Second Wind is a ministry for those seeking a fresh breath of the Spirit in the second half of life. We're nearly half of the congregation of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, and we take seriously the University Presbyterian Church mission statement, to Share Hope in Jesus Christ. We know from life experience and from reading the Word that God continues to call us to glorify Him and serve, even in our later years.
We're an active group which enjoys hiking, biking, skiing as well as cultural outings and service projects. See below for current events and opportunities.
Upcoming Second Wind Events
Friday to Sunday, May 19–21: Spring Retreat to San Juan Islands
This is our 9th annual retreat to Lopez Island where we stay at a home on the beach with pot luck dinner Friday evening. Saturday we go to San Juan Island for bike riding on easy rides or challenging (40+ miles), or hiking. The hikes vary, one favorite is 4 miles and goes from sea level at a lagoon up to Mt Finleyson (an elevation gain of about 400 feet),with sweeping views from Mt Baker to Mt Rainier to the Olympics! Alternate activities include kayaking or just relaxing with a book. We will have a time of worship with Bible study and singing on Friday and Saturday evening, and on Sunday we will also have communion. This is a time of wonderful Christian fellowship!
+ Cost of Ferry: The price of the ferry ride varies depending on the size of car pool (# of passengers) sharing ferry expense. Passengers will donate gas money, suggested amount $15.
+ Cost of Meals: Several meals are at restaurants and on the trip to and from Anacortes the car pool can have picnics or eat out.
+ Cost of Housing: We donate $20 per person to homeowners 9not members of UPC).
+ Questions or to register: Contact Suzanne Lee-Odell or 425.392.6742.
Tuesday, June 6: Ice Caves
Join us for a hike to the ice caves, it's an easy 2.2 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of just 220 feet. The walk is on a wide gravel and boardwalk path with views of Big Four Mountain and the ice caves beneath the snow. Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail. Following this quick hike we will drive to the Lake 22 trailhead and walk to the falls. The trail to the falls there is just over 1 mile and filled with ferns, vine-maple, moss and old growth hemlock. Dogs allowed on leash.
+ Meet: 65th & Ravenna Park & Ride North Lot at 7:45. Leave at 8am. Return by 5:30pm. NW Forest Pass required.
+ Bring: A flashlight for a good look in the ice caves and water proof boots/shoes, trekking poles, water proof jacket, gloves.
+ RSVP by Monday, June 5 to Suzanne Lee-Odell, 425.392.6742 (home) or 425.241.1393 (mobile)
Saturday, June 10: Kitsap Forest Theatre presents the Wizard of Oz
Escape to the magical Mountaineers’ outdoor setting near Bremerton for this delightful musical. Giant fir trees surround terraced seating carved from the side of a natural amphitheater. The trail to event opens at 1pm, so arrive early for the best seats. The show starts at 2pm. Our UPC tradition is to arrive at noon and enjoy a picnic lunch together prior to the event. Bring friends or family (grandkids love this event) or join a carpool arranged by Roxanna.
+ Cost: Tickets $16 for seniors purchased prior to event, and $18 the day of the event.
+ Purchase tickets by phone (206.521.6001) or online.
+ Questions or to coordinate carpools and picnicking: Roxanna, 425.823.7851
+ What to bring: Picnic lunch (optional), sturdy shoes, jacket, water, snack, cushion to sit on, umbrella if it's rainy, and money to share the cost of ferry and dinner.
Saturday, June 24: Hike to Wallace Falls
Join us for a hike to Wallace Falls! This hike just 5.6 miles roundtrip, but comes with an elevation gain of 1300 feet. Located off Highway 2 in Gold Bar, the hike features several waterfalls including a 265 foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forest, and fast-moving rivers and streams. We will hike past the lower falls, have lunch at the middle falls and the upper falls hike is optional. Dogs allowed on leash.
+ Meet: 65th & Ravenna Park & Ride North Lot at 7:45am. Leave at 8am. Return by 5pm. Discover Pass required for parking at the trailhead.
