The last of the Himalayan Buddhist kingdoms, Bhutan is said to have one foot in the past and one in the future. We'll enter the heart of this country, visiting majestic mountains, rhododendron forests, and terraced hillsides. Our day trips and hikes to monasteries, temples, and markets will provide insights into a people whose leader ranks gross national happiness above economic metrics. We'll also explore Thimphu's local market and craft centers and end our trip with a climb to the cliff-hanging Tiger's Lair monastery.
Earth Day 2013
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Imagine walking among tortoises and iguanas so fearless you have to step over them. Accompanied by a naturalist guide, we'll stroll among a multitude of birds and sea lions and snorkel the turquoise waters of this unique living laboratory that inspired Darwin. In mainland Ecuador we'll tour Guayaquil and a cocoa farm and spend two days in historic Quito (a UNESCO World Heritage site), with a visit to the world's largest open air market. Lodging is in cozy, land-based hotels.
Following the path of Saint Francis, patron saint of the environment, we'll hike through dense forest, over hillsides of wildflowers, and past ancient mills, Etruscan caves, crystal-clear springs, vineyards, and olive orchards. Walking three to five miles per day, we'll visit remote abbeys, monasteries, and hill towns. A Gubbio contessa, an Assisi priest, and Umbrian villagers will be our guides. We'll sample the local cuisine and stay in country inns and an agriturismo farmhouse.
Help with invasive-plant removal along riparian habitats in this magnificent but sparsely visited park featuring redrock, slot canyons, and natural arches and bridges. Most dinners will be in restaurants, and we'll have two days off for hiking.
Improve nesting areas for the endangered snowy plover and remove invasive plants. Free days offer birding, hiking, kayaking, and beach-exploration opportunities. Lodging is in a historic boathouse.
This culturally rich area of the Jemez Mountains abounds with human and natural history. Wildlife biologists and an array of native plants and wildlife await our steadfast help.
North Florida's vast forests are crisscrossed by scenic rivers fed by hundreds of crystalline springs. We'll paddle several waterways; go tubing down a spring run; snorkel a host of large springs; and explore an area rich in history, culture, and unbridled beauty. Riverside lodging, van support, and kayak rental are included.
Spend four days rambling over the rolling hills and through the woods and fields of the storybook Cotswolds of southern England. We will stay at lovely country inns in picturesque villages with thatched-roof houses and manicured gardens filled with spring flowers. Our daily walks of 4-11 miles are van supported. This trip also features days in London, Bath, and Stratford-Upon-Avon, and a visit to the Neolithic stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.
O: Orange County Sierra Singles: This popular Hawaiian hiking trip takes you to parts of O’ahu that few tourists ever experience. We will go on four beautiful hikes of varying difficulty into the tropical rain forest. Three of these are 5+ miles, with moderate elevation gain. We will hike to waterfalls and along flowing streams. Every trail leads us through lush vegetation to magnificent scenic views. Participants will also snorkel at Hanauma Bay State Park, which offers some of the island’s finest snorkeling. Occasionally you may even see turtles! Start your Aloha experience the first morning with a group surfing lesson with a world famous Waikiki Beach Boy. Swim, surf, and listen to island music daily at Waikiki Beach. Price includes round- trip flight, 6 nights’ lodging and ground transportation. $1,295 PP double occupancy. Reserve ASAP. ($40.00 deposit, balance due April 1 2013.) This trip consistently sells out. Book early. Limit 25. Contact Ldrs: Richard Glick 949-859-0255 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Dickey 949-651-9642 or email@example.com. Write “Hawaii MAY 2013” in your subject line.
Take ferry to Rainbow Bridge National Monument for moonlight camping, hiking and exploring. Carpool to Waweap Campground on Friday. Saturday morning ferry across Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge National Monument; backpack two miles and camp Saturday and Sunday nights. This Monument was established in 1910 and is the largest natural bridge in the world. We'll explore the trails in this remote area. Monday, we'll ferry back and head for Lee's Ferry Campground to hike and enjoy this scenic and historic site. Return to Phoenix on Tuesday. Cost of trip including meals in camp, boat fares, and camping permits is $275. For reservations & information please contact leader, Bev Full. firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-221-2554.
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