Free in-store events at our store in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood:

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday, November 4th, 7 pmPatagonia and Peru with Evelyn Salinas

Evelyn Salinas, a native of Patagonia, Chile, has been leading adventure trips through Argentina, Chile, and the Patagonia region for more than 7 years, and more recently, through Peru.  Evelyn is the founder of Crux Expeditions, which offers educational trips to South America.  Specializing in the natural history of Patagonia and Peru, Evelyn will reveal the beauty of this area through stunning photographs taken on her recent trip.  During this presentation you will discover biodiversity and the possibility of new adventures, including:  backpacking, horseback riding, kayaking, glacier ice hikes, fjord navigations, photography clinics, and cultural immersion. Come and enjoy these beautiful and truly magical places!

Tuesday, November 11th, 7 pmTrek Turkey – Ancient Crossroads of Civilizations with Cheryl Talbert 

Many think of visiting Turkey for great Greek ruins and its fascinating cultural blend of east and west, antiquity and modernity – and rightly so!  But in recent years it has also become a one-of-a-kind trekking destination, with easily scaled peaks; well-marked trails; and vast views over the turquoise Mediterranean, ancient trade routes, wild high plains, snowcapped mountains, and the Black Sea.   Welcoming energetic people, village hospitality, and fantastic local food are the norm, as are great transportation and support infrastructure.  Yet Turkey’s trails and villages remain unspoiled and sparsely traveled, with tombs, ruins, and antiquities scattered all along the trail. Come to an informational evening with Cheryl Talbert, a Global Adventures leader from the Mountaineers, to learn about Turkey: its regions, culture, history, and expanding trekking trails.  Learn also about the upcoming 2015 Mountaineers Global Adventure, which marries the best of the country’s historical and cultural destinations with an exciting, fully supported trek along one of the country’s best new extended trails:  the Lycian Way.

Saturday, November 15th, 9 am – Gutsy Women

This informal gathering is for women to meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road. Bring your coffee and your questions! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.

Tuesday, November 18th, 7 pmIncredible India with Reid Coen

Join Reid Coen, co-founder of Imprint Tours, for a journey to the best of Northern India, where we will visit diverse landscapes, cities, architecture, archeological sites, and religious sites and monuments. Highlights include the holy city of Varanasi, the Taj Mahal, the abandoned Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, the erotic temple architecture of Khajuraho, and the forts, palaces, and desert of Rajasthan.  In Rajasthan, we’ll visit Jaipur, home to an 18th century astronomical observatory, a City Palace, and the famous Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds.  We’ll also visit beautiful Udaipur, with its two floating palaces and many-tiered City Palace, as well as the nearby Kumbalgarh fort, a 15th-century fort situated in the Aravalli hills that fulfills your fantasies about Rajput grandeur.  While in Jodhpur we’ll take a look at the labyrinthine streets of the “Blue City” and tour the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, greatest in Rajasthan and still owned and operated by the Maharaja of Jodhpur.  Join Reid for a fascinating look at this enchanting country.

Tuesday, November 25thNo event this week – Happy Thanksgiving!

 Saturday, November 29 – Small Business Saturday

Join us for this shopping holiday that started in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with a goal of encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize small, local, brick and mortar businesses.  We’ll be offering special sales and events on this day, so please join us!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 7 pmHealthy High Altitude with Dr. Andrew Luks

Are you planning a trip to Machu Picchu or Nepal or the high Rockies?  Then don’t miss local physician Andy Luks’ very informative presentation on travel at extreme altitudes. We’ll focus on how to recognize, prevent, and treat the various forms of altitude illness and other problems that can affect a trip to high elevations. Andy has loads of experience trekking in Nepal and has worked with the Himalayan Rescue Association. Don’t let your high altitude trip be ruined by the physical stresses of these fabulous destinations. Get the information you need for a problem-free trip from Dr. Luks!

Saturday, December 6th, 9 am Solo Travelers

This informal gathering is for travelers who meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road.  This group meets each month on the 1st Saturday.