Adults 50+

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 and enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, cultural outings, and service projects.

Upcoming Second Wind Events

Basic Information for Hiking Adventures

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 water-proof hiking shoes/boots. 

What To Bring: Day pack, filled water bottles (2), lunch, snacks, sun-screen, trekking poles (if you have them), moleskin (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!

NOTE: The Nisqually Wildlife Refuge walk originally scheduled for March 2 has been cancelled.

Friday, March 9  |  Return of the Trumpeter Swans & Snow Geese to Skagit Valley

One of the most spectacular events in the Skagit Valley is the return of the migrating Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans to Fir Island.  With wing spans up to 5 feet in length, you will enjoy nature’s emergence of spring life.  Leave UPC west parking lot at 8AM and return by 5PM.  Dress for layered warmth; bring lunch & drink; wear waterproof shoes; bring camera and/or binoculars. RSVP: Suzanne, 425 392 6742 -or- Dawn, 206 683 6800 or

Friday, April 20  |  Night Watch meal Participation (Volunteer Activity)

We will arrive at Operation NightWatch’s dispatch center at 6pm prepare food, serve dinner & clean-up, finishing up by 11PM. Join our team of love & service. 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. We will help prepare & serve the meal, providing encouragement. Meet in church west parking lot: Carpooling pre-arranged. RSVP by April 13: Jeanie, 206-900-3743 or

Sunday, April 22  |  "The Boys of the 1936 Boathouse Tour" & Nature Walk to Union Bay Natural Area

Register Online. When registering, select April 22 date, select "tickets," click "promo code," type "uwboys36," click "apply code," and click the down arrow to select number of participants. After you provide payment information, be sure to follow instructions to PRINT your ticket and bring it with you.

Cost: $16.

This fabulous outing will include “The Boys of the 1936 Boathouse Tour” followed by a nature walk along Lake Washington to the Union Bay Natural Area. This 90 minute Legacy Tour starts at the Conibear Shellhouse highlighting the historic regalia of the 1936 Crew that powered its way from a National Championship to an Olympic gold medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. We will then tour the orginal 1918 airplane hangar-boathouse where the crew trained and boatmaker, George Pocock, crafted his spectacular racing shells. Following the tour we will walk north along Lake Washington to the Union Bay Natural Area to the Urban Horticultural Center – about 3.5 miles round-trip.

Meet at UPC KIOSK at 11:15am, carpool to E12 parking adjacent Husky Stadium. We will walk a short distance to the Conibear Shellhouse to begin our tour. Return from nature walk at about 4:00pm.

What to bring: Rain coat/wind breaker, water and snack. Camera is optional. Parking: about $6. Note: if rainy we will tour both shellhouses & return to UPC. RSVP: Dawn, 206 683 6800 or

Saturday, April 28 | Twin Falls

This easy trail passes through moss-covered and fern-clad trees. An ancient forest girds each side of the river, then ascends to a thundering climax at a footbridge that spans the canyon and falls. The hike is 3 miles R/T with 600 foot total elevation gain.  After the hike we will stop at Scott’s Dairy Freeze in North Bend for ice cream. Leave UPC west parking lot at 8AM sharp and return at 3PM.  RSVP to Suzanne Lee-Odell by the morning of April 27 – Home: 425 392 6742 OR Cell: 425 241 1393, Email:

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 | 10th Annual Spring Retreat to Lopez Island

This is our 10th 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 also donate gas $, 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.

Questions or to register: Suzanne Lee-Odell, 425-392-6742,

Tuesday, May 8  |  Spring Dinner

Geneva Hall, 6:30-8:30pm

Don’t miss great fellowship and an awesome dinner at the Second Wind Friends for the Journey Banquet. Aaron and Michele Williams, our new pastor and his wife will share stories from their journey. Cost:  $13. Register online (link coming soon!) or in Larson Hall (Sundays, April 29 or May 6). Questions: Call Suzanne at 425-392-6742 or

Thursday, June 7 | Franklin Falls

Franklin Falls is a pristine falls set among tall evergreens and a carpeted forest on an easy well managed trail- 2 miles R/T; 200 ft elevation gain. Located along the I-90 corridor at Denny Creek, it is a popular family hike. (Dogs OK). 

RSVP:  Leader –Suzanne Lee-Odell by June 6 – (Home: 425 392 6742) OR (Cell: 425 241 1393). Email:

Saturday, June 9 | Theater in the Park

Escape to the magical Mountaineers’ outdoor theater near Bremerton for this delightful musical production of Peter Pan. Giant fir trees surround terraced seating carved from the side of a natural amphitheater. The trail to event is opened at 1:00 so arrive early for the best seats and the show starts at 2. Our UPC tradition is to arrive at 12 and eat a picnic 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. $18 at the door on 6-9-18. 

To Purchase Tickets:  Phone 206-521-6001 or Online.

Questions or to coordinate carpools and picnicking: Roxanna, rlk034@yahoo.com425 823 7851.

What to bring: Picnic lunch (optional), sturdy shoes, jacket, water, snack, cushion to sit on, umbrella if it is rainy and $$ to share cost of ferry and meal before returning (depending on each carpool).

Tuesday, July 10 | Crystal Mountain Gondola Ride

Take a scenic ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola over meadows of wildflowers, climbing over 2,000 vertical feet to the summit.  Enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Rainier and Cascades. Bring lunch, drink & snack. Dress for layered warmth.  

Cost: Adults (13-64) – $23; Seniors (65+) – $18. 

Optional: Hike 5+ miles to the bottom, wear sturdy boots & bring trekking poles. Meet at west UPC parking lot. Leave 7AM sharp. Return 6PM. RSVP to Dawn Siler by Monday, July 9. Contact: 206 683 6800,

Saturday, July 21 | Naches Loop Trail

Description:  Hike is 4.5 mi with a 700 ft elevation gain. An easy loop trail filled with profuse wildflowers, alpine lakes and spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. Naches Loop Trail is an annual hike. Leave UPC west parking lot at 6:30AM sharp. Return 6:30 PM. National Park Pass required. Stop at Green River for fresh ice cream on way home. 

RSVP: Leader – Suzanne Lee-Odell by morning of July 20 – (Home- 425 392 6742) OR (Cell- 425 241 1393),

Saturday, August 11 | The Burroughs on Mt Rainier at Sunrise

A moderate hike with amazing vistas of Mt. Rainier and surrounding Cascades. Depending on each Burrough, distances range from 5.5 to 7 miles & 1200-1700 feet elevation gain. Stop at Greenwater for ice cream. Leave UPC parking lot at 6:30AM. Return around 7PM. RSVP – Suzanne Lee-Odell by August 10 – (Home- 425 392 6742) OR (Cell- 425 241 1393),

August 28 (Tuesday) Panorama Point on Mt. Rainier

Description: This moderate hike is 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! 5.5 miles R/T; 2000 ft elevation gain. Leave UPC west parking lot 6AM sharp. Return 7-ish. Stop at Greenwater for ice cream. Good boots and trekking poles advised. RSVP: Dawn Siler. (Please note that the leader will return to Seattle late August 23). OR call/text 206 683 6800 after Aug 23.


Ongoing Groups


Genesis (50+)

Sundays, 10am, Contact for Room info
We encourage spiritual growth through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and unconditional love. We meet weekly for discussion and speakers, followed by lunch at a restaurant. Offsite the second Sunday of each month. Questions? Contact Eva, 425.967.5917.