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    08/11/2007 - ISSAQUAH - PICKERING FARM 10K (5K option available). Walk is a level 1. Walk on paved pathways through Issaquah Public Market at Pickering Farm
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      08/11/2007 - ISSAQUAH - PICKERING FARM
      10K (5K option available). Walk is a level 1. Walk on paved pathways
      through Issaquah Public Market at Pickering Farm [added to the National
      Historic Register on 7/7/1983], along the East Lake Sammamish Trail
      built on the old Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and through Lake
      Sammamish State Park.
      Washington State Challenges: King County; Waters: lakes or bridges;
      History: National Historic Register.
      Contact: Dick O'Connor , (425 ) 746 - 9641
      Event Website: gowalkingwithnws.org

      SANCTION NO: 77517
      SPONSOR: Evergreen Wanderers, Friends of the Blueberry Park
      LOCATION: Light & Life Christian Fellowship, 611 E. 82ND, Tacoma
      WA STATE: Pierce County
      CHALLENGE: Town, Park
      START TIME: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
      FINISH TIME: 4:00 pm
      DISTANCE : 10 km (6.2 miles) 5 km (3.1 miles)
      TRAIL: (1) Walk on sidewalks, road shoulders and gravel paths through
      the 20 acre Blueberry Park and neighborhoods. Difficult for strollers.
      Not suitable for wheelchairs.
      AWARD: Credit only is $3.00. Free participants are welcome but all must
      register, carry and return a start card.
      MISCELLANEOUS: Water and restrooms at start/finish and along the route.
      Pets permitted but NOT in building. Owners responsible for leash and
      clean up laws.
      ** BLUEGRASS IN THE BLUEBERRIES -bring your friends and family. Come
      walk with us. Bluegrass Concert with Looking Glass. Music from 1 - 3
      p.m. Hot dogs and ice cream will be offered for sale at the park.
      MORE INFO: Jo Ann Savitz 253 752 3247
      EMAIL: jimsavitz@...
      DIRECTIONS: I-5: Southbound: Exit #129, So 72nd St/So 84th St, (stay
      in 2nd lane from right when exiting), straight ahead and stay in right
      lane as it curves around, follow to So. 72nd St. right turn at light and
      move left into Thru Traffic Lanes. Right on McKinley Ave., RIGHT on
      82nd, 2 blocks to start/finish on the Right at Light & Life Christian
      Fellowship. Parking behind bldg and street parking. Northbound, exit
      #129, So 72nd St, turn right onto S. 72nd St. Right on McKinley Ave..
      Continue as above.

      8/18-19/2007 Walk Event Number : 77001 5K, 10K Start : Snoqualmie
      8/18-19/2007 Walk Event Number : 77002 6K, 11K Start : Snoqualmie
      Pass-Hyak Tunnel
      Event City: Snoqualmie Pass
      START/FINISH: John Wayne Trail Public Access parking lot at Hyak.
      DIRECTIONS: From I-90 take Exit 54 – Hyak. Continue to frontage road
      and turn left towards Highway Dept. Maintenance Area. Follow volksmarch
      signs to John Wayne Trail Public Access parking area and start point.
      START TIME: 8:00 am – 1:00 pmFINISH TIME: 4:00 pm
      AWARD/HATPIN: This is a “credit only” event. “B” award available for
      $4.00 Credit only is $3.00. Hatpins are available for $2.00. Free
      walkers are welcome but must register, carry and return a start card.
      Miscellaneous: Water and restrooms at start/finish.
      DISCLAIMER: The sponsors are not liable for accidents, thefts, and/or
      material damage. Every effort will be made by the sponsors to make this
      a safe, enjoyable and memorable event. The event will take place
      regardless of weather conditions. No refunds.
