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2018 Friendship Walks Calendar

 

Friendship Walk start points are chosen to accomodate larger groups.
Unless otherwise noted, walks will start at 10am. Please register by 9:45 am.

Schedule subject to change. Events are open to the public.



February 3rd (Saturday)

Cornwall Park (Bellingham, Whatcom County)

Start Location: Haggen Food & Pharmacy, 2814 Meridian
Hosts: Tom Stabile/Margaret Quick tandmwa@frontier.net 360-966-2346

5/10 km. , Rated 1A, Number Y1142.

Boardwalks, Honoring our Flag, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Trekking with the Trees, Volcanoes, Walk the USA Street by Street, Walking America's Ports of Call, You'll Never Walk Alone

Walk through Historical residential neighborhoods, 5 parks, Bellingham Vocational College and on trails in northwest Bellingham. Fabulous old homes with a couple of mansions along the way. Restrooms at start/finish and along the way.

Directions to Start: I-5 northbound: take exit 256 Bellis Fair and turn Left onto Meridian. I-5 southbound: take exit 256 and turn Right on Meridian. In either case, drive 1 mile to store. We will meet to register at the corner of the parking lot near Meridian & Illinois streets.


February 10th (Saturday)

Downtown Mount Vernon (Skagit County)

Start Location: Ristretto Coffee Lounge & Wine Bar 416 S 1st St.
Hosts: Tim & Cheryl Fisher gotdisc7@gmail.com 425-626-0492.

Revised Route 5/10 km. Rated 1A/2A.  Y1957. Animal Safari, Bridges Spanning the USA, Food for Thought, Points of Reference, Take a Walk in a City Park, Trekking with Trees, US Post Offices, Volcanoes, Walk the USA Street by Street, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Whiskey-Vino-Brew.

Walk through downtown Mount Vernon passing many local restaurants and small businesses, including the historic Lincoln Theatre. Pass through quiet residential areas. Enjoy the Riverwalk with beautiful views of the Skagit River and Skagit Valley. Picnic spots along route.; 

Directions to Start: I-5 Exit 226. Southbound turn right on Kincaid and proceed to First St. Northbound turn left under the bridge on Kincaid. Proceed to First St. Turn right. Turn left on Gates and park in Riverfront parking lot. Public restrooms are available on Riverwalk. Walk back to First St on Gates. Turn left and Ristretto is the first business on your right. Friendship Walk registration will be at table outside of coffee shop.


February 17th (Saturday)

Cordata (Bellingham, Whatcom County)

Start Location: Whatcom Community College, Purple parking lot near the corner of Westerly and Eliza, Bellingham, WA
Host: Tamara Belts sisa98225@yahoo.com 360-220-2111

New Route 5/10 km., Rated 1A, Number Y1713.
Honoring Our Flag Make a Wish at a Water Fountain Take a Walk In a City Park, Volcanoes, Points of Reference, Walk the USA Street by Street, Walking America's Ports of Call, You'll Never Walk Alone.

Walk on city sidewalks, wooded trails, through residential neighborhoods, a new city park, and the campus of Whatcom Community College.

Directions to Start: Driving I-5 southbound take exit 258 Bakerview exit, left over I-5, left on Eliza Ave, pass Westerly Rd then right into the parking lot of Whatcom Community College (Purple lot). Northbound I-5 take exit 256B Meridian St exit, left on Bellis Fair Pkwy, pass Target and left on Eliza Ave, cross Bakerview, then turn right just past Westerly Rd and into the parking lot (Purple) of Whatcom Community College. Park just past the tennis courts near Pavilion building; we'll meet to register and start at the table in front of the Pavilion building. 


February 24th (Saturday)

WWU - South Bay (Fairhaven, Whatcom County)

Start Location:  Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St.
Hosts: Norm & Gina Colon  ng.colon@yahoo.com 360-393-5054

Revised Route 5/10 km., Rated 2B, Number Y365.
Boardwalks, Honoring Our Flag, Ice Cream Parlors, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Trekking with Trees, Walk the USA Street by Street, Walking America's Ports of Call, You'll Never Walk Alone.

This walk takes you through historic Fairhaven, Western Washington University campus with wonderful views of Bellingham Bay and outdoor art displays, the gravel & paved South Bay Trail, Boulevard Park and Taylor Dock, a popular walking trail. On Saturdays April through September walk through the Farmers Market. Restaurants. Restrooms available at start/finish and along route.

