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  • Wendy Bumgardner
    September 7th, 8th and 9th - 2007 Discover Bellingham VolksFest 3 Days - 5 Walks - 3 Socials Pre-registration form (30kb) VolksFest Event Schedule (30kb) A
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      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.
      DIRECTIONS TO THE SENIOR CENTER
      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
      Avenue.
      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
      http://nwtrekkers.org/2007_VolksFest.html
      Pre-registration form:
      http://nwtrekkers.org/images/downloads/2007VolksFestPreRegistrationwithWaiver.pdf

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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.
      * Get the scoop with the brochure and a slideshow at:
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      * See what the April group had to say at:
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      * A partial trip review from the guide, with photos, can be seen at:
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      Northwest Hiking Weekend Sept. 14-17
      Weekend Info: A great weekend of hiking in the Central Cascades. Three
      days, three AVA sanctioned hikes from the Four Plus club plus two walks
      from the Bavarian Volkssport Association.
      Start Location: Steven’s Pass Nordic Center, Hwy 2, Skykomish WA
      Start time: Fri thru Sat 8am-1pm; Sun 8-noon
      Finish by: Fri & Sat 4pm; Sun 3pm
      Distance: 3 Walks from 11K-25K. See individual walk descriptions
      Contact: Jane Holmes (206) 324-1601 or jensenholmes@...
      Dave Olszyk (360) 456-2896 or olszyk@...
      Driving & Parking: Two of our walks are located near the town of
      Leavenworth and one at Steven’s Pass. After registering for the walks,
      you will drive 11 miles to the trailhead for Nason Ridge or 35 miles to
      the two trailheads near Leavenworth (Eightmile Lake and Colchuck Lake).
      You can pick up the directions for all of the walks when you register
      at the start of the weekend so that you can start walking as early as
      you’d like.
      Lodging: If coming from the west, we recommend staying in Leavenworth
      and doing the Stevens Pass walks on your way into town on Friday and/or
      out of town on Sunday. Here’s a good source for Leavenworth lodging:
      http://www.leavenworthlodging.org/
      Alternatively, there’s lodging a bit closer to Steven’s Pass on the
      westside. Check this website for details:
      http://www.stevenspass.com/rentals/
      Map Walks: AVA trail markings will be minimal due to wilderness
      regulations. However, all of these walks are on well-maintained hiking
      trails. Directions and maps will be provided.
      Awards & Fees: A 100% embroidered patch in a diamond shape will be
      available for $8.00. 50 only—no reorders. AVA/IVV credit without the
      award is $3.00. Free participants are welcome but must register and
      return a start card. To pre-register for patch, use this form.
      Social Dinner on Saturday Night: There will be a social dinner on
      Saturday night held in conjunction with the Bavarian club in
      Leavenworth. More details to follow!
      Misc: These are strenuous hikes—be prepared with sturdy hiking shoes
      and dress appropriately. Carry water, insect repellant, sunscreen and a