      Lake Keechelus Walk: - WSC: Lake (Water Book)
      DISTANCE: 5K and 10km (3.1 and 6.2 miles)
      TRAIL: 1 – Walk on John Wayne Pioneer Trail east along Lake Keechelus
      in the Iron Horse State Park. Trail surface of compact rocky terrain
      makes wheelchairs unsuitable, strollers questionable. Dogs allowed on
      leashes only.
      Snoqualmie Tunnel Walk: - WSC: None
      DISTANCE: 10km (6.2 miles) with 12K option
      TRAIL: 1+ - Walk on John Wayne Pioneer Trail west through the
      Snoqualmie Tunnel for 2.3 miles. Exit on west side of Pass for
      panoramic views of the Cascades. Trail surface of compact rocky terrain
      makes wheelchairs unsuitable, strollers questionable. Dogs allowed on
      leashes only.
      NOTE: Flashlights are required for tunnel.Tunnel temperatures range in
      mid-60’s and, in a few places, water drips from the ceiling.
      Yakima Valley Sun Striders
      PO Box 10523
      Yakima WA 98909
      INFORMATION CONTACT: Millie Haupt at (509) 965-4980 or email:

      Aug. 24-26: Lake Quinault Walks
      Start: US Forest Service Pacific Ranger Station - Quinault Office
      Start 8 am - 1 pm
      Start Point Address / Driving Directions: From I-5 take exit 104 onto
      US 101 towards Aberdeen. Take SR 8 towards Aberdeen. It becomes SR 12
      and becomes Us 101 at Wishkah St. Continue to follow US 101 through
      Hoquiam. Turn right on South Shore Dr. just before Lake Quinault. Follow
      signs to parking.
      Join us on the trail for the Quinault, WA weekend 24-26 Aug. Because
      all four fabulous trails are either in Olympic National Forest or
      Olympic National Park, pets are not allowed on the trail. We neglected
      to mention this in our publicity and want to make sure no one expects to
      walk the trails with their dog.
      Patches are selling quickly, and places at the Friday evening social are
      filling fast, so don't neglect to pre-register. Information and a
      registration form may be found at the Capitol Volkssport Club's website
      at www.geocities.com/buddbayy/index.html
      This will be a wonderful walking weekend, with something for everyone.
      There will be 5 Km options of the Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail, as
      well as the Kalaloch Beach Ramble. The hike to Pony Bridge, the first
      part of the Enchanted Valley, is a popular, quite flat trail. It's
      scenic and very doable, a 10Km round trip.
      Then the other extreme is the Colonel Bob hike, 13 or 23 Km, rated 4+
      through 5+--a true challenge, for those who wish to push themselves. In
      addition there is the Enchanted Valley Marathon, not too steep, but it
      just keeps on going through beautiful rain forest.
      All these hikes are in absolutely gorgeous country. What you do is
      select what works for you, pick up your walking stick, and take a hike.
      Distance and Trail Rating: 23Km / w 13Km Option 4+ Mt Colonel Bob
      : This is the highest of 4 peaks clustered southeast of Lake Quinault.
      The hike starts steep and gets downright devious as the hiker scrambles
      to an amazing vista looking out over the lake and the Olympic mountains.
      Distance and Trail Rating: 10Km/ 5Km option 3 Quinault Rainforest
      Nature Trails: Leaving the Ranger station, this trail combines three of
      the popular trails near Quinault Lodge.
      Distance and Trail Rating: 10Km, W/5Km & 20Km option 2+ Kalaloch
      Beach Ramble: The Pacific Ocean is tumulous, yet magnificent. You will
      take in the thunder of the waves and the wounder of the sea stacks.
      8/25 Only: 10Km , w/ 42Km option 3 This route, one of the most
      popular in the Olympics, attracts every serious hiker at one time or
      another. Enchanted Valley has been linened to a mini Yosemite where
      glaciers carved many intricate turns and valleys. Our epic journey turns
      around at a 3-story log chalet now used as a ranger outpost.
      Contact: Mert Turner , (360 ) 533 - 4352
      E-Mail: Olszyk@...

