hotel's parking garage. Best parking is near the elevator, which will take you to the lobby. If you are not using the hotel's parking garage there is a loading zone in front of the hotel for a brief unloading stop.
Elevation Note: The Visitor Center at Paradise on Mt. Rainier is at 5500'.

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: Registration, reception, group dinner, and introductions. Make a kite tonight to fly tomorrow at the park.
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 Arrive To: Check into hotel room, then at meeting room (posted on readerboard in lobby) any time between 4:00-5:00 pm to pick up program materials and name tag.
 Afternoon: Hosted reception at 5:00 pm; welcome and discussion of agenda 5:30-6:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room at 6:00 pm.
 Evening: Introductions of all attendees, short snapshot of Seattle and constructing kites to fly tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Exploring Seattle--see lots of boats and salmon as you learn about the Chittenden Locks; a picnic and kite-flying at Gasworks Park; behind the scenes at Safeco Field; an evening lecture on the geology of Mt. Rainier.
(Monday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Enjoy scrambled eggs, cold cereals, fruit/ juices, assorted breakfast breads, breakfast meats, potatoes, pancakes, toast, yogurt, coffe/decaf/tea.
 Morning: Learn about the history and operation of the Chittenden Locks, where a Corps of Engineers interpreter will lecture on the history of the Locks, then lead a walk of the botanical gardens, locks and fish ladder.
 Lunch: Lunch is a picnic at Gasworks Park on Lake Union, under a shelter or in the sun. Fly kites from Kite Hill and admire its distinctive sundial.
 Afternoon: Go behind the scenes at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners' baseball park.
 Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room this evening..
 Evening: Illustrated lecture by a local geologist on the beauty and the volcanic potential of Mt. Rainier.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: See many kinds of animals at NW Trek, a wild animal park. On a Mt. Rainier visit stop for a gentle hike at Longmire. Walk to the base of dramatic Narada Falls. At Paradise, walk through fields of wildflowers, see the historic inn and new visitor center,.
(Tuesday, July 30)

Note: Optional flat walks in scenic areas; optional hiking in meadows with some elevation gain.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Travel by chartered coach to NW Trek, a noted wild animal park. At NW Trek we'll take a tram ride through herds of bison, elk and others. Walk though exhibits of wolves and other local species.
 Lunch: Enter Mt. Rainier National Park and ride to Longmire to learn about the area's early settlers and enjoy a gentle, scenic walk. Stop at beautiful Narada Falls; walk the steep trail to bottom of the falls and up again if you wish. Unpack your picnic lunch at the Visitor Center at Paradise, elevation 5500 feet, or choose your meal from their lunch counter, which features hot soups, sandwiches, salads, beverages and desserts.
 Afternoon: Walk trails in the meadows at Paradise on your own and choose from a number of hikes.Browse the Visitor Center's interpretive displays on the natural and human history of the mountain and its breathtaking surrounding peaks. Look through its excellent gift shops. Visit Paradise Inn, a vintage National Park lodge.
 Dinner: We'll stop at a family-style restaurant for a tasty dinner on the way home.
 Evening: No time for an evening program tonight. We have a busy day tomorrow!
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Say hello to otters and octopuses at the Seattle Aquarium. Enjoy their exhibits of local flora and fauna.stroll the Olympic Sculpture Park.
(Wednesday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Ride a Metro bus to the waterfront to visit the Seattle Aquarium. See the local Giant Pacific Octopus, sea otters ad many, many fish. Stroll through the Seattl Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park.
 Lunch: Choose your favorite pasta today as we lunch today at The Spaghetti Factory.
 Afternoon: Relax or go out for more activities with your family on your free afternoon. Suggestions will be provided.
 Dinner: The remainder of the evening is free for you to enjoy dinner with your family this evening.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Travel east of Seattle to hike near Snoqualmie Falls. Lunch at Remlinger Farms, a working farm with many activities. Do some berry-picking together in the blueberry fields. Enjoy a pizza party tonight to end our program.
(Thursday, August 1)

Note: Light hiking on flat, well-maintained trail.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Drive east of Seattle to amazing Snoqualmie Falls and walk a gentle trail through a fragrant forest.
 Lunch: Lunch at the restaurant at Remlinger Farms, a busy working farm.
 Afternoon: Spend some sunny time picking juicy blueberries for a snack on the ride home.
 Dinner: It's a pizza party tonight to celebrate this week together.
 Evening: We'll have live entertainment after dinner this evening.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: View a video detailing the construction of the 405' Space Needle. Ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and the glass-fronted elevator to the 360-degree observation deck.
(Friday, August 2)
   
 Depart From: Program ends after the morning's activities.
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: View a video of the 1962 construction of the Space Needle before we ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and the glass-fronted elevator up to the observation deck of the landmark structure. Stay as long as you like, spotting many of the places we've visited this busy week in the upper left-hand corner. Our program concludes at this point. You may linger longer or return to the hotel with the group. Other activities in and around the Seattle Center include the new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit, the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum, the Pacific Science Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center and Ride the Ducks. Thank you for coming to Seattle!
 Lunch: Bon voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seattle, Washington Chihuly Gardens & Glass
View marvelous glass art by legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly in a new permanent exhibit adjacent to the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. Projected to open Spring 2012; ticket prices not yet announced. For additional information, visit chihulygardenandglass.com
  LeMay Car Museum
See vintage and exotic cars in the distinctive building housing the new LeMay Car Museum, part of the world's largest private car collection. Convenient public transportation from Seattle; terminates at the Museum. Ticket prices not yet available.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List


The Egg and I


Author: Betty MacDonald


Description: Lightly fictionalized account of the author and her husband's attempt to raise eggs on a farm near Pt. Townsend, with Ma and Pa Kettle as neighbors.



Winter Brothers


Author: Ivan Doig


Description: Recounting of James Swan's time in the early NW, focusing on Pt. Townsend and its plans for great things.



Snow Falling on Cedars


Author: David Guterson


Description: Set on Bainbridge Island, a story of intolerance and survival after WWII. Portrays many true events and actual citizens of the area. Fiction.



Free Boy; A True Story of Slave and Master


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: How did the Civil War appear in the Pacific Northwest? Read this story of a boy brought to Olympia as a slave and how he gained his freedom.



Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


Author: Jamie Ford


Description: Set in the Seattle of WWII, the story of a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl in a world beyond their control.



Warship Under Sail: The USS Decatur in the Pacific West


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: The detailed and lively story of the US Navy in the Pacific Northwest during the transition from sail to steam.





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