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Out & About, Nov. 15

Published: 12:21PM November 15th, 2012

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 four-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.

Explore Victoria, B.C.

Nov. 25: $100. Hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C., on foot. The downtown area has everything from antique shops to artisan chocolate shops. Plus, you can stop in at the Royal B.C. Museum. Trip fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket and transportation to and from Port Angeles. A passport is required. (Ages 5–11: $85; age 0–4: $55) Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs.

Ride the Ducks in Seattle

Dec.1: $45. You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Travelers of all ages love to ride the Ducks, World War II vehicles that show you the Emerald City from land and water. Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a musical tour, showing you downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts and “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboats. After the Duck ride, you’ll have time to walk around Pike Place Market for wonderful shopping and great food. Join us for a family-friendly day of fun. (Ages 3–12: $35, ages 0–2: $30) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs.

Sea kayak Cutts Island

Dec. 1:Take a great sea kayaking trip with the Outdoor Recreation Program. We’ll begin our trip in Horsehead Bay and paddle north in Carr Inlet to Cutts Island. This small island has a steep rock face on the south end, and there are many birds that make this island their home. We’ll stop on the island to enjoy our packed lunches and explore. Don’t miss this South Sound classic! Difficulty: beginner to intermediate; distance: 6 miles; paddle time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 12.