Category: Adventure

Finding Peace and Dinosaurs in the Badlands

–Originally published in the St. Marys Independent– I was afraid. The trail was steep and smooth from a recent rainfall. I took a couple of clumsy steps down, slipped and gave into my own fear by retreating to the top. I was angry at myself and more than a little embarrassed, but rather than fall into self-pity I took the opportunity to breathe in the beauty of Horsethief Canyon from above.  A mama and baby prairie dog popped in and out of their den and I crept closer to capture their photos. The mama skittered away to a nearby...

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Crested Butte: Colorado’s most serious ski resort

Crested Butte is Colorado’s most serious ski resort. Seriously challenging, seriously scary — and seriously fun. The mountain’s almost-vertical, double black diamond runs, most of them accessible from a T-bar lift, are in a class by themselves. (A T-bar? Haven’t seen one of those in years.) These slopes will put the fear of God in you even if you’re a lifelong skier. And yet, the fun is serious, too. A series of much more forgiving blue and green runs are available for your kids, and there’s no shortage of things to do in town, none of which involve you...

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The Galapagos of North America

ISLANDS OF LORETO Its not often that I would describe a place as both serene and exciting, but that is exactly the case for the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Mexico. Located on the Baja Peninsula, the Villa del Palmar has a lot to offer vacationers. Breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean will calm your spirit, while close encounters with whales and other wildlife will get your heart racing. I recently had the chance to learn this first hand! When I arrived in Mexico, I was ready for some relaxation. It had been a...

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Kayaking without the Effort of Paddling

As someone who started traveling a little later in life, there are many “firsts” on my journeys. My first plane ride was at 36. I first went parasailing at 39 and my first hot air balloon ride was at 42. This year has had it’s share of firsts too, including motorized kayaks. Conquering my fears I was afraid to kayak. I’m not sure why because I’ve always been a strong swimmer and I love the water, but kayaks intimidated me. Perhaps it was the idea of flipping in the water and not being able to get back in the...

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Experience Tonga Lumina at Mont Tremblant

Our summer visit to Mont Tremblant had been anticipated for awhile. The kids were excited to go ziplining and I was looking forward to spending some time with nature in the Appalachians. We would be doing a few new things this time around, including Tonga Lumina. “What is Tonga Lumina?” Each of my children had asked this question over the past few days, and now my husband was wondering the same thing. I didn’t really have an answer for them, other than what I had read on signs through the Mont Tremblant Pedestrian Village. “It’s a nighttime activity where...

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Anchorage is THE place for winter family fun

Anchorage, Alaska is THE place for winter family fun. Families with children from tots to teens will find endless entertainment in the Last Frontier during winter. Here are a just a few ideas to keep kids captivated: The wild, winter Anchorage Fur Rendezvous festival, www.furrondy.net, is big on fun with more than 100 wacky events including fireworks, carnival rides, outhouse races, a reindeer race, snowshoe softball, melodramas and snow sculptures in addition to sprint dog races and much more. This year’s event is Feb. 26-March 6, 2016. On March 5, 2016, is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® Ceremonial...

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Deeper Africa Wildlife Safaris Announces: Zimbabwe, Conservation and Culture Travel

In January 2016, Deeper Africa will unveil a new kind of wildlife safari. Their Zimbabwe Conservation and Culture itinerary introduces guests to anti-poaching patrols, lion guardians who mediate conflicts between lions and communities, and people who protect wildlife at the village level. The highlight of this safari is joining in on an actual patrol with anti-poaching rangers. “This is an active itinerary, that involves not just watching wildlife, but also doing things to keep them safe from poachers,” says Deeper Africa Co-Founder, Wil Smith. “The experience is all the more real if you can do something positive like disarm...

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H+I’s Storm The South Island bike tour will debut in January 2016

H+I Adventures’ award-winning mountain biking trips are expertly crafted and carefully considered. 2016 is set to be the mountain biking company’s most thrilling year yet with two new multi-day adventures to New Zealand and Chile, each led by a knowledgeable local guide and showcasing a flawless combination of jaw-dropping trail riding with traditional culinary experiences and off-bike excursions, like whale-watching, hiking and kayaking. “We’ve never been more excited to launch a new year of mountain biking holidays than when we first opened up shop back in 2007,” says Euan Wilson, owner, H+I Adventures. “We have many wonderful surprises up...

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