Activity note: Hotel check in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. 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, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a dinner buffet with selections such as salad, entrée, vegetables, bread, and dessert; beverages choices include coffee, tea, and water.
Evening: 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, and answer any questions you may have. Throughout the program, we will be traveling to each destination via private motorcoach. We will have opportunities to walk and will often have a local expert to interpret what we will be seeing. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles over the day and standing in museums for up to 45 minutes at a time.
Breakfast: At the hotel's buffet bar, choose what you like from choices such as prepared breakfast sandwiches, waffles, French toast, pancakes, steel cut oatmeal, and beverage choices including milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: This morning we will board a motor coach and meet a local expert in Pioneer Square for a walking field trip to learn about Seattle's early history. We’ll then ride a few miles to the Wing Luke Museum in the international district. We’ll be joined by a museum docent for an exclusive, behind the spaces exploration to see areas within the museum not open to the general public. Built in 1910, the museum holds one of the first Chinese import and export stores in Seattle. The upstairs was once the Freeman Hotel, a boarding house for early Asian Pacific immigrants. The museum was able to preserve a portion of the old hotel, and we will be able to examine these spaces and get a glimpse into the lives of these people who set out to make new lives for themselves. We’ll ride next to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) a few miles away.
Lunch: At MOHAI, we’ll have a sandwich with chips, pasta salad, fruit, brownie, and bottled water.
Afternoon: We’ll visit the Bezos Center for Innovation at MOHAI to learn about Seattle's innovative spirit and entrepreneurs from a museum instructor. Through interactive displays, we’ll see what it takes to be an innovator, what innovation looks like, where it happens, and how great ideas evolve. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free. The hotel is within walking distance of the 94-acre Seattle Center urban park that includes the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, EMP Museum, Space Needle, and Monorail that goes into central downtown Seattle.
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 and give directions.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: The drive from Seattle to Olympia for lunch is about 60 miles, approximately 1.5 hours; from Olympia to the location we will pick up our instructor is about 65 miles, approximately 1.5 hours; to Johnston Ridge is about 10 miles; to Portland is about 100 miles, approximately 2 hours. The total travel day is approximately 9.5 hours.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board our motorcoach for the transfer to Portland, Oregon. As we depart, we’ll stop at one of Seattle’s historic locations, then be on our way south.
Lunch: En route, we’ll stop at a local restaurant for lunch items such as sandwiches/wraps, fruit, cookies, coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: Driving south, we’ll be joined by a geology expert who will lead our exploration of Mount St. Helens. Its eruption on May 18, 1980, was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. More than thirty years later, it is still possible to see the devastation. We will drive up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, named after volcanologist David Johnston who was camped out there observing the volcano when it erupted. His final words were “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it.” His body was never found, and the observatory is dedicated to his work. We'll see the exhibits and ponder the vistas. Leaving Mount St. Helens, we’ll continue our drive into Portland and check in to our hotel.
Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, enjoy a plated meal with beverage options including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will give a presentation on the history, culture, and aspects of contemporary life in the Pacific Northwest.
Activity note: Use of Portland’s extensive public transportation system. Walking up to 1.5 miles.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, pastries and breads, fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We'll take public transportation into downtown Portland for an expert led walking field trip to learn about the history, art, and architecture of this distinctive Northwest city. We’ll see and hear stories revealing unusual details that even many locals miss.
Lunch: At a popular restaurant in downtown Portland, we’ll order from a select menu; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: 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. Portland today is known as the City of Roses. 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. We’ll also have some free time to explore on our own. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Evening: At leisure. TIME magazine has noted, “Portlanders are perhaps the most self-satisfied city tribe in the whole United States.” Go out on your own to find out why, spend time with new Road Scholar colleagues, or just relax. Then prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: The drive from Portland to the winery is about 30 miles; from the winery to our first stop on the Coast is about 68 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. From there to Yachats which is about 40 miles, approximately 1.5 hours with stops along the way.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We'll check out of the hotel, board our motor coach this morning. Departing Portland we will head south into the Willamette Valley. Portland is at the Northern portion of this valley that is surrounded by mountains including the Oregon Coast Range to the west and the Cascade Range to the east. The Willamette River flows through the entire length of the valley. Known for its agricultural richness, it is home to many of Oregon’s wineries. We will stop at a family winery to enjoy the fruit of the vines. It is one of the leading sustainable wineries in Oregon and premiere sustainable wineries in the Pacific Northwest, and the first LEED Gold Certified winery in the world, combining progressive, environmentally-friendly design and traditional winemaking practices that minimize environmental impact. Winery staff will give a talk outdoors facing the vineyard hillside and then lead a short walk through the fermentation room and cellar.