      snack or lunch on the trail. There are restrooms at the start location
      and most of the trailheads. Dogs are allowed on leash. Not suitable
      for strollers or wheelchairs.
      Directions: I-405 North: Take exit 23 (Highway 522) Wenatchee/Monroe to
      Monroe. At Highway 2 intersection turn left and follow Highway 2 - 50
      miles east to Stevens Pass Ski Area. Follow signs for the Nordic
      Center. I-5 North: Take exit 194 (Stevens Pass) in Everett and follow
      Highway 2 - 65 miles to Stevens Pass Ski Area. Follow signs for the
      Nordic Center.
      Walk #1: Eightmile Lake —Lake Caroline — Windy Pass 11/19/25K, rated 3+
      to 4+
      The Trail: Hike 11K rated 3+ to Eightmile Lake, elevation gain 1350’.
      Optionally continue on to Lake Caroline for a total of 19km, rated 4+
      (total elevation gain 2890’). Continue on even further to Windy Pass
      for a whopping 25km rated 5+ (total elevation gain 4150’). Double
      your day-hiking pleasure! You get the relaxing contemplation of alpine
      lakes then the spectacular high ridge of almost 7500ft (Windy Pass
      only). This hike offers a wonderful dose of the famous Enchantment
      Lakes / Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Picture on right: Mt. Adams as seen
      from Windy Pass.
      Extreme Challenge: EXTREME TERRAIN, EXTREME DISTANCE/ELEVATION (Windy
      Pass) Washington State Challenge: Chelan County; Nature:
      Trails/Flowers/Mountains; Water: Lakes
      Walk #2: Nason Ridge 10/20K rated 4+
      The Trail: 10K rated 4+ to Merritt Lake, elevation gain 2000’; 20K if
      you continue on to Alpine Lookout (with another 1200’ gain). This route
      is out-and-back. Nason Ridge is a vast wonderland with numerous
      trailheads and scenic destinations on top of the ridge. We’ve picked
      the easiest out-and-back route, but other routes are available including
      a grand tour of Merritt Lake trailhead to Round Mountain Trailhead (11
      miles total) which is one-way and would require you to plan a shuttle
      car at the other end. Merrit Lake, Alpine Lookout and Round Mountain
      give you 360-degree panoramas of the central Cascades. If you like
      views, don’t miss this hike! Picture to the right: Nason Ridge in the
      fall.
      Extreme Challenge: EXTREME TERRAIN, EXTREME DISTANCE (20K only)
      Washington State Challenge: Chelan County; Nature:
      Trails/Flowers/Mountains
      Walk #3: Colchuck Lake — Lake Stewart 13/15/20K, rated 4+
      The Trail: 13km rated 4+ to Colchuck Lake, elevation gain 2500. 15km
      rated 4+ to Lake Stuart (elevation gain 1800’). Combine the hikes for a
      20km rated 4+, gains and loses 1800-2500’. Hike to a pair of hugely
      popular lakes at the foot of the Enchantment Peaks. Lake Stuart
      reflects the peaks of Mt. Stuart while the cerulean waters of Colchuck
      Lake reflect the imposing vista of Aasgard Pass, Dragontail Peak and the
      Colchuck Glacier. This great hike gives a taste of what alpine
      wonderland hiking is all about. Picture to the right: Dragontail Peak
      as seen from Colchuck Lake.
      Extreme Challenge: EXTREME TERRAIN, EXTREME DISTANCE (20K) Washington
      State Challenge: Chelan County; Nature: Trails/Flowers/Mountains;
      Water: Lakes
      http://www.walkhappy.com/fourplusclub/upcomingwalks/upcoming_index_files/page0004.htm

