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Portland (Oregon)
The Many Faces of Oregon: Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge and Oregon Coast
From awe-inspiring waterfalls to towering Mount Hood, from ancient forests to food-trendy Portland, explore the many wonders of Oregon on this great Northwestern adventure.
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Program No. 1834RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Oregon Background
Portland, OR
D
Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: At 4:00 p.m. after you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table 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, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Unless noted otherwise, travel for program-related activities will be via private motorcoach with onboard lavatory. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a dinner buffet including dessert, coffee, tea, water

Evening: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will share some fun facts and unique stories about the Beaver State. Learn some background on the state we’ll be exploring for the next few days.

DAY
2
Mt. Hood, Wildwood, Timberline Lodge, Portland’s Public Art
Portland, OR
B,L,D
Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Activity note: Timberline Lodge is at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Walking up to one mile; paved trail.

Breakfast: At the hotel, our breakfast buffet includes hot and cold items plus coffee and tea.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: At Wildwood Park, we’ll have box lunches picnic style.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: 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.”

DAY
3
Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Downtown Walk
Portland, OR
B,L
Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Activity note: Walking up to one mile, periods of standing.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The International Rose Test Garden — known simply as the Rose Garden — overlooks the city. Led by a docent, we’ll explore some of its 4.5 acres in Washington Park with more than 650 varieties of roses producing more than 10,000 flowers each year. The Portland Rose Society was established in 1888. In 1915 as World War I raged in Europe, newspaper editor Jesse Currey persuaded city officials to establish a “test garden” to protect and preserve European hybrid roses in danger of being destroyed. Fortunately, the roses outlasted the war. The City of Roses is the official nickname of Portland. Charles Paul Keyser (Portland Parks Superintendent 1917-1950) stated that Portland was "christened the City of Roses by visitors to an Episcopal Church convention which was held in the city in 1888 when the Portland Rose Society was formed. In 1889 Portland's first annual Rose Show was held and from 1904 through 1906 the Portland Rose Society sponsored a Fiesta along with its annual rose show. In a 1905 address at the Lewis and Clark Exposition, Mayor Harry Lane suggested that Portland needed a "festival of roses." Two years later, in 1907, the first Rose Festival was held. On June 18, 2003, the City Council passed Resolution 36150 adopting the City of Roses as the city’s official nickname with a unanimous vote. We’ll continue to the Portland Japanese Garden, acclaimed as “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” There are five distinct areas that help to establish a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility. A docent will lead our exploration of the garden that includes a Japanese Tea House as well as arbors, bridges, pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, and an unsurpassed view of Mt. Hood.

Lunch: Boxed lunches picnic style.

Afternoon: We’ll ride downtown for an expert-led walking field trip to learn about the history, art, and architecture of this exceptional Northwest city. See and hear stories behind many unusual details that even many locals miss.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are many appealing restaurants to choose from.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Oregon Coast, Ft Stevens, Ft Clatsop, Wine Lecture & Tasting
Portland, OR
B,L,D
Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Activity note: Walking up to one mile, varied surfaces including sand.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll depart early for a full-day field trip to the Oregon Coast. We’ll go first to Fort Stevens, a coastal defense fort that saw active service from the Civil War days to the end of World War II. The fort was built to protect the Union against a possible English invasion from Canada, should the British have joined the Civil War on the Confederate side. In its long history, Fort Stevens never fired its guns in anger.

Lunch: At Fort Clatsop, we’ll have boxed lunches picnic style.

Afternoon: Next, Park Service staff will lead our exploration of a replica of Fort Clatsop within Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. This was where the Corps of Discovery had their winter encampment from December 1805 to March 1806. According to the National Park Service, the fortification measured 50 square feet and “housed 32 men, 1 woman, a baby, and a dog.” We’ll drive through the city of Astoria on our return while our instructor shares the local history.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: In the past 40 years, Oregon has grown to world class wine making status. In this evening's expert lecture, we'll hear the story of how that came to be and learn about a few of the varieties for which the state is becoming known and taste some samples.

DAY
5
Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, Discovery Center
Portland, OR
B,L,D
Clarion Hotel- Portland International Airport

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; walking up to 1/2 mile, paved trail; standing in museum.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our field trip this morning is to the Columbia River Gorge, a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. It's 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep with the north canyon walls in Washington State and the south canyon walls in Oregon State. Millennia of geologic events have produced breathtaking waterfalls. As we ride through the Gorge, we’ll learn from our instructor on board about the area’s fascinating geology. We’ll also stop at the Columbia Gorge's famous landmark, Multnomah Falls. The falls drop 620 feet. They flow year round, fed by underground streams in addition to rainwater and seasonal snow melt. We will view the waterfall from below (possibility of feeling some spray depending on current conditions). Those who feel adventurous and vigorous may hike 2/10ths of a mile up a steep, paved path to a scenic footbridge for a closer look. Back on our motorcoach, our onboard instructor will provide background on the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Lunch: At the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, we’ll have a hot buffet lunch including coffee, tea, water; beer and wine available for purchase.

Afternoon: The 26,100 square foot exhibit wing of the Discovery Center presents interactive displays that bring to life the tremendous volcanic upheavals and raging floods that created the Gorge, and describe the mighty river that sculpted patterns for a unique and spectacular diversity of vegetation, ancient life ways, and wildlife. During a self-directed exploration, we’ll also have an opportunity to see a live birds of prey exhibit.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: An Emmy award-winning public broadcaster will join us to share video and stories of the state’s scenic wonders. Then prepare for departure after our closing session in the morning.

DAY
6
Review & Wrap-up, Program Concludes
Portland, OR
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather as a group one last time for a program review and wrap up, and to say farewell to new Road Scholar friends. This concludes our program. 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!