Puget Sound Explorer Trip

Puget Sound Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

Explore emerald rainforests and wilderness beaches. See orca whales from the placid waters of the San Juan Islands. Raft an exciting whitewater river and canoe into the magnificent North Cascades.

21 Days

$4,395

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • July 17th - August 6th
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1-6

Landing at the Sea Tac international airport, we’ll deboard, gather our bags, and meet as a group for the first time. Immediately you’ll see such a reciprocal enthusiasm amongst you and the rest of your group, a true sign of the great times to come. Once we’ve all assembled we’ll travel to our first campsite for the night. Sure to be a fun and interesting night, we’ll all hang out, get to know each other, and talk about the things we have planned for the days to come. Our first morning together marks our departure from the Seattle area. Setting our sites north, and staying close to water, we find ourselves in the far reaches of the Puget Sound amidst the small island chain of the San Juan Islands. These islands, which are actually the summits of an ancient mountain range, are location to some of the most exceptional sea kayaking in the world. Home to an abundant amount of aquatic wildlife, including Orca whales, other wildlife such as bald eagles, deer and sea lions are sure to make an appearance. We’ll paddle our way through the string of islands camping somewhere new each night. Truly a life changing experience as well as an incredible way to begin our trip.  As if sea kayaking wasn’t enough fun, we will then zipline through the islands canopy in an exciting conclusion to our time here.

Day 7-12

From the beautiful San Juan islands, we travel due east into the heart of one of America’s most stunning mountain landscapes. From the south end of Ross Lake, a thirty-five mile long lake deep in the North Cascades, we set off by canoe for a paddle amongst the snow covered peaks that surround this alpine gem. We are met on the last morning by a water taxi that will carry us back to our starting point and provide a scenic end to this adventure. We will then take a day to clean ourselves and our gear and set out for the coast again!

Day 13-18

Crossing Puget Sound by ferry, we’ll then drive to the gateway of Olympic National Park. We’ll set out to the shoreline of the stunning Olympic Beach! Traveling by foot, and making the beach our home for the next few days, we’ll discover all of the ways this unscathed environment will take our breath away. At night we’ll build our fire on the beach and let the ocean lull us to sleep every night. Sleeping under the stars is certainly one of life’s simple pleasures, but there is certainly something all together different about sleeping next to the vast ocean. Each day our hikes will take us somewhere new and astonishing, whether it be the abrupt rocky ridges that reach out into the sea, or the slow sloping virgin beaches that embrace them, the only thing to possibly distract your gaze may be the frequent spotting of the local wildlife.

Day 19

For the final part of our adventure we will meet with professional river guides and take to the water of the Sauk River. Our day will be spent mostly on inflatable paddle rafts as we follow the winding waters through soaring snow capped peaks, sloping lush valleys, and across glassy pools and awesome white water. With the aid of the guides, we’ll also learn rafting basics like “reading the river” and how to maneuver the rafts through the water.

Day 20-21

We will head back to the city of Seattle. With some time to explore this bustling city we will finish the last day with our end of summer dinner. One last chance to celebrate our accomplishments and new friendships that have grown from this experience. Come morning, we´ll head back to the airport to say our final farewells and return home with amazing stories and memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 1-6

Landing at the Sea Tac international airport, we’ll deboard, gather our bags, and meet as a group for the first time. Immediately you’ll see such a reciprocal enthusiasm amongst you and the rest of your group, a true sign of the great times to come. Once we’ve all assembled we’ll travel to our first campsite for the night. Sure to be a fun and interesting night, we’ll all hang out, get to know each other, and talk about the things we have planned for the days to come. Our first morning together marks our departure from the Seattle area. Setting our sites north, and staying close to water, we find ourselves in the far reaches of the Puget Sound amidst the small island chain of the San Juan Islands. These islands, which are actually the summits of an ancient mountain range, are location to some of the most exceptional sea kayaking in the world. Home to an abundant amount of aquatic wildlife, including Orca whales, other wildlife such as bald eagles, deer and sea lions are sure to make an appearance. We’ll paddle our way through the string of islands camping somewhere new each night. Truly a life changing experience as well as an incredible way to begin our trip.  As if sea kayaking wasn’t enough fun, we will then zipline through the islands canopy in an exciting conclusion to our time here.

Day 7-12

From the beautiful San Juan islands, we travel due east into the heart of one of America’s most stunning mountain landscapes. From the south end of Ross Lake, a thirty-five mile long lake deep in the North Cascades, we set off by canoe for a paddle amongst the snow covered peaks that surround this alpine gem. We are met on the last morning by a water taxi that will carry us back to our starting point and provide a scenic end to this adventure. We will then take a day to clean ourselves and our gear and set out for the coast again!

Day 13-18

Crossing Puget Sound by ferry, we’ll then drive to the gateway of Olympic National Park. We’ll set out to the shoreline of the stunning Olympic Beach! Traveling by foot, and making the beach our home for the next few days, we’ll discover all of the ways this unscathed environment will take our breath away. At night we’ll build our fire on the beach and let the ocean lull us to sleep every night. Sleeping under the stars is certainly one of life’s simple pleasures, but there is certainly something all together different about sleeping next to the vast ocean. Each day our hikes will take us somewhere new and astonishing, whether it be the abrupt rocky ridges that reach out into the sea, or the slow sloping virgin beaches that embrace them, the only thing to possibly distract your gaze may be the frequent spotting of the local wildlife.

Day 19

For the final part of our adventure we will meet with professional river guides and take to the water of the Sauk River. Our day will be spent mostly on inflatable paddle rafts as we follow the winding waters through soaring snow capped peaks, sloping lush valleys, and across glassy pools and awesome white water. With the aid of the guides, we’ll also learn rafting basics like “reading the river” and how to maneuver the rafts through the water.

Day 20-21

We will head back to the city of Seattle. With some time to explore this bustling city we will finish the last day with our end of summer dinner. One last chance to celebrate our accomplishments and new friendships that have grown from this experience. Come morning, we´ll head back to the airport to say our final farewells and return home with amazing stories and memories that will last a lifetime.

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