16188
Oregon/California
On the Road: The Oregon Coast, California Redwoods and Crater Lake
Explore ancient redwood forests and geologically diverse caves. See the clear waters of America’s deepest lake and learn about unique Northwest landscapes alongside experts.
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Program No. 16188RJ
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10 days
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10 days
9 nights
24 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Portland, OR
D
Holiday Inn Portland Airport (I-205)

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the hotel meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. On the Road programs are journeys that take participants to multiple study sites in a region with a number of overnight stays. Lectures, talks, discussions, field trips, and on-board commentary amplify the program theme. Some journeys involve great distances and may take hours, others are much shorter. Long or short, On the Road journeys are learning experiences that make the most of our time together. Field trips and lectures will be led by our Group Leader unless otherwise specified. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In our meeting space at the hotel, we’ll have a buffet dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
2
Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Florence, OR
B,L,D
Driftwood Shores

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; paved pathways. Driving approx. 200 miles total; about 3 hours, total.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a hot buffet breakfast an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, plus various juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll begin our motorcoach journey down the Oregon Coast paying attention to its ever-changing spectacular viewpoints. As we travel to Newport, we’ll stop along the way at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, which was built in August of 1873 and stands at 93 feet tall on the beautifully rocky western headland. We’ll have a walk around the premises led by our Group Leader and admire the area.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route, we’ll enjoy a tasty buffet with water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: As a way to prepare for our upcoming beach explorations, we’ll go on a field trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium where we’ll walk with an aquarium staff member through acrylic tunnels surrounded by several feet of sea water and come face to face with large sharks, rockfish and bat rays. As we explore the many exhibits, we’ll experience a unique way to enjoy the charming sea life of the northwest coast. We’ll also have some time for independent exploration after the group activity. Afterwards, we’ll continue our transfer via motorcoach to Florence where we will check-into the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel overlooking the waves, we’ll have buffet meals with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Oregon’s Coastal Geology, Cape Perpetua
Florence, OR
B,D
Driftwood Shores

Activity note: Walking about 1/2 mile; approx. 1/2 hour; maintained trail at Cape Perpetua. Driving approx. 50 miles; about 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin our morning at the hotel with a lecture on Oregon's coastal geology given by our Group Leader. Then we will set out from the hotel via motorcoach to begin our day's adventure in Florence’s Old Town where we will learn about the history of the city.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Florence. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll rendezvous at a predetermined time and place for transfer to a trailhead before setting out on an interpretive walk led by our marine biologist Group Leader. As we walk the trail on the way to the summit 800 feet above sea level, we’ll learn about native wildflowers, trees, and animals before soaking in the beautiful views from atop Cape Perpetua. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll then gather at the hotel for a lecture on the natural history of the Oregon coast. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
4
Cruise the Dunes, Southern Oregon Coast
Gold Beach, OR
B,L,D
Gold Beach Resort

Activity note: Minimal walking throughout the day. Driving approx. 80 miles; about 2 hours. Dune ride is less than 1 hour; some bumpy parts, but mostly smooth.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll travel to the Oregon Dunes, the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, which extends 60 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay. One can't see these dunes from the highway, so upon arrival we’ll climb aboard a giant dune buggy for a thrilling ride over the mountains of sand. The ride will culminate in a stop atop one of the highest dunes in North America, a whopping 600 feet high! When our ride ends, we’ll continue our transfer.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Bandon, OR, overlooking the scenic Oregon Coast, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Carrying on, we’ll travel to the little remote sea town of Gold Beach where the Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean and check into the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Gold Beach, we’ll have plated meals coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Rogue River Jet Boats, California’s Towering Redwoods
Eureka, CA
B,L
Best Western Bayshore Inn

Activity note: Walking about 1/2 mile; approx. 1/2 hour; flat, maintained trail loop. Driving approximately 210 miles; about 5 hours. Getting on/off boats; ride is about 64 miles roundtrip; approx. 2.5 hours one way.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board our motorcoach after checking out of the hotel and transfer to the dock on the Rogue River where we’ll climb into a jet boat for a thrilling ride up the wild and scenic river. Our boat’s captain will navigate the rapids in this gorgeous river valley while we keep our eyes peeled for osprey and other wildlife. The jet boat ride will be a dynamic introduction to the southern Oregon Coast's backcountry. Our Group Leader will provide commentary on the beautiful coastal trees that will line our route while aboard.

