Skagit?

Skagit (SKAD-jit) is the name of a group of Coast Salish Peoples who once thrived in northwestern Washington.  In Skagit County, the Skagit River runs through Skagit Valley emptying its waters into Skagit Bay.

How do I get to your area?

Driving from Seattle or Bellingham/Vancouver to Anacortes: I5 – Exit 230 – SR20 West – Anacortes.

Driving from Seattle or Bellingham/Vancouver to Mount Vernon: I5 – Exit 226.

Public transportation from Seattle, Vancouver, Bellingham or the San Juan Islands to Mount Vernon, Burlington or Anacortes:

Amtrak schedule https://www.amtrak.com/train-schedules-timetables

Airporter Shuttle http://www.airporter.com/schedules/schedules-western-wa#ana

Ferry schedule http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=ana-sj

Sound Transit, Seattle to Everett http://www.soundtransit.org/schedules/ST-Express-Bus/510/weekday/outbound

Skagit Transit, Everett to Mount Vernon http://www.skagittransit.org/route-90x/ and http://www.skagittransit.org/route-80x/

Greyhound https://www.greyhound.com/

Where can I stay?

Anacortes, La Conner & Mt Vernon offer a variety of accommodations to choose from: bed & breakfasts,airbnbs, inns, hotels and motels, as well as many other activities to enhance your experience in NW Washington and the Great PNW!  Visit Experience Anacortes and Visit Skagit Valley for all these options.

For a farmstay, we recommend Blanchard Mountain Farm https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17046496 .

Where can I get picked up & dropped off?

Pick-up & drop-off locations include: hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas and residences in Anacortes & La Conner, Anacortes & Bellingham Ferry Docks, Anacortes & Burlington Airporter Shuttle locations, and Mount Vernon & Bellingham Amtrak Stations. Fee may apply for some locations; please inquire.

Pick-up times will be arranged 48 hrs prior to Adventure, via phone or email.

Who will my Adventure Guide be?

Stephanie Fernandez Adventure Guide

STEPHANIE FERNANDEZ

29 years guiding Adventures!

What I’ve come to enjoy most as an Adventure Guide is watching people be amazed and touched by nature. Seeing their eyes and spirit glow from that connection is priceless!

Since 1989 I’ve led nature explorations, by land and sea, from the equator to the sub-arctic:

  • In Texas, I taught kids at sea camps and led kayaking & birding tours around the bay’s marshy habitat and coastal beaches.
  • In the Florida Keys, I took kids & elderhostels exploring in the fun coral reefs, sea-grass beds and mangroves.
  • In Cancun, I led eco-tours around the Yucatan Peninsula.
  • In Baja, I guided birding, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and gray whale watching expeditions.
  • In Hawaii, I narrated on whale watching boats for 10 years.
  • In Churchill (Canada), I led polar bear and beluga whale watching tours.
  • In Southeast Alaska, I guided whale watching, birding, kayaking, fishing and hiking trips from adventure cruises for 10 years.

My latest adventure began in 2010 after this Mexico City native fell in love with the amazingly beautiful and diverse environment of NW Washington, and in particular Skagit County with its islands, coastline, waterside towns, farmlands, mountains, forest, wildlife, wildflowers and wilderness.  So now, I invite you to “Re-Wild Your Spirit!” on any of the Adventures I designed.

 

Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Master’s degree in Marine Sciences from ITESM-Guaymas in Mexico

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Open Water Scuba
  • ACA Kayak Instructor
  • USCG 100 ton Captain’s license
  • CERT

Why a small group size?

A small group, of up to 6 Adventurers, gives you a more intimate connection with nature, a more personalized service from your Adventure Guide, flexibility to modify the itinerary to accommodate your particular interests, and minimizes your impact on the environment.

What type of vehicle will I be riding in?

  A clean and comfortable Toyota minivan, co-piloted by Sebastian.

What should I wear and bring?

  • water
  • snacks or lunch according to length of Adventure
  • comfortable walking or tennis shoes
  • sturdy hiking boots & backpack, if hiking
  • sturdy and warm winter hiking boots, if snowshoeing
  • synthetic, moisture-wicking layers (not cotton or jeans) and full rain gear (certain times) of year, if hiking or snowshoeing
  • scent-free sunscreen (otherwise provided)
  • natural bug repellent (otherwise provided)
  • completed/signed forms & waivers
  • medical insurance card
  • cell phone
  • camera
  • sunglasses
  • binoculars, if birdwatching
  • passport, if you are not from the USA

What’s the weather like?

In general:

Spring: 40s-50s, intermittent rain
Summer: 60s-80s, occasional or no rain
Fall: 40s-50s, intermittent rain, snow possible
Winter: 30s-40s, intermittent rain, snow

Call/email us to get an updated weather forecast for your Adventure area.

What will I learn?

Subject matters include: the natural & cultural history, geology, marine and terrestrial habitats, flora and fauna, and the “nowadays ways of life” of NW Washington depending on the Adventure and your curiosity.

What is your booking policy?

Adventures are booked on a first come first served basis. As soon as one is booked, others listed on the same day will be cancelled. If you don’t see your Adventure listed on a particular day, check for alternate dates in the Calendar.

What is your cancelation & refund policy?

Adventures may be re-scheduled at no additional cost.

Adventures cancelled by guests within:

7 days – may either re-schedule or forfeit the tour at no additional fee.  SGA will use those funds to sponsor a low-income Latino Family Adventure.

8 days or longer – will be refunded 50%.  SGA will use those funds to sponsor a low-income Latino Family Adventure.

If Skagit Guided Adventures cancels the tour and if your Adventure cannot be re-scheduled, you will be refunded 100%.

Skagit Guided Adventures reserves the right to substitute, modify or terminate the tour if weather or other unforeseen circumstances compromise the safety of the group.

Can I charter an Adventure?

Yes, please contact me.

Do you offer Guided Adventures in any other language?

Yes, all Adventures can be guided in Spanish. Hablo Espanol!

How can I explore Mt Rainier and Olympic National Parks?

I recommend these two small group Nature tour companies:

Mount Rainier National Park  http://www.tourmtrainier.com/

Olympic National Park http://experienceolympic.com/

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