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Dogsled Adventure for Women Northern Minnesota - March 2-5 $495
Learn to mush, harness, and care for a team of lovable Alaskan huskies at Kathleen Anderson's beautiful Finnish homestead amid the birches and pines. Enjoy reliving each day's highlights over sumptuous meals, relaxing in the sauna, sleeping in the cozy bunkhouse. Wintermoon is not far from the spectacular Boundary Waters area and Ely, home of the International Wolf Center. Snowshoes and skis are also provided for those who enjoy other activities.
The joy and enthusiasm of the dogs is contagious and the warmth and camaraderie that come from sharing an adventure with other women will keep you glowing throughout the year. No experience is necessary.
All meals and accommodations are included. We'll help you arrange transportation to Wintermoon, choose and pack proper clothing, and borrow or rent sleeping bags as needed.
Your non-refundable deposit of $100 holds your place until Jan. 15 when the balance is due, with no cancellations after that date. Groups are small. Don't wait!
2016 HAWAII DATES AND DETAILS TBA.
Hike with a naturalist on an active steaming volcano. From rustic cabins we'll explore Volcanoes National Park through forests of ferns, orchids, wild fruits and rare birds. From Kalopa State Park, wander through a forest preserve with rare native Hawaiian flora and nearby Akaka Falls State Park with tropical flowers from all over the world and spectacular waterfalls. Then travel to the Kona Coast for hiking, kayaking, snorkeling among spinner dolphins and brilliant fish in Kealakua Bay, visit Waipio Valley where locals still grow taro and other traditional crops. All easy to moderate dayhikes. No experience kayaking or snorkeling required.
This is not a lying-on-the-beach, shopping, hula-girl-ogling, bus-riding vacation, but an active outdoor learning experience. Accommodations are comfortable but rustic shared cabins and hostels. Meals at cabins and hostels are provided and participants share in preparation and cleanup.
We'll pick you up at the airport in comfortable vans, make all arrangements for accommodations, and provide all meals at cabins (shared by 4-8 people.) Meals on other days at inexpensive, local eateries are on you. On our last night, we'll splurge someplace with an ocean view that serves pretty drinks with little umbrellas.
We do not have a permit to operate as a commercial outfitter in Hawaii State or National Parks, so this will not be a for-profit outing. Instead we'll make all the arrangements, add up expenses at the end and split them among us. It will probably cost us around $1000-1100 each for accommodations, van rental, gas, kayak rental, and about half the food.
We will, however need a deposit of $200 to hold our room reservations and buy groceries that we might not be able to refund depending upon hotel and cabin cancellation policies, and the deadline to sign up is tba
COSTA RICA FOR NATURE LOVERS
DATES AND DETAILS TBA
Our most popular trip! Costa Rica! The land is exquisitely beautiful; the rainforests, waterfalls, beaches, and volcanoes thrilling; and the flora and fauna overwhelming in variety. There are hundreds of kinds of orchids, huge butterflies, an unbelievable variety of tropical birds, and the warmest, most hospitable people anywhere. We'll spend about 3 days at each of several rustic lodges with all the amenities and good food, and hike jungle trails with local experts, birders, and botanists.
Most of these are nature preserves bordering national parks, run by people whose primary concern is introducing the world to the beauty, fascination, and fragility of the rapidly shrinking tropical forests in order to ensure their survival.
We're planning an active, though not strenuous adventure: hiking rafting, canopy walks, boating among the crocodiles, swimming. We'll spend the first and last nights in the capital, San Jose, and will travel between the Caribben Slope, Central Mountains, and Pacific Slope to sample a variety of tropical habitats.
TREKKING IN NEPAL Dates and Prices TBA
Treks for fall, 2016 have not yet been scheduled due to the catastrophic earthquake of May, 2015. Stay tuned. We hope to resume trekking as soon as possible, and hope you will help us rebuild the lives of our Nepalese friends by visiting this beautiful country whose primary source of income is tourism. We can help arrange a custom trek to suit your schedule and interests next year.
If you would like to make a donation that will go directly to the village of Tekanpur, home of our entire staff, contact Melinda Goodwater or Singaman Lama at Goodwater's Adventures directly at (408) 774-1256 or at NepalTreks@gsbcglobal.net.
All permits and visas are handled for you. All accommodations and most meals are included from your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, including transportation to and from the airport, hotels in Kathmandu and transport by bus or plane to the trailheads. Our Nepali travel agent can help you find the best airfares from the U.S.
Melinda Goodwater and her Nepalese husband Singaman Lama, and our friendly and experienced Nepali staff have been hosting once-in-a-lifetime cultural and natural science Himalayan outings for more than 15 years. References are available.
Hikers of all ages and levels of experience can enjoy trekking. Porters carry all your gear. You travel with only a daypack. Cooks serve delicious and varied meals prepared to Western standards of hygiene. sherpas provide individual attention, help you understand local Buddhist traditions and culture, learn a few words in Nepali, and enliven your evenings with singing, dancing, and laughter.
Fall is trekking season in the Himalaya when the air is clear, temperatures are mild, and the snow peaks beckon. Treks vary in duration usually from 2 to 4 weeks, and we will design a custom trek to meet your specifications anytime. Costs vary widely, depending on trip duration, internal transportation costs, and most importantly government trekking fees, but all prices are extremely competitive with other trekking companies.