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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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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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.

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

Be Bold Live Podcast: Host Beth Whitman Interviews Chris Mackay of Crooked Trails

Christine T. Mackay | Co-Founder & Executive Director for Crooked Trails

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.

Tickets: $10 (on sale soon!) | Proceeds go to Travelers Against Plastic

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

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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!

RSVP Here

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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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