Excursions

We have several excursions confirmed for the convention.

Mt. Rainier

Excursion #1

All day trip to Mount Rainier

Tuesday August 2, 2022 8:30AM

All day trip to Mount Rainier by bus. Plan to arrive on Monday August 1st, since this excursion leaves early on Tuesday morning. We will meet in the lobby of the Hotel Murano at 8:15. The bus leaves promptly at 8:30. Bring a warm jacket, hat and sunglasses as the temperature and weather change quickly and wear sturdy shoes. There is a lodge for comfort and places to sit and eat our provided lunches. The wild flowers should be at their best, so bring your macro gear and tripods. There are several paved trails to walk. Please be aware of the high altitude and start out slowly to avoid altitude sickness.

You have your choice of one of three box lunches (box lunch selections will be available when registering for the convention). All sandwiches come with chips, sliced apples, cookies and a soft drink.

TURKEY CIABATTA
Turkey and brie, lettuce and roasted red bell peppers, with herbed mayo.

BANH MI (Asian Chicken) SANDWICH
Chicken, cucumber, carrot, cilantro, Asian spread, served on a Hoagie roll.

VEGETABLE WRAP
Spinach tortilla filled with a mixture of grilled garden vegetables and herbed cream cheese spread.

Cost $70 per person

Boat Tour

Excursion #2

Harbor Boat Tour

Wednesday August 3, 2022 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Join us on board the Riviera for a guided boat tour of Tacoma's Waterfront on Destiny Harbor Tours. We will tour the Thea Foss Waterway, Tacoma's Old Town and Brown's Point. See close-up working ships and tugs, a great view of the city and the Narrow's Bridges. You will likely see plenty of wildlife including eagles and seals, and if you are really lucky, a pod of Orcas that frequent the area. Space is limited to 33 people. Cost is $65 Per person.

Chihuly Garden of Glass

Excursion #3

All day adventure at the Seattle Center and a special entrance to the Chihuly Garden of Glass

Monday August 8, 2022 9:00AM

We will hand out the tickets on arrival. You are welcome to photograph anywhere in the building and gardens but they do not allow tripods, go pros or selfie sticks.

Lunch is on your own. There are many options, from the Space Needle to the food court. We suggest the cafe in theChihuly Garden and Glass where you can enjoy the eclectic collections of Dale Chihuly creations while enjoying NW cuisine. There are also quite a few restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood. Yelp is always a good resource for dining options.

You may choose to experience the Pacific Science Center (they may have a laser or 3D movie playing), or the MOPOP (the museum of Pop Culture) which is housed in a beautiful Frank Gehry building.

The Space Needle has been recently remodeled. The Loupe is the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, where you seem to float over the city on tilted Skyriser glass benches. There are separate charges to get into the Space Needle and the Pacific Science Center. The grounds of the Seattle Center are extensive if you want to wander around the art galleries, the International fountain or just people watch.

We will meet back at the bus (the same place it lets us off) to return to Tacoma. Cost is $70 per person.

Walking Tour

Monday afternoon walking tour

Monday August 1, 2022

For those coming in early, we are having a walking tour of Downtown Tacoma. We will be walking from the hotel to the beautiful McMenamin's hotel, taking in the street art and antique shops along the way. From McMenamin's we will walk to Firefighter's Park for views of the waterfront and Mt. Rainier. We will catch the link to Union Station and walk across the Bridge of Glass to the pavilion of the Glass Museum to photograph the outdoor artwork. We will then take the Link back to the hotel. The walk is mostly flat, though you will have to climb steps and walk uphill in a couple of places. It will be approximately a 2 mile walk. Riding the Link is free. There is no cost for this excursion.