Adventure: Push Your Boundaries

Written by  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

   

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The best holidays often include learning a new skill, expanding your knowledge or discovering a new destination.

Here are places where you can push the limits or expand your comfort zone:

 

Kitty Hawk Kayak and Surf School - Outer Banks, N.C. Learn to surf or paddle board from the pros while enjoying beautiful beaches and warm sea breezes. Camp programs, lessons for girls only or group instruction provide a wide array of options for would-be wave runners. Crabbing, hiking, kayaking and other surf side activities combine to make this a great vacation spot.

Contact: 1 (866) 702-5061;www.khkss.com


Sanctuary Baines’ Camp. Botswana. Go walking in the bush with three orphaned and semi-habituated elephants, Jabu, Thembi and Morula. Learn from “elephant whisperers” Doug and Sandi Groves about how the animals’ innate bush-sense enables them to survive in a wild environment. Join the magnificent creatures for a nature walk and observe how they strip leaves from branches with their trunks and shower in the delta lagoons.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.SanctuaryRetreats.com


Surfing Montreal, Quebec Canada. Several hundred miles from the nearest ocean beach you’ll find this unlikely surfer’s paradise. A standing wave in the St Lawrence River provides adventure-minded families the opportunity to learn river surfing while enjoying a holiday in this charming and multicultural city. From now through September 1, 2010, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth offers a package that includes lessons from a pro, equipment rental, a daily breakfast buffet and energy snacks.

Contact: www.Fairmont.com;
http://surfmtl.com


Dive Deals. Fort Lauderdale, FL. June is “Learn to Dive” month. In the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, many of the major dive operators used the designation to launch discounted Scuba certification programs. Offers, most of which are valid through the summer, include free dives, Dive and Stay packages offering a 4th night free, and other benefits and amenities. A simple, one-stop shopping web page helps dive enthusiasts and those new to the sport, find deals and assistance in getting certified online. For additional added value, check out the VIP, two-for- one offers.

Contact: (800) 22-SUNNY; www.sunny.org/learntodive;
www.sunny.org/vip/


Rocky Mountain Round-up. Week -long and four-day three-night packaged trips in the Rocky Mountains offer activities that include a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park, river rafting, horse-back riding through wildflowers on Beaver Creek Mountain plus scenic gondola rides at Vail and Keystone followed by family-friendly naturalist hikes and mountaintop picnics. You can also enjoy historical walking tours through the old Victorian mining town of Breckenridge followed by cowboy campfire dinners and storytelling. educational information about local flora and fauna, geology, geography and history of the region is also integrated into the family-friendly activities.

Contact: 888-538-EPIC (3742); www.EpicSummer.com


Hike Zion.  Springdale, UT.  Get the guidance and gear you need to take on the famed canyons solo from the crew at Zion Adventure Guides by accessing their ground courses. (Guides are unable to work within some parts of Zion National Park.)  For those who prefer professional “company” while exploring the world class slot canyons, alternate routes are available. The Narrows, a 16 mile corridor, can be hiked in one rigorous day, but most recommend an overnight or the Bottom Up hike that enables hikers to see some of the most stunning aspects of the canyon in four to six hours. Either way, you and your family will be enthralled by the splendor of the twisting slots, where carved sandstone rises to the bright, blue western sky. Recommended for children eight and older.

Contact: 435-772-1001; www.zionadventures.com;
www.nps.gov/zion

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