Upcoming Travel Opportunities - February

50 plus Travel

To register for a trip, call 360-487-7100.

If registering for a trip and using a wheelchair, motorized scooter, walker, service animal, caregiver, other assistive device or are in need of special assistance, please contact Inclusion Services at 360-487-7060. An accommodation request must be made 10 business days before the trip start date.

Trip Difficulty Levels:

Easy: No stairs, minimal standing or walking.

Moderate: Requires ability to stand or walk on uneven surfaces. For the person who can comfortably climb a flight of stairs. Must be able to walk 8-10 blocks and stand 30 minutes. More than one stop requires getting in and out of the van.

Difficult: Longer trip, frequent stops requiring getting on and off van. Ability for extended standing, walking and/or stairs, may not include seating. Probably includes uneven terrain and challenging tours requiring endurance.

All trips depart from and return to Luepke Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Trips leave promptly at advertised times. Return time is carefully planned, however, is dependent on weather and traffic.

50+ Travel Expo  FREE

Learn about trips offered February-April 2014. Refreshments and door prizes for $25, $10 and $5 off trips. Every person present receives a $5 coupon to use that day for any day trip offered through April. Marshall Center. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9-10 a.m.

Recruiting volunteer drivers for 50+ travel program

Volunteers must pass a criminal history check, have good health, be patient and pleasant, able to provide good customer service, willing to be trained in First Aid/CPR and blood borne pathogens and attend a monthly meeting.

Drivers must have a current Washington State driver’s license, with a clean 5-year driving record, be able to drive a 15 passenger/wheelchair accessible van after training (cdl not required), and be available to drive 2-3 days a month. This position provides travel benefits and camaraderie for those who want to use their talents driving and working with people.

Contact Becky Anderson at 360-487-7084 or becky.anderson@ci.vancouver.wa.us for more information.

Featured Day Trip

HALLIE FORD MUSEUM OF ART – 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues., Feb. 18. Moderate. The amazing Hallie Ford (1905-2007) discovered art classes as an adult, established the Ford Family Foundation, and became one of the prominent founders and supporters of the Hallie Fort Museum of Art in Salem. This museum contains impressive collections acquired by the Foundation and donated by: Willamette University (1842-2013); regional Native American tribes; local and world-wide private collectors; artists, art and history professors and philanthropists. Museum collections include European, Native American, Asian and Latin American historic and contemporary art, turn of the century baskets and other spectacular objects. We will stop at the Honeywood Winery for complimentary wine tasting. Bring money for lunch and $4 for admission. Van $31.

FEBRUARY 2014 

LION AND ROSE MANSION – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 5. Difficult. Tour this elegant Queen Anne Victorian mansion. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion was a private residence and is now a unique bed and breakfast. Bring money for lunch prior to our tour and $5 for admission. Van $26. There are steps to climb inside the mansion.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT – 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 6. Moderate. History exhibits in the galleries contain over 1,000 objects of modern and contemporary craft from 1937 to 2013. These include mid-century ceramics and a collection of clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood pieces from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Stroll down memory lane and observe art styles, emotive techniques, cultural changes and themes. Bring money for lunch and $3 for admission. Van $23.

FLIPPIN CASTLE TOUR & LUNCH – 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon., Feb. 10. Difficult. The Flippin Castle is a historical landmark in Clatskanie. It was built by a lumber baron and is now maintained by the seniors of the area. We will have our lunch at the castle and then take a guided tour of the house. There will be stairs to climb and uneven terrain. Bring $10 cash for lunch and tour. Van $27.

COLUMBIA GORGE DISCOVERY CENTER – 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues., Feb. 11. Moderate. Tour the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at The Dalles and the Wasco County Museum, learning about the early history and geography of the Gorge. Bring money for lunch and $5.50 for admission. Van $35.

ZWICKELMANIA OREGON BREWERY TOUR – 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 15. Moderate. Zwickelmania – your once-a-year backstage pass to tour Oregon’s breweries. Dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s 6th annual Zwickelmania. Hosted by Oregon Craft Beer, Zwickelmania is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers. Visit several (as many as we can during the 11-4 time frame). Bring money for breakfast/brunch prior to our tasting and tours. Van $26.

