WASHINGTON – 12 DAYS
Our Washington teen tours are short but spectacular. Begin your journey on a multi night backpack along the Pacific coast through Olympic National Park. From the coast we will take a quick stop in Forks, Washington for lunch before taking a Ferry to San Juan Islands for a multi-day kayaking adventure camping out each night on a different island. We will take a day to relax in Seattle before flying home.
BACKPACK OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Our 4 day backpack will begin near picturesque Rialto Beach. Before we head out we’ll teach you everything you need to know about backpacking. The majority of the trail follows the beach where we will keep out a hopeful eye for grey whales, sea otters, and other marine mammals. In the afternoon we’ll stop to set up camp overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
KAYAK THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS
Experience the fun of sea kayaking and camping on a remote island accessible only by boat! The pristine waters of the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands are host to 82 semi-resident orca whales – the best spot for viewing wild orcas in the world. Other treasured wildlife sightings may include minke whales, harbor and Dall’s porpoises, seals, river otter and a variety of different birdlife ranging from auklets to herons. The region also boasts the second largest bald eagle breeding population in the continental United States.
HIKE THE HOH RAINFOREST
The Hoh Rainforest is located within Olympic National Park and holds the title as 1 of 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in North America. It is one of the few temperate rain forests remaining in the United States, and also one of the largest. We’ll take a day hike to explore a piece of this awe inspiring place.
VISIT FORKS, WA
Located between the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it’s no wonder the tiny town of Forks—population 3,500—has embraced its connection to Stephenie Meyers’ hit vampire book series. We’ll take a quick stop in this quirky little town before heading out on our 4 day backpack along the Washington Coast.
SEATTLE CITY TOUR
We’ll take a tour of our favorite Seattle attractions including the Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks, the Seattle waterfront, and a trip to the top of the Space Needle. We’ll go out to dinner before heading back to our Hostel for the night.
All participants will be met at Seattle Tacoma International Airport by their Wild Traveler Leaders. After a few ice breakers and some get to know you games we will load up the van and drive toward the Olympic Peninsula.
Wake up in an ancient temperate rainforest – day hike beneath the towering Douglas firs of the old growth forest. We’ll take the afternoon to explore the famous small town of forks. In the evening we’ll make our way to our campsite near rialto beach in preparation for the beginning of our 4 day backpack along the coast of Olympic National Park.
DAY 3 – 6
We’ll finish packing our packs and begin the first leg of the 4 day backpack. The majority of the trail follows the beach where we will keep out a hopeful eye for grey whales, sea otters, and other marine mammals. In the afternoon we’ll stop to set up camp, make dinner, and meet for our nightly evening program. Lake Ozette will mark the end of our 4 day backpack with a visitor center, showers, and ice cream awaiting us.
We will leave the coast and make our way to Friday Harbor of San Juan Island. We’ll take the ferry across Puget Sound first stopping at Whidbey Island. We will spend the night on the west side of san juan island overlooking the migratory route of the southern resident orca whales.
DAY 8 – 10
Our kayak guides will meet us at our campsite for a thorough kayak lesson before heading out on our 3 day backcountry kayak adventure. Over the course of the next 3 days we will travel to as many as 4 different islands within the San Juan Island archipelago. Our beachside campgrounds have spectacular ocean views set in the endemic forests of the islands.
We will take the ferry back to Seattle for a day in the city exploring all of Seattle’s best attractions including the Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks, and the Space Needle. We will go out to dinner for Wild Traveler awards and spend the night at our favorite Seattle hostel.
After breakfast, we will take a quick ride to the Seattle Tacoma International airport, exchange phone numbers and emails, and say our good byes.
Washington Teen Tours
Getting your gear together (either borrowing/renting/buying) is a fun and exciting time. All of the items listed below are important and will be used sometime during our summer teen tours, so please pack EVERYTHING on the list. With that in mind please limit additional items -space is limited. Everything must fit in your large backpacking pack and your day pack. If you have any questions about gear or clothing, email or give us a call, we can help!
- 1 backpacking backpack
- 1 day pack
- 1 sleeping pad
- 1 mummy style sleeping bag
- 1 compression stuff sack
- 1 breathable, waterproof rain jacket
- 2 pair shorts
- 5-7 t-shirts
- 5-7 pair underwear
- 5 sports bras
- 1 pair athletic shoes
- 1 pair hiking sandal (eg. Tevas, Chacos, must have heal strap)
- 1 pair flip flops
- 3-4 pair jeans or other cotton pants
- 4 pair socks
- 2 swimsuits
- 1 light jacket/ fleece/ sweatshirt
- 2 bandanas
- 2 one liter water bottles
- 2 large tubes sunscreen (SPF 25 minimum)
- 1 pair sunglasses – dark lens, UVA/UVB protected
- 1 sunglass strap (eg. Croakies, Chums)
- 1 toiletry set (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene items)
- 1 bath towel
- 1 wash cloth
- 1 laundry bag
- 1 small insect repellent
- 1 journal w/ pens
- 1 bowl
- 1 hot/ cold cup
- 1 fork, spoon, knife (Lexan is best)
- 1 headlamp w/ extra batteries
- 1 large brimmed hat/ baseball hat to block sun
- 1 small tarp (approx 4 x 7 )
- 4 trash bags
- 5 zip-lock bags (1 gallon)
- 1-2 waterproof cameras
- 1 watch
- 1 camp pillow
- 1 camp chair
- 1 set stationary, envelopes, stamps
- 1 paperback
- 1 musical instrument
Find out what you can expect with a trip with The Wild Traveler. Below are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding different aspects of our trips. Have more questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?