      9/15/2007 Lake to Lake Trail
      City and State: Bellevue WA
      Host Club: Northwest Striders
      Distance and Trail Rating: 06 & 15K
      Start Point Address / Driving Directions: 2380 Bellevue Way SE,
      Bellevue, WA DIRECTIONS: I-90: Exit #9 (Bellevue Way). Continue on
      Bellevue Way and follow Volkssport signs to parking. Following marking
      to start at Lake-to-Lake Trail.
      Event Description: (3)-15km Walk on sidewalks, asphalt, bark, and
      gravel trails through residential Bellevue and its park system on the
      Lake-to-Lake Trail. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. (1+)-6km
      Walk on asphalt, bark, and gravel trails in the Mercer Slough Nature
      Park. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
      Contact: Dick O'Connor , (425 ) 746 - 9641

      9/15/2007 **GLOBAL** WALK AND BIKE - MCcHORD AFB
      McCHORD'S SIZZLIN' HOT GLOBAL WALK
      SPONSORS: Evergreen Wanderers McChord Outdoor Adventures Talking Rain
      Location: Holiday Park
      CHALLENGES: Pierce County/Town & Country
      START TIME: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      FINISH TIME: 4:00 PM
      DISTANCE: 10 km (6.2 miles) 6km (3.7 miles)
      TRAIL: (2) -10km. Walk on dirt trails through forests and open fields
      with views of Mt Rainier to the McChord Air Museum at Overlook Park.
      Not suitable for strollers.
      (1) 6km All on paved trails, road shoulders around wetlands and pond to
      the new site of the McChord Air Museum at Overlook Park. Suitable for
      strollers.
      Pets are permitted but NOT in building(s). Owners are responsible for
      leash and clean up laws.
      AWARD: A commemorative patch is $7.00. Credit only is $3.00. Free
      participants are welcome but all must register, carry, and return a
      start card.
      HATPIN: "B" awards are $1.50.
      MORE INFO: Gabe Laramie 253-982-3610
      PRE-REGISTRATION: Payments for credit registrations and awards can be
      made by cash, credit card, or check payable to Adventures Unlimited, PO
      Box 4369, McChord AFB, WA 98438. Pre-registration forms can also be
      obtained on line at www.62services.com
      GLOBAL XXVII BIKE EVENT IVV CREDIT ONLY
      SANCTION NO:77561
      SPONSORS: Evergreen Wanderers
      Adventures Unlimited MWR
      LOCATION:McChord AFB Holiday Park
      CHALLENGES:Pierce County
      History/Town & Country
      START TIME: 8:00 AM - 2:00PM
      FINISH TIME: 4:00 PM
      DISTANCE:25 KM (15.5 miles)
      TRAIL: (1) Ride on road shoulders and bike trails around the
      McChord runway, through base housing areas, and to the checkpoint at the
      new location of the McChord Air Museum.
      AWARD: Credit only is $3.00. Free participants are welcome but all
      must register, carry, and return a start card.
      *** BICYCLE HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. PETS NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL OR IN
      THE BUILDINGS.
      MORE INFO: Chuck Repik 253-582-7474 crepik@...
      MISCELLANEOUS: Water and restrooms at start/finish. Oktoberfest style
      food and beverages for a fee at start/finish.
      ***Non-military participants will need to stop at front gate Visitor
      Center to obtain a temporary visitors pass. Event personnel will be at
      gate from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm on the day of the event. Participants that
      show up earlier or later will not be able to gain access to the base.
      Participants need to provide a current driver's license, car
      registration, and proof of insurance.
      DIRECTIONS: I-5: Exit #125. Northbound right/southbound left
      (east) on Bridgeport Way and follow into McChord AFB.
      Directions and maps to event start point will be available at front gate.

      9/22/2007
      City and State: Newcastle WA
      Host Club: Interlaken Trailblazers Volkssport Club
      Distance and Trail Rating: 5k, 10k 2+
      Start Point Address / Driving Directions: HomeStreet Bank 6949 Coal
      Creek Parkway SE Newcastle, WA 98059. From I405, Exit #10 (Coal Creek
      Pkwy). Northbound RIGHT/Southbound/LEFT at bottom of Exit ramp. Continue
      on Coal Creek Pkwy for 3 miles to Safeway Shopping Center on the right.
      HomeStreetBank is located at the Newcastle Road end of shopping center.
      Park away from businesses.
      Event Description: Walk on previous site of railroad, sidewalks and
      primitive trails maintained by Newcastle Trails Association, through
      serene Lake Boren Park, pass historic Newcastle Cemetery and Eastside
      Fuchsia Society Garden to renovated elementary school. 10k has views of
      Mt. Rainier, Cougar Mountain and the Cascades. 5k is level 1+ and has
      medium stroller accessibility. NOTE: Leash and cleanup laws apply.
      Start Times: 9:00 - 12:00
      Contact: Brenda Breit , (425 ) 957 - 0557
      Event Website: www.ava.org/clubs/interlaken
      E-Mail Contact: bk.breit@...
      Awards and Fees: IVV Credit Only
      Amenities: Strollers: NO Wheelchairs: NO Pets: Yes Restrooms: Yes
      Event Special Classifications
      Walking Europe in the USA
      US Presidents
      Railroad Heritage
      Authors and Literary Landmarks
      Cemetery Stroll
      Walk the USA, A-Z

