All tours are subject to change
or cancellation if participation does not meet minimum
numbers. Space is limited, so register in advance. Reservations
will be honored in the order they are received. On-site
registration is limited and may NOT be available. If
tickets are available, on-site sales will end at noon
the day before the tour is scheduled. All tours will
depart from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard entrance
at the Oregon Convention Center.
Tuesday, June 14
ESCO & Premier Gear Factory
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$27 per person
ESCO Corp. is an international group of companies that
manufactures engineered metal parts and components for
industrial machinery. Its Portland facility includes
the foundry, which you will tour. During the tour, you
will see the process of melting scratch steel, the pouring
of the steel into sand molds for the casting, and lastly,
Premier Gear and Machine Works offers a diverse line
of equipment for industries ranging from wood processing
to paper-machine repair and, soon, wind-turbine equipment
manufacturing.You will see softwood and hardwood processing
equipment and how it is made. The company is currently
working on a major wind-turbine project that should
be available for viewing.
Exploring Bonneville Dam
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$28 per person
Join Ranger David Weiss as he guides you through Bonneville
Lock and Dam, built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers. Don’t miss this opportunity to see
behind-the-scenes sites and information, as this tour
is not open to the general public. The tour is limited
to 40 people, so make plans early in order to secure
your place on the tour.
There are only a few powerhouses built since the 1930s
to take care of the electricity needs of the northwest.
One of the powerhouses produces 558,000 kilowatts, making
Bonneville’s total output over 1 million kilowatts.
This is enough to supply the power needs of nearly 500,000
homes for a year. The tour will include viewing the
powerhouses, control room, massive generators, locks,
and the underwater fish ladders. The fish are actually
counted, with counts of between 700,000 and 1 million
upstream migrant adult salmon and steelhead. In June,
you should be able to view shad and salmon coming through
Electro Scientific and Multi-Tek
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$27 per person
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI) is a pioneer
and leading supplier of world-class production laser
systems that help its microelectronics customers achieve
compelling yield and productivity gains. The company’s
industry-leading, application-specific products enhance
electronic-device performance in three key sectors—semiconductors,
components and electronic interconnect—by enabling
precision fine-tuning of device microfeatures in high-volume
On this tour, learn what ESI does and tour the product
development processes for semiconductor products with
the engineering manager. Then, see the applied technology
for new market development and the manufacturing of
semiconductor equipment with ESI’s senior vice
president of research and development. Note: You will
be required to sign a nondisclosure form before you
tour the ESI facililty.
Multi-Tek, Inc. is an ISO-certified company and a certified
member of the electronic cable and wire harness industry,
offering custom development, system integration, and
cables manufactured to custom specifications. On this
tour, you will view the process of making the cables
for computers. Tour guides will show the electrical
testing and the engineering support of cables, including:
wire power, harness, coaxial, ribbon, board-to -board
interfaces, and electronic subassemblies. Note: You
will be required to sign a nondisclosure form before
you tour the Multi-Tek facility.
There are a limited number of tickets available for
this tour, so purchase your tickets early.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Mount. St. Helens (includes lunch)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$55 per person
View North America’s only volcanic preserve. After
traveling by deluxe motor coach, you will stop at the
Johnston Ridge Observatory to learn about what happened
on May 18, 1980. This observatory is the closest visitor
center to the mountain and is built like a bunker into
the surrounding landscape. Next, you will visit the
Forest Learning Center, where information on the eruption,
its effect on the environment, and Weyerhaeuser Co.’s
efforts to speed the recovery process will be presented.
**NOTE: This trip’s availability
will be determined by the action of the mountain and
level of safeness determined by the U.S. Forest Service.
If Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed, you will visit
the Cold Water Visitor Center. The motor coach ride
is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes one way.
Evergreen Aviation Museum/Aurora (includes lunch)
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$45 per person
Visit and view vintage WWII planes, step inside the
cargo area of the Spruce Goose, and take a look at the
Blackbird spy plane. After viewing the vintage planes,
you will travel, by deluxe motor coach, back to the
city of Aurora, Oregon’s antique capital, to walk,
shop, and view the more than 20 antique shops.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Columbia River Gorge/Bonneville Dam (includes lunch)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$35 per person
Travel the historic Columbia River Highway by deluxe
motor coach and catch your first view of the breathtaking
Columbia River Gorge, approximately 733 feet below the
highway. You will stop at the famous Vista House interpretative
center, where you can talk with knowledgeable staff,
view exhibits and displays, and shop at the gift store.
