Thursday 30 June
A total of four excursions will be offered for the afternoon of Thursday, 30 June. All people enrolled in an excursion should look for their trip leaders in the South Ballroom at 1200 on Thursday, immediately after concurrent sessions. Waivers and rosters will be checked, then groups E1, E2, & E3 will get box lunches and board charter transportation at the loading dock on the east side of the HUB.
Participants on the bike excursion will need to have cash or credit cards to pay for their lunch at a local restaurant.
EXCURSION 1: Seattle waterfront harbor tour, Seattle Aquarium, and Pike Place Market
A charter bus will transport excursion participants to the Seattle waterfront.
First they will tour Seattle Aquarium, with unique collections of flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, including fish, coral, birds, and marine mammals. Participants can also wander up the hill from the aquarium to Pike Place Market, one of Seattle’s most iconic visitor attractions.
At 1550, passengers will board the vessel “Spirit of Seattle” for a narrated 1-hour sightseeing tour of Seattle’s vibrant and historic harbor. They return and disembark at 1705. The same bus will return participants back to the conference venue around 1730.
Adults (13+): $75
Children (4-12): $60
Children (0-3): Free (lunch not provided)
EXCURSION 2: Wenatchee River Whitewater Rafting
Paddle down the beautiful Wenatchee River in Eastern Washington with River Riders, a locally-owned whitewater rafting company. The Wenatchee River is a wide, high-volume river that drains the dry east side of the Cascade Mountains.
You’ll paddle hard through Class II, III (and maybe IV depending on water levels) rapids and relax in calm stretches as you float past ranch homes, orchards, pine trees, and the ragged rocks of Peshastin Pinnacles.
The trip includes a 2 hour bus trip from Seattle to the river with views of Stevens, Snoqualmie, and Blewitt mountain passes, box lunch en route to the river, wetsuit, paddle, life-jacket, trained guide, river shuttle, and a BBQ dinner. It’ll likely be sunny and you will likely get wet, but there are no guarantees.
Leave UW at 1245 PM, arrive at the River Rider’s Launch Point near Leavenworth at 1500 PM. On arrival, people change into wetsuits, listen to safety information, and hop into rafts for a 14-mile paddle. River bus will return to the launch point after the trip where we will be greeted by a fun BBQ at rustic, riverside picnic tables. Bus will depart for Seattle at 2000, returning to UW approximately 2230.
A full river trip description can be found here:
Note that on the last weekend of June, water flows may be a bit lower, leading to a lower water adventure.
COSTS: Adults and children 10 & over: $135
EXCURSION 3: Wine tasting in Woodinville, WA
Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of winetasting in Woodinville, Washington. Nestled in Sammamish River Valley just 30 minutes northeast of Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country is home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms representing every appellation in Washington. On this excursion, we will visit the oldest winery in the region, Chateau St. Michelle, as well as giving you the opportunity to explore more of the boutique wineries on your own.
Included in this excursion is a gourmet sack lunch, a tasting and tour at Chateau St. Michelle, and time to explore other tasting rooms on your own (other tasting costs not included). If there is sufficient interest, we may substitute an hour of birding in lieu of self-guided tastings for those who are interested.
Must be 21 years old or over.
EXCURSION 4: Seattle bicycle tour
A leisurely 15-20 mile guided bicycle ride hitting some Seattle highlights including: Ivar’s Salmon House, Gasworks park, Fremont Troll, Lenin statue, drawbridge, ship canal, submarine, under the Ballard Bridge (no troll!), Pier 92, Elliott Bay, Olympic sculpture park, (option: waterfront and Pike Place market stair climb), Space Needle and Seattle Center, MOHAI park, and Lake Union houseboats etc. The ride is almost completely flat and mostly on designated bike paths. The excursion cost includes bike rental and guide only; participants will need to bring extra money for lunch and any purchases they want to make along the way.
$50 (includes bicycle rental)
$20 (if you will bring your own bike)
We are asking all excursion participants to review and sign this waiver.
Link to registration for excursions, workshops and/or the main ISEC2016 conference. People may sign up for Workshops Only, but excursions are available only when choosing to register for the full conference.
Also, there are limited enrollments in workshops and excursions. Early registration helps ensure a spot in your first choice of activities!