Event Calendar

July, 2018


July 19th (Thursday)

Group Walk – Bay View

Start Location: Padilla Bay Shore
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Tom & Sue Wallace | wallnett@aol.com

Distance/Rating:  5/10 K - 1B     ID: 109697 2018/Y1801
Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: none | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Walking the Paths of Invention, Honoring Our Flag, Points of Reference, Volcanoes, Walk the USA - Street by Street, You'll Never Walk Alone

The walk will take you through the Bayview State Park, walking to the beach and then back to Padilla Bay Shore Trail. The trail is along the Puget Sound with beautiful views. You may see eagles, herons, seals, etc. Walk 3.4 k to the end of this trail. There is a porta potty here. You then reverse directions and return to your car.
. 5K Rated 1A.

Directions to Start: From I-5 drive towards Anacortes on Highway 20. Turn right on Bayview Edison Rd. You will then drive 3.3 miles on the Bayview Edison Road. Just past the 3 mile marker, turn right on Second Street and turn left into the Padilla Bay Shore Parking Lot. There is a porta-potty available in the parking lot and restrooms available in the state park. We will register in the parking lot and maps will be available.


July 21st (Saturday)

Group Walk – Town and Parks (Lynden Raspberry Festival)

Start Location: Lynden Food Pavilion
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Lynne Ince | (360) 778-3134 | lynne.ince@yahoo.com

Distance/Rating:  5/10 K - 1A     ID:  109204 2018/Y0943
Strollers: easy | Wheelchairs: easy | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Bridges - Spanning the USA, Food For Thought, Points of Reference, Take a Walk In a City Park, Trekking With the Trees, Volcanoes, Walking the USA A - Z, You'll Never Walk Alone

Walk through the picturesque town thru residential areas,downtown and parks with views of Mt. Baker and the Canadian Cascades. Restrooms at start and finish and along the way.

Directions to Start: I-5, Exit 256A. Right on Guide Meridian for 10.5 miles. Right at stoplight at Kok Road. Food Pavilion is in the shopping center on your left. Meet to register just inside the left entrance of the Food Pavillion.



July 25th (Wednesday)

Group Walk – North Lake Whatcom

Start Location: Parking lot at North Lake Whatcom, North Shore Dr.
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am
Host:  Tom Stabile/Margaret Quick, 360-966-2346

Distance/Rating: 
Distance/Rating:  5/10km
    ID:  Y1119
Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Vault Toilet at Start
AVA Special Programs: Points of Reference, Walking America’s Ports of Call, You’ll Never Walk Alone

Lake Whatcom Trail (also known as the Hertz Trail) is a former railroad bed located in a completely wooded area with great views along the north shore of Lake Whatcom. Parking lots for general public and special needs people at trailhead. The trail is prepared and maintained on a gravel base. Ideal for walkers using walking poles.

Directions to Start:From I-5 Drive east on Sunset Dr./ Sunset becomes Mt. Baker Hwy SR 542, go approx. 5 mi. (8.2 k). Just past 5 mi. marker veer right on Y St. Rd. Go 4.4 mi. and turn sharp left on N Shore Dr. Follow N. Shore Dr. for 2.5 mi. At the green Whatcom Park & Rec. sign turn left on N Shore toward Lake Whatcom trail. Continue over the bridge and around the corner, turn left into Access 2 Lake Whatcom trail head parking lot. Primitive toilet in parking lot is the only available bathroom on this walk.


July 28th (Saturday)

Group Walk – East Mount Vernon

Start Location: Haggen Market Food Court, 2601 E Division St.
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host:  Joe Pepia, pepia46@comcast.net, 360-899-5311

Distance/Rating:  6/10k - 2A     ID:  Y1275
Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes

AVA Special Programs: Animal Safari, Honoring our Flag, Points of Reference, Take a Walk in a City Park, Volcanoes, Walk the USA Street by Street, You’ll Never Walk Alone

Walk along a short path that is a favorite place for ducks when there is enough water in the small ponds. Through housing areas with a slow steady climb up the hill and through newer housing developments and city park. The apex of the walk is on a short city trail that leads to a panoramic view of the Skagit Valley, Mount Baker and the start of the route across the North Cascades. The route back is mostly downhill with weather dependent views to the west of Mount Erie and the valley between. Restroom at Start/Finish.

Directions to Start: I-5 Exit 225. From South turn right, from North, turn left on Anderson Road. Go straight through round-about. Anderson Road will curve and become Laventure Road. Right on E Division Street. Haggen is on the left after first stop light.


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August 4th (Saturday)

Group Walk – Bellingham Marina

Start Location: Haggen Food & Pharmacy, NW corner of parking lot, 2814 Meridian
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Tom Stabile/Margaret Quick, 360-966-2346, tandmwa@frontier.com

Distance/Rating:  10 K - 1A     ID: Y0929
Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
AVA Special Programs: Amphitheatres, Bridges– Spanning the USA, Honoring our Flag, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Take a Walk in a City Park, Volcanoes, Walk the USA– Street by Street, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Whiskey-Vino-Brew, You’ll Never Walk Alone

Walk through wonderful historical neighborhoods, the marina, Lower Whatcom falls, fish hatchery, by the newly renovated Theatre Guild bldg. and views of Bellingham Bay. Restrooms start/finish and along the way.

