The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead, which for this hike will be at Mosquito Cove. Local guide Bob Purvis will show seniors around one of the most beautiful corners of Sitka on this special hike.
SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Wednesday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January post introducing the club.
SAIL also will start its senior kayaking program in April for seniors (age 60 and older) only. The first session is from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Swan Lake, and instruction is available for beginners. This event has an activity fee of $10, plus a transportation fee of $2 one way and $3 both ways (scholarships are available).
In addition, SAIL’s ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program, which is designed to provide outdoor opportunities to people of all ages and disability, is hosting an outdoor skills and survival class that will meet once a month from February through May. The group will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, March 26, April 30 and May 28 at a location TBA. There is a $10 fee for each activity.
The course will teach people basic outdoor skills and survival skills so they can be used during larger group trips later in the summer. The course is open to all ages and abilities, and the activities are meant to be all-inclusive so all can participate even if they need adaptive help.
To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA program coordinator Nick Ponzetti at 747-6859.