NEB foundation planning Pacific Northwest trip
Big trees, big mountains and big cities. Next summer, some area travelers will see them all.
The Northeast Bradford Education Foundation is already planning its 2013 fund-raising trip, a vacation to the Pacific Northwest and California. Seats are filling now.
The trip is open to all, not just Northeast-area residents. Money raised benefits the foundation, with provides items and programs for students the district might not be able to.
The foundation, working with the AAA North Penn office in Wysox to plan the trip, recently held an information night at the Riverstone Inn. More than 30 guests attended, many of them signing up.
The trip is set for July 7-15. Vacationers will fly from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to Seattle, travel by road on the West Coast, then fly out of San Francisco to return.
Highlights include: Seattle, Olympia, Mt. St. Helens, Portland, the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Valley, Coos Bay, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Redwood National Park, Eureka, the Rogue River and San Francisco.
The trip will include both natural scenery and city attractions. For example, the brochure describes part of Day 6: "Enjoy a cruise up the spectacular Rogue River taking you into Oregon's rugged wilderness for a chance to see bald eagles, cormorants, seals and blue heron." Day 8 focuses on San Francisco: "You will see the stunning Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. ... For a true local experience, ride the famed cable cars up and down San Francisco's thrilling hills as you sightsee."
Cost is $2,979, double; $3,765, single; and $2,939, triple. Those booking by Jan. 6 save $100 apiece. Trip insurance is $165 per person.
For more information, contact Arlene F. Labarre, AAA travel agent, at (570) 423-4421.