      Friday, August 24 thru Sunday, September 9, 2007
      Mt. St. Helens South Rim Hike/Climb
      NW07-77841 ---- 16km ---- Rated 5
      Note the 17-day period; this event is set up as a short Seasonal. The
      south rim of Mt. St. Helens is a popular hike/climb for both beginning
      and experienced mountaineers/hikers. The route gains 4,500 feet in five
      miles to the crater rim at 8,365 feet elevation. Entering the crater is
      strictly prohibited.
      Begin the route through thick forest. Then above tree-line, scale large
      boulders and loose rock to the rim, where you will stare into the face
      of the volcano. Terrain is steep and rugged, commonly requiring 7-12
      hours to complete the round trip.
      This challenging route is recommended only for those with a robust
      fitness level – only highly experienced hikers should make the attempt.
      All general safety rules of outdoor recreation and hiking apply. Wear
      sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers, and carry plenty of water. Bring a
      camera, walking stick, and picnic lunch.
      Volkssporters register at Jack’s Restaurant & Store; 13411 Lewis River
      Road; Ariel, Washington.
      Located on SR-503, 23 miles east of Woodland, Washington and Interstate-5.
      Hours… M-F: 6am-9pm. Sat-Sun: 6am-10pm.
      Permits are required in advance from the US Forest Service and AVA
      participants must make their own arrangements through the website at:
      http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/mount-st-helens. Climbers
      Info-Line: (360) 449-7861. Late spring through early fall is the most
      popular season. Only 100 permits per day are allowed and the quota fills
      quickly. Daily availability can be viewed online here. Permits are
      picked up from Jack’s Restaurant & Store no more than 24 hours prior to
      your designated date. A self-start volkswalk registration box will be at
      or near the permit pick-up counter.
      Optional AVA participation fee is $3, payable when picking up permit.
      The required climbing permit fee from the U.S. Forest Service is an
      additional $22, payable in advance through a secure online vendor.
      Mt. St. Helens is an active volcano. This hike is subject to
      cancellation without notice if volcanic activity rises to an unsafe
      level. Participants may be exposing themselves to volcanic hazards that
      may occur without warning.
      Pets permitted but strongly discouraged. More information at the USFS
      website listed above.
      Contact Liz Connors, Cell: 360/798-6956 or email lconnors@...
      DIRECTIONS to Jack's Restaurant & Store: From north or south, take I-5
      Exit #21 at Woodland , WA. Southbound: follow long exit ramp past
      Safeway and turn left at the light. Northbound: turn right at light at
      end of ramp. This is Lewis River Road/SR-503 (unmarked). Follow this
      curvy road, and at 10.3 miles, stay straight at the Ariel sign (turning
      right here is a dead end). You will go through Yale. A brown “Climbers
      Registration” sign is clearly marked ½ mile before reaching Jack’s
      Restaurant and Store, 23 miles from the freeway.
      Is this a little TOO adventurous for you? Check our our other 4 walks at
      Mt. St. Helens on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-2-3.

      9/1/2007 - 9/2/2007 - Walk
      Event Number : 77071 5k, 10K
      Start : Satsop Development Park
      Event City: Satsop
      Host Club : Sea-Tac Volkssports Club
      Write for more information to:
      PO Box 25101
      Federal Way, WA 98023
      Contact : Dorman Batson, (253) 927 - 2495
      E-Mail: hvkring@...

      SEPTEMBER 1-2-3, 2007 MT. ST. HELENS WALKS
      All Weather Walkers and Vancouver USA Volkssporters welcome you to FOUR
      beautiful walks in the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument on
      Labor Day Weekend. Please plan to join us for a very special holiday in
      2007! All walk routes have REMOTE starts. Register at the TOUTLE LAKE
      HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM and drive to various Start Points.
