The Land is Not Silent; Exploring the American West (10th, 11th & 12th)
Dates: Saturday, April 9th – Friday, April 15th
Location: Various locations throughout the American West
Price Range: $2,500 – $3,500
Theme: History, Culture, Arts, Science
Take an extended road trip across the Western US on this trip that dives deep into the diverse physical and human geography of the region. Be sure to look up from your phones as we traverse some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain on the planet, including the stunning Columbia River Gorge, the riotous colors of the Painted Hills and the other-worldly Craters of the Moon. We will ponder the impact humans have had on the land as we explore the Native American petroglyphs saved from the construction of The Dalles Dam, which also erased Celillo Falls from existence, and visit Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, the only Native American-run museum on the Oregon Trail. This theme of forgotten voices continues in our poignant visits to the Minidoka National Historic Site, where Japanese-American residents of Bainbridge Island and beyond were imprisoned during the Second World War, as well as Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, where two Chinese-American immigrants settled and became integral parts of the local community in the early 20th century. Throw in a visit to the oldest continually-operating Chinese restaurant in the US, plus conversations with recent Asian-American immigrant entrepreneurs, and this will be a road trip for a lifetime!