GUEMES ISLAND EVENT
SATURDAY APRIL 6
Start Location: Volunteer Park, 1915 13th St., Anacortes
Start 8:30 – 10 am ; Finish by 3 pm
Distances: 10 km (6.2 miles), 13.5 km (8.4 miles), 5 km (3.1 miles)
10km: (rated 1A) walk from the Park to the ferry and then across to the island. Walk around the east side of the island before returning to the ferry.
The 13.5km is the same route as the 10km with the addition of a 3.5km trail (rated 3B) to the top of Guemes Mountain. Walking poles recommended for the 3.5km trail on Guemes Mountain.
On Guemes Island walk through the Guemes Mountain & Valley Conservation area and along the shoreline of Guemes island with views across the channel to Anacortes. Views of agricultural and woodlands along the way. The mountain prairie, woodland and wetland habitats are home to a large variety of animals. Sweeping views of the Salish Sea, San Juan Islands, Mount Baker Skagit delta and North Cascades from the top of Guemes Mountain. If we time it right the camus, fawn, and chocolate lillies will be blooming at the top of the mountain. Sit on the bence at the top of the mountain for a picnic. There are a couple of benches along the way to pause and enjoy your surroundings. A short side stop up the trail has an informative sign and view to the west of San Juan Islands and Anacortes Internaional Ferry.
The 10km walk is Suitable for strollers, 3.5km trail on Guemes Mountain not Suitable for strollers. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
5km- (rated 1A) Two options: Walk from the park to the ferry and then across to the island for a short out and back along the waterfront. Second option, walk on city streets, through downtown Anacortes. Suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
AWARD: IVV credit is $3.00. Free participants are welcome but all must register, carry, and return a start card. Donations accepted to cover event costs.
MISCELLANEOUS: Restrooms available at start, ferry terminal and checkpoint.
The ferry does not operate from approx. 11:15 to 1pm.
The Guemes Island ferry charges $4.00 adults and $2.00 seniors (cash only), Ticket is for a roundtrip.
Guemes Ferry Schedule: https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/PublicWorksFerry/ferry2.htm.
There is only one restaurant/general store available on the island near ferry terminal. They do not do pre-orders as may have been previously indicated. They serve a variety of foods including burgers, paninis, cold sandwiches, soups, salad, lots of baked goods, local brews and wine. They also have a small general store.
Proceeds from the walk to benefit “SIDS” in honor of Sharon and Fred Fisher.
Pets permitted but NOT in building(s). Owners responsible for leash and clean up laws.
CHALLENGES: Little Free Libraries, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Points of Reference. (Historic Train Depot, Breweries, Post Office, Ice Cream Parlors on 5K Downtown option)
MORE INFO: Joe Pepia, email@example.com
DIRECTIONS: I-5 NORTHBOUND: Exit #230. Take ramp to Hwy 20 and turn left. Follow Hwy 20 to Anacortes turning right at the roundabout to head north on Commercial Ave. Turn left at 12th St. Left at D. Ave and left on 13th to parking near the restrooms. I-5 SOUTHBOUND: Exit #230. Take ramp on right and turn left on Hwy 20. Continue as above. (You will be following the signs for the Anacortes Ferry but will need to be sure to turn left on D. Ave.)
Upcoming Club Walks
Saturday, February 9. Bellingham Marina.
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host Margaret Quick and Tom Stabile. Start: Haggens Food and Pharmacy, 2814 Meridian St., Bellingham, registration at 9:45, walk starts at 10 am. Directions to Start: From I-5 North, take exit 256, Bellis Fair and turn left onto Meridian to start point. From I-5 South, take exit 256 and turn right on Meridian to store.
Wednesday, February 27. Ferndale.
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host Barry Lee. Start: Haggens Food and Pharmacy, 1815 Main Street, Ferndale, registration at 9:45, walk starts at 10 am. Directions to Start: From north or south I-5, Exit 262 Ferndale, Right on Main St. Left on La Bounty Dr. (signal) Haggen is on your right.
What is Volkssporting?
Volkssporting literally translates as "sport of the people." Volkssports are organized, non-competitive events designed to appeal to people of all ages. They are not tests of speed or endurance, but exercise at your own pace. Volkssporting is organized to promote physical fitness and wholesome recreation in a safe environment. It is designed for all age levels and people with varying levels of physical abilities. The volkssporting philosophy simply recognizes that everyone cannot and should not attempt to exercise in timed or competitive events where awards are based on order of finish. Volkssporting offers a great escape for people from the pressures and hassles of everyday life and it provides an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. Since events are non-competitive, participants travel at their own pace, thus making this an excellent outdoor recreational activity for the entire family.
There are two categories of volkssporting events, a Traditional Event which is hosted for usually one day or weekend with a set start/finish time, and a Year Round (YRE) or Seasonal Event that may be open daily, January through December. A Season event is like a Year-Round event, but is open less than a full calendar year. A volkssporting event is usually a walk (volksmarch), bike (volksbike), swim (volksswim), or cross-country ski (volksski or skiwandering) through a scenic and/or historic area over a predetermined route. All volkssport events are open to the public. Participation is usually free, if no award or credit is desired. Participants may choose to purchase if offered (usually $5-7) an attractive award that commemorates completion of the event. The event award is usually a patch or medallion depicting the theme, location, or honoree of the event.
About Our Club
The NW Tulip Trekkers is an outdoor walking club based in the coastal counties between Seattle and Canada. We promote recreational walking for all ages, through scheduled group walks, AVA-sanctioned volkswalks, a monthly newsletter and occasional meetings. This walker's network provides information about local and out-of-town AVA-sanctioned and non-sanctioned events. The Trekkers Club is designed for the AVA-member walkers and for individuals who just want to walk for the fun and fitness.
President: Tim Fisher: 425-626-0492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Barry Lee, email@example.com
Treasurer: Barbara Lynn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Margaret Quick, email@example.com
Trailmasters: Tom Stabile, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Payton, email@example.com
Newsletter Editor: Tamara Belts, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Evergreen State Volkssport Association
- American Volkssport Association
- Internationaler VolkssportVerband
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- Sound Steppers Volkssport Club
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