We will camp in National Parks and state parks. You will be with one or two other students in our new 4-person tents. You will have the option each night to sleep on a tarp beneath the stars. On our last night we will be staying at a hostel downtown Seattle.
WHEN WILL I SHOWER?
You will have access to showers every 2 to 3 days on our Washington summer teen tour. Most of our campgrounds have running water, full bathrooms and showers available. You’ll be in the ocean and freshwater pools often throughout your trip. Your trip leaders will teach you how to stay hygienic in the backcountry.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
The Wild Traveler provides all of your gear except for a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Check out your gear and clothing list specific to your trip. Please pack only the items on the list. Everything must be able to fit into your backpack and daypack. Space is limited.
WILL I BE ABLE TO CALL FAMILY DURING THE TRIP?
HOW IS THE FOOD?
Our participants and staff really like the food. Under the guidance of your leaders, you will be in charge of putting together a menu in your cook groups made up of 2 or 3 other participants. You can choose meals from the Wild Traveler Cookbook or cook up one of your favorite recipes you learned from home. You and your cook group will do your shopping at grocery stores and farmers markets. Our meals are nutritionally balanced, plentiful, tasty and offer plenty of options. We will have snacks available throughout each day. You’ll also eat at your trip leader’s favorite restaurants at least twice during your trip. We have no problem accommodating vegetarian diets. Any other dietary restrictions need to be approved by our office staff prior to your trip.
HOW WILL WE TRAVEL?
WILL I MAKE FRIENDS?
WHAT WILL GROUPS BE LIKE?
WHAT WILL OUR DAYS BE LIKE?
THE WILD TRAVELER REVIEWS
Check out our Wild Traveler’s trip reviews. We have references available. Give us a call and we can get you in contact with the parents of past participants.
What did your child gain or take away from their experience with The Wild Traveler?
“Our daughter gained more confidence within herself to socialize and deal with others especially within a group.”
“Independence and a real sense of accomplishment. He loved the scuba diving, and also hiking volcanoes. And of course, the warm water!”
From talking with child, what do you feel was the highlight of their experience?
“The scuba diving and surfing were the most fun when we asked. Then it was the beautiful views and atmosphere of the whole experience.”
“It is so hard to say! She loved it all! One day I ask her her favorite part and she says Volcanoes National Park, the next she says scuba, the next surfing.”
“She made great new friends and had an awesome adventure! She learned that she can navigate through an airport on her own. She learned how to become a team with a bunch of people that she had never met before.”
“She gained some new skills and happy memories”
How was The Wild Traveler at preparing you and your child for our program?
“We were very prepared for the experience that was about to come our way.”
“Everything was very well laid on on the web site!”
“Great, we would do it again in a minute!”
“Great, anytime I would call or email I would promptly get a reply!”
How was The Wild Traveler at answering your questions and addressing your concerns before and during our trip?
“I could not have been happier with the info I needed to make me feel at ease.”
“Ryan was fantastic, kept me at ease from day one all the way through.”
What did you think about our travel journal?
“I looked forward to it and was very thankful it was in place. As a parent it made me feel that my child was safe and in good hands. I loved to actually see what they were doing.”
“I checked it often and really enjoyed seeing the photos and hearing about the days!”
“Fun! Loved it, kept me feeling good about it all, especially being so far away.”
“Awesome! I felt like I knew what was going on all of the time! The trip log was so helpful! I must have checked it five times a day just waiting for new updates”
Why did you choose “The Wild Traveler” over another outdoor company?
“Olivia found the site and convinced us it was the best fit for her.”
“Great value as well as the variety of activities. Most of the places I looked had a scuba trip, or a hiking trip, or a community service trip. Your trip was the only one that had a great mix of different activities.”
“Looked like fun, Ryan was reassuring and I trust him.”
“We really liked the choices of activities!”
Any comments or suggestions?
“You have exceeded our expectations! Thank you for taking care of our daughter and sharing such a wonderful time with her.”
“The trip was everything I hoped it would be for him.”
“I am so happy with the whole trip, Anna had the most awesome time, she lights up when she shares her experiences, its has given her so much confidence, and she loved all the different aspects of the trip, from scuba diving, surfing, hiking to beautiful waterfalls, seeing lava light up the night sky, camping on awesome beaches, Ryan did an awesome job choosing many great places to visit and stay!”
“Just keep doing what you are doing! It was a great trip. Aspen was happy to be home for about a day. Then she wanted to go back! 🙂 ”
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DESTINATION: WASHINGTON STATE
AGES: 13 – 16
LENGTH: 12 DAYS
ARRIVE / DEPART: SEATTLE, WA
DATES: JULY 27 – AUGUST 7, 2015
HIKE HOH RAINFOREST
BACKPACK OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
TRACK VAMPIRES IN FORKS WASHINGTON
KAYAK THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS
SAMPLE LOCAL FAIRE
VISIT THE PIKE PLACE MARKET AND SPACE NEEDLE
IT’S ALL INCLUDED
Ground transportation (vans and ferries)
2 experienced Wild Traveler trip leaders 24 hour supervision
Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc)
Campgrounds (1 night in hotel)
National Park entrance fee
All meals (including restaurants) and all snacks
All activities, equipment (kayaks, backpacking gear)