19929
Seattle
Whales and Trails: A San Juan Island Intergenerational Adventure
Search for whales and explore the San Juan Islands with your grandchild, enjoying nature walks, discovering unique ecosystems and learning about orcas at a whale research outpost.
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Program No. 19929RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Welcome & Orientation Programs
Seattle
D
Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport

Afternoon: Welcome and Get Acquainted programs before dinner.

Dinner: Catered welcome dinner featuring Pasta bar with meat or vegetarian lasagna and more served in the Conference Dining Room

Evening: Get a Program Overview of the exciting week ahead following dinner!

DAY
2
Hiram Chittenden Locks / Ferry to San Juan Island / Check in to San Juan Island Inn
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Breakfast Extensive breakfast buffet served in Lobby Restaurant /Breakfast Room featuring, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads/toast, juices and coffee.

Morning: On our way to catch the ferry to Friday Harbor, we'll explore the Hiram Chittenden Locks, which opened in 1917 and are nicknamed the "Ballard" Locks. They provide an important link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. We'll enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through, as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage. Then, watch the fish ladder built for to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water, and to navigate the locks. Glass panels below the water line make it possible to watch for fish.

Lunch: Lunch at a great restaurant overlooking Lake Union and Seattle's iconic Space Needle.

Afternoon: We'll coach northward to Anacortes where we'll board the WA State ferry bound for San Juan Island. Enjoy the view from the inside passenger cabins or from the outside decks as we take our 1.5 hour journey through the archipelago to Friday Harbor. Check in to hotel and settle in upon arrival in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and red potatoes or rice – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Socialize with new friends, play games, or enjoy the hotel's amenities.

DAY
3
Exploring the "Orca's of the Salish Sea" / Whale Museum / Coastal Hike - American Camp /"Living On An Island"
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Enhanced Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, pancakes, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Learn from a local expert about the incredible Orca Pod's. Discover what makes this population unique and special and hear their actual recorded language. Next, walk to the nearby Whale Museum for a docent guided field trip to the Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is the first museum in the country dedicated to the interpretation of whales living in the wild. Discover the social intelligence of these amazing creatures. Children will learn about orca preservation efforts and discover how each whale is unique.

Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day. Macaroni and Cheese will also be served – for the young and the young at heart!

Afternoon: Learn the historical and archaeological importance of San Juan Island's American Camp National Park. Our naturalist guided hike through American Camp National Park (approximately 2-3 hours) will bring multiple opportunities to stop and observe/reflect/sense the flora, fauna, and wildlife along the way.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight's dinner features a "Fiesta Feast" - with taco bar, refried beans, tortilla chips, cheeses, assorted toppings, corn & flour tortillas, chef’s choice dessert, coffee, tea, iced tea

Evening: Presentation "Living On An Island" gives an insider's perspective on what its like to grow up and live on an island. Are there really no traffic lights or fast food restaurants?

DAY
4
"Wildlife Rehabilitation Expert and Raptor Visit/ Limekiln Lighthouse Whale Research Outpost/"Family Freetime"/ "Island Art" Activity
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Enhanced Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals , waffles, scrambled eggs, hash browns, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Enjoy a visit with a Wildlife Rehab Expert and see up close a Raptor rescued by a local rehabilitation organization. Then, we're off to the West side of the island for a visit LimeKiln State Park. Limekiln Park offers great wildlife viewing from shore, as well as a lighthouse that currently serves as an Orca research station. Learn about Orca acoustics and how research interpret Orca dialects from the stations underwater hydrophone.

Lunch: Let's head to the beach for a picnic. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit; chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own deli sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments/accoutrements, including the ever popular peanut butter and jelly!

Afternoon: After lunch, try your hand at building sand castles, or beach forts as we enjoy a little play time at the beach. We'll head back to the hotel in the early afternoon for some "Family Free Time." Enjoy some special time together doing activities of your choice!

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features an Italian Extravaganza. We’ll have NW green salad, choice of pasta (cheese stuffed tortellini or Spaghetti); choice of sauce (marinara or Alfredo), and chef’s choice veggie – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Create your own keepsake to take home - "Island Art." Note: this activity is not just for kids!

DAY
5
Whale & Wildlife Search Boat Cruise Excursion / English Camp National Park Hike /Farewell Program and Orca Adoption Kits
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Breakfast: Enhanced Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, pancakes, egg & cheese biscuit or egg, cheese & sausage biscuit, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Search for Orca Whales, Bald Eagles, Porpoises, Seals, Sea Birds and Sea Lions in their natural environment while on a three hour chartered boat cruise through the islands.

Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day. Macaroni and Cheese will also be served – for the young and the young at heart!

Afternoon: Learn the historical importance of San Juan Island's British Camp National Park. Our naturalist guided hike through British Camp National Park (approximately 1-2 miles) will bring several opportunities to stop and observe/reflect/feel the flora, fauna, and wildlife along the way. We'll return from our hike mid-afternoon, allowing some free time to enjoy the pool or other activities of your choice.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner is a summertime favorite. We’ll have NW green salad, and your choice of all-beef / veggie hotdogs or chicken kabobs, pasta salad, veggies, and fresh fruit – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Following dinner, as part of a farewell program, enjoy a group gathering where the children are presented with their of "Orca Adoption" kits to take home.

DAY
6
Farewell and Departure Day
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B

Breakfast: Enhanced Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, waffles, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Depart Friday Harbor, San Juan Island via the Washington State ferry and chartered motor coach. Program concludes in Seattle with drop off at SeaTac International airport(approximately 12:30pm) or the Radisson SeaTac Hotel(approximately 12:45pm) on final day of the program. We recommend scheduling outbound flights after 2:30 pm. BON VOYAGE!