· The first day we’ll travel on Hwy 2 to Winthrop for one night in lovely rooms on the Methow river.
· On Tuesday we’ll meander over the North Cascades highway also known as Scenic Highway 20. The North Cascades highway travels through farmlands and small towns, with country stores, fruit and vegetable stands and historic landmarks. As we continue east along Highway 20, we’ll be on the lookout for eagles near the town of Concrete, one of the most popular eagle habitats outside Alaska. Other stops along the way offer rare encounters with old growth forest, spectacular vistas of Ross Lake, Gorge Lake and Diablo Lake, and turn-outs along the way. After crossing the mountains we’ll head for Anacortes and the lovely Swinomish resort and Casino where we’ll spend 2 nights in luxurious in bay view rooms.
· Wednesday, after breakfast, we’ll board the Island Explorer in Anacortes to seek out the largest animal in the food chain of the San Juan Islands, the Orca or Killer Whale. These beautiful and majestic animals are what many people come from afar to see. With the larger males reaching a length upwards of 25 feet and having a dorsal fin nearing six feet, you really get a feel for just how large and powerful these orcas are. Viewing an orca pod (family) in the wild is a special privilege that few people ever see.
· After dinner in Anacortes we’ll head back to the lodge where you can try a little gaming with your freebies or just relax with friends on the last night of our adventure.
*** Inlcudes 3 nights lodging, whale watching, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, Casino perks, sightseeing, escort and transportation ***
******** THIS TRIP IS NOW SOLD OUT!!! *********
Member prices: $794 per person double occupancy / $1179 ~ single occupancy
Non-member prices: $844 per person double occupancy / $1229 ~ single occupancy
Both Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are beautiful symbols of our lovely state. We’ll take park ranger-led tours to learn the fascinating and diverse geology of the two very different mountain scapes. From the majestic peak of Rainier to the fascinating caldera and lava dome at St Helens, you’ll explore the area and get your information from an expert. We’ll stay in Kelso the first night, spend the next day at St. Helens then spend two nights at the historic Paradise lodge on Mt. Rainier. If time permits, on the final day we’ll make some interesting stops on our way back to Spokane.
****** Unfortunately this trip has been cancelled *********
Kaslo BC is an incredibly charming town with a rich history in an unreal location. Just 45 min utes north of Nelson and 15 minutes from the hot springs. We’ll travel on a rented 15 passenger van (with 10 people maximum) at the height of fall colors. We’ll stay in luxurious lake view rooms in the Historic Kaslo Hotel on the shores of spectacular Kootenay Lake. Feel the small-town atmosphere by chatting with the very welcoming locals. Optional soaking at Ainsworth includes stunning views and a cave to explore. We’ll cross Kootenay Lake by ferry and explore the Artisans of Crawford Bay. On the way home we’ll have lunch in Nelson and take in the history and quaint streets of downtown. Your passport needs to be valid six months past our return date.
Lakeview room, single / $713 ~ Lake view room per person double occupancy / $553