Use of some public transportation; short transfers of less than 1/2 hour each. Riding up to 5 miles on the city bike ride; closed-toe shoes are required for the bike ride. Walking up to 1.5 miles total throughout the day; city streets; periods of standing at the museum.
At the hotel, enjoy a breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, fresh fruits, juices, milk, coffee and tea.
We'll start our morning by taking the MAX light rail train to downtown Portland where we will use city bikes to enjoy an invigorating bike ride in downtown Portland along the south waterfront of the Willamette River. This ride will take us along some of Portland's 385 miles of bikeways and we’ll see first-hand why this city has the highest rate of bike commuters in the country. Our bike ride will start and end at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which was converted to a green space from a freeway in 1978.
At a popular downtown restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated lunch from a select menu with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Then we will take the MAX train to Lan Su Chinese Gardens. These awe-inspiring Suzhou-style gardens were created cooperatively between Portland and the city of Suzhou in Jiangsu province. The famous Ming Dynasty gardens in Jiangsu incorporate lovely plant life with beautiful structures, bridges, and water features. A docent will lead us through this experience, which is based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design, and nature in perfect harmony. After the garden, we will head to a local meeting spot where we will hear from an expert on Oregon rivers. Because Portland is situated at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, rivers play a vital role in the culture, economy, and ecosystem of this area. We will learn about the history of these rivers, how industry impacts water quality, and what local organizations are doing to ensure the health of this watershed for years to come.
At a local vegan restaurant, we will enjoy a "Meat Free Monday" plated dinner with choice of salad and entrée, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Through an informal talk on site, we’ll learn from our chef about the impact of the meat industry on our environment and how, by eliminating meat for just one day of each week, we can help conserve resources and slow climate change.