*** Join us on an incredible adventure to the Pacific Northwest's most breathtaking hikes! We'll be connecting with the great outdoors, learning about the native ecosystem, culture, and landscape, with plenty of time to sketch, paint and converse with other creatives.
THIS IS A CAMPING TRIP - with all of the perks! We'll be sleeping outdoors, cooking meals outside, and backpacking through the forest together! Please note that this is the perfect adventure for people looking to ease into camping -- we'll take care of you and teach you how to set up camp, prepare hot meals, and enjoy roughing-it (just a little).
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Join us on an adventure to explore the mossy, lush landscape of Hoh Rainforest and Olympic National Park! By day, trek through countless trails of the rainforest and hills of the national park, explore tide pools and local biology, and sketch along the Pacific coastline. By night, gather around the fire to roast marshmallows, hear ghost stories, and gaze at the night sky. This camping trip takes us to the wild old growth forests and dramatic beaches of the Pacific Northwest.
Our five-day / four-night all-inclusive journey will challenge creatives to explore, expand and express themselves amongst the dramatic backdrop of the Hoh Rainforest and Olympic National Park as we draw and converse together. This is a CAMPING TRIP! So get ready to pack your on-the-go art supplies and meet us for an outdoor adventure!
• Visit majestic Ruby Beach where haunting sea-stacks rise from the waters and bleached driftwood crowds the shoreline.
• Take a sketchbook hike through the lush, moss-draped, Hoh Rainforest, where we'll view waterfalls, wildlife and 500 year old-growth foliage. And we'll learn about the climate that helped shape this special rainforest ecology.
• Visit the Sol Duc Mineral Hot Springs and take a soak in their steamy mineral baths after a day of adventuring through the forest trails.
• Create your own plein-air visual journal as we trek through the huge meandering trails near Second beach and find secluded spots to paint, draw and contemplate.
• Watch for eagles, seals, and all variety for seabirds, and create your very own field-guide on our days out wandering the forests.
• Visit Cape Flattery and stand 200 feet above the crashing waves and search for sea-caves.
• Take a visit to the Makah Museum, where the the museum "interprets and houses 300-500 year old artifacts recovered from the Ozette Archaeological Site"
• Get closer to nature and camp out in the wilderness under the stars and share stories, hot chocolate and plenty of amazing conversation by the fire.
AND OF COURSE... Plenty of time for creative conversation, sketching the gorgeous surroundings, and tons of LGAL led activities!
THE PRICE OF THIS ART CAMP COVERS ALL CAMPING GEAR (EXCEPT FOR JUST A FEW VERY PERSONAL ITEMS -- A SHORT LIST WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL PARTICIPANTS), ALL PARK PASS FEES, ADMISSION TO ACTIVITIES AND MUSEUMS, MEALS, WORKSHOPS, SOME SUPPLIES FOR OUR NIGHTLY ACTIVITIES, AND TRANSPORTATION FROM PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON, USA.
We will reach out to applicants in the order the applications were received. We should be able to get back to you within a day to let you know the status of your application! If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to reach out! email@example.com
INTERESTED IN MORE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ADVENTURES?
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION FOR THE VANCOUVER ISLAND ART CAMP MAY 12-16th ADD-ON.
If you are interested in attending both trips, camping accommodations, meals and activities will be provided for free to all stay-over participants on the evening of the 16th! We will be traveling down the Vancouver Island East Coast and camping at GOLDSTREAM PROVENCIAL PARK - where participants can join on a hike to the GOLDSTREAM RAILWAY TRESTLE, a huge suspended bridge above the forest, or one of other great views from the Goldmine Trail. We'll camp the night here before continuing on to meet up with all participants joining us for the first time in Port Angeles, Washington, USA - for the Hoh Rainforest / Olympic National Park Art Camp!
*** Those participants wishing to join us for both legs of the Pacific Northwest trips can contact Lindsay Nohl for recommendations on how to plan flights, as we are beginning our journey in Vancouver Island, Canada, and then ending in Port Angeles, Washington, United States.
