The Art of Travel: Ancient Journeying Wisdom for Modern Times
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

The Art of Travel: Ancient Journeying Wisdom for Modern Times

An evening in conversation with the author of The Art of Pilgrimage, The Book of Roads, The Soul of the World, and The Hero's Journey.

Join us for an evening with veteran travel writer, adventure tour leader, author, and filmmaker Phil Cousineau, as we explore the overlap between ancient travel wisdom and modern journeying techniques. Tonight we will use travel stories from the wiliest of history's travelers, from Ibn Battua to Isabelle Eberhardt and Pico Iyer, and contemplate how we all might travel more soulfully, wisely, and transformatively. The evening will include a few film clips, a plethora of stories, and a rich opportunity for discussion. 

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Tribes on the Edge: A Film & Conversation with Celine Cousteau
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Tribes on the Edge: A Film & Conversation with Celine Cousteau

Explorer X and The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) are proud to co-sponsor a film screening and conversation with Celine Cousteau.

Tribes on the Edge, an independent documentary directed and produced by Céline Cousteau, explores the timely topics of land threats, health crises, and human rights issues of the indigenous peoples of the Vale do Javari in the Brazilian Amazon, expanding the view to how this narrative is relevant to our own lives.

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Ethiopia: The Hidden Jewel of Africa
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Ethiopia: The Hidden Jewel of Africa

Ethiopia: The Hidden Jewel of Africa

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Join us for an evening of conversation, storytelling, and education about one of the most fascinating countries in the world: Ethiopia. Special guests Patricia Stone from Global Adventuress and Desale Mitiku from Grand Holidays Ethiopia will talk about travel opportunities in Ethiopia. Forbes Magazine rates Ethiopia one of the “10 Coolest Places to Go in 2019.” There will be a drawing for a trip for 2 to Ethiopia! 

Sample food from Queen Sheba Ethiopian, participate in a traditional coffee ceremony, and learn about:

  • The rock churches of St Lalibela, carved from one solid rock and in continuous usage for over 900 years.

  • The palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba called Axum (Aksum), the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

  • The fossil of “Lucy,” known as the “grandmother of humanity.” Lucy is one of the oldest hominids ever discovered, found in the exciting city of Addis Ababa, the de facto capital of Africa.

  • Ancient tribes of the Omo Valley and who reside in the truly remote areas of Ethiopia’s south.

  • The breathtaking landscape of Ethiopia, comprising over 70% of Africa’s mountain ranges.

  • The endemic animals of Ethiopia, including the most endangered canine in all of Africa, the Ethiopian fox, and the beautiful Bleeding Heart Baboon.

 
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About Patricia Stone:

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Global Adventuress was founded by Patricia Stone, a travel expert who has traveled to 167 countries & 7 continents. Her recommendations are featured regularly on Forbes and her travel site contains over 500 articles promoting destinations around the world with her hotlist of where to go, stay, dine, & how to get around. The site inspires travelers to get out of their comfort zone, and have unique, fun experiences. Readers discover travel resources, ideas and stories from around the world to help them plan for their next trip.

Patricia Stone has trekked to the top of Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, dived the depths of The Blue Hole, and explored remote Timbuktu. She believes, "The more we travel, the more we are able to connect with local people and understand each other. We become culturally and globally aware of how our choices can impact the world in a positive way. Through travel and adventure, we can empower each other to learn how to make a difference with our families and local communities in this vast world, ensuring a better future for generations to come."

Featured in Forbes, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star, and nominated as a "Top 20 Destination Travel Blogs" by USA Today, this travel site and its social media channels are recognized by BBC Travel and other well-known travel brands. Patricia and her team of freelance correspondents have successfully partnered with several hotels/resorts, airlines, tourism offices, cruise lines, transportation services, restaurants, PR agencies, travel products, services, and travel associations around the world.


About Desale Mitiku

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“I was born in the ancient city of St. Lalibela where you will find 11 rock-hewn churches built from one solid rock in the year 1200 AD. I have been a specialist tour operators for more than 20 years and counting. Since 2002 I have been setting up Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours.  

The most successful thing I have done so far is organizing customized trips for people which I always love to do, creating strong relationship with the host community where we operate  our tours, and building a great team with attention for details with more focus on our customers.

I love talking about my beautiful country Ethiopia as well as Africa in general. I am now a father of two beautiful girls and am now fast becoming a family vacation expert too.

