For Lewis and Clark and the members of the Corps of Discovery, Oregon was the final stop on an amazing journey to explore the vast Louisiana Purchase, from Missouri all the way to the West Coast. Their historic journey should be an inspiration to the adventurer in all of us. From the Snake and Columbia Rivers to the Cascade Mountains to the rugged Pacific coastline, few states in our nation contain this amazing array of terrain, wildlife, and natural beauty.
A missions trip or pilgrimage to Oregon is a journey of discovery. Join us as we seek the face of God in old-growth forests, in coastal tide pools, and in our own adventurous hearts. Explore His amazing creation as we travel daily from one unique location to another and do not miss opportunities for rafting, hiking, and camping under the stars. Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you explore the great Northwest.
- Experience the creativity of God as you explore the tide pools and ancient forests.
- Worship the Lord under the stars along the wild northwest coastline.
- Contemplate, like Lewis & Clark, what it means to be working past the edges of the map.
- Visit historic locations encountered by Lewis & Clark on their amazing westward journey.
- Step out of your comfort zone on a forest high-ropes course or a whitewater adventure.
- Explore Astoria, gateway to the Pacific Ocean & home of the “Goonies.”
- Work with the National Park Service or Oregon State Parks on environmental stewardship and trail maintenance.
- Serve the less fortunate in a coastal community.
- Visit with senior citizens at a community center in Astoria.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – Into the Wilds
Upon your arrival, weʼll head up into the Oregon wilderness to the little monastery that will be our home for the next few days. Your team will be encouraged to turn their thoughts towards exploration while taking in the vastly different ecosystems. Oregon showcases the beauty of Godʼs creation through its high deserts, mountains, ocean and rain forests- all within a couple hours of our accommodations.
- Day 2 – Pilgrims and Adventures
The first morning of our trip will allow us to examine the meaning of pilgrimage more closely. We’ll visit St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, a place where modern architecture and ancient Christian values come together: a perfect threshold to the rest of our journey. In the afternoon we’ll head to Silver Falls State Park, to venture through the scenic trails and visit some of the ten waterfalls that fill the park.
- Day 3 – Through the Forests
Like Lewis and Clark, our journey this week will bring us many twists and turns. Today will be filled with a little risk in a few different ways. We’ll begin our morning by taking the time to serve and relate to those less fortunate than us. Our next adventure will introduce us to a little bit more danger. Oregon’s massive forests will provide ample opportunity to face our fears through a high ropes course. We’ll be forced to work as a team in order to complete the low ropes portion. We’ll move on to confront our fear of heights as we move higher and higher up the trees.
- Day 4 – The Lighthouse
Today we might wake early and head for the rocky Oregon coast. At Devil’s Punch Bowl, we’ll arrive just in time to explore the tide pools. The morning will be spent discovering starfish, crabs, and sea urchins in the little pools of tidewater. We may even have the opportunity to see something extra amazing: hundreds of seals sunning themselves on a secluded beach.
- Day 5 – Rapids
Today we’re going take on the North Santiam River. This whitewater destination will allow us to dive further into the natural wonder of Oregon. We’ll have plenty of chances to see wildlife- though we may be too full of adrenaline to notice. Our stretch of river is out of the path of many tourists. Here the team will be able to contemplate God’s care for us, especially in those times that we feel tossed around by tragedy or hardship.
- Day 6 – Further Up and Further In
Our morning will take us to a unique sacred space in the city of Portland: the Grotto. Here we’ll have ample opportunities for contemplation under the shadows of countless trees and hundreds of beautiful sculptures. We’ll spend the rest of our final full day in Portland, where we will have the chance to explore whatever you choose. This major port in the Pacific Northwest boasts a huge variety of culturally distinct sights, foods and activities. After some free time, we’ll celebrate our week with a delicious meal together.
- Day 7 – Departure
At your convenience, you will pack up and say goodbye to a fantastic week of exploration, service and encounter. What will you take home with you? The voyage is now in fact just beginning, and we pray that you carry fresh perspective and energy with you as you travel.
Legacy in Oregon
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.