Lunch: At the winery to include box lunches with sandwiches, salads, dessert, water and wine tasting, of course!
Afternoon: Back onboard our motorcoach, we'll head west to the coast of Oregon with a stop at the beach to stretch our legs and feel the sand beneath our feet. As we continue along our southward journey, we'll reach our destination for the night and check into our hotel in the lovely coastal town of Yachats, Oregon, perched on lava rock with crashing surf, tidepools, and an old coastal route converted into a walking path.
Dinner: In our private meeting space at the hotel, we’ll have a plated dinner with entrée, salad, vegetable, mashed potatoes, rolls, butter, and coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll gather for a presentation by a local expert on the area’s geology and life forms, terrestrial and aquatic.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile; rough rocks in tide pools. The drive to our next stop is approximately 2 hours including lunch; proceeding to Gold beach is approximately 2 hours.
Breakfast: In our private meeting space at the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, biscuit with honey & butter, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We'll check out of the hotel, board our motor coach, and continue down the coast a short distance to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Meeting with a local expert, we'll stop at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center for an excellent view of the ocean from inside as well as perusing the exhibits and interpretive materials. Outside, we’ll take one of the trails along the rocky shores with our local expert. As we depart, we’ll have a photo stop of Heceta Lighthouse. Its presence on a bluff is spectacular indeed!
Lunch: En route.
Afternoon: We’ll stop for a field trip at Shore Acres State Park. Shore Acres was a private estate built by lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson for his wife, Cassie Hendricks Stearns Simpson. The estate gardens featured trees, shrubs, and flowering plants brought from around the world by Simpson's ships and designed to take advantage of the location's mild climate. The original mansion burned and was rebuilt, but later deteriorated to the point that it had to be razed. The estate land was purchased by the state in 1942 to be used as a public park. Today, perched on a bluff over the ocean, this “garden for all seasons” has different kinds of flowers and plantings to provide color throughout the year. A park docent will share stories about this lovely property. Moving on, we’ll arrive at Gold Beach and check in to our hotel for the next two nights.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a plated meal with entrée, salad, vegetable, potatoes, rice or bread, coffee, tea, water.
Evening: At leisure. You might like to take a walk on the beach or just rest and relax in preparation for our activities tomorrow.
Activity note: The jet boat trip is about 64 miles, scheduled to depart at 9:30 a.m. and return at 2:00 p.m. Staff will assist with getting on/off the boat.
Breakfast: At the hotel's hot breakfast bar, choices include items such as eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, Belgian waffles, hot and cold cereals, bagels and cream cheese, breads, fresh fruit, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Get ready for a thrilling ride up the Wild and Scenic Rogue River aboard a jet boat. We hope to see Osprey and other wildlife as our jet boat captain negotiates the rapids of one of the world's most beautiful river valleys. The jet boat ride will be a dynamic introduction to the southern Oregon Coast's backcountry.
Lunch: We'll stop in the charming town of Agness, for a lunch to include salad bar, barbecued meats, dessert bar, soda, coffee, iced tea, water.
Afternoon: We'll return to Gold Beach via the jet boat. At the hotel, there will be time to walk on the beach or just rest and relax.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll have a plated meal with entrée, salad, veggie, dessert, coffee, tea, water.
Evening: We'll return to the hotel for an informal walk on the beach. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: The drive to Eureka, with stops along the way, is about 136 miles, approximately 3 hours driving time. Walking up to 1 mile; sidewalks and boardwalk.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After checking out from the hotel, we’ll board our coach, enter California, and begin to see some of the world's tallest trees. As we journey along the Newton Drury Scenic Parkway outside of Crescent City, we'll pass through a 14,000 acre park, a coastal sanctuary for old-growth Coast Redwood trees. We'll be joined by a local expert and learn about these majestic trees that require abundant winter rain and moderate year round temperatures. In ideal conditions a Coast Redwood can grow 2-3 feet in height annually, but when the trees are stressed from lack of moisture and sunlight they may grow as little as one inch per year.
Lunch: En-route to include sandwiches, fruit, cookies, soda or water.
