So with the sign up coming in January, Wilderness Ventures has been scheduling some great new changes to the trips that are coming up for this next summer
The next catalog is coming soon and there will be several trips that have some exciting tweaks and twists that will mix up the routine that has been going for a while. There is a bucket list of trips that will stay with the program for the 2014 season.
National Parksare staying for good of course. Trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton and others have been a staple and always good trips for novice and expert outdoorsy people. We may see the trails and hiking routes switched up but the fun will remain in some of North America’s best natural spaces.
Spainis not to be missed and the next summer’s trip will be rich with culture and natural beauty. Students get to work on Spanish skills and use them in an area where they are immersed in the language. Bull fights, great food and outdoor sports are just a few of the things that will get crossed off the list and never forgotten.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islandsare beyond beautiful locations that are being worked on this year. There is no shortage of diverse wildlife or friendly communities to visit, so even if the locations are slightly different than last year, they will not be any less quality. This summer will be a chance to explore territories that many have never seen nor will see in their lifetime.
These are just a sample of trips that will get a bit of a face lift in order to let other students get a unique experience. Enrollment starts pretty soon, and there are special discounts for signing up before Nov 1.
If you look in any of Wilderness Ventures’ photos, you will not see one person sending a text or holding up a tablet. The only thing the students are plugged into is nature and the tasks ahead.
People are currently dreaming of going unplugged on their next vacations. This is no problem with the trips that teens took this summer. It’s always fascinating how quickly the tech-buried teens will stop trying to make status updates when they can stare at the face of a mountain or take in a real sunset.
This way, travelers can get lost in real conversations or face a full day of hiking or kayaking without worrying about what is on television or how long until they have to reply to a friend’s instant message.
It’s actually pretty simple when you have the time. Put those phones in a safe place, power down those laptops and see how good it feels to not have to worry about the next 140 characters.
Yosemite National Park got a special birthday gift from the internet the other day with a special logo on Google to celebrate its 123rd birthday, which is pretty spectacular. This means that people are noticing and recognizing what nature really means to the public.
Yosemite and other parks are so precious and great gifts from conservationists and preservationists from days gone by. The millions of acres that we have kept for education, exercise and recreation.
They are places that families continue to go each year and have very special places in people’s hearts. With all of the overly-trammeled land, it is so nice to have a place that people can go to see true nature.
So happy to Yosemite and to all the other national parks like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and all the other wild areas that bring us joy.
This summer was more than just a trip down to the fishing hole. Jackson Hole is one of the oldest trips that Wilderness Ventures students go on, which means that these fishing holes are full of memories and history.
The waters are great for throwing in a line and waiting for a snag. But they are also great for heart-pumping rafting on the Snake River and then taking a drift boat for more calm.
This years photos are just as beautiful as the last, with the Wyoming sun shining on the waters.
What do you know? Parts of Fiji are considered an UNESCO World Heritage site! The teens at Wilderness Ventures get to explore a place that is significant to the international community.
Not only does Fiji have a great setting for PADI Open Water Certification and SCUBA diving, but it is a destination that is internationally recognized as a vacation and adventure travel destination.
Not only is the kayaking, diving and sightseeing amazing, but the people are very welcoming, This summer the community service project really brought together different cultures and the teens definitely got a great perspective on sustainability.
Below are just a few photos that highlight the greatest parts of the summer 2013 trip, but by no means do it complete justice without having been there.
The beautiful mountains in Boulder, Estes Park and areas of Larimer County are being flooded by rain water that has made people’s lives very difficult.
The Rocky Mountain trips through Colorado are always a joy and students have always wanted to return. Colorado is full of wonderful people and great wilderness, so it is a shame when that area is ravaged by such harsh weather.