      Toutle Lake High School Gymnasium; 5050 Spirit Lake Highway; Toutle,
      DIRECTIONS: From I-5, take Exit 49, Toutle/Castle Rock. Southbound
      left, Northbound right, following SR-504 East to the small community of
      Toutle. Toutle Lake High School gymnasium is the last brick building on
      the left just past school district headquarters. Volkswalk signs will be
      TIMES: Start any time between 8am - Noon; Finish by 4pm.
      NOTE: An additional $8 for a Monument Pass (good for both visitor
      centers) is required to enter the Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center and
      Johnston ridge Observatory. Various recreation passes are accepted.
      PETS: Leashed, well-mannered pets are permitted on the Silver
      Lake/Seaquest State Park walk only.
      Pets are not permitted within the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
      Carrying extra water is highly recommended. Hiking staffs, sturdy shoes,
      a picnic lunch, camera, and bandana will enhance your visit.
      SPIRIT LAKE; 12km, Rated 4; 6km, Rated 3; NW07-77837
      Register and drive 40 miles to trailhead. Hike the Boundary Trail
      from Johnston Ridge Observatory along a ridge high above Spirit Lake.
      Panoramic views of the crater, blast zone, Spirit Lake and Toutle River
      The 6k turnaround is at a viewpoint at the only remains of downed
      blast-zone logs along this trail; 12k turns around at a panoramic
      viewpoint of greater Spirit Lake and its roving pond of floating log debris.
      Rating is due to the undulating route and narrow, rocky footing on
      sporadic sections of the path. Ash, rock, and dirt trails. No pets;
      unsuitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
      Qualifies for Washington State Challenge (WSC): Skamania County;
      and Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.
      The Mt. St. Helens Visitors Center was the first to be built after
      the May 18, 1980 eruption.
      Register and drive 5 miles (west) to start point. Route includes
      wetlands and boardwalk paths at the visitors center at Silver Lake, then
      enter heavily forested trails in Seaquest State Park via a tunnel under
      the highway. Terrific Mt. St. Helens views.
      Plenty of free parking at the Start Point area. Leashed pets
      allowed with proper clean-up. Wheelchairs and strollers can do a shorter
      route. Picnic tables available at visitors center and state park.
      Qualifies for Washington State Challenge (WSC): Cowlitz County; and
      Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.
      COLDWATER LAKE; 13km, Rated 4; 10/5km, Rated 2; NW07-77839
      This route will give walkers insight on how the forest restores
      itself after total devastation. The water in this area has greatly
      enhanced the forest’s speed of recovery.
      Register and drive 34 miles to trailhead. An out-and-back along the
      shore of Coldwater Lake on the Lakes Trail 211. Dirt, rock, and ash
      surfaces. A strenuous 3km additional option on the Elk Bench Trail to
      Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center and back is rated 4.
      No pets; unsuitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Picnic tables
      available at trailhead.
      Qualifies for Washington State Challenge (WSC): Skamania County;
      and Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.
      HUMMOCKS/BOUNDARY TRAIL; 17km, Rated 4; NW07-77840
      Register and drive 34 miles to trailhead. Hike the Hummocks and
      Boundary Trails past Loowit Viewpoint to Johnston Ridge Observatory and
      return; 1600 ft. elevation gain. A strenuous hike on dirt/ash surfaces,
      with exceptional views of Mt. St. Helens, Castle Lake, Coldwater Lake,
      and the blast zone.
      The 5k is a loop on the Hummocks Trail. Enjoy ponds, streams, and
      close-up views of the Toutle River.
      Start Point begins at a free parking lot with no services. Water
      and restrooms available at the nearby Lakes Trailhead at Coldwater Lake.
      No pets; unsuitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
      Qualifies for Washington State Challenge (WSC): Skamania and
      Cowlitz Counties; Water/Lakes and History/Monuments.
      You might also check out our Mt. St. Helens South Rim "mini-seasonal"
      hike/climb -- only for the most adventurous!
