What all trip participants need to know
The entire purpose of these outdoor trips I lead is for my participants to have some fun and escape the stresses of everyday life. That goal is much easier to achieve when my participants know and abide by a few simple rules and procedures. Keep these in mind and it will be a much better experience for you and everyone else in the group.
Be on time. The departure time listed for each trip is when we plan to LEAVE, and there's generally not much of a "grace period" for late arrivals. Most people arrive 15-30 minutes before the departure time.
Let us know if you're not coming. Call (425) 257 8319. We realize that last-minute things come up, so we have a message line that can be called during times when the Recreation Office is not open. If someone hasn't shown up, I check this message line to find out what's up.
Cancellations. The Everett Parks Department policy is that a person may withdraw from any trip 1 week prior to the trip date for a $5 withdrawal fee. Those withdrawing less than 1 week prior will be issued a refund of 50% of the total trip cost. Sometimes special cases can be discussed with the Recreation Supervisor (my boss), so there can be exceptions.
Make room for the next person if you can't go. Many trips have waiting lists, so if you KNOW you're going to have to cancel a trip, don't wait until the last minute to do so. Someone else may want your spot.
We RARELY cancel trips. If the weather forecast isn't looking good, or even when there is snow on the ground in Everett, we still go. Drive carefully to Forest Park, pack appropriate clothing for the conditions, and let us handle it from there. Sometimes we may have to change the destination, but the trip will still go. Keep the faith-- I've seen countless times when people bailed due to weather, and it turned out better than expected, and they missed out on an excellent trip! Never assume that a trip is being cancelled unless you hear from us.
We encourage people to show up and "fly stand by." Many trips are full at one point, but on the day of the trip wind up having some last-minute cancellations. If there's a trip you really want to do, and it's full, you can still show up that day, and if a spot has opened up, you can go. My experience has shown that this works more often than not.
Sorry, only registered participants allowed on trips. If a trip is full, we don't allow tag-alongs to follow in their own vehicles.
Cell phone usage. Please keep your phone and other electronic gadgetry OFF while you are on the trails. A phone camera or a GPS would be OK. While riding in the van, please keep phone calls short, and limit them to necessary calls only.
When you arrive at Forest Park for your trip, park your vehicle in the lot designated for trip participants. I usually put out a sign that points you in the right direction. Also, it's a really good idea to BACK IN when you arrive in the morning. When you leave after the trip, and everyone else is leaving at the same time, it's much safer that way. A fender bender is a bad way to end your day.
Be prepared physically, have the right gear, and understand what the trip entails. Every so often, I have participants who signed up for a trip and never gave it another thought, showed up unprepared, didn't have a good time, and impacted everybody else's experience too. If you've read this, obviously you've put some time and though into preparing, so I thank you. This web site has everything you need to get you ready for a safe and successful trip. At a minimum, visit the "Upcoming Trips Details" page before every trip you do.
Your questions, concerns, suggestions, and comments are always welcome. Just click on "Contact Me" above.