Enjoy the Bounty of this Season!

red leafHappy Thanksgiving from all of us at Washington Water Trails Association. yellow leaf

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Thanks to Everyone!

We send our sincerest thanks and appreciation to all who attended our 2014 Fall Paddling Seminar – instructors, participants, volunteers – alike. We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. Bringing back classes as part of this 2-day event following a 5-year haitus has been a learning experience, one we’ll continue in 2015. Thank you to all who sent feedback, and to everyone else please let us know if you have ideas for next year’s event (wwta@wwta.org). Congratulations go out to Leslie Methe, winner of our raffle for EXPED’s Gemini II Tent!

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Fall Paddling Seminar


 November 1st & 2nd, 2100 Building

2100 24th Ave S Seattle, WA 98144

WWTA Fall Paddling Seminar Flyer

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How are you going to fit it ALL in the boat?

Find out when you spend an informative Tuesday evening at the Good Shepherd Center where Spring Courtright will entertain you with a class on Packing for Multi-Day Paddling Trips. Join us on Tuesday evening (6:30 to 8:30 pm), September 23rd!
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The New Cascadia Marine Trail Guidebook… FREE to Members!

Guidebook CoverOur newly updated guidebook is ‘hot off the press’ and ready for every Washington Water Trails Association member as thank you for your support.

Receiving a copy of the guidebook is just one of the benefits members receive from our organization.  

This has been a huge effort over months, and years, involving teams of people working out in the field and behind the scenes. As it has been for over two decades, this is significant member benefit and we encourage you to join now, if you haven’t already. Not current? Now is the time to renew.

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Paddle Kitsap Start Time Revised to 1:00pm Saturday

Dear Paddle Kitsap Participant:

Well why get up for a 9am meet time when you can get up at Noon? When we changed the date for Paddle Kitsap from Aug 9th to the 23rd we forgot to take into account the tide difference and did not change the timeline. So now everything must be shifted to an afternoon paddle so that we can really ride the tide rather than paddle against it.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience for some and as it turns out a blessing for others that like to sleep in late. So now we will be meeting in Port Orchard at 1PM and starting the paddle at 2:30PM.
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Thursday, August 21: Oceans of Uncertainty; A Sea of Revelations

August 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

A Slide Show, a Visual Feat, a Presentation of a woman’s solo journey up the Inside Passage

Come and share an evening of fun and adventure with WWTA staffer Susan Conrad as she recaps her 1,100 mile solo sea kayak journey up the Inside Passage of British Columbia and Alaska.

Suggested donation of $10 for WWTA members, $15 for non-members

Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, room 202
Reservations are appreciated through EventBrite:
Come early for best seating!

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Announcing Winners for our Membership Survey Prize Drawing!

Thank you to all our members who participated in last month’s Membership Survey!  As always, the feedback was useful and insightful, and we will be acting on it soon.  Please keep an eye out for a report on some of the trends and highlights.

Most of you who responded to the survey also entered in the survey *prize drawing*!  So, congratulations to (drumroll please….):

Chadwick Creamer and Carli Herrs, winners of Outdoor Research hats
Ronald of Seattle, winner of an Outdoor Research t-shirt
Tim Bever, winner of an quickdrying Echo tee
Debi Scacco, winner of the *Outdoor Research Messenger Bag*, and
Michael Stevenson, winner of the *Outdoor Research Waterproof Backpack*!!


Thank you also to Outdoor Research for providing the prizes!

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This Thursday – August 7th! Paddling the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

Join Washington Water Trails and John Kuntz, owner of Olympic Outdoor Center, for a fun and informal presentation on this unique natural area so close to Seattle. John will discuss the trails’ inception to national status, as well as a history of the creation of the trail, its inclusion in the Cascadia Marine Trail system, highlights of paddling the trail, and what it means for the future of paddlesports in Washington State.

August 7th – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tickets available at door – opens at 6:00

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Be Part of a Citizen Science Project!

We’ve all heard that sea stars along much of the North American pacific coast are dying in great numbers from a mysterious wasting syndrome. As water and beach going adventurers, we can all contribute to a citizen science project that’s being conducted through Cornell University and University of Washington. Interested?
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