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The Upper-Left-Hand Corner for Grandparents and Grandkids

Program Number: 20554RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/25/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - 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 10 - 14 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 climb to the top of a lighthouse. Hike the trails of Mount Rainier National Park. Go behind the scenes at Safeco Field, pick blueberries at a working farm and 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, berry-picking at a farm 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

7-20-2014

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 Warwick Hotel
  Seattle, Washington 5 nights
 The Warwick Hotel
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, the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle and the South Lake Union Streetcar to South Lake Union Park and the Museum of History and Industry.
  Contact info: 401 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickwa.com
  Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, iron/ironing board, Juliet balcony with sliding glass doors.
  Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge, fitness facility, indoor swimming pool, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Warwick Reservations at 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Warwick Reservations at 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm.
  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 Warwick Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by noon after Space Needle visit unless you choose to enjoy optional activities at the Seattle Center. You will be staying at The Warwick Hotel 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
phone: 425-981-7000

 

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. Shuttles run about every 30 minutes. Ask about reduced price for round-trip tickets.

 

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. Walk to 4th Avenue. Turn right. Walk three blocks to the Warwick Hotel.

 

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 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue. Drive 2 blocks to the Warwick Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Virginia Street. The hotel garage entrance is on the right side of the street.
  South, including SeaTac Airport Drive north on I-5. Exit at Olive St. (exit# 166). Turn left over freeway. Follow Olive St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. Drive 4 blocks to the Warwick Hotel's parking garage, on the right side of the street.
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 20)
   
 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 Warwick Hotel
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 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Enjoy a Hot American Breakfast or the equivalent with a voucher.
 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 Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: On a visit to dramatic and beautiful Mt. Rainier stop for a gentle hike at Longmire. Walk to the base of stunning Narada Falls. At Paradise, walk through fields of wildflowers, see the historic inn and new visitor center,.
(Tuesday, July 22)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Ride a chartered coach to Mt. Rainier National Park. Stop on the way to choose a tasty lunch from a deli.
 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.
 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: Relax after your busy day.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruise across Puget Sound on a ferry. Climb to the top of the Pt. Robinson lighthouse and enjoy time on the beach. Enjoy lunch in a typical Vashon Island café.
(Wednesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Jump onto a school bus and ride a Washington State ferry to Vashon Island. Learn about and climb the Pt. Robinson lighthouse and explore its lovely beach.
 Lunch: Lunch in a delightful island restaurant before we re-board the ferry to return to the mainland.
 Afternoon: Upon our return to Seattle, get eye-to-eye with otters, octopuses and lots of other marine life at the excellent Seattle Aquarium. Learn what lives underneath that water you just crossed on the ferry! On the next pier is the Seattle Great Wheel--talk about a view! The ride's on you but we'll provide bus information for your return to the hotel.
 Dinner: The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy dinner and have some quiet time with your family this evening.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
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, July 24)

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



   
 Breakfast: 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 Warwick Hotel
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, July 25)
   
 Depart From: Program ends after the morning's activities.
 Breakfast: 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 Good Rain


Author: Timothy Egan


Description: Beautifully-written, deeply heartfelt love-letter to the Pacific Northwest.



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.



New Land, North of the Columbia


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: An engaging history of Washington Territory and State, presented through an examination and explanation of original documents by the state's premier historian.



The Boys in the Boat


Author: Daniel James Brown


Description: The story of nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This true account of the University of Washington crew's experiences will hold you spellbound.



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.



West of Here


Author: Jonathan Evison


Description: Set in the frontier town of Port Angeles, the themes in the novel will resonate with readers who recognize current events in its interwoven stories.





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