Getting on/off a 15-passenger shuttle; driving 16 miles, approximately 30 minutes to trailhead. Walking up to 2 miles on trail, approximately 1.5 hours; possible walking on sand dunes. Getting on/off a dune buggy; driving 10 miles, approximately 1 hour.
At the Empire Cafe, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal with beverage choices of soft drinks, juices, hot teas, milk, and coffee.
We’ll hike the John Dellenback Trail with naturalist Marty Giles. Learn about sand, sand formation, the surrounding terrain, and plants and animals that live in the sand dunes. We will experience the rugged terrain as we hike the one-mile trail. The halfway mark of the trail is the challenge-by-choice walk to the top of a major mountain of sand! At the top, you will feel like you can see the sand dunes forever! Bring your camera and good hiking shoes.
At Tugman State Park, we’ll have the lunches we packed last night. Feel free to take a seat at a picnic table or by the lake!
After finishing our meal, our group will drive up to Sandland Adventures in Florence. We will feel the thrill of riding a Giant Dune Buggy through 8 miles of dunes and 2 miles of beach. During this one-hour drive, we will learn about the dunes from our expert and experience their vastness firsthand.
At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with multiple seafood options including chowder, fish and chips, and fresh seafood salads. Water is included; other beverages available to purchase.
After returning from dinner, we’ll prepare breakfast bags to take with us in the morning; the evening will otherwise be at leisure.