This week my daughter and I took advantage of the beautiful PNW summer weather to go on a hike along the shoreline of Whidbey Island. It was a beautiful day: the sun was shining, the eagles were soaring, tanker traffic was blowing diesel fuel up and down the Strait of Juan de Fuca…
but I didn’t come here to talk about fossil fuel emissions :-). Well sort of. I am logging this as an action because we enjoyed this beautiful opportunity, while saving some fossil fuel emissions!
We chose to do this hike through our local park district. That meant we met up with 8 other folks at our local park office in the morning, and we all hopped in a van together to head out to Whidbey. Ten of us traveling together in one van means somewhere between 1/4 to 1/2 of the emissions you might expect from what might otherwise be 4 or 5 separate groups of people traveling in their own cars (I’m guesstimating the savings based on the fact that our van is likely less efficient than some folks’ cars, but can carry many more people). Plus, I didn’t have to drive all that way and back, and could instead nap, knit, and chat, which in my mind is a major added bonus!
It’s a great option- our parks department offers a half dozen to a dozen of these hiking adventures in a given season for a pretty reasonable fee that covers your transportation, any ferry costs, and a knowledgeable guide. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy our beautiful environment in a bit less impactful way. Next time you’re thinking of an outdoor adventure, think about whether you can carpool up with others, or check out whether your parks department offers these kinds of trips.