Events

Events

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

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206-634-3453

Tuesday, March 17th, 7 pm – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with Robert Henry

Recently featured in the book and movie WILD, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) stretches 2700 miles from the Mexican border near San Diego to the Canadian border near the North Cascades National Park.  In between, the trail winds along ridge tops, drops into valleys, goes through deserts, sky islands, glacier carved granite valleys and lava fields.  It passes through many life zones, 7 national parks and more than 20 wilderness areas.  Each year nearly 300 hikers complete the entire trail, spending between 3 to 6 months hiking.  In the summer of 2012, Robert Henry did the hike in 5 months, averaged 17 miles per day, wore out 7 pairs of shoes, resupplied 25 times, participated in the “linear community” of the trail, and enjoyed some of the best scenery in the United States.  Robert Henry is a Wallingford resident in his late 50s.  He grew up hiking and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, but more recently has enjoyed bicycle touring, offshore sail boat racing, kayaking and canoeing, and now long distance hiking.

Saturday, March 21st, 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, March 24th, 7 pm – LOOK UP! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window with Author Woody Wheeler

You don’t have to travel around the world or spend a ton of money to enjoy the wonders of nature. Look Up! is a series of well-researched nature essays that will inspire readers to experience the outdoors in an affordable, accessible, and joyful way. The essays encourage backyard and local bird watching, native plant landscaping and restoration, practical energy conservation, and land conservation. They also explore how we can derive psychological benefits from these activities – how nature can help us live happier, more fulfilled and rewarding lives. Look Up! also displays the vibrant beauty of the natural world in all its splendor through 40 stunning full-color photos. The book is dedicated to one of America’s early conservationists, Woody Wheeler’s great grandfather, Jens Jensen, who is featured in a number of the book’s essays and is the subject of the recent documentary, Jens Jensen-The Living Green.

Tuesday, March 31st, 7 pm - Biodiversity, Flora, Fauna, and National Parks of Patagonia with Evelyn Salinas

Evelyn Salinas, a native of Punta Arenas, Chile, has been leading adventure trips through Chilean Patagonia for more than 9 years.  After moving to Seattle, she founded Crux Expeditions, which offers unique trips where you can explore Patagonia and its gorgeous vistas and incredibly diverse flora and fauna.  Evelyn will share photos that reveal Patagonian’s amazing biodiversity.  Come and enjoy this beautiful presentation of a truly magical place!

Saturday, April 4th, 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.

Tuesday, April 7th, 7 pm – Namibia Odyssey with Marta Rabins

Get off the beaten path to visit Namibia—Africa’s least populous country, and the first in the world to incorporate environmental protection and community based conservancies into their 1990 constitution. Learn what makes a safari in Namibia unique—including the desert-adapted wildlife, the many wonderful national parks, the San, Himba and Herero tribes and the world’s tallest sand dunes. Join Marta Rabins, of Ponte Travels for tips on visiting this remarkably unspoiled and as yet relatively undiscovered country.

Tuesday, April 14th, 7 pm – Hiking the Camino de Santiago with Sheri Goodwin

Local Trek Trainer SHERI GOODWIN will teach you everything you need to know to walk all 500 miles of the Camino.  Sheri, owner of Transformational Journeys, will teach you how to physically train so that you don’t just survive your journey, but THRIVE!  Sheri will inspire you with stories and photography of her own Camino journey, as well as teach you what to pack, when to go, routes and places to stay along the way.

Saturday, April 18th, 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, April 21, 7 pm – Brazil with Heather Murchison

What do you imagine when you hear “Brazil”? Do you imagine the lush, teeming Amazon, the abundant wildlife of the Pantanal, the waterfall rich Chapada Diamantina or the mighty roar of Iguazu Falls? Join Heather Murchison of Ponte Travels to learn more about the rich ecosystems, diverse people and cultures that make up the incredible country that is Brazil.