Back before smartphones were ubiquitous, how did we remember and record our adventures? On this four-day trip on the Olympic Peninsula, participants will reconnect with their powers of close observation. Weaving art and writing with maps, ephemera (ferry tickets, foliage, shiny things we find on the side of the road), and local history, artist/writer/adventurer/chef Tessa Hulls will guide us in the creation of a unique travelogue.
Rather than walking away with a glut of duplicate iphone pics, we’ll learn to create a cohesive record of our journey— one that engages with our sense of presence, and will forever transport us back to the ground we’ve covered.
Official Trip Info
You don’t need to be a renaissance master to tune-in to your surroundings and see your world completely differently. Being creative is as much about observing as it is about laying pigment to paper. Unlock a kaleidoscope of texture and light, and hone your creative skills as we explore the wilder side of the Jefferson Co & the Olympic Peninsula by bicycle with pen, paper, and paint in hand.
What will you get out of this trip?
- Create a unique journal of your travels
- Learn tips and tricks for recording your adventure with pen, paint, and paper.
- Dailey prompts and exercises to fuel you creativity, including writing, watercolor, and drawing.
- Explore and awaken your curiosity!
- Expertly crafted field art kit, created by Art Toolkit™ with a few extras from us here at SACo.
- Rugged, compact carrying case
- Mole skin sketch/painting pad
- Water brush w/ refill syringe & Mister
- Waterproof fine pen & pencil
- compact watercolor kit
- 2 x mini binder clip
- eraser & pencil sharpener
What to learn more about one of the many things that inspires us? Check out this Q&A with Art ToolKit Founder Maria Coryell-Martin.
Thursday, Meet at Swift HQ load up your gear in the Van and pedal to the ferry landing. After a short, but scenic boat ride, we will get pastries and set off on our creative journey, visit several inspiring spots before reaching camp for the night. approx. 25mi, 1600′ ele.
Friday, after a hearty breakfast and packing up camp we hit the road to enjoy more scenic roads that will land us at our basecamp for the next couple nights. With luck we will cap off the night with a pint at Finn River Cidery. approx 23mi, 1900′ ele.
Saturday, Today we head out for a day trip to a historic WWII base turned state park. We will spend the day exploring old bunkers and bluffs surrounded by the Salish Sea. Back at camp we will have one last celebratory dinner. approx. 24mi, 1700′ ele.
Sunday, Final day, we will head to the historic boating town of Port Townsend. Our path is largely unpaved rail trail. Once in town we will visit Art Toolkit, historic downtown and with luck get a spacial sketching lesson at the Pour House. At some point we have to head back to Seattle and end our journey. approx. 17mi, 700′ ele.
The trip starts and ends at Swift HQ in Seattle, WA. Coming from out-of-town? Don’t hesitate to contact us about lodging recommendations and travel logistics, we’re happy to help! Travel without the hassle of bike cases and heavy gear. We have premium gear and bicycles for rent, and all Field Experience guests receive special rental rates.
*We can accommodate omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. Generally gluten-free and low carb diets can also be accommodated. Folx with special diets may be asked to partially supplement their meals & snacks. If you have any questions or concerns about food please contact us ahead of time.
- Expert Art Instruction with Anna Brones
- The ultimate travel art kit
- Cidery Tour and Tasting
- All Camp meals snacks and beverages - excluding Alcoholic ones
- Support and gear wagon
- Transportation to and from Seattle
- Ferry passes
Gear/Supplies You Should Bring
- Camp gear (sleep bag & pad, tent)
- Bicycle (rentals available)
- Helmet (rentals available)
- Personal bowl, mug, and utensils
- Favorite snacks and beverages