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Pre-registration is required for all trips.
Schedule, fees and trip details, to include meeting times, are subject to change without notice. Register through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information, call 252-967-6263 or visit JBLMmwr.com.
Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

JulyTrips

Open-water scuba
July 7-13

The first level of any diver’s education, the goal of open-water scuba is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. The requirements are: swim continuously for 200 yards and able to tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card that recognizes you as an open-water diver, allowing you to dive anywhere in the world! Join us for this week-long course July 7–13. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Skykomish raft & ribeye
Saturday, July 12

Get your heart pounding with this rafting trip Saturday, July 12! Your expertly guided rafting adventure includes nine miles of class III–V whitewater rapids. Three miles into the trip, you’re faced with the infamous class-V “boulder drop.” This drop challenges even the most experienced boaters. Exhilarating rapids will continue to keep your adrenaline pumping all nine miles. And don’t worry — a photographer will be there to capture the most memorable moments so you can share them with your friends, Family and co-workers (photos are available for viewing and purchase). At the end of your trip, you’ll enjoy a quick shuttle back to the River House for a delicious dinner (included in the price). The onsite café means you can also enjoy an adult beverage or espresso if you’d like. You must be a confident swimmer to participate in this trip. Difficulty: beginner; time: 10 hours. Minimum age: 16 ($120)

 

Orca whale watching

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, July 12
Breathe the fresh island air, take in the scenery and experience the magnificence of orcas, bald eagles, seals, birds and more in the beautiful San Juan Islands. We’ll sail deep into the territory of the resident orca pods with skilled local naturalists aboard to make the Sunday, July 12, trip fun, exciting and informational. ($120; ages 3–12: $80; ages 0–2: $40) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Woodland Park Zoo Family Day

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, July 13
This is the perfect day trip for Family time! Visit the award-winning Woodland Park Zoo Sunday, July 13. Lions, tigers and bears aren’t the only animals you’ll see at this interactive zoo experience. You’ll love the Zoomazium, just one of the award-winning exhibits the zoo has to offer. ($35; ages 3–12: $25; ages 0–2: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Wine, kayak & beer tour
Sunday, July 13
Our Sunday, July 13 trip starts at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery for a private tour and tasting. You’ll have plenty of time to walk around the beautiful grounds of the winery or purchase wine you can only get at the Chateau. As the summer sun sets slowly toward Seattle, you’ll find yourself and your friends paddling the Sammamish River to the Red Hook Brewery. Dinner is your destination as you slowly unwind — paddling, talking and relaxing. The air is filled with the scent of ripened blackberries and the sounds of bicyclists and hikers on the nearby Sammamish River Trail. Natural wildflowers and foliage decorate the river banks. Trip fee includes kayaking equipment, private winery tour and the brew tour. You’re responsible for dinner costs. No paddling experience necessary. Minimum age: 6, with a parent ($95)

Explore Victoria, B.C.

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, July 19
Hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C., by foot (the city is easily navigated without cars). The downtown area has everything from antique shops to artisan chocolate shops. Plus, you can also stop in at the Royal B.C. Museum or any other shop that catches your eye. The fee for the Saturday, July 19 trip includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket and transportation to and from Port Angeles. A passport is required. ($100; ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–4: $55)
Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

July 19-20
Rapid progression whitewater kayak course

Spend the weekend camping and learning to whitewater kayak in the Columbia River Gorge. With two days of instruction, this course is designed to introduce beginner paddlers to the sport of whitewater kayaking and provide a solid foundation of basic skills necessary to kayak in Class-I and Class-II rapids. Learn and camp with us July 19–20. Camping, kayak gear and some camping gear are provided. Minimum age: 16 ($325)

Visit the Seattle outlets and Tulalip Casino

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, July 19
this trip on Saturday, July 19 is for the serious bargain hunter! Spend a full day with us and shop at the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall in Marysville. Stores include Oakley Vault, The North Face, Coach and more. If you get tired of shopping, a short walk will bring you to Tulalip Resort Casino. The trip fee includes round-trip transportation. ($35) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Sunday, July 20
Bungee jumping

Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country Sunday, July 20. A full 20 stories high, the private bridge is nestled in a beautiful forest above a sparkling river. If you crave adrenaline, this is the trip for you! The trip fee includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt (plus bragging rights!). Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135)

Sunday, July 20
Westport bottom fishing

Are you ready to get out on the open water and start hauling in fish? Join us Sunday, July 20 for a chartered boat trip out of Westport, where the rockfish are always plentiful and lingcod are real fighters! Dress in layers, and bring snack, lunch and rain gear. Fishing gear is provided. ($130)

July 24-27
Advanced scuba

The second level of recreational diving, the advanced scuba class is July 24–27. You’ll review the basics of diving and be task-loaded with underwater activities (including underwater navigation, deep diving and search and recovery). With this certification, you can dive at a maximum depth of 100 feet. Minimum age: 18 ($240)

Saturday, July 26
Raft the White Salmon River

Join us Saturday, July 26 as we raft down the White Salmon River. Along the trip, we’ll experience numerous Class-III rapids on the way to the legendary 10-foot high Husum Falls (dependent on water levels, Class-IV). Minimum age: 10 ($110)

Saturday, July 26
Sea kayak Boston Harbor to Olympia

We’ll take advantage of the tide on this Saturday, July 26 trip. Starting at Boston Harbor and paddling to downtown Olympia, we’ll keep an eye out for seals and bald eagles, which are often seen on this trip. Gear and basic kayak instruction are included. Difficulty: intermediate; distance: 7 miles; paddle time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($45)

Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, July 27
You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a musical tour of Seattle Sunday, July 27. From aboard amphibious World War-II vehicles, you’ll see downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts and Sleepless in Seattle houseboats. We’ll also have time to explore Pike Place Market’s shops and booths. ($45; ages 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Sunday, July 27
Mount Rainier Muir hike

The route to Camp Muir gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. Join us Sunday, July 27 as we climb the trail that stretches high up the flank of Mount Rainier toward
the upper mountain where alpine climbers play. Since it does entail substantial snow travel, this strenuous 10-mile round-trip journey isn’t for everyone. The trip fee includes transportation and a guide. Difficulty: very difficult; elevation gain: 4,600 feet. Minimum age: 16 ($50)

Tuesday, July 29
Emergency First Responder course

Explore and master the techniques of administering First Aid and CPR on everyone from infants to adults. The Emergency First Responder class is Tuesday, July 29. Minimum age: 15 ($80)

July 30-Aug. 2
Rescue scuba

One of the most important courses in recreational diving is rescue scuba diving. You’ll learn how to rescue yourself and others, how to recognize equipment failures and build confidence in this four-day course July 30–Aug. 2. Minimum age: 15 ($240)

Saturday, Aug. 2
Sporting clays competition

Join us for this exciting 10-station, 100-target fun shoot Saturday, Aug. 2. Sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances and target sizes. Often described as golf with a shotgun, this is a great way to improve your skills. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; shooting begins at 10:30. For more information, call the Skeet Range at 253-967-7056. ($35)

Saturday, Aug. 2
Wine, kayak & beer tour

This Saturday, Aug. 2 trip starts at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery for a private tour and tasting. You’ll have plenty of time to walk around the beautiful grounds of the winery or purchase wine you can only get at the Chateau. As the summer sun sets slowly toward Seattle, you’ll find yourself and your friends paddling the Sammamish River to the Red Hook Brewery. Dinner is your destination as you slowly unwind — paddling, talking and relaxing. The air is filled with the scent of ripened blackberries and the sounds of bicyclists and hikers on the nearby Sammamish River Trail. Natural wildflowers and foliage decorate the river banks. Trip fee includes kayaking equipment, private winery tour and the brew tour. You’re responsible for dinner costs. No paddling experience necessary. Minimum age: 6, with a parent ($95)

Snoqualmie Tunnel bike ride

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Aug. 2
Join us as we ride through the Snoqualmie Tunnel — it’s nearly 2 miles long — Saturday, Aug. 2. Once out of the tunnel, we’ll snake our way around the hills and over old train trestles on our way to Rattlesnake Lake. Guide and gear are included. The best part is it’s all downhill! Difficulty: easy; distance: 22.5 miles; ride time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 14 ($50) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Sunday, Aug. 3
Ape Cave adventure

Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere. On Sunday, Aug. 3, join us to travel deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to scramble under and climb over volcanic formations. In this subterranean environment, the average year-round temperature remains a constant 45 degrees, so dress warmly. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 feet. Minimum age: 12 ($45)

Sunday, Aug. 3
ATV RiderCourse™

In this half-day course, ATV Safety Institute instructors will guide you through the fun and excitement of safely riding an ATV. We ride rain or shine, so dress for the weather for this Sunday, Aug. 3 class. The trip fee includes ATV, helmet and goggles. ASI ATV RiderCourse Certification will be awarded upon completion. Minimum age: 16 ($35)

Aug. 4-10
Open-water scuba

The first level of any diver’s education is open-water scuba. The goal of open-water scuba is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. You must meet the requirements, which are to swim continuously for 200 yards and be able to tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card that recognizes you as an open-water diver, allowing you to dive anywhere in the world! Join us for this week-long course Aug. 4–10. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Saturday, Aug. 9
Mountain biking single-track skills class

If you’ve always wanted to give mountain biking a try, this is the time! Join us Saturday, Aug. 9 for a guided ride designed for beginners to intermediate riders looking to try something new. You’ll spend the day learning the basics, while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. We provide the bike, helmet, gloves and transportation. The location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy–moderate; distance: 5–8 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35)

Saturday, Aug. 9
Hike Fremont Lookout
On Saturday, Aug. 9, wander through some of the most spectacular mountain and alpine parkland scenery in the country (it’s closed for much of the year). On clear days, the views from this historic structure are amazing. You’ll be able to see Glacier Peak, Mount Stuart and even Mount Baker. Watch for mountain goats that frequently rest along the northside of the ridge as it drops off the trail’s end. This trip is great for Families wanting to experience a little part of Mount Rainier. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 5.6 miles; elevation gain: 800 feet; time: 4 hours. ($45)

Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, Aug. 10
Go to the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market with us Sunday, Aug. 10. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits, a visiting harbor seal and many hands-on exhibits. Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique food and shops for you to try. The trip fee includes admission to the aquarium. ($40; ages 4–12: $35; ages 0–3: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Saturday, Aug. 10
Kayak Cutts Island

Don’t miss this South Sound classic Saturday, Aug. 10! Join us for a paddle in Carr Inlet, where we’ll take a dip and explore Cutts Island while breaking for lunch. Difficulty: easy; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($45)

 

Aug. 11-17
Open-water scuba

The first level of any diver’s education is open-water scuba. The goal of open-water scuba is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. You must meet the requirements, which are to swim continuously for 200 yards and be able to tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card that recognizes you as an open-water diver, allowing you to dive anywhere in the world! Join us for this week-long course Aug. 11–17. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

 

Open-water scuba The first level of any diver’s education, the goal of open-water scuba is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. The requirements are: swim continuously for 200 yards and able to tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card that recognizes you as an open-water diver, allowing you to dive anywhere in the world! Join us for this week-long course July 7–13 or July 14–20. Minimum age: 15 ($195)


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