Letters from Outdoor Academy

Kayaking 2Day One – Hello families!

Kayaking 3

We had a great, dirty, sweaty day in the great outdoors today. We went kayaking and saw jellyfish, birds, seals, barges, water taxis, and more.  Some of us got more wet than others. There were lots of smiles.

Folfing went well (That’s Frisbee golf, in case you didn’t know). Most of us got at least a little dirty trudging in the woods, some of us got more dirty than others. All of us had fun!

Tomorrow, we will be going tide pool exploring and will need water shoes.

Preparing for launch

Preparing for launch

Day Two – Great day today!

Tire swing
At Discovery Park in Seattle, we played on the playground, and played a round of Frisbee Golf while we waited for our Naturalist to arrive.

Water's edge

After lunch we met our Naturalist, Alan. (Walter joined us too.) Alan took us down to the beach and taught us about the animals we might see and taught us how to interact with them. With our guide we found MANY animals such as clams that shot water at us, crabs, geoducks, birds, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, sea stars, whelks, and more! We all touched at least one animal and we all got sandy and windblown and had a great time walking in the sand!

Young naturalist

Young Naturalist

Tomorrow will be a long day with the Spey casting and rock climbing. Students will need to dress for the weather and for comfort in rock climbing. Flexible clothing for rock climbing is best! Please arrive at early as we have a distance to drive to Carnation, and we may return to school late. Our rock climbing time is at Crossroads in Bellevue. We will be back ASAP.
Can’t wait for more fun tomorrow!

Day Three – Great day again!

We started by walking by the gorgeous river in Carnation learning about fish and conservation. Then we all got to learn how to cast a line. They all did a wonderful job.

Spey Casting with Aaron 'Speybum' Reimer in Carnation

Spey Casting with Aaron ‘Speybum’ Reimer in Carnation

After that we drove to Stone Gardens where the kids climbed and climbed and climbed some more. They all had so much fun I don’t think they wanted to leave. Many of us made it to the top of the 40 ft wall!!!! Every one of us challenged ourselves to do something difficult. I am proud of the kids. They were great!

Don't look down!

Don’t look down!

Rock wall ascent

Rock wall ascent

In addition to all their overnight gear don’t forget to send 2 sack lunches with your student tomorrow. They will need one for tomorrow and one for Friday lunch as well.

Day Four & Five

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for letting Brian and I take your kids into the woods for a wonderful camping trip. The kids were amazing and we all had a blast.

Old growth forest

Old growth forest

We hiked to Franklin Falls and learned some about edible plants.

Trail blazing

Trail blazing

We set up our tents, learned how to start a fire, cooked our dinner, washed our dishes, got rained on, played some Frisbee golf, roasted marshmallows, drank hot coco, threw rocks in the creek, and simply enjoyed each other’s company in the beauty of the outdoors.

Preparing to pitch tent

Preparing to pitch tent

Feast in the forest

Feast in the forest

I have attached some photos of our adventures. Thanks again for joining in on all of our outdoor adventures!

Sleeping bag stories shared among friends

Sleeping bag stories shared among friends

Enjoy! ~ Amanda

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