I always try to contribute as much as I can in developing a responsible tourism in Ethiopia and the rest of the destinations in Africa where we operate our tours. To develop a more sustainable tourism, we closely work with the host community and the government. To bring greater impact in what we do in sustain tourism, I now serve in the Ethiopian Tour Operators Association and I am the sitting president of Skal International Ethiopia. “


Parking is Free.

Wine from Elsom Cellars available for purchase.

Tickets: Free
Tickets are free, but space is limited and reservations are required.

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Education for Nepal
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Education for Nepal

A fun filled evening with trivia, Indian food, beer and a silent auction at Optimism Brewing in Seattle, co-hosted by Crooked Trails and Explorer X.

We are raising funds to support Three Summits for Nepal which has been building schools in Nepal for over a decade. This year they will build a school in Kanchenjunga, and are looking to add dormitories in the future, allowing kids from rural villages to attend. Funds raised will also support girls’ education.

Three Summits for Nepal was established in 2006 by MBA students at the University of Washington to better the lives of underprivileged children of Nepal. The founder of Three Summits, Jwalant Gurung will be on hand to talk about his ongoing efforts to build schools as well as answer any questions about trekking in Nepal-of which he is truly an EXPERT!

Three Summits works in conjunction with Crooked Trails, a non-profit community-based tour organization. EIN 73-1669742  

Tickets
$35 – Early bird until May 31
$45 – June 1-14
Ticket sales will end JUNE 14 because of food count. Don’t miss out! Get your tickets early to ensure your space.

Can't make it? Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/build-a-school-in-kanchenjunga

Indian cuisine is provided by the amazing Cilantro Sisters.
Beer is by Optimism Brewery. $1 from every beer sold all night will support the cause!
Our sponsor is GRAYL.

6pm Doors open, silent auction, beer, dinner, Nepal info
7pm Trivia with great prizes
8pm Silent auction & raise the paddle
9pm One more beer?

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Exploring the Wonders of Southeast Asia with Don Mankin
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Exploring the Wonders of Southeast Asia with Don Mankin

A Journey of Discovery and Transformation 

Southeast Asia is one of the most sensual and seductive regions on earth. Add “magical,” “mysterious,” and “sultry” and you are still barely skimming the surface in describing this exotic destination. The poignant histories, unique cultures and spiritual traditions of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam make up a world vastly different from our own. In the words of internationally acclaimed writer, Pico Iyer, “We travel … to be carried off into a sense of strangeness, and into the expanded sense of possibility that strangeness sometimes brings.” Nowhere on this planet better evokes this “sense of strangeness” than SE Asia. Join award-winning travel writer and psychologist Don Mankin, Ph.D., when he will describe his adventures exploring the lush tropical landscapes, bustling cities, serene villages, and ancient architectural wonders of this alluring place. 

And learn about our upcoming Muddy Shoe Adventure in Southeast Asia led by Don in October of 2019!


Parking is Free.

Wine from Elsom Cellars available for purchase.

Tickets: $10 | Proceeds Benefit the Charity: Water

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Out of Africa with Carrie Culp
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Out of Africa with Carrie Culp

Our African Travel Mentor, Carrie Culp, will share her recent experience participating in Pyramids of Life at Alex Walker's Serian. While Carrie has visited the continent of Africa thirteen times, this trip marks her first time in Tanzania, so true to the ethos at Explorer X, she decided to take herself on a solo mini-Project X that she will share with you this evening. 

In 2008, Carrie trained to become a FGASA-certified Level 1 safari guide at Ecotraining's Karongwe Reserve in South Africa. This month long course culminated in exams and a game drive with an examiner. She has maintained her guiding license since that time, so it is only natural that she was invited to participate in Pyramids of Life - Serian's yearly guide training for their own staff. Presented with this opportunity, Carrie decided to take a solo trip in order to experience a new place and discover a new part of herself.

Time spent in Africa has already changed Carrie's perspective. She began dreaming of traveling to Africa to see the animals at the age of five after learning about African wild dogs in a book in her elementary school library. She counts herself as extremely fortunate to have seen them in the wild almost a dozen times. This is no easy feat as packs travel up to 25 miles per day in search of food. 