      9/29/2007
      City and State: Seattle WA
      Host Club: FS Family Wanderers
      Distance and Trail Rating: 5K, 10K 3
      Start Point Address / Driving Directions: Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church
      2400 NW 85th St. Seattle, WA 98117 From I-5, take the 85th St. exit
      (#172) Continue on 85th St. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right on
      25th Ave. NW. Parking is in the church lot on left or on residential
      streets. Metro bus routes 18, 48 and 75 service the church.
      Event Description: On the 10K route, explore the charms of Carkeek
      Park: its forested ravines, open meadows, beach access and a long-hidden
      orchard of heritage fruit. Perhaps you'll get an early glimpse of salmon
      returing to spawn in Piper's Creek. Enjoy views of Puget Sound and the
      Olympics in the park and neighborhoods. Walk on sidewalks, street
      shoulders and footpaths through parks, residential areas and past the
      Crown Hill cemetary. There is a significant hill in the park, on a
      well-maintained trail. On the 5K route (rated 1+), walk on sidewalks to
      enjoy a stunning view of Puget Sound, neighborhood homes and gardens as
      well as the Nordic Heritage Nuseum. Washington State Challenge:
      Counties: King, Waters: Ocean/Sound, History: 10 K--Cemetary 5K--Museum
      Start Times: 8am-1 pm, finish by 4 pm.
      Contact: Linda Ellingboe , (206 ) 789 - 4796
      Event Website: www.ava.org/clubs/FSFamilyWanderers
      E-Mail Contact: lindaelli@...
      Awards and Fees: IVV Credit Only
      Comments: Pets are welcome, but not in buildings or on the wetland
      trail in Carkeek Park. Request directions for alternate route. Clean-up
      rules apply. The 10K route is suitable for narrow strollers only. All
      children age 12 and under who complete either walk may select a "B"
      medal at no charge.
      Amenities: Strollers: medium Wheelchairs: NO Pets: Yes Restrooms: Yes
      Event Special Classifications
      College Campus
      Lighthouse USA
      Railroad Heritage

      9/29/2007 - Walk
      Event Number : 77595 10 K
      Start : Motel 6 Clarkston Washington
      Event City: Clarkston, Washington
      Host Club : Palouse Hills Volkssport Assn.
      Write for more information to:
      1677 Hillcrest
      Moscow, Id 83843
      Contact : Ellie Warmbier, (208) 883 - 7727
      E-Mail: ellie-g@...

      10/6/2007 Port Townsend's Kinetic Skulpture Volkssport Event
      Event Special Classifications: Native American Culture
      City and State: Port Townsend WA
      Host Club: Olympic Peninsula Explorers
      Distance and Trail Rating: 5/10 km 2+
      Start Point Address / Driving Directions: Port Townsend's Kinetic
      Skulpture Volkssport Event - Chetzemoka Park Kitchen Shelter 900 Jackson
      Street DIRECTIONS: Follow Highway 104 from the Hood Canal Bridge.
      Exit RIGHT at Hwy. 19 (Port Townsend). Hwy. 19 becomes Hwy. 20 2.5 miles
      south of Port Townsend. At the second light in Port Townsend turn LEFT
      on to KEARNEY and then RIGHT on to LAWRENCE. Follow LAWRENCE until
      JACKSON; turn LEFT onto JACKSON. From the Keystone FERRY turn RIGHT at
      the light as you leave the ferry and then LEFT on MONROE. Follow MONROE
      to LAWRENCE; turn RIGHT on LAWRENCE and LEFT onto JACKSON..
      Event Description: Walk on city streets and some beach enjoying the
      Krazy fun of the Kinetic Skulpture weekend in Port Townsend WA.
      Strollers possible, wheelchairs not recommended on both the 5 & 10 km walks.
      Start Times: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
      Contact: Janet Lenfant , (360 ) 681 - 5405
      Event Website: www.olympus.net/community/ope
      E-Mail Contact: opepresident@...
      Awards and Fees: IVV Credit Only

      10/6/2007
      City and State: Vancouver WA
      Host Club: Vancouver USA Volkssporters
      Distance and Trail Rating: 5/10 km 1+
      Start Point Address / Driving Directions: Salmon Creek Sports Complex,
      117th Street
      Event Description: The Walk is on a paved greenway path that follows
      Salmon Creek past Ball fields, meadows, and a forest glen. Heron,
      osprey, eagles, woodland birds, and forest animals may be seen along the
      route. The walk is suitable for wheel chairs and strollers.
      Start Times: 8:00 am to 1:00pm
      Contact: Carolyn Affolter , (360 ) 574 - 9108
      Event Website: www.home.earthlink.net/~vuvwalkers/
      E-Mail Contact: caffolt@...
      Awards and Fees: IVV Credit Only

