Are you a nature lover? Have you ever traveled for the sole purpose of experiencing nature, wildlife and the great outdoors? Consider nature travel that is specially curated for you in 2020.
Why go on an Active Nature Adventure?
Good for your health
- Lower heart disease risk with a trip focused on being active
- Weight-bearing exercise like walking & hiking helps boost bone density
- Improve the strength in your glutes, quads, hamstrings, & hips (especially helpful for women over 40)
- Improve your balance & core
- Lose weight while vacationing!
- Reduce your stress level and get spiritual in nature
Curiosity and visual learning
- Better information retention while learning in a fun way
- Easier to stay engaged when you are interacting first hand
- Educate yourself at an optimal and the most receptive time
- Great bang for your buck. Learn a lot in a short amount of time
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Meet new travel friends with similar interests
- Travel one or two times a year with fellow travelers who share similar interests such as nature travel. Give your spouse a hall pass if they are not as intrigued with this niche of travel.
- Make new friends from all over the country on small group trips
- Engage in conversations with people who have the same passion for travel.
- Share experiences and tips with your new travel friends.
Amazing Photo Opps!
- Get close to nature’s models – plants, trees, animals etc.
- Hiking into areas where the masses do not venture
- Opportunities to capture shots like the Northern lights, and unique off the beaten path vistas
3 Amazing Nature Trips to Take in 2020
Glamping & Naturalist Tour Everglades National Park
Friday May 15th through Sunday May 17th
Let’s visit one of the most unique ecosystems not found anywhere else in the world! Right here in Florida!
The beautiful and threatened Everglades – “The River of Grass”
Article written about the Everglades in the NYT January 28, 2020
Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species.
Come romp with us through mazes of cypress trees in the famous “domes” of dwarf and bald cypress. In these ecosystems, depending on the season, you can hope to find orchids and other epiphytes, as well as frogs, snakes, alligators, and owls. During certain times of the year, wildflowers blanket the ground and zesty lemon becopa crackles beneath your feet as you tread beneath the tropical canopy. Our clients love visiting the “gator holes” where often times hatchling alligators can be found. Don’t worry, we wouldn’t take you there if it weren’t safe. With our guides, we respect the distance of native wildlife.
We’ll rinse off our muddy feet in the cool waters of a very unique Everglades ecosystem: the freshwater dwarf mangrove habitat. Paddle through tunnels of arching mangroves and out into the shallow flats of needlerush and periphyton. This is truly an incredible experience as American alligators bask on the banks and in the dry season clog the arteries of creeks and deep basins. Here you will have a chance to see many different fish species as well as crocodiles and myriad birds.
A favorite for birders, the saltwater paddle is consistently the most productive wildlife viewing experience of the trip. Paddling out on the emerald waters of Florida Bay, an 850 square mile estuary, you will get unparalleled access to the abundance of wading birds, particularly the colorful roseate spoonbill, raptors, and the frequent appearance of bottlenose dolphins and lemon sharks. On rare occasions flamingos can also be seen. After a hearty paddle around the tidal flats, we’ll watch the sunset while sharing a bottle (or two) of wine: a much deserved treat after a full day of adventure.
Pricing based on double occupancy: $350 per person –
-Campground and Tour are direct book – I will provide you info.
-If you need a same gender roommate we can try to match you up
– Single occupancy supplement (your own eco tent) $170 extra
***We will depart from Sarasota, FL on Friday in the afternoon in a 12 passenger van (logistically it makes the most sense) and drive to The Everglades National Park. *Pick-up in Naples off of I-75
***We will enjoy glamping (bathhouse, electric in the tent & linens included) in the Park’s brand-new Eco Tents! which are normally almost impossible to reserve in other National Parks across the Country. We’ll be lucky to get in as a small group!
***We will wake up Saturday to a sunrise and set out on a full-day adventure with a naturalist exploring The Everglades and the wildlife that inhabit this amazing National Park established in 1947.
After a long day on the Everglades we will return back to camp and have an optional group cookout and fireside chat.
*** Sunday enjoy a morning in the Everglades & return back to Sarasota. * Stop in Naples on way back to drop Naples members.
2 nights in an Eco Tent at The Everglades National Park
Transfers in 15 passenger from Sarasota
Services of experienced tour leader & National Park Guide
Park entrance fees
What is NOT included in the tour price?
Meals not stated in the itinerary
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gestures
To RSVP please email me with serious interest at Judyahughes@gmail.com Limited to 12 people – 8 people to confirm trip
Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Park Explorer
Check these Dramatic Western National Parks off of your Bucket List!!
April 1st – April 5th 2020
Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous United States, and the hottest, driest and lowest of all the national parks in the United States. The second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is in Badwater Basin, which is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. Approximately 91% of the park is a designated wilderness area. The park is home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment.
Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It’s characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley.
Day 1: Vegas
Arrive McCarran International Airport. Make your way to the hotel.
Evening free time to explore Vegas night life.
– Neon Museum Guided Tour after dark
– Dinner as a group on Freemont Street Downtown Las Vegas
– Overnight hotel in Vegas
Day 2: Vegas – Death Valley
Leave Las Vegas drive to Red Rock Canyon – Hike & exploration
Depart Red Rocks drive to check-in at hotel
Dinner as a group
Day 3: Death Valley
Guide tour with the certified tour guide:
On arrival at Death Valley National Park, head to Dante’s View lookout point.
Get a bird’s-eye view of the park from the top of the Black Mountains, and then head to Badwater, the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level.
Walk across the salt flats at Badwater Basin and around the rim of Ubehebe Crater, a huge volcanic crater 600 feet (183 meters) deep and .5 miles (.8 kilometers) across.
Stop by the Furnace Creek visitor center, and then travel to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Devil’s Cornfield, and Rhyolite Ghost Town. After a full day of sightseeing in Death Valley, we will find a good place to stargaze.
Day 4: Joshua Tree
Depart at 7 a.m. from Inn drive to JT approx 10:30 a.m. arrival
Guided tour & hike in the park with a naturalist and historian. Some of the popular hikes:
Hike Hidden Valley
Hike Jumbo Rocks/Skull Rock
Hike Arch Rock, have lunch here
Visit Cholla Cactus Gardens
Rock scrambling – not difficult
Sunset photo opps
Day 5: Joshua Tree – Vegas
Depart hotel early for a short morning hike in JT for beautiful morning skies.
Leave JT by 11:30 a.m.
Drive back to Vegas..stop in Kelso, CA at the historic train station
Depart Vegas airport after 5 p.m.
Belize – The Perfect Combination of Jungle and Beach !!
Join the fun travel group to another wonderful destination:
Duration: 6 Days
Dates: 28 Apr
The harmonious blend of Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese creates distinctive cultural traditions, including cuisine just waiting for you to discover.
Recognized internationally for its travel destinations and agricultural exports, Belize is a melting pot of flourishing cultures, religions, food, and music.
The country also boasts having 2 of the most remarkable aquatic marvels of the world: the Belize Barrier Reef which is the second-longest in the world and the Great Blue Hole which is the largest ocean sinkhole in the world.
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