Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 118 miles, approximately 3 hours with stops. Elevation changes from 50' in Portland to 6,000' at Timberline Lodge. Walking up to 1 mile; paved trail.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
With our Study Leader, we will board our motorcoach and head to Mt. Hood. Along the way, we will 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 creation of Barlow Road. This road followed the south side of Mt. Hood and allowed travelers to avoid the dangerous Columbia River route. We’ll learn about the history of Oregon and its geological features.
At Philip Foster Farm, we’ll have a boxed lunch including a sandwich, wrap, or salad with a bag of chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water.
We will continue on to Wildwood Recreation Site. Wildwood Recreation Site is nestled in the forested foothills of the Cascade Mountains. A local expert will lead us along a paved trail in this temperate old growth rainforest. As we walk, we’ll learn about the local ecology. Next, we will ride to historic Timberline Lodge. On arrival, we’ll set out on a docent-led field trip to explore the lodge and learn what makes it unique. The lodge is a WPA project dedicated in 1937. It is filled with artwork 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 craftwork in wood, wrought iron, weaving, appliqué, painting, mosaic, carved linoleum, and stained glass. Many famous films, including The Shining, were shot at this lodge.
At Timberline Lodge, we’ll have a plated entrée served with baked rolls, Tillamook creamery butter, dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Returning to the hotel via motorcoach, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.