OREGON ASIAN CELEBRATION – 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 16. Easy. The 2014 theme for the Oregon Asian Celebration is “Year of the Horse Riding into a New Era.” This theme will be expressed during two days of cultural entertainment, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, cooking and martial arts demonstrations. Travel with us to Eugene to experience the festivities and celebrate the new year. Bring money for lunch and $6 for admission. Van $39.

FORT NISQUALLY LIVING HISTORY -  8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21. Difficult. Travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the fur trading era. A Hudson’s Bay Company outpost built in 1833, Fort Nisqually in Tacoma was the first European settlement on Puget Sound. Bring money for lunch. $51 includes van and admission.

PORTLAND HOME & GARDEN SHOW – 9:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Sat., Feb. 22. Easy. The Annual Portland Home & Garden show is clearly the show of choice for homeowners and gardeners alike. One of the most eye-popping attractions each year is the Showcase Gardens! You’ll find a garden filled with inspiring ideas for your own home or project. See an enormous selection of plants for sale including: grasses, perennials, shrubs, special interest plants and more. See an amazing array of orchids blooming within the Portland Orchid Society displays. Visit the Artisan Area filled with great artists, sculptors, painters and more. Get ready for spring with new ideas and plants! Bring money for lunch and $10 for admission. Van $26.

SILVERTON MURALS – 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon., Feb. 24. Moderate. A tour guide will board our van to tell the history of each of the 19 murals painted on buildings in downtown Silverton. The most well-known is the “Four Freedoms” mural of a Norman Rockwell painting. Bring money for lunch and $3 for tour. A color booklet showing the murals and their history will be available to purchase for $10. Van $29.

BONNEVILLE HOT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA – 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed., Feb. 26. Easy. Escape the cold and rain. Treat yourself to a relaxing day at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Immerse yourself in the warm mineral water swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Choose to indulge in a mineral soak & wrap; a facial; massage or any combination available. Bring money for lunch in their charming dining room and warm yourself by the impressive fireplace. You will need to call the spa in advance of the trip to arrange for the services you desire. A list of services can be found on their web site, or call 509-427-9720. Bring your swimsuit and towel along with $10 for the pool and Jacuzzi. Van $34.

CAMAS CITY TOUR & MORE – 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 27. Difficult. We are going to tour Camas. The new Event Center is scheduled to be complete and should be ready for us to tour. Mill City Brewery is our newest brewery and will give us a tour before we have lunch. After lunch, we will pack in another tour or two. Bring money for lunch. Van $24. There will be 20+ steps to climb during tour with no elevator.

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March 2014

CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN -  4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Tues., March 4. Easy. White Bird Dance presents Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at Keller Auditorium. Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China, and in 1973 choreographer Lin Hwai-min adopted this name for the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community. Cloud Gate makes its Portland debut with Lin Hwai-min’s masterpiece, Songs of the Wanderers, a visually stunning evocation of spiritual pilgrimage, brought to life with a set featuring 3-1/2 tons of shimmering, golden grains of rice. Bring money for dinner at a local Chinese restaurant.. $71 van and admission. Must pay by Feb. 15. No refunds or credits.

RED WIND CASINO – 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed., March 12. Moderate. We are off to Red Wind Casino for the day, where there are gaming tables and hundreds of slot machines. Bring money for lunch – there will be a choice of four food places: Deli, Buffet, Fine Dining and more. Van $37.

ADVENTURES IN EATING – BIDDY McGRAW’S FOR IRISH – 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Thurs., March 13. Moderate. Biddy McGraw’s is our March Adventures in Eating and it is as Irish as it sounds. The menu is varied but there will be some traditional Irish selections available. Join us for a bit of the Irish. Bring money for lunch. Van $24.

CHEHALIS VETERAN’S MUSEUM & MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM– 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Fri., March 14. Difficult. See the Chehalis Veteran’s Museum with over 9,000 square feet of exhibits dedicated to the history of the military. We will also see old motorcycles of all kinds at the motorcycle museum. Bring money for lunch and $10 for admissions. Van $37.