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    • Wendy Bumgardner
      Discover Bellingham VolksFest September 11th, 12th and 13th, 2009 A Walking Festival - 3 Days, 5 Walks, 1 Bike, 3 Socials Sanction Numbers: NW81146, 81147,
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 11, 2009
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        Discover Bellingham VolksFest
        September 11th, 12th and 13th, 2009
        A Walking Festival - 3 Days, 5 Walks, 1 Bike, 3 Socials
        Sanction Numbers: NW81146, 81147, 81149, 81151, 83585, 83584
        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.
        A Multi-event, three-day festival of walks. An ice cream social, meet
        'n' greet and a Salmon Dinner. Five walk routes plus four Year-Round
        events available for those who want even more walking and 1 bike event.
        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 Leaders' Group walk on Friday, come to a walkers' meet 'n'
        greet. On Saturday, the Senior Center is hosting Breakfast and a Salmon
        Dinner.
        Whatcom Falls/Sculpture Garden, 10/15 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. 15 km option continues on
        park trails to Big Rock Sculpture Gardens with its many sculptures
        within the 2.5 acre garden set within a grove of evergreens. Return via
        greenway trails/sidewalks. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
        NEW ROUTE: Lake Padden, 5/10 km rated 1 (Friday and Saturday only).
        Walk on gravel trail around Lake Padden in long standing forest. 5 km is
        once around the lake. 10 km is twice around the lake. Drive to the start
        of the walk from the Senior Center. Not suitable for strollers or
        wheelchairs.
        Bellingham City and Bay, 5/10 km. Rated 1.
        FRIDAY'S 4PM LEADERS' WALK, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
        Also special group walk lead by famous author Jo Dereske Sat 2 pm
        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). On the 2
        pm Miss Zukas walk, author Jo Dereske will point out landmarks described
        in the Miss Zukas mysteries. Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.
        Western Washington University/Sehome Hill 6/10 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/wheelch.
        Ferry Route 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
        NEW Bike Route, 25 km (Saturday and Sunday only).
        Ride is within the city of Bellingham, mostly along Bellingham Bay, with
        views of the San Juan Islands, and at times Mount Baker.
        AWARD: This award stands alone or you can build onto it at every
        Bellingham VolksFest. First year award is 1 1/4" cast metal relief of
        the Whatcom Museum. Second year is a metal Salmon to hang on the first
        year award and the third year is a metal Orca. $3 prior to Sept 1, $4 after.
        Shirts: T-shirts, sweatshirts and hooded 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, $25
        for a hooded sweatshirt. $1 discount if ordered when you pre-register.
        Sizes M-XL, Quantities limited.
        Door Prizes: Special door prizes for pre-registered walkers: Largest
        group, farthest traveled plus others. All walkers eligible for lots of
        door prizes during the weekend.
        “Everyone welcome. You don't have belong to a club to walk. Walk for
        FREE or earn volkswalking credit”
        http://www.nwtrekkers.org/BellinghamVolksFest_2009.html
        Start Times: Friday 10am-1pm, Saturday 8am-2pm
        Location: Bellingham Senior Center, 315 Halleck St, Lake Padden
        Start Point / Driving Directions: Bellingham Senior Center
        315 S Halleck St
        Bellingham, WA
        Host Club: NW Tulip Trekkers
        Contact: Dan Barrett (360) 671-9225
        Website: www.nwtrekkers.org
        E-Mail Contact: danrver@...

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        9/19/2009
        City / State: Bellevue, WA
        Event Name:
        Event Type: Walk
        Event ID: 83208
        Distance - Trail Ratings: 15 km/6km -
        Description: 15km-Walk on sidewalks, asphalt, bark, & gravel trails
        through residential Bellevue & its park system on the Lake-to-Lake
        Trail. 6km-Walk on asphalt, bark, & gravel trails in Mercer Slough
        Nature Park.
        Amenities: Strollers: | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: No | Restrooms: Yes
        Special Classifications: This event doesn't have any special
        classifications assigned.
        Start Times:
        Location: Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm
        Start Point / Driving Directions: 2380 Bellevue Way SE, Bellevue WA
        I-90: Exit #9 (Bellevue Way). Continue on Bellevue Way and follow
        Volkssport signs to parking. Follow marking to start at Mercer Slough
        Blueberry Farm.
        Awards & Fees:
        Comments: The 15KM route is a one-way walk with bus transportation from
        registration to Weowna Park, then walk back to start/finish.
        Host Club: Northwest Striders
        Contact: Dick O'Connor (425) 746-9641

