Drive is approximately 118 miles over the course of the day, up to 3 hours broken up with stops. Getting on/off motorcoach. Elevation changes from 50' in Portland to 6,000' at Timberline Lodge. Walking up to one mile; paved trail.
At the hotel, our breakfast buffet includes hot and cold items plus coffee and tea.
This morning, we will board our motorcoach for a day of exploration to learn about the history of Oregon and its geological features. Along the way to Mt. Hood, we will make a stop at Philip Foster Farm to learn about early pioneer life and the Oregon Trail. Philip Foster was one of Oregon's first pioneers and was a leader in the establishment of Oregon. His farm and home in Eagle Creek played an important role in the history of Barlow Road, which followed the south side of Mt. Hood as an alternative to the Columbia River route.
At Philip Foster Farm, we’ll have picnic-style boxed lunches.
After lunch, we will continue on to Wildwood Recreation Site. Wildwood Recreation Site is nestled in the forested foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Our expert will lead us along a paved 1/4 mile trail in this temperate old growth rainforest. Next, led by National Forest Service staff, we will visit historic Timberline Lodge, a WPA project dedicated in 1937, filled with art work and furnishings created for the lodge in the 1930s under the Federal Art Project. It is the only 20th century public building of its size constructed and furnished entirely by hand with original carved and inlaid craft work in wood, wrought iron, weaving, appliqué, painting, mosaic, carved linoleum, and stained glass.
At Timberline Lodge, enjoy a plated entrée served with baked rolls, Tillamook creamery butter, dessert, gourmet coffee, and tea; other beverages available for purchase.
We will return to the hotel by motorcoach.