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Nature at Work in the North Cascades, Northwest History in Story and Song, and Life in Methow Valley

Program Number: 2050RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/7/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/8/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/6/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Winthrop (Sun Mountain), Washington
Price starting at: $579.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

5-4-2014

The spring session will highlight the songbirds, butterflies and wildflowers found along the resort's wooded trails.



10-5-2014

During the fall, enjoy the beauty of the emerging fall colors in the woods and mountains around the lodge.



Coordinated by Learning Adventures.



Nature At Work In The North Cascades

Sessions begin with fascinating slide presentations on the spectacular, natural world of the Methow Valley. Then experience the colorful, seasonal splendor of this dramatic mountain setting on easy, naturalist-guided walks on surrounding trails.



Northwest History In Story And Song

Seafaring explorers, overland trappers, miners, homesteaders — each helped settle the Northwest, and each wrote songs to tell their tales. Taught by one of the West’s favorite folksingers, the course is a mix of fascinating stories and lively songs.



Life And Time Of The Methow Valley

The Methow Valley has a colorful history right out of the Wild West. A longtime resident will tell of the mining boom of the late 1890s, of the sprawling ranches of the Methow, and what it’s like to live in this beautiful, secluded valley.




Winthrop (Sun Mountain)

Located 200 miles northeast of Seattle on the eastern slope of the North Cascades, Winthrop is a mountain town with a frontier past, and is thriving today as a scenic recreation destination and part of the new Old West. North Cascades National Park is nearby, spectacular in all seasons.



Accommodations
Lodge on a private mountaintop 1,000 feet above the Methow Valley with majestic views of cathedral peaks, forest and abundant wildlife.

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

Dana Visalli is a devoted naturalist who works as a rare plant botanist throughout the American west. He publishes a quarterly journal of natural history, runs a children’s ecology summer camp, and maintains an on-going inventory of the flora and fauna of his home watershed. Dana teaches taxonomy classes at home and abroad, and in 2008 gave a workshop in Iraq to Iraqi botanists. He has published three books on wildflower identification, the “Northwest Wildflower Series.”
 
Hank Cramer

Hank Cramer is a nationally-touring folksinger and Northwest historian. His life experiences include working as an underground miner, U.S. Army Green Beret, shantyman on a square-rigged sailing ship, and wrangler for a high-country outfitter. Hank has recorded 18 CDs and several movie soundtracks. He has a bachelor’s in history from the University of Arizona, with graduate studies at University of Colorado-Denver and the Army Command and General Staff College.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Sun Mountain Lodge
  Winthrop, WA 3 nights
 Sun Mountain Lodge
Type: Resort
  Description: Set on a private mountain top 1000 feet above the valley, Sun Mountain Lodge is a AAA Four Diamond, luxury resort featuring spectacular views of cathedral peaks, Aspen groves, pine forests, and abundant wildlife... exceptional natural beauty at every turn. Located in Winthrop on the Eastern slope of the North Cascades, the resort captures the spirit of its natural setting with huge beams and stone masonry. Full resort amenities (www.sunmountainlodge.com).
  Contact info: P.O. Box 1000
Winthrop, WA 98862 USA
phone: 800-572-0493
web: www.sunmountainlodge.com
  Room amenities: Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, the tastefully appointed guest rooms feature panoramas of breath-taking scenery, stereos, coffeemakers and custom furnishings from Northwest artisans.
  Facility amenities: Full spa, two outdoor hot tubs, seasonal pool, lounge, and more.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $100 per night + tax. Reservations may be made directly through the resort at (800) 572-0493.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100 per night + tax. Reservations may be made directly through the resort at (800) 572-0493.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
2 p.m. in the assigned conference room. You will be staying at Sun Mountain Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
1 p.m. after lunch at lodge. You will be staying at Sun Mountain Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Winthrop, WA
  Nearest city or town:  Wenatchee, WA
  Nearest highway: Washington State Highway 20
  Nearest airport:  Wenatchee, WA
  From End of Program
  Location: Winthrop, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle, WA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hours approx. 