Afternoon: We'll be joined by a local expert and take a walking field trip through Old Eureka, named for the cry of gold miners who would shout, "Eureka!" — Greek for "I found it!" Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Town Eureka provides an opportunity to learn about California's gold mining rush as it was along a major supply route for the gold rush. We'll then check into our hotel for the night.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At Leisure.
Activity note: The drive from Eureka through the Avenue of the Giants is about 70 miles with stops along the way. After lunch, the drive to Fort Bragg is about 80 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking up to 1.5 miles, forest trail.
Breakfast: The hotel breakfast includes choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, waffles, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and head south through the Avenue of the Giants. The climate in this area provides an ideal environment for big Redwoods. It is at the intersection of two rivers, shielded by 3,000-foot mountains to the west, and often surrounded by summer fog that flows up the Eel River Valley. We’ll stop at Founders Grove, which contained one of the tallest redwoods in the park until its fall in 1991. The giant Redwood once stood 362 feet tall and its crash registered on a seismograph. The grove has an expansive feel and is an impressive example of a giant Redwood forest.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll order from a select menu with soup, salads, sandwiches, light dessert, iced tea.
Afternoon: Leaving the Redwood forests, we’ll move down the coast to Fort Bragg. It was founded prior to the American Civil War as a military garrison. After the military garrison was abandoned, it became a lumber company town until the 1990s. After the departure of the lumber mills, the town began to develop its access to the beauty along its coastal edge of town. It is located along the scenic Mendocino coast. We will arrive in town and check into our hotel for the night.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, dinner will include entrée, salad, vegetables, dessert, coffee, tea, water.
Evening: We'll be joined by a local expert on for a presentation on coastal ecology.
Activity note: The drive to the Charles Schultz Museum is about 110 miles, approximately 2 hours. The drive into San Francisco is about 60 miles, approximately 1.5 hours.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes cinnamon rolls, yogurt, fresh fruit, toast, hot and cold cereals, make your own waffles, fruit juices, coffee, hot chocolate, tea.
Morning: We'll take a walk with a local expert to learn about the area, then out of the motel and depart for Santa Rosa, California.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, choices include soup, salads, sandwiches, iced tea, water.
Afternoon: We'll stop at the Charles Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa for a docent-led exploration and learn about the museum's mission to preserve, display, and interpret the art of Charles M. Schulz. The permanent exhibits include the Peanuts Tile Mural comprised of 3,588 comic strips; the Nursery Wall painted by Schulz in his Colorado home in 1951; a re-creation of Schulz’s studio; and the Snoopy Labyrinth in the outdoor garden. We’ll then proceed into San Francisco and check into our hotel.
Dinner: We’ll travel via coach to Fisherman's Wharf for dinner and a private visit at the Boudin Museum . We’ll view the museum's self guided displays and watch the bakers as they form and bake the bread. At the beginning of the Gold Rush in 1849, the Boudin family began baking its French bread and found that San Francisco's air provided a unique tang to the taste of the bread, beginning a new tradition, San Francisco sourdough French bread. Today, the Boudin family's tradition lives on with a portion of the original mother dough still used in each loaf they bake.
Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is free.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; sidewalks and paved pathways.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes hot and cold items such as eggs and an omelette station, breakfast meats, potatoes, waffles or pancakes, yogurts, pastries, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert to explore San Francisco by motorcoach and on foot. We'll begin in the Nob Hill area to visit this neighborhood of San Francisco's early rich and famous. They built mansions here that were later destroyed in the earthquake of 1906. We'll then move on to Pacific Heights to view this affluent neighborhood known for the notable people who live here and located in a park like setting with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and the Palace of Fine Arts. Reaching the Palace of Fine Arts, currently a theater, we’ll stop for photos. It was built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Designed by a student of the École des Beaux-Arts, Bernard R. Maybeck, it was based on his impression of a Roman ruin. Its colonnade, grand rotunda, and pond, were meant to evoke quiet sadness and solemnity.
Lunch: At a local restaurant, choose from soup, sandwiches, cookies, coffee, iced tea, water.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll travel via motorcoach to a location near the Golden Gate Bridge for an opportunity to walk onto the bridge and experience the thrill of this iconic symbol of San Francisco. Spanning the Golden Gate Strait, it was constructed over a four year period and completed in 1937. We'll then head to Golden Gate park and take a short walk in a shaded area.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner and order from a select menu with salad, entrée, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: At your leisure to plan for your departure tomorrow.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.
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