Lunch: At a charming restaurant in Agness, a pleasant little town of 75 people, we’ll have a tasty buffet meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Continuing our travel south, we’ll have an onboard lecture given by our biologist Group Leader as we have our first encounter with the majestic redwoods of the coast. These trees in northern California are some of the world's tallest anywhere and we will enjoy several rest stops along the way to get a closer look at them. We’ll check into the hotel upon arrival in Eureka, CA.

Dinner: On your own to explore local.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Walk Among Redwoods, Regional Ecology
Eureka, CA
B,L,D
Best Western Bayshore Inn

Activity note: Walking about 1/2 mile; approx. 1/2 hour; flat, maintained trail. Driving approx. 70 miles; about 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our redwood expert will meet us at the hotel and join us throughout the day’s adventures. Setting out, we’ll begin by traveling on the world-famous scenic drive, The Avenue of the Giants, 31 miles of lush redwood groves. It’s considered by many to be, by far, the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt. We’ll also stop at some point to get off the motorcoach and take a short loop walk overshadowed by these giant redwoods – a perfect picture taking opportunity!

Lunch: Among the redwoods, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration of the redwood forest with our local expert as she points out interesting aspects of this forest of giants. Along the way we’ll also make a stop at the scenic Victorian Village, which is a living history museum of Victorian and other architectural treasures.

Dinner: At the historic (and rustic) Samoa Cookhouse, where Eureka's loggers and lumbermen have enjoyed hearty family-style meals for generations, we’ll have a tasty family-style meal together. Coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Afterwards, we’ll get to have a look at the Cookhouse’s museum led by our Group Leader. We’ll then return to the hotel where the remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
Coast to Caves, Voyage to the Oregon Caves
Cave Junction, OR
B,L,D
Oregon Caves Chateau

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile in the caves; approx. 1.5 hours; moderate to difficult walking with some inclines, rocky and uneven parts depending on route choice. Safety procedures will be covered before the walk. Driving approx. 158 miles; about 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Heading back up north through the spectacular redwoods, we’ll stop at the Jedediah Smith State Park, renowned for its beauty. As we look around, we will learn from our Group Leader about the old growth redwood forests and the history of the park.

Lunch: At the park, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: After transferring, we’ll then begin venturing deep inside the earth to explore a marble cave at the Oregon Caves National Monument. We’ll learn about the geology, history and science of this cave, which is recognized as one of the most geologically unique and botanically diverse in the U.S. Be sure to bring your sense of adventure! We’ll then check into and explore the Oregon Caves Chateau, one of Southern Oregon's most charming lodges. With rustic rooms, this unique 5-story historic landmark, covered with beautiful bark siding, is one of the West's most intriguing lodges. The Oregon Caves Chateau was featured in the PBS TV special and book "Great Lodges of the American West" for its old fashioned charm and architectural elegance. A local expert will lead us around the chateau.

Dinner: In the Chateau’s restaurant, we’ll sit down for a delicious plated meal, with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Crater Lake National Park
La Pine, OR
B,L,D
Best Western Newberry Station

Activity note: Walking less than 1/2 mile; about 1/2 hour; paved trails. Driving approx. 191 miles; about 4 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Once checked out of the Chateau, we’ll board our motorcoach and transfer to Crater Lake while listening to a lecture en route about the crater.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy plated meals with a soup and salad bar, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Crater Lake’s sublime beauty is a sort of legend. 36 cliff-lined miles in circumference and 6 miles across, this caldera was formed by the eruption and ensuing collapse of Mt. Mazama almost 7,700 years ago. Along our drive on the crater’s rim road, we’ll stop to take a breathtaking look from the brink of this iconic northwestern natural landform. We’ll then complete our transfer and check into the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a pizza buffet with various beverages.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
Lava Lands Walk, Multnomah Falls, To Portland
Portland, OR
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Portland Airport (I-205)

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile; up to 1 hour depending on walking route; paved trail with minimal elevation change. Driving approx. 236 miles; about 4.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out, we’ll board our motorcoach and transfer to Newberry National Volcanic Monument's Lava Lands Visitor Center for a walk through a lava flow with our Group Leader and a private interpretive expert. This visit will tie together much of what we have learned throughout our travels, from geology to climate and everything in between.

Lunch: At a local diner along the way in Redmond, OR, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll travel on to independently explore the wonderful museum at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Continuing, we’ll skirt the flanks of Mt. Hood on our way to the Columbia River Gorge and thundering Multnomah Falls, the state's highest waterfall. We’ll get off the motorcoach and go for a walk with our Group Leader along a pleasant trail to get a better look. We’ll then carry on to our accommodation and check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a tasty plated farewell dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: We’ll then gather for a final wrap-up session to review the adventures we went on together. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Portland, OR
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a hot breakfast buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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