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Out & About, Nov. 8

Published: 01:33PM November 8th, 2012

Horseback riding

Nov. 10: $80. Head to Elbe, a town located on the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride. No experience is necessary for you to participate. Bring the entire family along for a great day in the outdoors. Minimum age: 7.

Harvest wine tour

Nov. 10: $75. Head to the Olympic Peninsula to visit local wineries. At each stop, you’ll be entertained with games and prizes while delighting your palates with harvest-inspired appetizers and handcrafted artisan wines. We’ll stop for lunch in Port Angeles. Enjoy the gorgeous winery views. Price includes transportation, event admission and a variety of wine samples, plus a commemorative glass. Minimum age: 21.

Ape Cave adventure

Nov. 11: $40. Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere. Travel deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to scramble over and climb under volcanic formations. The average year-round temperature remains a constant 45 degrees, so dress warmly. Difficulty: easy; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 ft. Minimum age: 12.

Sea kayak Gig Harbor

Nov. 11: Explore the beautiful Gig Harbor area by water as we paddle past the lighthouse to Point Defiance Park. Gear, transportation and basic kayak instruction are included. Difficulty: intermediate; distance: 6; paddle time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12.

Tulalip Casino, outlets

Nov. 17: $35. This trip to the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall is perfect for the serious bargain hunter. Spend a full day shopping in Marysville at stores like Burberry and Calvin Klein, Coach and Chico’s. If you get tired of shopping, a short walk will bring you to Tulalip Resort Casino, which opens up more opportunities for food and fun. Trip fee includes round-trip transportation. Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs.

Sea kayak Lake Union

Nov. 17: $40. Head out with the Outdoor Recreation Program to paddle in the Seattle area. On Lake Union, we’ll paddle past houseboats,, yachts and a research facility. Lunch at the Aqua Verde Paddle Club. Difficulty: beginner to intermediate; distance: 5.5 miles; paddle time: 3.5 hours.

Geocaching adventure

Nov. 18: $35. Often described as a game of high-tech hide and seek, geocaching is a great way to get outside with the family. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to use a GPS to navigate your way to hidden caches. Learn the basics at Lewis North and then spend the rest of the day searching for local caches. Fee includes instruction, equipment and transportation. (Ages 11 and younger: $10) Popular family trip.

Mountain biking basics

Nov. 18: $35. Have you ever been mountain biking? Want to? Join us for this instructional guide designed for beginners looking to try something new. You’ll spend the day learning the basics involved in mountain biking and get plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. We provide the bike, helmet, gloves and transportation! Location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5 to 6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12.

Crabbing at Westport

Nov. 24: $30. Join us for a day of fun at Westport. Learn how to catch, identify and cook crabs. Gear, bait and transportation are included. A fishing license is required and can be purchased separately. Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs.

Hike Twin Falls

Nov. 24: $30. Join us on this 4-mile hike through the lush forests of Twin Falls State Park. You’ll see amazing views of the Twin Falls on this hike, so be sure to bring your camera! Difficulty: easy; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 200 feet; time: 2.5 hours. Popular family trip.

Bungee jumping

Nov. 25: $135. Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country — it’s 20 stories high and nestled in a forest above a river. If you’re craving adrenaline, you won’t be disappointed. Trip fee includes two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Minimum weight: 90 pounds.