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Olympic Mini Adventure Highlights

A Mini Olympic Adventure ~ Beach backpack, kayak & lavender farm overnight

Dates

Jul 31 - Aug 07, 2023

Ages

12-14 (enter 7th-9th)

Tuition

$2245 (airfare not incl.)

Destination

Washington

Status

Limited
  • Camp in Washington state
  • Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse
  • Kayak Straits of Juan de Fuca
  • Tidepool exploration
  • Coastal Backpack & Beach Camp
  • Ocean and Lake Swims/Dips
  • Lavender farm overnight
  • Ozette Backpacking Loop
This trip arrives and departs from Seattle, WA

I powered myself with my own positiveness. I pushed myself and tested my limits and it was amazing. I transformed in to someone… who could do anything.

~ Grace (Washington)

Trip Description

A Quick & Refreshing Overnight Adventure Camp for Teen Girls in Washington State

Pacific NW coastal backpacking, beach camping and tidepooling in Olympic National Park along with kayaking, lighthouse hike and an overnight stay at an organic lavender farm is just what you need - an end of summer outdoor REFRESH before heading back to school, it’s a breath of fresh air! 

This is a quick adventure for teen girls looking to fit in just one more outdoor adventure trip this summer - it’s an action packed 8-days outdoors with a small group of 10 friends and 2 wonderfully fun Alpenguides, a small group adventure for outdoor girls. 

NEW in Summer 2023, this trip was created to meet high demand for a shorter overnight adventure camp experience to fit into an already full summer schedule for girls that are stoked to squeeze in more outdoor camping time with friends this summer!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving at SeaTac International Airport in Seattle, WA, your Alpenguides will greet you and introduce you to the rest of your camp group. Icebreakers, name games, and get-to-know-you fun abounds before you and your new expedition mates hop in the van and drive to our first campsite.

Once we arrive, we'll learn how to set up our tents and enjoy the first of many delicious and fresh camp meals before settling into our tents for the night.

Day 2: Waking up refreshed and renewed, you'll grab your sleeping pad, head outside to an open space under the trees nearby, and set up for your first daily morning yoga session. After a strong morning stretch, we’ll fill our bellies with a yummy Alpengirl breakfast - perhaps Warmed Cinnamon Apple Topped French Toast.

Today we’ll get going right away with adventure as we attempt to complete an 11 mile round-trip hike along the beaches of Dungeness Spit - the longest natural sand spit in the United States. At the end of the spit we’ll reach a historic lighthouse. This entire area is protected as a National Wildlife Refuge where young birders and beachcombers will find great delight!

Day 3: Time to get out in the water with sea kayaking today! We’ll pack up camp early and head out for a morning sea kayaking trip with outfitters who specialize in sharing marine biology information with us as we paddle! In tandem or triple sea kayaks, we’ll be following the designated Whale Trail, kayaking along the beautifully rugged and rocky cliff shoreline of Freshwater Bay on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. From the comfort of our stable kayaks, we’ll enjoy searching for bald eagles, otters, marine birds and other nearshore species. Freshwater Bay is a fantastic location for birding, beach combing and discovering intertidal life, such as sea stars. Our outfitter guides know the places to take us for the best possibilities for wildlife sightings; they also know all the areas protected from certain wind and weather conditions, making this a great introduction to sea kayaking.

After kayaking and lunch, we’ll head out to the Olympic National Park Coastline and spend the evening getting prepped for our beach backpacking trip, showers tonight are available and it may be a great night for a wildlife themed costumed dinner party Alpenolympic event!

Days 4-6: Beach backpacking begins today! For the next three days, we’ll be on a mellow backpacking and camping trip along the majestic coast of Washington State in Olympic National Park on the famous Ozette Triangle trail. Before we drive to the trailhead, your experienced Alpenguides will teach you how to properly pack your backpack, lift it safely onto your back, and adjust and carry it throughout the expedition. Packing only the essentials, we’ll leave our van and extra gear behind, grab our cameras, and hit the beach!

Our first day of backpacking will be a flat, leisurely 3 mile walk through the coastal forest on a cedar-planked boardwalk that leads us to the our first campsite in the woods just above the beach. Perhaps our Alpenolympic Talent Show Event will take place tonight! 

Waking up the next day, we’ll enjoy yoga on the beach, and continue our level, easy beach hike for another 3 ocean shore miles past petroglyphs and possibly up and over on a headland trail if high tide or as an added personal challenge. We’ll set up camp above the beach again and continue on a day hike for another 5 miles round trip to explore the ebb and flow of tidepools and play some beach Alpenolympics and gather driftwood from the beach for a small campfire that might allow us enough flames to roast a s'more or two! We’ll enjoy a final leisurely yoga session on the beach and the bravest Alpengirls will have a chance to take a dip in the frigid waters of Washington’s Coast if they like before we hike the final 3 easy miles away from the beach through the forest on a boardwalk and stop to enjoy lunch of perhaps hummus wraps with fresh bell pepper, carrots, and salami before arriving back to the trailhead.

After backpacking, we’ll head to Lake Crescent for a quick hike to a swimming hole before arriving back in the front country at a new beach access campsite overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the distant shores of Canada. We'll get cleaned up with hot showers tonight! Tonight may also be a great night for browsing the items for sale in the Alpengirl Camp Store.

Day 7: For our last hurrah together, we'll spend the morning and afternoon exploring tidepools near our campsite and sunning on a sandy private beach. Then, after packing up we’ll hit the road again and make a brief stop to explore the heart of downtown Port Angeles for a bit of shopping and treats before arriving to our final campsite at a local organic lavender farm where we will have our traditional end of session awards ceremony and celebrate with our new Alpenfriends! 

Day 8: It’s time to go home! Exchanging hugs with your friends, you’ll depart from SeaTac International Airport in Seattle, WA, knowing that you’ve had a ton of fun and accomplished great things as an Alpengirl and will be a part of our fantastic community for life. See you next summer!

PLEASE NOTE: Alpengirl reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of a program before or during a program, including program itinerary, activities or location for reason including but not limited to weather, environment, logistics or health hazards. If itinerary changes occur, we will substitute comparable alternatives, if possible. If there are significant itinerary changes, parent will be notified by email.

Trip Campsites & Amenities

Five nights are spent in tents in public “front country” campgrounds where we have pre-assigned campsites with neighbors and campground hosts nearby, running potable water, and private outhouses or flushing toilets.

Two nights are spent in tents in wilderness “back country” areas where we will purify our water before drinking and learn and practice basic Leave No Trace camping skills such as how to select a campsite, how to go to the bathroom, and how to keep clean outdoors.

Why Choose This Trip

NEW for Summer 2023! This one is for the birders, the beachcombers, the lavender lovers, the whale watchers, the sea star spotters, the budding marine biologists and the adventurous kayakers and hikers that are eager to get in one last adventure and ocean sunset before the end of summer. This trip will fit into your already packed summer schedule, it's an 8-day whirlwind of adventure with lots of beach time - you'll feel rejuvinated and refreshed and ready for the school year ahead! Limited to 10 campers in the group.

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