This picture perfect location is a must see while you
are in the Portland area. Then, continue along the scenic
highway past waterfalls, ferns, and flowers to Multnomah
Lodge and Falls. The falls is 621 feet tall, the second
largest year-round-flowing falls. From Multnomah Falls,
you will travel a short way to the Bonneville Dam. At
the dam, you will learn its history, view underwater
fish ladders, and see the largest sturgeon at the hatchery,
Monday, June 13, 2005
Unearthing Herbs and Cooking Class (includes lunch)
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$75 per person
Start the day with a trip to the Barn Owl Nursery to
see, touch, and smell many herb plants. While seeing
and sampling them at the nursery, you will discover
the wonderful things you can do with herbs. There will
be cooking demonstrations and recipes for you to take
home. This should whet your appetite for a delightful
lunch at Caprial & John’s Kitchen. Here you
will enjoy a delicious lunch as your chef shows how
your meal was prepared.
"City of Roses" Tour
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$25 per person
Commemorate your trip to Portland with a city tour that
includes viewing its bridges, parks, and neighborhoods.
You will begin by passing many of the 17 bridges that
line the river near downtown and viewing the Mill Ends
Park, the world’s smallest park at 24 inches!
Then, you will drive along the Tom McCall Waterfront
to see fountains, the Battleship Oregon Memorial, and
the Pioneer Courthouse Square—Portland’s
Living Room. Next, you will see Chinatown, Old Town,
and the Pearl District, which includes galleries and
shops on the way to Nob Hill. Once in Nob Hill, you
will be able to explore the neighborhood and dine before
heading to the historic Pittock Mansion, built 1914-1919.
On the way back to the Oregon Convention Center, you
will pass the famous Powell’s Book Store.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Discover Seaside and Astoria (includes lunch)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$55 per person
Travel by deluxe motor coach over the Coast Range to
the ocean town of Seaside. You will have the chance
to walk around the famous Prom, the early century oceanfront
promenade. You can also visit the Seaside Aquarium,
feed the seals, or rent a surrey (bike for two or four).
If you want to do something more relaxed, check out
the shops or stroll along the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
From Seaside, you will head to Astoria, the oldest American
settlement west of the Rockies. View the city and bay
from Coxcomb Hill, where you can climb the Astor Column—123
feet up. You will end the day with a trolley ride along
the Astoria waterfront, where you may be treated to
the sight of seals sunning themselves.
Note: Each way of the trip takes approximately 1 hour
and 30 minutes by motor coach
- 9202 Portland
Gardens Tour/Portland Spirit Lunch Cruise
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$60 per person
Experience the beautiful gardens of Portland. On this
tour, you will visit the Japanese Gardens, which consist
of five traditional garden styles, an authentic tea
house, and a pavilion that recreate the milieu of ancient
Japan. At the bottom of the hill from the Japanese Gardens,
you will experience the scents and beauty of over 8,000
roses at the International Rose Test Garden. Started
in 1917, this is the oldest official, continuously operated
public test garden in the United States. Following the
garden tour, you will head to the Portland Spirit. Once
at the Willamette River, you will board the boat for
a scenic two-hour cruise that includes a leisurely lunch
while you view Portland’s skyline and river side
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
- 9301 Sample
Sake & Wine Country Tour (includes lunch)
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$45 per person
Enjoy a deluxe motor coach ride through the fields of
Oregon on the way to Oregon’s only sake plant
and several wineries. The first stop is a tour of the
SakeOne plant. Sake is a rice wine. You will view the
sake-making process and sample cold sake, not warm sake,
as warm is only for the common folks. Make sure you
eat some breakfast before this tour as you will be sampling
sake and wine. Snacks will be provided along the way.
The first winery you will visit is Elk Cove, known for
its beautiful scenery and excellent wine. Here you will
sample Pinot Gris and the "ultimas" dessert
wines. Next, you will enjoy lunch at the Grand Lodge,
a restored building that is now a working European-style
bed and breakfast. The last stop will be at the Montinore
Estates Winery to enjoy samples of Pinot Noir, Pinot
Gris, and Chardonnay while you enjoy another wonderful
view of the valley.