Directions to Start: From I-5 take exit 255 Sunset Drive/Mt Baker. Drive west on Sunset Drive. Turn right on W.Illinois. Left into Haggens parking lot. We’ll meet in the NW corner of the parking lot.


August 8th (Wednesday)

WWF Workers Walk – Freeland/South Whidbey State Park

Start Location: Freeland Park, 1535 E Shoreview Dr.
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Sue Payton, 360-914-4268, wishome@yahoo.com

Distance/Rating:  (2) 5 K - 1B and 2C    ID:  110783
Strollers: no | Wheelchairs: no | Pets: Noa | Restrooms: Yes
AVA Special Programs: US Post Office. ESVA Challenge: Parks.

Two 5K routes:
First 5 km rated 1B: from South Whidbey State Park drive 3 miles. This census designated area started as a socialist community in the early 1900s. Walk along Holmes Harbor and view the east side of Whidbey Island, Cascade Mountains, the latest construction project at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, pass historic Freeland Hall, restaurants, antique stores, and take a short trail through a wooded marshland. Your own vehicle liability insurance covers your drive between portions of this walk.
Second 5 km rated 2C: From Freeland drive 3 miles to South Whidbey State Park. Washington State Discover Pass required for parking. Route has one steep hill (shorter option available to avoid the steep hill). Walk through old growth forests saved from bulldozers by tree-hugging citizens in the 1970’s and the now closed campground with moss covered big leaf maples and lots of shade.

Directions to Start: From Coupeville drive South on Hwy 20, which will turn into Hwy 525. Left on S Honeymoon Bay Road, Right on E Shoreview Dr. Left into parking lot.


August 12th (Sunday)

Group Walk – Anacortes

Start Location: Island Hospital, by front entrance of of 24th St.
Time: Register by 1:45pm. Walk begins at 2:00pm.
Host: Fred & Sharon Fisher, sfisher@fidalgo.net. 360-293-7985

Distance/Rating:  5/10 K - Rated 1A     ID: Y512
Strollers: easy | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
AVA Special Programs: Amphitheatres, Honoring our Flag, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, US Post Offices, Take a Walk in a City Park, Volcanoes, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Whiskey-Vino-Brew.

Walk along the Cap Sante Marina and over to the Guemes Channel passing boat works and historic Causland Park. Explore the quaint downtown with many shops and restaurants.

Directions to Start: From I-5, Exit 230, Highway 20 west. Follow signs for Anacortes. At Anacortes, follow Highway 20 as it turns right on Commercial; left on 24th Street, Left into hospital parking lot.


August 15th (Wednesday)

Group Walk – Fairhaven Interurban Trail

Start Location: Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St.
Time: Register by 8:45am. Walk begins at 9:00am.
Host: Tom Stabile/Margaret Quick, 360-966-2346, tandmwa@frontier.com

Distance/Rating:  10 K - Rated 2B    ID:  Y509
Strollers: hard | Wheelchairs: no | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
AVA Special Programs: Boardwalks, Honoring Our Flag, Ice Cream Parlors, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Trekking with Trees, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Walking the USA Street by Street, You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Walk through historic Fairhaven, the Connelly Creek nature area, to the Interurban Trail and Fairhaven Park. Lots of restaurants near start/finish. Restrooms start/finish and in Fairhaven park near the end of the walk.

Directions to Start:  I-5 Exit 250, Fairhaven Parkway. From the South turn left, from the North turn right. From Fairhaven Parkway, right on 12th St. Left on Harris Ave. Right on 11th. Shop is on the right.

 

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August 19th (Sunday)

Group Walk – Peace Arch (Canadian Side)

Start Location: Peace Arch Park, Peace Arch Park, Beach Road and Highway 99, Surrey, BC, Canada
Time: Register by 9:30am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Surrey Trekkers, Sandy & Gord Hartney    604-596-8609, ghartney@gmail.com

Distance/Rating:  5/10 K - Rated 1B     ID: 
Strollers: no | Wheelchairs: no| Pets: yes. Must be on leash and picked up after | Restrooms: yes

walk along the beautiful lawns and amongst the gardens in Peace Arch Park which straddles the Canadian/US border. Leaving the park, still on the Canadian side, walk towards White Rock where you will walk along the promenade enjoying the views of the Pacific.

Directions to Start: CANADIAN: Exit HWY99 on Beach Rd. LEFT into parking lot behind Duty Free Store. Start point adjacent to picnic area.
PARKING ON U.S. SIDE OF BORDER: I-5 NORTHBOUND: Exit #276 (City Center). Drive through roundabout and exit on 2nd St. STRAIGHT to Peace Arch State Park parking lot. A WASHINGTON STATE DISCOVER PARK PASS REQUIRED IN PARKING LOT. FREE ON STREET PARKING IN BLAINE. FROM PARKING LOT: Walk to Canadian Customs and first booth set up next to Canadian Customs & Immigration Building for people walking to enter Canada. Once through Customs continue north and LEFT immediately after the first building. Cross the secondary drive aisle beside the building and cross main roadway at the pedestrian cross walk. Continue STRAIGHT in the Peach Arch Provincial Park to picnic area and start point. Passport, Enhanced Drivers License or Nexus card required for crossing border.