In 2014, Carrie could no longer resist the urge to help, so she decided to combine two of her passions - conservation and education - and start a 501c3 organization that would marry the two and help students reach across the globe to help. Endangered Canid Project links local college students in STEM-related coursework with real-world conservation projects that benefit their education and conservation of endangered canids, particularly the African wild dog. ECP's flagship project is a long range, affordable research UAV system which is nearly ready for use by conservation organizations. This system was designed by engineering students at Washington State University beginning in 2015. Carrie will also share details of Endangered Canid Project's upcoming June fundraiser with you this evening.


Parking is Free.

Wine from Elsom Cellars available for purchase.

Tickets: $10 | Proceeds Benefit the Endangered Canid Project

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She's Bold Live Podcast: Host Beth Whitman Interviews Chris Mackay of Crooked Trails
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

She's Bold Live Podcast: Host Beth Whitman Interviews Chris Mackay of Crooked Trails

About Beth Whitman & the She’s Bold Podcast:

Beth Whitman is the host of the She’s Bold Podcast (formerly Be Bold). With 30+ years of travel under her belt, she has become known as a women’s travel expert. As such she has spent the better part of her travel years inspiring, encouraging and empowering women to live their travel dreams. She runs the informational website Wanderlust and Lipstick and leads tours through her company WanderTours. At 50 she began marathoning and now combines her love of travel with endurance sports and activities around the world including ultra-marathons and high altitude treks. The She's Bold podcast is her way to bring other women's inspiring stories to a wide audience.

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About Chris Mackay:

Chris Mackay has dedicated her life to working and volunteering in environmental education, outdoor recreation, community development and eco-tourism. Her love of international travel and her concern about the negative effects of tourism on culture and environment, led her to co-found Crooked Trails, a non-profit community based travel organization in 1998. At Crooked Trails, Chris helped found the Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) Campaign whose goal is to galvanize a global movement aimed at the near elimination of travelers’ dependence on disposable plastic water bottles. Chris holds an MA in Natural Science Education and a BA in Geography and as well as a minor in Biology. Chris’s ability to engage and impassion her audience has led to speaking engagements at clubs, international conferences, bookstores, universities, and schools.


Parking is Free.

Wine from Elsom Cellars available for purchase.

Tickets: $10 | Proceeds go to Travelers Against Plastic

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Human Wildlife Conflict or Opportunity? The Imvelo Safari Lodges Story: Conservation Lessons from Zimbabwe
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Human Wildlife Conflict or Opportunity? The Imvelo Safari Lodges Story: Conservation Lessons from Zimbabwe

Imvelo: Changing the Way You Safari

The founders of Imvelo Safari Lodges had a vision — with their shared passion of the African bush, its native wildlife, and people, they wanted to create an unforgettable safari experience in Zimbabwe which also directly benefited local communities. In this revealing and honest discussion, Mark "Butch" Butcher, Managing Director and Founder of Imvelo, will impart the lessons learned on the front lines of the human-wildlife conflict in Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Butch is a former Hwange park ranger and has been a professional safari guide for 30+ years. In his presentation, he will illustrate the critical connection between engaging communities and tourists in the long-term health of Africa's wild places. At the same time, he'll detail the incredible active and unique safari experiences in Zimbabwe including walking, canoeing and mountain biking safaris and riding a one-of-a-kind game viewing train! Butch’s lifelong passion for Hwange — it’s elephants, wildlife and communities — forms the cornerstone of Imvelo Safari Lodges’ ethos and mission today. The success of Imvelo’s community and conservation work was recognized by the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund with a $20,000 grant in 2018. 

The Imvelo Trust benefits Imvelo Safari Lodges' community and conservation work in Zimbabwe. The funds raised from this event will benefit their School Lunches Program. School children in Zimbabwe often find themselves in class having walked a long way from home with no breakfast in their bellies. Poor concentration and lethargy are often evident – and this will be significantly worsened in a drought year like is shaping up in 2019. To combat hunger in these increasingly frequent drought years in Zimbabwe, Imvelo organizes a school lunch program at five rural schools near their lodges in Hwange. This year, Imvelo is feeding lunch to upwards of 1800 school children over 4-5 months, a total of 153,000 meals! Each meals costs roughly $.10, therefore your $10 donation can feed 100 children!  

Parking is Free.

Wine and nibbles available for purchase from Elsom Cellars.

Tickets $10. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Imvelo Trust.

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Live Reading of 'What the Ice Gets: Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition 1914-1916' by Seattle Poet Melinda Mueller
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Live Reading of 'What the Ice Gets: Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition 1914-1916' by Seattle Poet Melinda Mueller

About the Event:

Join Explorer X for an enthralling evening of listening to poems in the voices of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance. Plan your own voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia Island with the team from Explorer X. After the reading, we will have a Q&A and book signing with the author.