        9/19/2009
        City / State: McChord AFB, WA
        Event Name: McChord AFB Global Walk
        Event Type: Global Walk
        Event ID: 84194
        Distance - Trail Ratings: 10K & 6K - 1+
        Description: The 10k trail will take participants through forest and
        across open fields providing breathtaking views of Mt. Rainer and the
        Cascade Range, as well as military aircraft static displays. The 6k
        trail takes participants on a meandering hike providing great views of
        majestic Pacific Northwest scenery. This walk is entirely on paved
        trails and road shoulders. The 6k trail is suitable for strollers, but
        neither trail is suitable for wheelchairs.
        Amenities: Strollers: easy | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
        Special Classifications: This event doesn't have any special
        classifications assigned.
        Start Times: 8:00am-1:00pm off trail by 4:00pm
        Location: GLOBAL- Holiday Park Pavilion on McChord AFB
        Start Point / Driving Directions: On I-5 take exit 125. Turn east on
        Bridgeport Way and follow it onto McChord AFB. Directions and maps to
        the event start point will be available outside the Visitors Center.
        Attention: This event takes place on a military installation; therefore,
        non-military participants will need to stop at the front gate Visitors
        Center to obtain a temporary visitors pass. Event personnel will be at
        the gate from 7:30am to 12:30pm on the day of the walk. Participants
        that show up earlier or later will not be able to gain access to the
        base. To obain admittance onto the base all non-military participants
        will need a current driver's license. To obtain a driving pass for
        admittance onto the base, participants will need to provide a current
        driver's license, car registration, and proof of insurance.
        Awards & Fees: B Award availabe to purchase for $1.50 at event
        Comments: Pets are allowed at the event provided that leash and clean
        up laws are followed. Water and restrooms are located at the
        start/finish point. Oktoberfest style food and beverages will be
        available at the start/finish point for a fee. No pre-registration
        required. Registration can be done on the day of the event. Acceptable
        methods of payment include cash or check payable to Adventures
        Unlimited. Participants are welcome to walk for no credit and will not
        be charged a fee, but will be required to register. If participating for
        credit, there will be a fee of $3.00. For both credit and a
        commemorative patch, the fee will will be $7.00. Event is being
        sponsored by Adventures Unlimited.
        Host Club: Global- Hq AFSVA/SVPAR
        Contact: Erika Storbeck (253) 982-3610
        Website: No Website Listed
        E-Mail Contact: erika.storbeck@...

        9/26/2009
        City / State: Newcastle, WA
        Event Name: Newcastle Trails Walk
        Event Type: Walk
        Event ID: 82413
        Distance - Trail Ratings: 5K/10K - 2
        Description: Walk on sidewalks, road shoulders, and primitive hiking
        trails maintained by Newcastle Trails Club. Both routes pass historic
        Newcastle Cemetery, go through Lake Boren Park and the Eastside Fuchsia
        Society demonstration garden, and pass over part of the former
        Seattle-Walla Walla Railroad route. 10km route may have roots in the
        trail. 5 km route is not suitable for strollers and wheelchairs due to
        well maintained trail.
        Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
        Special Classifications: America's Gardens, Artistic Heritage, Authors
        and Literary Landmarks, Cemetery Stroll, Firehouses, Railroad Heritage
        Start Times: 8:30-12:00
        Location: HomeStreet Bank
        Start Point / Driving Directions: 6949 CoaI Creek Parkway, Newcastle:
        Directions: From I-405: Exit 10 (Coal Creek Pkwy). Northbound
        RIGHT/Southbound LEFT at bottom of exit ramp. Continue on Coal Creek
        Pkwy for 3 miles to Safeway Shopping Center on the right. HomeStreet
        Bank is located to the far left of the Safeway. PARK AWAY FROM BUSINESSES.
        Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
        Comments:
        Host Club: Interlaken Trailblazers Volkssport Club
        Contact: S.Moats/T. Gerard (425) 235-0528
        Website: www.ava.org/clubs/interlaken
        E-Mail Contact: atthepond3@...

