The Future of learning in a Networked World goes Canada and USA!

Join us on a tour of the North West. Put your name down on each destination before 4 July so we can attempt group bookings on accommodation and dinner.





Vancouver - Bowen Islandexternal image 300px-Ferry-from-horseshoe-bay.jpg

Saturday 15 August
Activities: We ferry over to nearby Bowen Island (20 minutes from the Horseshoe Bay terminal N of Vancover) where we can learn how this small island community quite close to Vancouver lives its lives.
Accommodation: On a boat, in a tent, on a trampoline, in a tree fort...
Here is Peter's invitation:
I could offer Bowen Island which is in Howe Sound... The Sechelt ferry passes by our island on its way. We have an amazing and interesting group of people on Bowen, good eats, spectacular scenery, permaculture farming and
many other things of interest. I could also arange for a day of kayaking around the paisley island group... go see a seal rookery, if were really lucky some whales...
http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl= en&ie=UTF8&ll=49.364489,-123. 431053&spn=0.093795,0.197926& t=h&z=13 GPS
Let me know if you have any further questions... Having grown up in the area, I am very familiar with it... If you need assistance with
arrangements let me know.
Sincerely, Peter
Dinner to be decided (suggestions please)
Wikitravel link

Who's in?

  1. Nancy
  2. Leigh
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sylvia
  5. Derek
  6. Michael
  7. Peter
  8. Richard
  9. Chris

Map


View FLNW 09 Bowen Island in a larger map

Photos

IMG_4181.JPG

IMG_4185.JPG

Notes

  • Leave Vancouver early in the morning for Bowen Island.... Transport: will include Ferry ride ($)

Transportation Options

from Downtown Vancouver
from Horseshoe Bay

Bowen Island to Port Angeles
By Flickr user by WireLizard
By Flickr user by WireLizard

Sunday 16 August
We'll ferry on the 7:30 am boat from Bowen Island back to the mainland, then in cars down some major thoroughfares into Washington State. This is a bit of a long car day. Sorry. Lots of possible stopping places, but we need to get to Port Angeles by supper, so we'll have to make some decisions. Once we hit the US Border you need to make sure you have all the travel visas, etc that you need. CHECK IN ADVANCE. They will check in detail. On a Sunday, we can expect about an hour line up at the border. Patience please. Forgive our construction for the Olympics!)

Once we cross the border we'll zoom down interstate 5 down to Mt. Vernonwhere we will branch off for Whidbey Island. We'll stop at the beautiful Deception Pass (picnic lunch if timing is right) for a view (State Park), then continue down the Island to its lower West side where we'll catch a Ferry for Pt. Townsend. Note: RESERVATIONS have been for the Port Townsend 1:30 ferry. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ There is no fee for the reservation, and they can be made up to 30 days in advance. Once we nail down the sailing time each driver can book online (need license plate, driver's name, number of passengers) Nancy has reservations for her car at 1:30 pm Sunday. Sylvia is going to make reservations for her car.

We'll stop and play a bit in Port Townsend, an old logging and shipping town (quaintness abounds), then it is about another 45-60 minutes pretty drive to Port Angeles (Gateway to the Olympic National Park - Wikitravel link) (alternatively, if we can find accomodation, we can stay at Port Townsend).

Activities: Traveling, conversation
Reservations for six at Thor Town International Hostel
316 North Race St.
Port Angeles, WA
98362
Dinner to be decided (suggestions please)
We can BBQ at the hostel....

Wikitravel link
Wikitravel needs aWhidbey Island page

Who's in?

  1. Nancy
  2. Leigh
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sylvia
  5. Derek
  6. Michael

Notes

*

Olympic National Park (Port Angeles, then on to Forks in the afternoon)
by Flickr user Jason Pratt
by Flickr user Jason Pratt

Monday 17 August
Activities: Day walks and proceed to Forks in afternoon)
(Camping) out with the bears
Aug 17 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner and campfire chez Marsha West
Wikitravel link
Recommendations from Manitou Lodge
Hurricane Ridge (1/2 hour straight up the mountain from Port Angeles - 6000 ft alpine setting and you can see all the way to Victoria and Mt. Baker on a clear day. If not a clear day, you'd be wandering around in fog.) This is one entryway to hiking in the high Olympics, glaciers and all - there are short hikes and some that go all the way to the Hoh. Seven Lakes Basin is probably too long a hike for your group's schedule.

Who's in?

  1. Nancy
  2. Leigh
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sylvia
  5. Derek
  6. Michael

Notes


CURRENT SUGGESTION: WE hike until 3:00 and drive to Forks/Manitou Lodge after wards. 1.5 hour drive. Reservations for 6 confirmed at Manitou Lodge just outside of Forks. We have dinner at Marsha West's house, so we need to get to Forks a little earlier to check in at the lodge, then get to Marsha's.

Hiking/driving advice from Marsha West:
  • Nice short hike at Lake Crescent to Marymere Falls. This is between Port Angeles and Forks.
  • Great spots for hiking near Forks - beach and mountains.
  • You really should make sure to visit the Hoh RainForest National Park and stop by the 6 Peaks store in the Hoh valley on the way down there - a pioneer family still has the family homestead there. Minnie Peterson was a legend in her own time, died in recent years, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren are amazing people. Anna (a granddaughter) and her husband run a river raft and kayaking business down on the Hoh.

Depending on when we arrive, spend late afternoon on the beach here ... lots of beach hikes, etc. Drop dead gorgeous. In any case, we need to make some decisions about staying in fewer places for longer, or more places for shorter periods.Again, I'd say focus a solid day of hiking either out of Port Angeles or Forks, but probably not both.

