Kenmore Air: Take to the scenic waters surrounding Roche Harbor on San Juan Island for a professionally-guided, 3-hour sea kayak tour. All paddling abilities are invited to join and learn not only the basics of kayaking, but a bit about the local ecosystem and abundant marine life in the islands, including orca whales, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. San Juan Outfitters is a locally-owned kayak operation based in Roche Harbor. Located on the northwest side of San Juan Island, Roche Harbor provides access to protected waterways, wildlife refuges, and quick access to expansive views of Haro Strait and the snow-covered Olympic and Cascade Mountains. This thrilling sea kayaking excursion is only $75/person plus tax. Special daytrip airfare can be combined with this excursion which is offered from April until October. Complimentary shuttle pick-up is available in downtown Friday Harbor or at the Friday Harbor Airport. Book by phone directly with Kenmore Air at 866.435.9524 between 7am and 7pm.
Butchart Gardens Tour: The Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria's most famous and popular attractions, are located 14 miles north of Victoria on 55 acres. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site left behind from her husband's pioneering efforts. Her venture has become a family commitment to horticulture and hospitality spanning over 100 years, and delighting visitors from around the world. Kenmore Air is now selling CVS Cruise Victoria's 'Butchart Gardens Tour'. Please reserve directly with Kenmore Air reservations between 7am and 7pm at 866.435.9524. 2011 tour prices (prices include transportation to/from the gardens, garden admission, and all taxes): Adults (18+ yrs): $63 Youth (12-17 yrs): $43 Child (5-11 yrs): $19 Under 5 free on lap
Lake Ingalls. Sometimes you just want to get high--physically, not psychedelically--and the Lake Ingalls Trail lets you do that while still exploring some of the grandest wildflower displays in the Cascades. 9 miles, Day Hike. Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. Continue to the road's end.
Colchuck Lake: 8.4 miles (i've heard its less), sometimes steep, plan on making it a day trip and starting relatively early. Driving Directions: From milepost 99 on US 2, on the western edge of Leavenworth, follow the paved Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 8.4 miles, turning left onto Eightmile Road (FR 7601). Continue on this washboarded dirt road for 3.8 miles to a large parking lot and the trailhead (elev. 3400 ft). Privy available.
Ira Spring Trail to Mason Lake: Start up the road and in just 0.5 mile cross Mason Creek. You'll enjoy a couple of miles of walking on this old roadbed-turned-trail, giving you ample time to stretch and loosen up muscles before starting the real climbing. The road ends at around 2 miles, and the new trail leads upward into the forest. You'll find a trail junction near the Alpine Lakes Wilderness boundary at 2.25 miles out. Stay left here and continue climbing through the dense, young forest (regrowth that sprouted after a fire many decades ago). In just 0.5 mile you'll crest the ridge (elev. 4750 ft) and start a short but steep descent (losing 500 feet in elevation) to the forested basin of Mason Lake. Mason Lake is a deep pool, home to some fine--though hard to hook--trout. Enjoy a dip in the cool waters, if you don't want to try your angling skills, and then relax under the shady forest fringe and reflect on the man who helped save these mountains for hikers. Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 45 (Forest Road 9030). Drive north, then stay left on FR 9030. About 1 mile from the freeway, you'll encounter a fork. Stay left again, now on Mason Lake Road (FR 9031). At about 3.9 miles from the freeway, park where the road is blocked--the road continues on the other side, but only for foot traffic.