Pacific Northwest, North America, Cascade Calling -
TEEN ADVENTURE Travel and WILDERNESS EXPLORATION PROGRAM
June 25 - July 8, 2018 // 14 Days
July 11 - July 24, 2018 // 14 Days
Completing Grades 8-9
Uncover adventure and explore the unmatched natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Sea kayak through prime orca habitat and paddle out into the San Juan Islands on an epic, multi-day kayak adventure.
I learned more from this trip than just about the outdoors, I learned about myself.” - Andy, RLT Alum
Experience surreal views of Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountains, camp on boat-only islands, and witness bald eagles soar above your head. Trading our paddles for backpacks, we transfer to Cascade National park for an adventurous and rugged multi-day adventure trek. The final stretch of our program sees us in the alpine town of Leavenworth, WA, for a fast and friendly rafting trip down the legendary Wenatchee River. Learn how to live with humor, gratitude, and a nose for adventure while exploring the idyllic Pacific Northwest.
Keep scrolling to learn more about this incredible teen adventure travel and wilderness exploration program in the Pacific Northwest!
#1. Raft the Legendary Wenatchee River
Paddling alongside enchanting alpine forests, Washington’s famous apple orchards, and stretches of desert, we take in the natural world and live in the moment as we raft the legendary Wenatchee River. Experience the thrill of the class III and IV rapids and indulge your adventurous side this summer.
#2. Explore the Endless Beauty of Washington's Native Forests
From the magical moss-covered forests to the verdant douglas fir slopes, Washington contains an astounding diversity of natural beauty. Hiking our way through the Pacific Northwest, we explore this adventure haven and ground ourselves in the uniqueness of the landscape.
#3. Embark on an Overnight Sea Kayak Trip in the San Juan Islands
Sea kayak through prime orca habitat and paddle out into the San Juan Islands on this epic, multi-day kayak adventure. Experience surreal views of Mt. Baker and the Olympic Mountains, while bald eagles soar above your head and the cool waves lapse over your toes. Explore uninhabited islands and sleep beneath the stars on boat-only isles.
#4. Go Tidepooling on San Juan Island
Navigating the tidal pools on San Juan Island, we explore the elusive intertidal zone and make friends with the purple sea stars, sea cucumbers, urchins, crabs, slugs, and nudibranchs who call the pools home. While we explore, we learn about the impact intertidal communities have on water quality and how they are important indicators of climate change.
#5. Backpack in Cascade National Park
Trade in your daypack for a burly backpack and venture out into Cascade National Park for the adventure of a life-time. Experience the rugged spires of the cascade peaks, trek through the park’s alpine meadows, ancient pine tree forests, and glacial streams as you feed your adventure soul. Each day we will rediscover our love for the natural world.
- Explore: Seattle Pike Place, Leavenworth Bavarian Village
- Backpack: Cascades National Park
- Overnight Sea Kayak: San Juan Islands
- Raft: The Wenatchee River
- Wildlife: Orcas, bald eagles, seals, deer, migratory birds, otter, and foxes
We camp for the duration of our time in Washington. Showers will be available every three to four days. Bathrooms will be flush toilets and a mix of latrines and backcountry bathrooms on the trek.
Tuition (Airfare and baggage not included)
Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Please Note: Cascade Calling is an adventurous trip designed for those in good physical standing. Participants must be comfortable with camping and be physically fit enough for long, active days.
Inspiring a love for the outdoors and wild spaces, our 8-9th grade program in the Pacific Northwest provides the ultimate opportunity to gain adventure skills and explore idyllic landscapes.
We begin our adventure in Seattle, where we explore the Emerald city and venture through the historic Pike Place farmer’s market for a treat. During our first few days together, we focus on team building activities to power and inspire our group through our first sea kayaking adventure.
Paddling through the pristine Pacific waters surrounding the San Juan Islands, we explore uninhabited islands and camp beneath the stars on boat-only isles. We kayak through prime orca habitat, witness bald eagles soar above our heads, and treat ourselves to surreal views of Mt. Baker and the Olympic mountains.
