Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come 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, other important information, and to confirm 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 plated and served meal with main and side dishes, soups, salads, plus beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation: 6:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Unless otherwise specified, transportation will be provided primarily by motorcoach, which will require ascending/descending a few steps when getting on/off. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. 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: Driving approx. 15 miles one way; about 2 hours total aboard motorcoach. Walking approx. 1 mile throughout the day; some uneven terrain, dirt paths.
Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee, tea.
Morning: Setting out from the hotel, we’ll ride the motorcoach into the Cascadia bioregion to a wilderness camp where we will work with a local expert of primitive survival training and outdoor education. We’ll learn first about one of the most crucial elements of survival: fire. Through a demonstration, we’ll learn some primitive and modern techniques of fire starting before gathering natural and man-made materials that are essential for fire starting. Afterwards, we’ll put our skills to the test and practice starting our own fires using proper safety precautions and a variety of methods.
Lunch: At the Primitive Wilderness Camp, we’ll have boxed lunches with a sandwich, fruit, dessert, and water.
Afternoon: We’ll then continue our primitive survival training course with our survival expert and continue to expand our knowledge by practicing the skills we learned from our morning lecture. Continuing, we’ll then learn various traditional scout methods for making hidden and smokeless fires. We’ll then load the bus and transfer to a local restaurant.
Dinner: At a community restaurant in Portland, we’ll have a choice of hot plated meals, sandwiches, and salads, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We will then return to the hotel. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure.
Activity note: Driving approx. 26 miles total; about 2 hours roundtrip. Minimal walking throughout the day; indoors and outdoors, mostly flat terrain.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll begin our day by taking our motorcoach to the Historic Belmont Firehouse & Safety Learning Center where we will meet with a trained fire fighter who will discuss the history of Portland Fire Fighting, as well as the importance of fire safety techniques. Following the lecture, our expert will show us around the historic firehouse, and then we’ll get to experience what it is like to be in a fire truck! We’ll then transfer downtown.
Lunch: At a popular restaurant in Portland, we’ll choose from sandwiches, soup, salad, and hot dishes, plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Following our meal in Portland, we will then board our motorcoach and head to Tigard, OR, where we will meet with local artists at Live Laugh Love Art. While here at the art studio, we’ll learn about many art forms, including glass blowing and the various techniques involved. After a demonstration, we will learn first-hand about glass blowing techniques in a hands-on class. Afterwards, we will load our motorcoach and head back to Portland.
Dinner: At a local Japanese restaurant, we’ll enjoy plated meals while getting to see a hibachi demonstration. Soft drinks, juice, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll then transfer to see a live fire dancing performance and, afterwards, learn about the art of fire dancing through interactions with the performers. We will even have the opportunity for hands-on learning with the different techniques and types of fire dancing.
Activity note: Driving approx. 218 miles roundtrip; about 4 hours total. Walking about 1/2 mile; flat terrain.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Boarding our motorcoach, we’ll set off for a ride to Cascadia, WA, seeing Mount St. Helen's and Mount Hood on our way to the historic site. As we drive north, 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.
Lunch: At a restaurant near Mount St. Helens, we’ll have plated meals juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: We’ll then transfer for a field trip to the visitor center with our Group Leader where we will see a short film on the eruption of Mount St. Helens and explore the beautiful view and artifacts in the exhibits. We’ll then gather at a predetermined time and place to continue to learn from our geologist expert about past and future eruptions in the Cascades. We’ll then return to Portland.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Driving approx. 54 miles roundtrip; about 3 hours total. Walking about 1/2 mile; some uneven terrain.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: En route to Eagle Creek, OR, we’ll enjoy a beautiful ride through the country and stop at Phillip Foster Farms. Phillip 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 history of Barlow Road, which followed the south side of Mt. Hood as an alternative to the Columbia River route. While here, we’ll learn from a trained professional about the art of open fire cooking. Various techniques and skills go into the mastery of open fire cooking and, after the demonstration, we will be able to try some of the local cuisine that we just saw get prepared.
Lunch: At the farm, we’ll have boxed lunches with a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie and a drink.
Afternoon: We’ll then continue to explore Phillip Foster Farms and all of the intriguing sites on the grounds including demonstrations of other utilitarian skills like blacksmithing. At a blacksmithing demonstration, we’ll learn about and see how different objects are made through blacksmithing while experiencing some of how pioneer life was and how people were able to survive and thrive. We’ll then return to the hotel.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a tasty plated 3-course farewell dinner featuring seasonal, regional cuisine with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert, plus a complimentary glass of wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll gather one last time as a group for a wrap-up session to share our favorite experiences and 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!