Directions to Start: I-5 Exit 250, Fairhaven Parkway. From the South turn left, from the North turn right. From Fairhaven Parkway, right on 12th St. Left on Harris Ave. Right on 11th. Shop is on the right. We'll meet to register and start in front of the store. 

Recreation Northwest Expo: After your walk, visit this year's Expo at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal (open 2-5 PM). See the Expo webpage for further details. The Expo is free and open to the public.


February 26th (Monday)

General Meeting (all members)

Meeting Location:  Skagit Public Utility District, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon, WA
Aqua Room 6-8 PM As a community service, selected District facilities are available to the public when not being used for District business.

Directions: Exit 277 College Way on I-5. Go West on College Way, then South on Freeway Drive to Skagit PUD (next to Blade RV Sales on west side of I-5). Parking is behind building (west side).



March 3rd (Saturday)

Ferndale (Whatcom County)

Start Location: Haggen Food & Pharmacy, 1815 Main Street
Host: Tamara Beltz  sisa98225@yahoo.com 360-676-1314

Revised Route 5/11 km., Rated 2B, Number Y1005.
Boardwalks, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Fraternal Organization, Honoring Our Flag, Lakes and Reservoirs, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Take a Walk in a City Park, Trekking with Trees, Volcanoes, You'll Never Walk Alone.

Walk thru downtown, Pioneer, Hovander Homestead, Tennent Lake parks and along the Nooksack River. Enjoy murals, historic buildings and views of Mt Baker as you walk through Ferndale's parks and downtown. Wonderful boardwalk walk through Tennent Lake (closed hunting season). Restrooms at start and along route.

Directions to Start: From north or south, take I-5 exit 262 to Ferndale. Haggen's is on the left side of Main Street just off the interstate. Meet to register in Food Court.


March 11th (Sunday)

LaConner (Skagit County)

Start Location: Farm House Restaurant, 13724 La Conner/Whitney Rd
Hosts: Fred & Sharon Fisher  sfisher@fidalgo.net 360-293-7985

Trails: 5 km Rated 1A 10 km Rated 2B , Number Y1279.
Amphitheatres, Boardwalks, Food for Thought, Honoring Our Flag, Ice Cream Parlors, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, State Street Sashay, Take a Walk in a City Park, Trekking with the Trees, US Post Offices, Volcanoes, Walk the USA - Street by Street, You'll Never Walk Alone, Whiskey-Vino-Brew.

Walk past the marina and along the beautiful Swinomish Channel on a brand new walkway. Walk along First Street browsing in the unique gift shops and galleries. Walk through Pioneer Park. There are many restaurants and fun sculptures along the way. Restrooms along the route.

Directions to Start: From I-5 northbound, exit 230 to Hwy 20 West. Follow signs toward Anacortes. Left at stop light toward LaConner. Immediate right into Farm House Restaurant parking lot. Meet to register just inside the restaurant entry doors, then drive to start.


March 24th (Saturday)

Historic Town & Country (Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Island County)

Alternate Start Location: Coupeville Library, 788 Alexander St, Coupeville WA
Hosts: Sue & Bob Payton  wishome@yahoo.com 360-914-4268

Trails: 5/6/11 km Rated 2A 16/21 km Rated 2B , Number Y1548.
Animal Safari, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Food for Thought, Honoring our Flag, Ice Cream Parlors, National Parks Centennial, National Register of Historic Places, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Points of Reference, Take a Walk in a City Park, Trekking with the Trees, US Post Offices, Volcanoes, You'll Never Walk Alone.

Explore the historic town of Coupeville and walk along country roads in Ebeys Landing Historical Reserve with views of Puget Sound and farm fields. Views of Penn Cove, Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and on clear days Mt. Baker & Mt. Rainier.

Directions to Start: From I-5 take exit 230 toward Anacortes. Left on SR 20 to Whidbey Island, follow SR 20 to traffic light (Main St.) in Coupeville. Left on Main St, Left on Coveland, Left on Alexander St, Right into Library parking lot. Meet to register in the library parking lot.





  

AVA TRAIL/ROUTE RATING SYSTEM
Part 1 – INCLINE/ELEVATION Part 2 - TERRAIN
1 Very small hills or very little stair climbing. A Almost entirely on pavement.
2 Some moderate hills or stair climbing. B A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
3 Some significant hill or stair climbing. C A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths or soft sand.)
4 Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. D A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
5 Many steep hills. E The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.