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Out & About, Nov. 22

Published: 02:11PM November 20th, 2012

Crabbing at Westport

Nov. 24: $30. Join us at Westport. Learn how to catch, identify and cook crabs. Gear, bait and transportation included. Required fishing license can be purchased separately. Popular family trip; reasonable accommodations 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.

Bike Capitol Forest

Dec.2: $35. Capitol Forest near Olympia has some of the best mountain biking trails this side of the Cascades. With hundreds of miles of trails, the possibilities are endless. This Sunday ride provides a moderate workout and also is a great chance to meet other bikers and start riding again instead of just thinking about it. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 10 miles; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12.

Stand-up paddleboard

Dec. 2: $60. Experience Ballard and Salmon Bay from the water. You’ll receive instruction followed by a guided group tour around historical Salmon Bay. We may even see the famous boats from “The Deadliest Catch.” Trip fee includes guide, instruction, wet suit, life jacket, paddle and board. Minimum age: 12.

Leavenworth light fest

Dec. 8: $55. Head over the mountains to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth for the annual Christmas lighting ceremony. Visit with Santa, Father Christmas or Saint Nicholas while exploring the quaint shops and boutiques. Gather around the pavilion at the end of the day to watch as thousands of colored lights turn the town into a winter wonderland. See why trips here have become holiday traditions for so many Washingtonians. Trip fee includes transportation only. Time in town: 5 hours. (Ages 4–12: $30; ages 3 and younger: $5) Popular family trip.

Hike to top of Little Si

Dec. 8: $35. Join us for a five-mile hike to the top of the 1,600-foot peak of Little Si. Follow the easy-to-moderate trail through the lush forest and massive rock faces to a spectacular view of the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 5 miles; elevation gain: 1,200 feet; time: 2.5 to 3 hours.

Horseback riding

Dec. 9: $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, so bring the entire Family along for a great day! Minimum age: 7. Popular family trip.