About the Book:

What the Ice Gets: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916

“Blending historical, scientific, and literary scholarship with an impressive range of poetic forms, Seattle poet Melinda Mueller re-creates one of the most astounding survival stories. WHAT THE ICE GETS is an adventure story, a requiem, and a love poem written to twenty-eight heroes and the mythic landscape they set out to explore but that instead explored them. Both passionate and precise, this is a moving and powerful telling of one of the last century's greatest voyages." (Written by Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and other novels.)

About the Author:

Melinda Mueller was born in Helena, Montana.  She earned a degree in Botany at the University of Washington and a Masters in Biology at Central Washington. Mueller’s most recent poetry collection, Mary’s Dust, was published by Entre Rios Books in 2018, and was a 2018 Washington State Book Award finalist. The After (a chapbook)  was released by Entre Rios Books in October 2017. What the Ice Gets: Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916 (2000, Van West & Company) received a 2001 Washington State Book Award and the American Library Notable Books Award for Poetry, in 2002. Melinda is on the science faculty at Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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Parking is Free.

Wine will be available for purchase from Elsom Cellars.

Tickets: $10. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Charity: Water.

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Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago

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Ruth Dickey on the Camino.

Join Beth Jusino, local author of the recently published Walking to the End of the World, and Ruth Dickey, poet and Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, for an evening of conversation about their individual experiences walking the Camino de Santiago.

Beth Jusino is an award-winning writer and editor, as well as an active member of the American Pilgrims on the Camino. She and her husband Eric have spent more than 100 days walking different sections of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, in both France and Spain. When they're not on pilgrimages they live in Seattle, where Beth regularly offers talks about the Camino and teaches classes on writing, publishing, and marketing.

Ruth Dickey

Ruth spent seven weeks in 2018 walking 400 miles to the field of stars of Santiago de Compostela along the Camino del Norte.  By day, she is the Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures (www.lectures.org), which champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the Puget Sound region. She is a voracious reader, a nonprofit capacity building nerd, an ardent fan of urban hiking, and has taught poetry workshops in soup kitchens, drop in centers and the DC Public Schools. 

Explorer X will be leading a trip to Walk the Camino in autumn of 2019. More details coming soon!

Parking is free. Wine from Elsom Cellars available for purchase.

Tickets: $10/pp | Proceeds benefit American Pilgrims of the Camino.

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Celebrating the Maasai Mara Photographers of the Year with Art Wolfe
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrating the Maasai Mara Photographers of the Year with Art Wolfe

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An Evening Soirée & Fundraiser with Explorer X, Photographer Art Wolfe, & Angama Mara

Join Explorer X and photographer Art Wolfe for The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year Exhibition & Fundraiser. Spend an evening transported to Kenya and Tanzania through world-class photography judged by Art Wolfe and bid on 30 award-winning photographs and a trip to Africa in a Silent Auction. Find out how you can Journey Into the Unknown of Africa with the Travel Mentors from Explorer X. Enjoy wine from Elsom Cellars and mingle with special guests from Angama Mara. All proceeds benefit the Angama Foundation in the Maasai Mara.

Parking is free. Wine available for purchase.

Tickets: $40/pp

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Special Adventure Uncorked: Alex Walker's Serian Camps
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Special Adventure Uncorked: Alex Walker's Serian Camps

Alex Walker is the creator of Alex Walker’s Serian - a collection of camps in Kenya and Tanzania. We are very excited to host him for this event where he will share his African adventures and share with us his amazing camps. For this event we will be selling tickets which will include entry and a glass of wine. See link below. (Ticket Link coming SOON!) 

Alex spent his childhood with his father’s trackers, scouting the bush of Southern Tanzania, Kenya and the vast wilderness of Southern Sudan. With over 30 years’ experience guiding and outfitting safaris throughout East Africa, he has honed his passion for walking. Based for most of the year in camp in the Serengeti; Alex relishes the remote, walking takes you further off the beaten track, preferably off any track entirely…

Alex was actively involved in the formation of the Mara North Conservancy, and has wrought a life out of his adulation for wild untouched spaces.A keen cameraman, Alex continues to keep a hand in by recording some of Africa’s unique images, and loves to reveal the inimitable magic of life through a lens.