        9/26/2009 - 9/27/2009
        City / State: Desert Aire, WA
        Event Name:
        Event Type: Walk
        Event ID: 83802
        Distance - Trail Ratings: 10K - 1+
        Description: Rated 1+. Walk along community road through resort
        residential area, golf course and on trail through sagebrush along
        Columbia River.
        Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: No | Restrooms:
        Special Classifications: This event doesn't have any special
        classifications assigned.
        Start Times: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m.
        Location: Desert Aire Senior Center
        Start Point / Driving Directions: 441 Desert Aire Drive, Desert Aire,
        WA. I-90 Exit 137 onto SR 243 south to Desert Aire (approx. 18 miles).
        Right on Desert Aire Drive N. to Senior Center on right.
        Awards & Fees: B Award
        Comments:
        Host Club: Yakima Valley Sun Striders
        Contact: Millie Haupt (509) 965-4980
        Website: No Website Listed
        E-Mail Contact: m.haupt@...

        9/26/2009 - 9/27/2009
        City / State: Ellensburg, WA
        Event Name:
        Event Type: Walk
        Event ID: 83868
        Distance - Trail Ratings: 10K/5K - 1+
        Description: Enjoy the autumn colors on this walk that takes you
        through parts of downtown, several city parks, the John Wayne Trail and
        Central Washington University. A completely different viewpoint from the
        YRE, this goes west and south of town.
        Amenities: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
        Special Classifications: Courthouses, Hooray for Hollywood, Museums,
        Railroad Heritage, State Parks, Veteran Memorials
        Start Times: Sat 8a - 1p, finish by 4p, Sun 8-noon finish by 3p
        Location: Kiwanis Park
        Start Point / Driving Directions: N Main St. & W 14th Ave, Ellensburg
        I-90 Exit 109, right on Canyon Rd, which becomes Main St. Continue north
        quite a ways to W. 14th Ave. Rotary Park is on the right. Park in park
        lot or on the street.
        Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
        Comments: This event is in collaboration with the Yakima Valley Sun
        Striders' Desert Air event in Vantage. Come to central Washington and
        make a weekend of it.
        Host Club: Ellensburg Wind Walkers
        Contact: Lynn Blazek (509) 925-7549
        Website: No Website Listed
        E-Mail Contact: lynn_gen@...

        10/3/2009
        City / State: Port Townsend, WA
        Event Name: Kinetic Skulpture Volkssport Event
        Event Type: Walk
        Event ID: 83222
        Distance - Trail Ratings: 10k / 5k - 3
        Description: Follow Highway 104 from the Hood Canal Bridge. Exit RIGHT
        at Hwy. 19 (Port Townsend). Hwy. 19 becomes Hwy. 20 2.5 miles south of
        Port Townsend. At the second light in Port Townsend turn LEFT on to
        KEARNEY and then RIGHT on to LAWRENCE. Follow LAWRENCE until JACKSON;
        turn LEFT on JACKSON. Chetzemoka Park Kitchen Shelter is located at 900
        JACKSON. Street parking available. From the Keystone FERRY turn RIGHT at
        the light as you leave the ferry and then LEFT on MONROE. Follow MONROE
        to LAWRENCE; turn RIGHT on LAWRENCE and LEFT on JACKSON. Continue as above.
        Amenities: Strollers: hard | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
        Special Classifications: America's Gardens, Artistic Heritage,
        Firehouses, Hooray for Hollywood, Museums, Railroad Heritage
        Start Times: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
        Location: Port Townsend's Kinetic Skulpture Volkssport Event
        Start Point / Driving Directions: Chetzemoka Park Kitchen Shelter, 900
        Jackson Street, Port Townsend, Washington
        Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
        Comments: Walk on city streets and some beach enjoying the fun of the
        Kinetic Skulpture weekend in Port Townsend WA
        Host Club: Olympic Peninsula Explorers
        Contact: Mary Allen Clark (360) 452-0593
        Website: www.olympus.net/community/ope
        E-Mail Contact: opepresident@...
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