Drive is approximately 118 miles over the course of the day, up to 90 minutes. 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.
We’ll start the day with a local expert who will give a presentation on Oregon geology. Our expert will stay with us for the three days outside of Portland. We’ll then board our motorcoach for a day of exploration to learn about the history of Oregon and its geological features with a field trip to Mt. Hood plus stops at the Wildwood Recreation area and Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark. Wildwood Recreation Area 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.
At Wildwood Park, we’ll have box lunches picnic style.
Next, led by National Forest Service staff, we’ll 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.
We’ll be joined by a local expert who will provide an overview of public art in Portland. The cityscape is enhanced by nearly 1,000 outdoor public art works. The progressive Public Art committee commissions art that “engages with the surrounding environment to create, enrich, or reveal a sense of place, and to express the spirit, values, visions and poetry of place that collectively define Portland.”