POWERLAND MUSEUM @ BROOKS – 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed., March 19. Difficult. For everyone who wants to see the collections and the rides. The 62-acre site is home to a collection of museums – antique power equipment, farm machinery, trains, construction equipment, trucks, cars, an operating steam powered sawmill, electric railway and a functional blacksmith shop. See a replica of a 1930’s Texaco service station. Ride one of the operating trains on site and ride the trolley around the area. Bring money for lunch at The Best Little Roadhouse in Salem and $8 for admission and trolley ride. Van $30.

TOUR HULL-OAKES LUMBER CO & HARD TIMES DISTILLERY – 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs., March 20. Difficult. Tour the last remaining steam-powered sawmill in the country located near Monroe, Ore. Hidden away in the lush forest of Oregon’s Coastal Range is a 1930’s-era sawmill almost untouched by time. The mill processes old-fashioned long and large Douglas Fir timber. The mill was built at the end of the power line where there was just enough electricity to run lights and small motors, but not enough for a sawmill. Today, 60 years later, it is still operating that way. Our guided tour will include ½ mile of walking outside, some uneven terrain, and 20+ steps into the building and will not accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. We will also have a tour and free tasting at Hard Times Distillery, home of Sweet Baby Moonshine, Sugar Momma Vodka, Green Geisha Wasabi Vodka and Blue Collar Vodka. The owner will tell us about his small, family-owned business and give all who wish free tastings of his creations. Every bottle of Hard Time’s Distillery spirits is painstakingly polished, labeled, capped, sealed and boxed. Everything is done by hand, one bottle at a time. Bring money for lunch at a local restaurant. Van $36.

RAZOR CLAM FESTIVAL AND SEAFOOD EXTRAVAGANAZA - 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., March 22. Note: DATE CHANGE. Difficult. The annual Razor Clam Festival and Seafood Extravaganza in Ocean Shores is one of the largest events on the North Beach. It's Clamtastic! Local restaurants compete for the title of best clam chowder on teh Washington Coast. There are vendors, craft booths, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and music and more. you may purchase a passport for $5 that will allow you to sample the competing clam chowders and vote for the one you like best. You may eat at one of the many food cart vendors or at any of the nearby sit down restaurants. We will stop at The Peppermint Parlor and Buddy & Howie's to check out the over 200 varieties of candy, confections, and ice cream treats. Bring money for lunch and $3 for admission. Van $48.

BOEING MUSEUM OF FLIGHT – 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Thurs., March 27. Moderate. Boeing Flight Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 145 historically significant aircraft. The tour will be a standing/walking tour for 90 minutes. Bring money for lunch at Wings Café at the museum and $13 for admission. Van $52.

EXPLORE EDGEFIELD – 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri., March 28. Moderate. Explore historic McMenamins Edgefield. Main lodge – Georgian revival-style structure includes guestrooms, Black Rabbit Restaurant, Gallery of Art, Bar, distilleries, pubs, brewery, winery, tasting rooms, tea house, gardens, golf course, glass blower cottage, power station and theater. Dine in your choice of restaurants. Bring money for lunch and $3 for admission. Van $26.

TOTEM @ CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – 3:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Sat., March 29. Difficult. Join us for an evening of fresh, daring and downright terrifying new acts and a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. After 30 years, Cirque du Soleil is still finding ways to delight and surprise us. Cirque du Soleil presents Totem, a spectacular, visually ravishing performance that traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations, inspired by many founding myths. Totem illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend Totem explores the ties that bind man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. No meal stop planned. $123 includes van and admission.

CRIMES OF THE HEART @ LAKEWOOD THEATRE – 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., March 30. Easy. At the core of the tragic comedy are three high-strung sisters who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s deep-south home after Babe is released from jail after shooting her abusive senator husband and to celebrate Lenny’s birthday. Lenny, the oldest , can’t seem to sustain a relationship with a man. Meg is an aspiring actress who hasn’t progressed beyond commercial voice overs. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. A comedic and compassionate look at good country folk whose lives have gone wrong. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Circle Award for Best American Play. Bring money for lunch. $55 includes van & admission. Must pay by March 15. No refunds or credits.

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APRIL  2014

AMTRAK TO SEATTLE & PIKES MARKET – 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Thurs., Apr. 3. Difficult. Ride the rails to Seattle on the comfortable Amtrak train. Enjoy the view or read a book, it is a relaxing trip. At Seattle our vans will take us to the ever popular Pike Place Market-watch out for flying fish. Bring money for lunch at the restaurant of your choice. $82 includes train and van rides. Must pay by Feb.12. No refunds or credits. Upstairs seating only. No wheelchairs or walkers.