Giving our arms a rest and taking space to reflect on the glory of the San Juan Islands, we trade our paddles for backpacks and prepare for the backpacking portion of our adventure. We learn how to pack our bags and brush up on some pro-backpacking trips before heading out into the Cascades to put our skills to the test.
For the next four days, we escape into ancient pine tree forests, glacial streams, and rugged mountains. We become true explorers and develop our adventure skills as we carry all of our gear on our backs, prepare backcountry meals, and camp beneath the starry night sky. Weather in the Cascades can be unpredictable and occasionally our groups come across snow.
The last portion of our program sees us out on the sunny-side of the state, in the beautiful bavarian alpine town of Leavenworth. Here, we rest and reward ourselves for our hard work on the trek. We explore the charming village (complete with wagons, music boxes, nutcrackers, and cuckoo clocks), fuel our bodies with some delicious food, and take in the scenic mountain vistas.
Our final adventure (and celebration!) is a white-water rafting adventure on the legendary Wenatchee River. The trip starts in the alpine setting of Ponderosa pines and Douglas Fir near Leavenworth. Paddling alongside enchanting alpine forests, Washington’s famous apple orchards, and stretches of desert, we experience the thrill of class III and IV rapids while spotting Osprey in the trees.
We close the trip alongside the river with a hearty final meal and s’mores, a magnificent backdrop for the perfect summer in the Pacific Northwest.
Arrival and Orientation (Day 1):
After we’ve gathered at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, we head into town to explore the Emerald City and gather our bearings among Seattle’s vibrant neighborhoods, art markets, and scenic coastline. Marveling at the city’s distinct creative, tech-centric vibe, we stroll through the iconic Pike Place Market and orient ourselves with the unmatched beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We take the afternoon to get to know one another and build our adventure team.
Sea Kayak in the San Juan Islands (Days 2-6):
Departing from Seattle, we travel north to the San Juan Islands for an epic, multiday sea kayak adventure. Paddling through the pristine Pacific waters, we explore uninhabited islands and camp beneath the stars on boat-only islands. Treating ourselves to surreal views of Mt. Baker and the Olympic mountains, we kayak through prime orca habitat and watch bald eagles soar above our heads as we take teamwork to the next level.
Backpack in the Cascades (Days 7-11):
Trading our paddles for backpacks, we spend our first day off the sea readjusting to life on land, resting our arms, and preparing for our backcountry trek in the Cascades. For the next four days we put our backpacking skills to the test and escape into the ancient pine tree forests and rugged mountains. During this portion of the trip, we will learn to be true explorers and hone our adventure skills. We carry all of our gear on our backs, prepare backcountry meals, and camp beneath the stars in this scenic PNW oasis.
Explore Leavenworth and Prepare for Whitewater Rafting (Day 12):
Today we transfer to the sunny-side of Washington State, to the Bavarian, alpine town of Leavenworth. Here, we rest and prepare for our whitewater rafting adventure. We make time to explore the German village (complete with wagons, music boxes, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and more), fuel our bodies with some delicious food, and take in the scenic mountain vistas.
Whitewater Rafting Adventure and Final Banquet (Day 13):
Paddling alongside enchanting alpine forests, Washington’s famous apple orchards, and stretches of desert, we experience the thrill of class III and IV rapids on the legendary Wenatchee River. To celebrate our incredible adventure team, we conclude our journey with a final banquet.
Homeward Bound (Day 14):
Transfer to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to head home.
The Road Less Traveled does not require any vaccinations or immunizations to travel with us, other than an up-to-date tetanus shot or booster (within the last nine years).
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Pacific Northwest: Cascade Calling Packing List - 2018 list coming soon!
For an emailed copy of this program’s day-to-day calendar, please call our office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST at 773-342-5200 and we’ll happily send you one!
General Travel Info
It is imperative that no one make any travel arrangements until RLT provides instructions for specific arrival and departure time windows. Those details are typically released in mid-spring.
Families are individually responsible for booking their own airfare to get their student from home to the starting destination on the first day of the trip, and from the ending destination back home on the last day of the trip.
What Kind of Participants are Best Suited for this Program?
Our Pacific Northwest Program is an adventurous program and is designed for students who are in good physical standing. Participants should be prepared for long, active days and a variety of weather conditions.