August 20th (Monday)

WWF Workers Walk – Bowman Bay

Start Location: Bowman Bay State Park Boat Launch Parking Lot
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Sue Payton, 360-914-4268, wishome@yahoo.com

Distance/Rating:  5/10 K - Rated 3C    ID:  110781
Strollers: no | Wheelchairs: no | Pets: no | Restrooms: yes
AVA Special Programs: Boardwalks, Honoring Our Flag, Ice Cream Parlors, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Trekking with Trees, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Walking the USA Street by Street, You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Walk along the shore, bluffs and forests. Enjoy views of the San Juan Islands, Bowman and Lottie Bays, Deception Pass Bridge and Puget Sound. While in the park, be sure to stop and visit the Civilian Conservation Corp Museum. The CCC built several buildings in the park that are still in use.

Directions to Start:  From I-5 take Exit 230 toward Anacortes. At traffic circle take 2nd exit and stay on WA-20 W. Right onto Rosario Rd. Immediate Left onto Bowman Bay Rd. Left at stop sign downhill to boat launch parking lot.


August 23rd (Thursday)

Group Walk – LaConner

Start Location: We'll register and start at the LaConner Marina Boat Launch.

Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Tom & Sue Wallace, wallnett@aol.com, 360-491-5560

Distance/Rating:  5/10 K - Rated 1A    ID:  110781
Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: no | Pets: yes | Restrooms: yes
AVA Special Programs: Amphitheatres, Boardwalks, Food for Thought, Honoring Our Flag, Ice Cream Parlors, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, State Street Sashay, Take a Walk in a City Park, Trekking with the Trees, US Post Offices, Volcanoes, Walk the USA – Street by Street, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Whiskey-Vino-Brew

Walk past the marina and along the beautiful Swinomish Channel on a brand new walkway. Walk along First Street browsing in the unique gift shops and galleries. Walk through Pioneer Park. There are many restaurants and fun sculptures along the way. Restrooms along the route.

Directions to Start:  from I-5 South and I-5 North: At Burlington, head west on State Route 20 for approximately 7 miles, turn left onto La Conner-Whitney Road, follow road to round-a-bout at La Conner and at round-a-bout, turn right into La Conner. Turn right on Third Street which will become Pearle Jensen Way. Follow boat launch signs into the Marina Boat Launch lot. Park facing RV lot across street.

 

 


August 25th (Saturday)

Group Walk – Ferndale

Start Location: Haggen Food & Pharmacy, Food Court, 1815 Main Street
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Tom Stabile, 360-966-2346, tandmwa@frontier.com

Distance/Rating:  5/11 K - Rated 2B    ID:  Y1005
Strollers: no | Wheelchairs: no | Pets: yes | Restrooms: yes
AVA Special Programs: Boardwalks, Bridges – Spanning the USA, Fraternal Organization, Honoring Our Flag, Lakes and Reservoirs, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Take a Walk in a City Park, Trekking with Trees, Volcanoes, You’ll Never Walk Alone

Walk thru downtown, Pioneer, Hovander Homestead, Tennent Lake parks and along the Nooksack River. Enjoy murals, historic buildings and views of Mt Baker as you walk through Ferndale's parks and downtown. Wonderful boardwalk walk through Tennent Lake (closed hunting season). Restrooms at start and along route. The Ferndale Street Fair will be this day, in the downtown area.

Directions to Start: From north or south I-5, Exit 262 Ferndale, Right on Main St. Left on La Bounty Dr. (signal) Haggens is on your right


August 29th (Wednesday)

WWF Workers Walk – Coupeville Coast to Coast

Start Location: Coupeville Library Parking Lot
Time: Register by 9:45am. Walk begins at 10:00am.
Host: Sue Payton, 360-914-4268, wishome@yahoo.com

Distance/Rating:  6/11 K - Rated 2B    ID:  108578
Strollers: hard | Wheelchairs: no | Pets: no | Restrooms: yes
AVA Special Programs: Volcanoes ESVA Challenges: Parks, Womb to Tomb, Whisky-Vino-Brew

11 km-Walk from historic Coupeville’s waterfront on the east side of Whidbey Island to the majestic bluffs overlooking Puget Sound on the west side. Walk through Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve to view expansive prairie farmlands, Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Port Townsend and beyond. Walk on paved and dirt paths and along country roads. 6 km- Walk from Coupeville to the outskirts of town for a view of prairie farmland before returning to town.

Directions to Start:  Follow SR 20 to traffic light in Coupeville. From North, turn left, from South turn right at the stop light onto Main Street. Left on Coveland, Left on Alexander St., Right into gravel parking lot before Library.