      Mt. St. Helens is an active volcano. These events are subject to
      cancellation without notice if volcanic activity rises to an unsafe
      level. Participants may be exposing themselves to volcanic hazards that
      may occur without warning.
      For more information about these walks, contact:
      Jan Breneman, AWW, phone (360) 835-9686, breneman@...
      Dick Baker, VUSAV, phone (360) 573-6048, dickbkr@...
      For more information about the entire Mt. St. Helens area, see
      For more information about Seaquest State Park, go to
      FEES: AVA Credit Only is $3. No refunds. Sponsors are non-profit
      organizations and donations to help support future events are
      appreciated. Non-credit walkers are welcome to participate at no charge.
      All must register, carry, and return a start card.
      COMFORT: Water and restrooms at registration and each Start Point.
      Carrying additional water is strongly recommended. Pets are not
      permitted in the monument areas, but are permitted at Silver
      Lake/Seaquest State Park as noted above.
      CONTACT INFORMATION: Jan Breneman, 360/835-9686; or Dick Baker,

      9/3/2007 - Walk
      Event Number : 77720 11k with 6k option
      Start : 18560 1st Ave. N.E. corner of 1st Ave NE and NE185th
      Event City: Shoreline
      Host Club : Sound Steppers Volkssport Club
      Event Website: soundsteppers.org
      Write for more information to:
      9313 244th SW I-202
      Edmonds, Wa 98020
      Contact : Neil Smith, (206) 214 - 5274
      E-Mail: neil.smith@...

      September 7th, 8th and 9th - 2007 Discover Bellingham VolksFest
      3 Days - 5 Walks - 3 Socials
      Pre-registration form (30kb) VolksFest Event Schedule (30kb)
      A Multi-event, three-day festival of walks. An ice cream social, a
      potluck dinner and a Salmon Dinner. Entertainment on Friday and Saturday
      afternoon. Five walk routes plus four Year-Round events available for
      those who want even more walking.
      We haven't forgotten the fourth F in Volkswalking-Food! Join us for the
      Senior Center Ice Cream Social on Friday afternoon, and, after the
      special Mayor's walk on Friday, come to a walkers' potluck dinner. On
      Saturday, the Senior Center is hosting a Salmon Dinner.
      VolksFest Registration/Start Location: Bellingham Senior Center, 315
      Halleck, Bellingham, WA
      Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to belong to walk. Walk for FREE or
      earn Volkswalking credit.
      Door prizes throughout the weekend. Also special door prizes for
      pre-registered walkers
      If you would like more information, contact the NW Tulip Trekkers at
      rjwanderers@... or call 360-392-0101
      ALL WALKS: Credit only is $3.00. Water/toilets available at start/finish
      and along routes.
      Disclaimer: Every effort is made to assure a safe, enjoyable and
      memorable event. The sponsors are not liable for accident, theft, damage
      or any other liability. Event takes place regardless of weather. Except
      where otherwise noted, pets are permitted but not in buildings. Owners
      are responsible for leash and cleanup laws.
      Southbound on I-5:
      Exit 254 Ohio Street Exit. Head straight ahead (8 blocks) on Ohio Street
      which turns into Halleck Street as it bends right. The Bellingham Senior
      Center & parking lot are on the left just after the light at Cornwall
      Northbound on I-5:
      Exit 254 Iowa Street Exit. Left at the light onto Iowa. Left at the next
      light onto King Street. At the end of King, turn right on Ohio Street
      which turns into Halleck as it bends right. The Bellingham Senior Center
      & parking lot are on the left just after the light at Cornwall Avenue.
      Whatcom Falls/Sculpture Garden: 10/20 km rated 2/3. 10 km Walk on
      sidewalks and trails to Whatcom Falls Park. Take park trails to Whatcom
      Falls and Bellingham Fish Hatchery.