Driving Directions to Manitou from Port Angeles
Follow 101 North (it's really going west) through Port Angeles, and then on into the Forks area. Just north of Forks, turn right onto 110 West. There are signs for La Push, Rialto Beach, and the Olympic National Park at this intersection. After eight miles on 110, turn right on Mora Rd. (at the "Three Rivers Resort") and cross the Sol Duc river. Look for Kilmer road and a fairly large sign for us on the right about 0.5 miles past the Sol Duc bridge. Turn right on Kilmer and drive for 0.9 mile - we're on the left just before the road ends.

813 Kilmer Rd
Forks, WA 98331

NW: I have some educator contacts now in Port Angeles and Forks if someone wants to follow up
  • Port Angeles, Pres of Peninsula College, Tom _
  • Dean, Peninsula College - Bill Eaton (tell them Ed Murphy from Manitou lodge said to call)
  • Quillayute Valley School District, School Superintendent (online options for high school) Diane Reaume in Forks
  • [Sylvia] Marsha West lives in Forks and has invited us for dessert and campfire at her house. Marsha has an amazing background in teaching, online facilitation, and course development. She was part of the original faculty for Virtual High Schools, has worked with PBS Teacherline designing courses ( Building Online Communities, Designing Online, Online Facilitator Training Course) and mentoring online facilitators. Marsha knows Diane Reaume and others living in the area who would be interested in joining us.


Forks
Twilight by singsing_sky on Flickr
Twilight by singsing_sky on Flickr

Tuesday 18 morning August
Activities: Coastal, forest walks, possible conversations with local educators
Manitou Lodge
Breakfast included in lodging costs
Not much in the wikitravel link (a project for us!)

Who's in?

  1. Nancy
  2. Leigh
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sylvia
  5. Derek
  6. Michael

Notes




On to Potluck Farm

Wednesday 19 August
Leaving Forks we can map our route down the coast of the Olympic Peninsula where you will see both amazing natural beauty and clear cutting, then dip around some river outlets down to SW Washington. We can continue out to the Long Beach Penninsula, the longest sand peninsula in the US and visit a little town called Nahcotta and fly kites on the beach in Ocean Park, or we can head straight to Potluck Farm. Sandy suggests we head to the farm, then if some folks want to go to the coast the next day, do that as a day trip. At the S. end of the Long Beach area is one of the sites where Lewis and Clark stayed on their historic trek to the Pacific Ocean. There is also a cool lighthouse if you like lighthouses. LOTS of beach walking, running, plus a nice state park at the N tip of the peninsula. So if we start out early, lots to do. But again, we can dilly dally from the Olympic Peninsula and never get here. Fate will decide?

Current thought: Drive with lots of informal stops from Forks to Menlo. Then if we want to do a trip to the coast the next day, we can do that. Larry will have a half day work project lined up for us. There are lots of berry picking opportunities and you can feed the new baby goats. Goat walk in the evening. Also possible catamaran rides with Larry Warnberg weather permitting out of Raymond (river to bay).

Activities: Travel and Site seeing
Camping at Potluck Farm
Dinner on the farm.
No Wikitravel link (another project)

Who's in?

  1. Nancy
  2. Leigh
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sylvia
  5. Derek
  6. Michael
  7. Maybe Chris White and Jenny Lee

Notes

  • You will be asked to contribute $30 per person for four meals and lodging. Pretty darn good deal. Additional donations welcomed! If you stay through Friday am, that's another $5 for breakfast!


Potluck Farm

Thursday 20 August
Activities: Willing Work on an Organic Farm
Camping at Potluck Farm
Potluck dinner

Who's in?

  1. Nancy
  2. Leigh
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sylvia
  5. Derek
  6. Michael

Notes

  • Sandy has a huge new chicken project - maybe helping build chicken housing. Larry also wants to clear land for the new goat barn and there will be some kitchen chore opportunities. I'll check it out this coming Sunday and report back - Nancy
  • Goats
  • jam making (it is blackberry time )
  • If we want to sleep in Seattle, we can drive back Thursday night - Michael, we can put you up at our house in some comfy but inelegant way - N



Seattle
Lovely Skyline View from Queen Anne Hill. Sourced from Wikitravel
Lovely Skyline View from Queen Anne Hill. Sourced from Wikitravel

Friday 21 August
Activities: Site seeing
Accommodation homestays and hotels
Dinner to be decided (suggestions please)
Wikitravel link

Who's in?

  1. Nancy (Note: nancy now leaves for airport at the crack of dawn Sunday for an 8am flight if anyone wants to share a ride)
  2. Leigh - home at Nancy's
  3. Sunshine - home at Nancy's
  4. Sylvia - home at Nephew's or return to Van
  5. Derek - home at Nancy's
    I would like to make a couple of visits in Seattle, not exactly sure where yet.
  6. Michael (opt for hotel accommodation in Seattle before I head home. But would like to be part of whatever group activities happen on the 21st and 22nd. I'll need to take a flight to SF in the afternoon of the 23rd.)

Notes

  • drive up to Seattle, stay at Nancy's and hotel (Michael). Departure from there up to you.
  • If we arrive on Friday, the chance to do a high tech company visit requires an early morning departure. Less likely to try and get something set up for Saturday.Barely likely if we don't make plans in advance
  • Gnomedex is Friday (geek conf in Seattle)
  • Sylvia's nephew is offering some Seattle fun if you're interested. His degree is in food anthropology and is always making to-die-for beer, cheese, pastries, etc but the fun part is he knows so much about where the food comes from, impact, etc. Anyway he mentioned a few activities that he'd be happy to coordinate: tour of Pike Place Market, Theo Chocolate tour in Fremont (MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE! Almost always sold out),Beecher's Cheese, brewery tour.