ADVENTURES IN EATING – SLAPPY CAKES – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thurs., Apr. 10. Moderate. Join us for April’s Adventures in Eating choice. Since opening in 2009, Slappy Cakes has become one of the most popular breakfast spots in Portland by offering a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a fun and interactive setting. Slappy Cakes has been featured nationally on The Cooking Channel, Rachel Ray, Women’s Day Magazine, and was awarded the title of “America’s Best” by Food Network as one of America’s top 10 destinations. Slappy Cakes is a full service breakfast restaurant with great food. Come make pancakes at your own table. Your batter options include Buttermilk, Peanut Butter, Sweet Parsnip, or Vegan. Then you have a choice of fixin’s such as Crispy Bacon, White Chocolate Chips, Dried Cherries, Hazelnuts to name just a few. Add the topping of your choice (Lavender Honey, Lemon Curd, Crème Fraiche and others). Or you may order a delicious breakfast from the menu. Bring money for lunch. Van $25.

TACOMA HISTORIC TOUR – 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Thurs., Apr. 17. Moderate. Combining her love of history and storytelling, Karen our step-on guide’s tours of her beloved hometown are filled with tantalizing trivia, fun facts and juicy gossip. The tour will showcase The City of Destiny, it’s colorful past and dreams of the future. Hear about some of Tacoma’s rather colorful characters including Alexander Pantages and his business partner, Klondike Kate. See the original Rust Mansion circa 1905 and then the little home Mrs. Rust later downsized to. Our 2-1/2 hour driving tour will allow time for photos and stops to stretch. Also visit W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. Opened in 1908, it stands as a beloved icon from Tacoma’s past and a brilliant venue to exotic plant displays from all over the world. Bring money for lunch at Harmon Brewery & Eatery. $85 includes van, 2 admissions and guided tour. No refunds or credits.

HOOD RIVER BLOSSOM CRAFT FAIR - 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Apr. 19. Moderate. The Blossom Craft Fair is an annual event at Hood River. With over 150 craft vendors to browse through you are sure to find something that peaks your fancy. Bring money for lunch at one of the food vendors at the fair. Van $29.

OREGON GARDENS & BREWFEST – 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri., April 25. Moderate. Ride the tram or stroll through spring gardens and many landscaping themes. Listen to band music, taste ciders, meads and beer from 60+ booths. Eat lunch at the luxurious resort restaurant with sweeping views; at the café; or one of the vendors with a variety of food choices. Bring money for lunch and $15 for admission. Van $30

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May 2014

THE BIKINIS AT BROADWAY ROSE – 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun., May 4. Difficult.
Hit ‘60s girl group The Bikinis thought they’d long since hung up their two-pieces to dry, but a charity benefit brings them out of retirement for one last performance. True Jersey girls at heart, the buoyant quartet lights up their hometown boardwalk with bouncy, summery tunes such as It’s In His Kiss, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Heat Wave, Under the Boardwalk, These Boots Are Made For Walk’,” and It’s Raining Men—all to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. Bring money for dinner after the show. $61 includes van & admission. Must pay by April 4. No refunds or credits. Must be able to climb steps to seating.

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OVERNIGHT TRIP

B REACTOR & HANFORD REACH – May 19-21, Mon-Wed. Difficult. Highlights include a narrated 4-1/2 hour jet boat tour of Hanford Reach National Monument that motors upstream where you may spot a variety of wildlife. Learn about the early Native Americans and settlers who founded the towns in the early 1900’s. This is a tour far from mainstream America, generally inaccessible by road. See the ghostly, monumental hulks of long-silenced nuclear reactors of the Manhattan Project which produced bomb-grade plutonium for the atomic bomb. We will tour the B Reactor at Hanford and learn about the history and significance of the Manhattan Project. Tour the historic downtown Kennewick area and explore the shops, as well as stops at a local distillery and a winery. Double-$498. Single-$625. Price includes 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express with full breakfast buffet. Bring money for lunches and dinners and optional $5 wine tasting fee. Must have proof of U.S. Citizenship, wear close-toed