+ RSVP by June 23 to Suzanne Lee-Odell, 425.392.6742 (home) or 425.241.1393 (mobile)
Tuesday, June 27: Night Watch Meal Participation (Volunteer Activity)
Where: 302 14th Ave S. Seattle Jackson & Yessler
We will arrive at Operation Nightwatch’s dispatch center at 8pm and serve dinner from 8:30pm to about 10:30pm, including clean up. Operation Nightwatch (ONW) reduces the impact of poverty and homelessness, in keeping with Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors. ONW is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving the poor and homeless. In order to help people to attain their highest level of self-reliance ON provides:
• Spiritual care and hope for the community at night
• Compassionate relief and shelter placement for homeless women, men, and children
• Low-cost housing and support services for seniors and the disabled
• Education and encouragement for others to respond to those in need
+ Meet: Carpooling pre-arranged.
+ RSVP to Jeanie Bustard by Friday morning, 206.900.3743 (mobile)
Wednesday, July 19: Hike on Naches Loop Trail (Mt. Rainier)
Join us for this 4.5 mile hike, with a 700ft elevation gain. It's an easy loop trail filled with rich wildflowers, small lakes with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. Naches Loop-Tipso Lake Trail is an annual hike.
+ Meet: 65th & Ravenna Park & Ride North Lot at 6:15am. Leave at 6:30am sharp. Return by 6:30pm. National Park Pass required. We'll plan to stop at Green River for fresh ice cream on way home.
+ RSVP by Tuesday, July 18 to Suzanne Lee-Odell, 425.392.6742 (home) or 425.241.1393 (mobile)
Wednesday, August 16: Panorama Point on Mt. Rainier
Description: 5.5 miles RT; 1700 ft elevation gain. One of Mt. Rainier’s spectacular hikes amid wild flowers and majestic views. Come and unplug your cares… and refresh your body and soul amid this profound display of magnificence!
+ Meet: 65th & Ravenna Park & Ride North Lot at 5:45am. Leave 6am sharp. Return by 6:30pm. National Park Pass required. Stop for fresh ice cream at Green River.
+ RSVP: Leader- Dawn Siler by Tuesday morning, August 15. Please note that the leader will be out of town and return to Seattle late August 10. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 206.281.9009 after August 10.
Friday–Sunday, Sept 8–10: (Friday to Sunday) Summer Retreat at Mt Baker
Make new friends while staying at The Firs located in one of the most spectacular places in the Northwest! We are treated to a stunning view of Mt. Shuksan out the front window of the meeting hall of this rustic facility (think bunk beds in dormitories). There are lovely hikes, and fishing in a lake and a stream. Also, you could just relax with a book or enjoy the company of fellow campers playing board games and other activities (including ping pong and foosball).
We will worship God and enjoy Christian fellowship midst the breathtaking beauty of God’s creation! There will be singing, Bible study and communion.
+ Cost: $115. Checks payable to “UPC” designating “Mt. Baker." These can be mailed to UPC or dropped off at the Kiosk.
+ More information and to register: Contact Suzanne Lee-Odell, 425.392.6742 (home) or 425.241.1393 (mobile)
Additional Instructions for Hikes
We are blessed with great summer weather and an array to spectacular opportunities hiking among snow-capped peaks, water falls, quiet streams and gentle woodlands. But good preparation is essential for a rewarding hike. Weather conditions can cause hikes to be cancelled (possibly rescheduled at a later date) or sometimes there is a substitution.
What To Wear
Layered non-cotton clothing, fleece, hat, polypropylene or new-wool socks, sturdy comfortable hiking shoes/boots.
What To Bring
Day pack, filled water bottles (2), lunch, snacks, sun-screen, trekking poles (if you have them), mole skin (blisters), insect repellent, whistle (if you have one), extra water proof jacket for a later afternoon shower, camera/cell phone.
Suggested Gas Donation
$5-$15 depending on distance and number of riders. If you can drive that would be great!
Sundays, 10:30am, Inn Chapel
We encourage spiritual growth through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and unconditional love. We meet for discussion and speakers, followed by lunch at a restaurant. Offsite the second Sunday of each month. Questions? Contact Eva, 425.967.5917.