Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 16 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time Walking about 1.5 miles; paved and unpaved pathways, rocky and sandy beaches. Possibility of getting wet at Marine Science Center.
At the hotel.
We will gather with our Group Leader for a lecture on Oregon’s coastal geology. We’ll then board a motorcoach with our Group Leader for a field trip to Hatfield Marine Science Center. We’ll explore the rocky inter-tidal habitat, see some of the creatures that live there, and learn about environmental forces that make this ever-changing habitat a challenging place. We will also have an opportunity to handle and observe critters that may be there such as snails, sea urchins, barnacles, crabs, and sea anemones. We’ll learn about each animal’s habitat, anatomy, diet, and more.
At a local pizza and salad eatery.
Next, we will ride to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Built in August 1873, it stands 93 feet tall on the beautifully rocky western headland. We’ll admire the sea on an informative walk around the premises with a local expert. The motorcoach will take us to Nye Beach where we will have an opportunity for independent exploration. Occupying less than a mile of coastline and reaching inland a few blocks, Nye Beach has beach access, boutiques, a vibrant arts scene, a variety of restaurants, and stunning views.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
We will regroup at an announced time and place, board the motorcoach, and ride back to the hotel.