Getting on/off a bus; driving about 70 miles, approximately 2 hours throughout the day. Getting on/off a dune vehicle. Dress in layers for dune field trip. Hiking about 3 miles, approximately 2 hours; mostly hard-packed forest trail with elevated catwalks, steps, tree roots, wet spots, some broken rock surfaces; elevation gain 280 feet.
Hotel meeting room buffet. We will also pick up our lunches before setting out.
We will travel south of Florence to Sand Dune Frontier for a field trip aboard a large, slow-moving dune transport vehicle to explore the stunning dune geology. A local expert will discuss the past, present, and uncertain future of the Oregon Dunes. We will see grand vistas with great opportunities for photography. After returning from the dunes, we will drive 25 miles east into the coastal foothills to the Sweet Creek Falls trail, considered one of the best hikes on the Oregon Coast.
On the Sweet Creek Falls trail, we’ll have our boxed lunches amid lush ferns and the relaxing sounds of the falls.
Next, we will walk up a 1.5 mile trail past thirteen cascading waterfalls to Sweet Creek Falls, then return via the same trail back to the trailhead. The trail surface is mostly hard-packed forest trail with elevated cat-walks, steps, tree roots, wet spots, and some broken rock surfaces with a 280-foot elevation gain.
We will ride to a restaurant in Florence for a plated meal with entrée, side dish, and dessert plus beverage choices of coffee, tea, water included; other beverage available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Back at the hotel, we will gather for a wrap-up presentation with our Group Leader. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.