Your article reminded me of Colin and Julie Angus who are making a human powered journey from the northern tip of Scotland to Syria on 2 bikes pulling 2 sculling boats on a trailer. While this is too ambitious for most of us, making a smaller journey in the US on the Erie Canal, or off the coast of British Columbia on boat and bike sounds fabulous and is now on my dream list. My change wold be to use a bicycle mechanisms t0 paddle the kayak; it is faster and you are always facing forward and your hands are free to take pictures. You can follow their journey on Angus Adventures.
Volunteer vacations are wonderful! I have spent two spring breaks working with Habitat for Humanity, which is a fabulous thing for college students to do - it's cheap, fun, and you're helping an organization that really needs it. They have trips all over the country. I'm also involved with a group that organizes trips to Brazil, just outside of Rio, called Task Brasil. They offer amazing ecovacations where you help at their homes for street children and learn about sustainable farming. The possibilities are endless!
This article sounds exactly like what my husband has planned for the family for next summer! Kayaking, white water rafting, the works! This is one of the main reasons for my weight loss, so I can enjoy everything with my family, like it should be!
For the past 12 summers my family and I have participated in Nature Summits. With a focus on loving the outdoors etc, these are family friendly week long confrences that have something for everyone. If I sound like a commercial it's because i truly love these. I've made great friends from all over the country. We hike, raft, kayak, rock climb, etc depending on the location. This year it is being held in Mt. Hood Oregon. Check out www.familynaturesummits.org for more information.
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