   

Sun Mountain is located on the Eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. Its secluded location will require a private car.

 
Driving Directions
  Eastern Washington Drive west on Highway 2 to the junction of Highway 174 (to 173 and 17) just west of Wilbur. Turn right at this junction and proceed NE on 174 through Grand Coulee to Leahy Junction (no town). Continue west on 17, cross the Columbia River, past Chief Joseph Dam, to the junction with Highway 97 just north of Brewster. Turn left (south) and follow Highway 97 down the west side of the Columbia River about 10 miles to Pateros. Just after crossing the bridge, turn right onto Highway 153 (to 20). Drive about 31 miles west through Twisp, and approx. 6 miles west of Twisp turn left onto Twin Lakes Road. Travel 1.6 miles, then turn left on Patterson Lake Road and continue up past the lake for 6.4 miles to the Lodge.
  Western Washington From I-5 approx. 65 miles north of Seattle, turn east onto Highway 20 toward Burlington and the North Cascades Highway. Follow Highway 20 to Winthrop (132 miles). Continue on Highway 20 into Winthrop, cross bridge and turn right at the 4-way stop downtown. Continue through town about 1 mile and curve to the right, crossing another bridge across the Methow River. Immediately after the bridge the road will ‘Y’ - stay right onto Twin Lakes Road. Follow this road 3.2 miles to Patterson Lake Road. Turn right onto Patterson Lake Road, and follow the signs 6.4 miles to Sun Mountain Lodge.
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: Orientation/NW History/Dinner
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Dinner: Welcome at 2:20, followed by "Nature at Work in the Methow Valley" session from 2:30-5:30 pm, features in-class session with lecture and slide show. The final half of the session will be spent on naturalist-guided walks on the trails surrounding the lodge. Dinner to follow at 6:00 pm. Get acquainted activity after dinner.
   
Accommodations: Sun Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture followed by Nature Walk/Northwestern History in Story and Song Lecture
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the conference room.
 Morning: After breakfast, "Nature at Work in the Methow Valley" features in-class session with lecture and slide show. The final half of the session will be spent on naturalist-guided walks on the trails surrounding the lodge.
 Lunch: Lunch in the conference room.
 Afternoon: "Northwest History in Story & Song" from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. Second half of the session to follow after dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner in the conference room.
 Evening: Northwest History in Story & Song, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Second half of the session).
   
Accommodations: Sun Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture followed by Nature Walk/Optional Excursion/Local Museum Visit
(Tuesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the conference room.
 Morning: After breakfast, "Nature at Work in the Methow Valley" features in-class session with lecture and slide show. The final half of the session will be spent on naturalist-guided walks on the trails surrounding the lodge.
 Lunch: Lunch in the conference room.
 Afternoon: Young Men & Fire - The Story of America's First Smokejumpers (optional excursion; private cars) at 2:30 pm Local museum open for the group from 4:00 - 5:15 pm. 4:00 Museum Open
 Dinner: Dinner in the conference center.
 Evening: Life & Times of the Methow Valley, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
   
Accommodations: Sun Mountain Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture followed by Nature Walk/Lunch and Departures
(Wednesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the conference room.
 Morning: After breakfast, "NW History in Story & Song" session from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.
 Lunch: Lunch in the conference room.
 Afternoon: Departure after lunch.
 Dinner: Program ends after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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


Cascade-Olympic Natural History


Author: Daniel Matthews


Description: A delightful overall natural history book for the area. Out of print, but used copies should be available.



The Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America


Author: David Sibley


Description: Perhaps the best book for bird identification.



The Methow Naturalist


Author: Dana Visalli, editor


Description: Sixteen page quarterly journal of natural history. Subscriptions are $10 per year available by writing to: The Methow Naturalist, PO Box 175, Winthrop, WA 98862





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