Participants will need a valid Passport, and will need to fill out a simple customs document when passing by ferry (we will assist you) from Canada to the United States.
Questions about coordinating both trips can be sent to Lindsay Nohl : firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll meet in the early afternoon in Downtown Port Angeles, Washington, the morning of May 17th at our rendezvous spot and greet everyone with an agenda, introductions and give everyone the run-down of our adventures to come! More details regarding timing, how to pack, what to prepare for, a supply list, and any other helpful information will be provided to each participant upon registration to make it easy to join us! A bus schedule from Seattle - to - Port Angeles will be recommended via Olympic Bus Lines to make it easier to fly into Seattle / Tacoma Airport. Olympic Bus Lines runs twice daily from Seattle to Port Angeles at 6am and 1pm. Direct flights may also be available to the CLM-William R. Fairchild Intl. Airport.
Those people interested in joining us on the VANCOUVER ISLAND ART CAMP (directly preceding this trip! - check out the details in the link HERE -- as well as the information about free lodging / activities mentioned ABOVE in the "Optional Add-on: Vancouver Island Art Camp notes!)
After meeting up, we'll drive out to our campsite in the middle of beautiful Olympic National Park! We've got a gorgeous camp-site on the edge of the beautiful Sol Duc River. We'll set up camp and learn all about our gear, wander the trails here, and the Light Grey team will teach you how to use all of your gear to make a hot meal. After we settle in, we'll head over for a dip in the Sol Duc Hot Springs and relax in the mineral rich waters and finally retire around a blazing campfire.
Today we'll wake up to a cup of coffee and some camp-cooked breakfast, pack a hot meal to go in our thermoses and head out to our first adventure of the day! We'll take a drive down to the Hoh Rainforest, where lichen and moss drape like curtains across massive old-growth boughs. We'll wander the trails, learn about the ecosystem that created such a magical landscape and take time to sketch and draw some of the unique features in the area.
In the afternoon, we'll catch the sunset at Ruby Beach, where we'll watch the sky change colors, walk amongst the bleached driftwood, and look for treasures along the seashore. We'll keep an eye out for the local wildlife along our treks and look for tide pools to explore.
In the evening, we'll retire to our campsite and cook a hot meal together, roast marshmallows over the open fire, play a few games as we listen to the night-time sounds of the forest.
After an early hot breakfast, we'll pack a lunch and head down to the La Push area, where we'll walk along the beaches and watch the surf break against the black sea-stacks that rise out of the waters. We'll visit Rialto Beach and have a picnic along the seaside.
In the afternoon, we'll take a slow stroll through the boardwalk pathways toward Second Beach. We'll take time to explore, sketch, and observe the huge overturned trees, marvel at massive trunks suspended a meter off the ground by stilt-like root systems, and look for trails of step-like shelf fungus along rotting wood. We'll descend the boardwalk to Second beach, where we'll skip over waves and spend time watching the tide change. At twilight, we'll build a beach-fire and watch the sunset together while we make dinner.
After breakfast, we'll drive North toward the Makah Reservation, where we'll meet with the specialist at the Makah Museum and learn about the Native Makah culture in the Pacific Northwest. We'll get to explore the collection of artifacts from Ozette Archeological site and wander the museum, which will help provide us context for the wonderful land we'll explore in the afternoon.
We'll go forth toward the breathtaking Cape Flattery, where we'll meander through boardwalk-trails hundreds of feet high above the crashing waves and marvel at the tumultuous waters that carved out Cape Flattery's incredible rock formations and sea caves. We'll be on the look-out for many of this region's incredible creatures including bald eagles, seals and sea birds. In the evening, we'll retire to our campsite for hot chocolate and a hot meal, and spend the evening telling stories around our campfire.
On our final day, we'll pack up camp after breakfast and take a scenic drive back along the Strait of Juan De Fuca to Port Angeles, where we'll join everyone for a farewell coffee at one of the local coffee shops. There, we'll help people board the ferry on their way back to Vancouver Island, or assist in helping people back to the bus station to catch their bus back to Seattle.
