Before the conference, we are offering 3 pre-conference trips.
Day Two: After breakfast in Winthrop, travel along the Methow River, Columbia River, visit Rocky Reach Dam and tour fish ladder, Ohme Gardens, finishing the day in Leavenworth with a Bavarian Dinner, shopping, and local entertainment.
Day Three: Continue exploring Leavenworth, where horseback riding and white water rafting are available, then depart Leavenworth after lunch. Travel over Stevens Pass, visit Wallace Falls State Park for a 5 mile hike to the Falls. (you may opt to spend more time in Leavenworth instead of the hike) After dinner, return to Seattle by 6:00 p.m.
The Cascade Mountain tour will be operated by Beeline Tours ( www.beelinetours.com )
Mount Rainier Wednesday September 23:
Begin with a scenic bus ride, stopping at a visitors’ center before we continue into Mount Rainier National Park. Purchase lunch on your own at the world renowned Whittaker School of Mountaineering, where an exclusive 30-minute slide show takes us on a visual journey to the summit, presented by a professional Mount Rainier Guide. On our way to Paradise Visitors' Center, we’ll linger at several scenic lookout points and gaze at the natural wonders – crashing waterfalls, diverse plant life, and the snowcapped summit. In the late afternoon, we'll follow a different route back to Seattle, taking in even more great scenery.
After the conference, there is a choice of 2 trips:
Day 1. Seattle/Olympic National Park
We start the day with a three hour road trip to the Olympic National Park. Along the way we will stop at a local Supermarket to make preparations for a picnic lunch to be enjoyed later in the Rain Forest. Upon our arrival we will be greeted by our naturalist who will guide us through the Rain Forest. After the tour you will have some free time to enjoy yourself before dinner. We will overnight in the Historic Lake Quinault Lodge. ( www.visitlakequinault.com )
Day 2. Olympic Rain Forest/Hurricane Ridge/Port Angeles
This day begins with a short drive to Ruby beach which is renowned for its sea stack formations and wilderness beach area. Next on the itinerary is a short hike through old growth forest to Marymere Falls where the cascading waters plunge 30 meters providing for some fantastic photo opportunities. Lunch will be at the historic Lake Crescent Lodge (www.lakecrescentlodge.com) nestled on the shore of a tranquil lake surrounded by mountain peaks. Our final stop for the day will be Hurricane Ridge located at an altitude of 5200 feet. It offers the perfect vantage point to observe alpine meadows covered with beautiful wild flowers and the many glacial laden peaks that make up the Olympic Mountain range.
Day 3. Port Townsend/Bainbridge Island
Our first stop will be Port Townsend, where we’ll take a journey back through time with the help of our local guide and historian. You’ll experience a city renowned for its Victorian architecture, colorful history and charming shops.
This tour will conclude with a breathtaking cruise across Puget Sound into downtown Seattle aboard a Washington State Ferry.