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Oregon
Winter on the Oregon Coast: Wildlife, Scenery, Storm Watching and Lighthouses
Winter in Oregon is a stunning time of year. See why as you observe seals and sea lions, learn about coastal ecology and storm-watch while enjoying breakfast at a historic lighthouse.
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Program No. 8238RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Yachats, Oregon
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The Adobe Resort

Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm in Pacific Room, at the Adobe Resort

Evening: Relax and enjoy the crashing surf outside your room.

DAY
2
Oregon's Historic Lighthouses, Oregon Coast Geology
Yachats, Oregon
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The Adobe Resort

Breakfast: Plated breakfast served in the Pacific Room at the hotel; usually variety of eggs, fresh fruit, meat, and breads

Morning: Discover the ground beneath your feet in a fast-paced lecture on Oregon's coastal geology. From plate tectonics to the Cascadia Subduction Zone, you will learn how the coast has and still is a place of dynamic forces.Then, learn about the amazing construction and operation of the coast's iconic lighthouses in a lecture by a coastal historian and former Bureau of Land Management ranger who worked at one of the coast's beacons.Forest Service employee who helped restore one of the coast's beacons. This is a fun opportunity to meet the colorful characters who work diligently to keep the coast safe for navigation.

Lunch: Plated lunch in Pacific Room at hotel; sandwich, soup, salad or pasta dish

Afternoon: Following lunch, travel to the top of Cape Perpetua for an eagle's view of the coast. A short, (1/4 mile) hike atop the cape will bring you face-to-face with the area's winter wildlife, flora, and geology.

Dinner: Plated meal at hotel Pacific Room overlooking the ocean

Evening: Get to know about the natural history of the coast, particularly the marine mammals: seals, sea lions and whales. A member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network team will be giving a fascinating presentation/slides about his adventures rescuing and documenting the very active marine mammal scene on the Oregon coast.

DAY
3
Ocean Fisheries & Health; Newport Lighthouses field trip
Yachats, Oregon
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The Adobe Resort

Breakfast: Plated meal in Pacific Room at hotel

Morning: This is a chance to hear 'the real deal' about the hazards and rewards of commercial fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Our presenter will share some of her experience commercial fishing with her husband in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. She will also discuss the current state of fisheries, particularly Salmon and Albacore tuna. As Oregon Commissioner of these two fisheries, Nancy Fitzpatrick is an up-to-date expert on the health of the oceans and the challenges of climate change, over-fishing and global marketing.

Lunch: Lunch is at local restaurant: probably Izzy's, which has a large varied buffet so participants can pick their own options or lunch

Afternoon: There may be a chance to climb, if you choose,the coast's tallest lighthouse and learn from costumed interpreters what it was like to keep the beacon lit. Scan the offshore rocks for seals, sea lions, and sea birds. At the interpretive center, learn about the history of Yaquina Head. Next, we will venture to the other Newport Lighthouse at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse State Park to enjoy a self-guided tour of the lightkeeper's house; Before heading back to the hotel, it's on to a walking tour of the Newport Old Town and Bayfront; Fishing Boats, Sea Lions on docks; lots of wildlife up close.

Dinner: Plated meal at hotel Pacific Room overlooking the ocean.

Evening: A retired broadcast Meteorologist will present the wild history of Oregon's dynamic weather. Hurricane-force winds are common along the coast and tree-snapping storms occur each winter. Learn how forecasters watch for these storms and warn coastal residents of hazardous conditions.

DAY
4
Heceta Head Lighthouse, lecture by National Weather Service
Yachats, Oregon
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The Adobe Resort

Breakfast: Sip locally-roasted coffee as a chef prepares your 7-course breakfast in the historic lighthouse keeper's house at Heceta Head. Between courses explore the old home filled with antiques and photos of the lighthouse in its heyday. You will never forget this breakfast!

Morning: Following our decadent breakfast, stroll up the trail to Heceta Head Lighthouse and take a close look at the most-photographed lighthouse anywhere. Scan the ocean below for sea lions and whales. The walk to the lighthouse is about 1/2 mile.

Lunch: A light lunch will be served at the Adobe Resort

Afternoon: Your hotel sits atop land that has been home to people for thousands of years. Walk in their footsteps along the historic trail along the rocks and coves of Yachats. Learn about the geology and natural history of the area and keep an eye out for sea birds, whales, sea lions, and other locals. Walk is less than 2 miles over good, level path.

Dinner: Plated dinner at the Adobe Hotel

Evening: A discussion regarding local weather and global climate change led by a meteorologist/climatologist anxious to explain and answer any questions you may have on this hot topic.

DAY
5
Newport's Historic Bayfront & Brewery, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Yachats, Oregon
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The Adobe Resort

Breakfast: Plated breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We head on a field excursion to Newport, home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Explore the amazing collection of exhibits and habitats of the facility and meet sea otters, seals, sea lions, an octopus, sharks, puffins, oyster catchers, sea stars, jellies, rays, vultures, and countless other marine creatures.

Lunch: Lunch at the Brewery on the Bay, Newport

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll tour the Rogue Ale Brewery and Distillery. Rogue Ale is a highly successful brewery with an international market but the atmosphere in its Yaquina Bay Headquarters is definitely all Oregonian laid-back. It's a fun tour. Then, a stop at the Hatfield Marine Science Center where the cutting edge research of the 400 scientists who work at this complex is showcased in great hands-on exhibits. Some displays are interactive, some are aquaria, all are fascinating to see.

Dinner: Plated dinner at the Adobe Hotel

Evening: Wrap up your week with a friendly celebration.

DAY
6
Have a safe trip home!
Yachats, Oregon
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Breakfast: Plated breakfast at hotel

Morning: You are free to depart following breakfast. Travel safe!






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