The drive is about 118 miles over the course of the day, up to 90 minutes. Getting on/off a motorcoach; walking up to one mile; generally smooth paths with periodic stops for commentary. Elevation changes from 50' in Portland to 6,000' at Timberline Lodge.
In the hotel breakfast room, our daily breakfast buffet includes eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, waffles or pancakes, cereals, pastries, muffins, breads, bagels, fresh fruit and yogurt. Beverages such as milk, juice, coffee and tea will be provided.
Learn some background on the state we’ll be exploring for the next few days. After breakfast, our local historian will describe how Oregon became part of the union. We will hear some fun facts and unique stories about the Beaver State and the city of Portland. After a short break, a local expert (who will be staying with us for the three days outside of Portland) will give a presentation on Oregon’s geology and its interesting geological features. After the lecture, we'll board our motorcoach for a day of exploration. Today we will explore the mountainous area of the Mt. Hood Territory. This is a region of volcanic origin. A large magma field lies beneath the Cascade Mountains, extending from British Columbia to northern California as part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” Mt. Hood and the other photogenic Cascade peaks are long-lived volcanoes. Their repeated eruptions have created mountains of great height.
In a covered shelter in Wildwood Recreation Area, we’ll have picnic-style box lunches.
The 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. From Wildwood, we will take a motorcoach to historic Timberline Lodge for a docent-led guided tour. The Timberline Lodge is a WPA project dedicated in 1937, filled with artwork and furnishings created for the lodge under the Federal Art Project. It is the only 20th-century public building of its size-- constructed and furnished entirely by hand. Take note of the original carved and inlaid craftwork in wood, wrought iron, weaving, appliqué, painting, mosaic, carved linoleum and stained glass.
At the Timberline Lodge’s banquet room, 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.