      20 km option continues on park trails to Lake Whatcom and Big Rock
      Sculpture Gardens with its 25 permanent works and another 10-20 selected
      sculptures within the 2.5 acre garden set within a grove of evergreens.
      Return via greenway trails and city sidewalks. Not suitable for
      strollers or wheelchairs. Special Programs: Walking Europe in the USA.
      Cornwall Park, 6/10 km rated 1/2. Walk through residential area on
      sidewalks to Cornwall Park. Follow trails through park and then the
      trail to Little Squalicum Park and Beach. Return via Eldridge Avenue
      mansions and Elizabeth Park. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
      Special Programs: Walking Europe in the USA.
      Bellingham City and Bay, 5/10 km. Rated 1.
      FRIDAY'S 4PM MAYOR'S WALK, SATURDAY & SUNDAY. Route is along the
      waterfront and harbor, through two parks and by the General George
      Picket House. You also walk on trails along Whatcom Creek and through
      downtown Bellingham and Farmer's Market (Saturday). Suitable for
      wheelchairs and strollers. Special Programs: Walking Europe in the USA.
      Washington Challenges: Downtowns.
      Western Washington University/Sehome Hill, 5/10 km rated 3,4. Route is
      on city streets to Western Washington University. Through the main
      campus and up trails to the top of Sehome Hill/Arboretum, a 700 feet
      elevation gain, and the lookout tower with great views of Bellingham Bay
      and the Canadian Coast Mountains. Return via the Farmer's Depot Market
      and downtown. 5 km goes to WWU campus and returns through downtown, 250
      feet elevation gain. Not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs. Special
      Programs: College Degree, Walking Europe in the USA.
      Ferry Route Walk, 10 km rated 1 - SATURDAY ONLY, Walk 3 km along Whatcom
      Creek to Marina, and take a passenger ferry ($5.00 charge per person)
      across Bellingham Bay to the Fairhaven Ferry Terminal. Learn a little of
      Bellingham's history along the way. Return 7 km through Fairhaven
      Historical Community , along the Taylor Street dock and walkway, through
      Boulevard Park, and along the South Bay Trail through downtown
      Bellingham and Farmer's Depot Market. Not suitable for strollers or
      wheelchairs. Special Programs: Walking Europe in the USA.
      AWARD: This award stands alone or you can build onto it at every
      Bellingham VolksFest. The first year award is approximately 1 1/4" cast
      metal relief of the Whatcom Museum. Second year is a boot print to hang
      on the first year award. $3 prior to Sept 1, $4 after.
      Shirts: T-shirts and sweatshirts are available in red with a Discover
      Bellingham VolksFest silk-screened on the front and our famous
      footprints on the back. These shirts are sure to be a great reminder of
      a fun weekend. $15 for a t-shirt, $20 for a sweatshirt. $1 discount if
      ordered when you pre-register. Sizes M-XL, Quantities limited.
      Bellingham was founded in 1863 and is located midway between Seattle,
      Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Nestled between Bellingham
      Bay and the North Cascade Mountains near Mount Baker, stunning views are
      abundant on a clear day. Bellingham is home to Western Washington
      University (WWU) located on Sehome Hill, from which there are sweeping
      views across the bay to the San Juan Islands. For more information on
      Bellingham go to www.bellingham.org
      Pre-registration form:

      Coming Up:
      Northwest Hiking Weekend Sept. 14-17


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      WAI just returned from Spain with 31 traveler/explorers. We had a great
      time traipsing through old medieval centers like Toledo and Segovia,
      wondering at the stunning Moorish architecture of the Alhambra, trekking
      among the nostalgic windmills of Quixote’s La Mancha, viewing the
      mountains of Africa from the Rock of Gibraltar, and taking in the charm
      of Andalusia in Cordoba and Granada. Country walks blended with city
      charmers, and great food and wine! We still have room on the October
      departure for Spain and Portugal.
      This Adventure will not be offered in 2008.
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