In 2014, he and another guide were both voted ‘Best Guide in Africa’ in the Good Safari Guide Awards, and in 2015 he won ‘Best Guide in Africa’ again, but on his own this time! Furthermore, through his mentoring and training the Serian guiding teams in both Kenya and Tanzania have been recognized for their guiding skills winning “Best Guiding Team in Tanzania” and “Runner Up Best Guiding Team in Kenya” in 2018.

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Special Adventure Uncorked: Linnea Westerlind
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Special Adventure Uncorked: Linnea Westerlind

This week we are featuring a Seattle native. With her passion for community and wellness while outdoors she took on the task of visiting and then writing a book on the 500+ Seattle parks. 

Linnea Westerlind is the author of Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local's Guide (published by Mountaineers Books 2017). In 2009 she started a project to visit all the parks in Seattle and write about them on her blog, www.yearofseattleparks.com, which is now a resource of nearly 500 city, regional and state parks. Linnea works in nonprofit communications and writes articles about parks and outdoor adventures for ParentMap magazine. She is also a co-founder of the new initiative Outdoor Childhood Puget Sound, to encourage families to spend more time outside. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and three sons.

She has researched and visited every single one of Seattle's more than 400 public parks. She shares the best and most interesting public spaces that you should not miss in her engaging talk. This fun presentation includes more than 30 photographs featured in her book to inspire you to get outside and explore Seattle's fantastic parks. Books will be available for purchase.

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Special Adventure Uncorked: Traveler's Against Plastic
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Special Adventure Uncorked: Traveler's Against Plastic

Join us on October 18th for a special panel event featuring Seattle's own TAP-Traveler's Against Plastic as well as other local plastic reducing brand representatives. This is certainly one you do not want to miss! 

Want to learn more about the plastic pollution problem? Want to do more?
JOIN a group of committed companies, travel industry professionals and non-profit advocacy groups who will:

1. Provide an overview of the problem

2. Showcase alternatives to plastics

3. Provide insight into the global effort to ween ourselves off disposable plastics

4. Discuss the larger picture of the advocacy, science and legislation needed to create change.

5. Demonstrate various product/alternatives covering some of the top 10 plastics found in the oceans today: bottles, bags, cigarettes, cutlery, and straws.


Presenters: Sandra Curtis of The Plastic Coalition, Travis Merrigan of GRAYL, Lisa Kane of Liberty Bottles, and Chris Mackay of TAP-Travelers Against Plastic.

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Travel Trivia: Australia
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Travel Trivia: Australia

Join us for Adventure Uncorked Travel Trivia night! This week we will be featuring golden and lush Australia. Brush up on your knowledge and join us on Thursday, October 4th @ the Adventure Hub & Winery for an evening of networking, fun, and wine! Doors open at 6pm, trivia begins at 6:30pm.

Free event & Free parking!

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Travel Tales: Food
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Travel Tales: Food

Share a night of stories with Explorer-X at the Adventure Hub and winery. From the comedic to the inspiring, these “Moth” style events feature members of the community who have a travel experience they want to share. Come share your story! Either bring a story with you or email us ahead of time to secure a spot. While listening to others we can connect on a deeper level from their firsthand experiences, while learning, laughing and understanding from an outside view. Join us Thursday and live an experience told by fellow travelers!

This week's theme is Food. Come prepared with a tale about the best meal you have ever experienced abroad, or a cooking experience from afar. Come share your delicious stories!

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Special Adventure Uncorked: Woody Jacobson Climbing in China
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Special Adventure Uncorked: Woody Jacobson Climbing in China

A very special presentation with our friend Woody Jacobson from Kaf Adventures joins us with his stories and adventures climbing in Liming China. On Thursday September 13th we will feature a slideshow and presentation about Liming, the crack climbing paradise of China! Seattle native and Kaf Adventures instructor Woody Jacobson got his taste for climbing in the Pacific Northwest and has been climbing all over Asia for the past three years. Woody has chosen Liming, a sandstone climbing area tucked away in the remote Northwest region of Yunnan Province, as his home base. Liming is a small village located within the Laojun mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park. The climbing on the spectacular walls that overlook Liming is world-class and new route development is constantly taking place in the park. Join us to find out more about the history and culture of this incredible climbing area!