**** Please note that we do our best to stick to our itinerary above, but we do occasionally adjust or modify our schedule due to weather, road conditions, or unforeseen circumstances --- but only if we must. No matter what, we've got a million amazing things planned for the adventure and will make sure you have an incredible time!
ABOUT LIGHT GREY ART CAMPS:
The Light Grey Art Camps are designed to be fun, full of inspiring adventures & creative challenges including fun creative discussions and activities, and a chance for us to see incredible spaces together and learn from each other!
This adventure is perfect for people looking to connect with other creatives over a unique and intimate experience where we'll step out of our comfort zones and have a great time getting to know one another! For more information about Light Grey's other programs, send us a note at email@example.com.
The base price for this 5 day / 4 night trip is $645 includes transportation to-and-from Port Angeles, WA* and during the program, meals, lodging, and some supplies for our creative sessions, as well as admission to Olympic National Park and all of the fun activities we'll host at the cabin!
We offer a two-part payment system for this camp. One half of the camp fee is due upon registration to secure your spot in the program, and the remaining balance is due two weeks before camp begins! (the week of May 1st) Due to the nature of this program, Art Camp tickets are non-refundable, so please let us know if we can help in any way!
LODGING & OUR HOME FOR OUR STAY:
This Art Camp features OUTDOOR CAMPING for individuals looking to get closer to nature, excited about roughing-it (just a little) and ready to be present in a space teeming with incredible wonders!
For this program, we'll be outfitting each participating with a kit containing a weather-proof tent, sleeping pad, lantern, box of camping food, infinite coffee and tea, stoves and mess-kits, snacks and everything else we need to have a great time outdoors! Participants will receive shared space with another participant or two on the team (tent accommodations will vary from 2 person to 4 person tents, and we encourage friends and couples to apply together so we may help outfit you with accommodations together. All of our meals will be provided and participants will learn how to prepare their own food outside! Our trips are planned with budget in mind and we do our best to keep the cost down by choosing spaces & places that allow us to share resources on our journey!
Participants will receive a how-to-pack & prepare list from the LGAL team recommending sleeping bags / liners that will keep you warm during cool spring nights, your own thermos for hot drinks / food, and any other goodies you might want for night-time exploration or on-the-go art making! The rest, we'll supply!
The LGAL team has prepared three different camping food kits for participants (Meat, Vegetarian, Vegan) for meals that include a variety of hot meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants are welcome to check their preference for the trip on the application form. Accommodations for specific needs or allergies can be arranged. Those wishing to pick up a couple special things will have access to both a liquor store and a grocery store during their stay!
Participants should expect a moderate-to-high level of activity that includes plenty of outdoor hiking. Participants should be ready to explore on foot and a spend a reasonable amount of time outdoors (Approximately 5-7 hours per day out in the field). The average Olympic National Park temperature in late spring / summer is 65 degrees fahrenheit. We expect all types of weather, and will provide a packing list to participants in advance of the trip to ensure your comfort!
We are going to be in a rainforest, after all. Participants should prepare for all types of weather. We'll be expecting highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, but nothing unpleasant! We'll recommend that each participant invest in a waterproof set of boots, a waterproof jacket, and backpack for our treks, as we will be out and about in all types of weather! That's part of the fun! Since we will be camping at night, there is a possibility that it'll get a little chilly, so we'll also recommend a warm sleeping bag and liner so you're nice and toasty as the temperature dips at night. More information and a supply list will be provided to each participant upon registration.
Flights are not included in the price of this program as people may be joining us from all over the country or beyond!
We encourage people to look into flights to Port Angeles, WA, or if you'd like to fly into Seattle, Washington, we can recommend an inexpensive bus to transport you to Port Angeles. Anyone wishing to spend more time in the area may also request information on other fun things to see while your'e in town, or recommendations on how to extend your trip!
WE ARE OFFERING A SECOND CAMP DIRECTLY PRECEDING THIS ONE -- If you're interested in joining us for a few more days, check out our VANCOUVER ISLAND ART CAMP here, happening May 12- 16th, 2017!
** Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will gladly help!
If you have any questions about the experience, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org