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Special Adventure Uncorked: Destination Costa Rica
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Special Adventure Uncorked: Destination Costa Rica

Join on this special Tuesday for an interactive exploration of Costa Rica! Armando Diaz will share a personal account on why Costa Rica continues to be a draw to visitors worldwide. He’ll focus on the warm and authentic “pura vida” welcome, sustainability, and conservation – in addition to the spectacular wildlife, nature and natural wonders, cultural exchanges and home-hosted meals, and adventure that set Costa Rica apart. Gain a sense of highlight seasons to travel, regional hotspots, and a great focus on the lesser-known, off-the-beaten-track, areas and how to gain insider access. Enjoy a deep dive into how you can connect beneath the surface of this diverse gem of a country! As usual, there will be good wine and great company. We will be selling tickets for this event so please see the link below and buy them before they sell out. Your ticket includes entry and a glass of wine.

Armando Diaz has worked in tourism for over 30 years – including a ‘boatload’ of experience's with cruise ships which allowed him to travel the world – the last eight years have been with Costa Rica Sun Tours as an International Sales Executive. He states that “I truly believe this is one of the best jobs in the world” and takes great pride in his country and sharing it with guests, preparing adventures as if they were for his own family. Armando says, “Costa Rica is blessed with a lot of beautiful and interesting places to explore – rain-, cloud-, and dry-forest, volcanoes, beaches, mountains, and so on – which makes it impossible to go wrong!”

RSVP & Tickets Here

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Travel Trivia: Italy
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Travel Trivia: Italy

Join us for Adventure Uncorked Travel Trivia night! This week we will be featuring beautiful and delicious Italy. Brush up on your knowledge and join us on Thursday, September 6 @ the Adventure Hub & Winery for an evening of networking, fun, and wine! Doors open at 6pm, trivia begins at 6:30pm.

RSVP Here

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Special Adventure Uncorked: Mountain Biking
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Special Adventure Uncorked: Mountain Biking

About This Event

Come join us for good wine, great people, and an amazing presentation by Matt Paul, the director of Bicycle Adventures including: Mountain Bike Tours, and Seattle Mountain Biking Tours. 

Matt figured out how to take people mountain biking in cool places. But that’s not really the point. When you organize a MTB experience, you create the opportunity to explore the woods or the sport or yourself from a unique perspective. We just set the table. For some, the take away is a better understanding of how to mountain bike. Others use it as a healthy way to bring a team or family together. For others it’s the feeling of flying at the foot of the giant firs or escaping the pace of everything back at home or office. It is focusing only on the moment. 

"Mountain biking is the only way I know to force myself to completely engage with a moment. The deeper I get, the deeper I get." 

About Bicycle Adventures

Bicycle Adventures has been curating premier cycling vacations since 1984. Our roots are here in the PNW with the first tours starting on the San Juan Islands. The heritage of the company has been primarily focused around road biking. Over the last several years we have been building a world-class mountain bike department. This started with a roundtable of handpicked mountain bikers and travel experts that made a list of all the destinations they have dreamed of riding. Destinations: Yukon, Slovenia, Peru, Chile, British Columbia, New Zealand and Washington State. 

Once we had this rolling, we had a look around and thought, hey, we live here, we bike here when we get off work we ride here, we have the bikes and vans and guides, let’s try and do local day tours. Washington State has been gaining attention in the mountain bike community over the last several years and is about to explode once the rest of the world gets word of what we have out our back door. And as a guide and tour developer that had has the great fortune to ride in many places and engage with tour operators all over the world, I can comfortably claim Washington as the greatest place to mountain bike in the world. 

http://bicycleadventures.com/ 
https://www.seattlemountainbiketours.com/

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Special Adventure Uncorked: Travel for Social Good w/ Tom Graham
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Special Adventure Uncorked: Travel for Social Good w/ Tom Graham

Join Explorer X and Thomas Graham of MAD Travel at The Adventure Hub & Winery for a very special, informative, and inspirational evening. Thomas is a British writer, public speaker, and social entrepreneur. He arrived in the Philippines in January 2012 on a short-term assignment but his life was transformed after discovering the work of Gawad Kalinga (GK), which has transformed over 2,500 slums across the country. Inspired by the GK vision to eradicate poverty by 2024, Thomas quit his job and spent a year traveling to GK communities up and down the country. His experiences have been documented in the book, "The Genius of the Poor", which was published in the Philippines and in France during 2015. Thomas is now intent upon inspiring others to discover Filipino genius as the co-founder of MAD (Make A Difference) Travel, a social tourism enterprise, gives foreigners and Filipinos the opportunity to discover the beauty of this country while also immersing in GK communities.

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