Over 25 years of Professional Outdoor Experience

 

Types of activities

  • Kayaking     
  • Instruction     
  • Biking    
  • Hiking    
  • Birding    
  • Dog sledding    
  • Skiing    
  • Snowshoeing

Services offered

  • 2hr to 1 week trips-   Beginner to Advanced
  • Family Trips
  • Business Retreats
  • Schools  
  • Women's trips 
  • Custom Trips
  • B&B's
  • Historical Camps

KAYAKING


 

Experience authentic, natural and cultural Ecotours. Most trips are based in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with an emphasis on Islands.  This Great Lakes region is rich with biologically unique habitats, wildlife and natural beauty. It is also home to people whose economic viability depends on surrounding natural resources.  Your visit will help to sustain the well being of the people who live near or in the travel destinations and organizations that preserve the cultural and natural integrity of the area.

 

What are the sustainable principles of tourism?

- The tourist experience should draw upon the character of the environment, its aesthetics, culture, vegetation and wildlife.

- The tourism development should assist conservation, supplement local people's incomes, bring new use and value to historic structures and enhance reclamation of derelict land.

- Planning, designing and siting of tourist developments should be compatible with and, if possible, enhance the local landscape

- Control of tourism should remain as far as possible in local hands; this control and the ensuing benefits should contribute to environmental conservation and enhancement.

- Tourism investment should support the local economy and encourage a steady dispersal of activity, so avoiding congestion and minimizing impacts

- The tourism industry should actively assist the understanding of both the local populations and the tourists - information, interpretation, and education.

From: Phillips in Cater, Erlet, and Lowman, eds., Ecotourism: A Sustainable Option? (1994)

Things to Bring for Kayaking

 

Recommended for Overall Comfort:

  • Rain Coat or waterproof shell & pants
  • Fleece jacket or top
  • Polyprolene or capillene base layer (cotton is not recommended)
  • Shorts or nylon pants for summer paddling (cotton is not recommended)
  • Water proof shoes, water sandals or neoprene booties
  • Wool or fleece socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Extra set of clothes in waterproof bag (garbage bag work)-fleece polypro insulating long underwear
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Hat with sun visor
  • Sunscreen

 

Optional:

  • Bird Field guides and others (wildflowers, trees etc) in waterproof baggy
  • Waterproof cameras great while on the water
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Binoculars that fit in coat pocket
  • Wetsuit (required in spring & fall)

 

Things to Bring on a Hike

1. Water & food
2. Boots
3. Compass
4. Flashlight/headlamp
5. Extra clothing
6. Sunglasses
7. First aid supplies
8. Pocket knife
9. Fire starter

 

General Outdoor Clothing
The following items are considered essential for a successful outing.

  • Boots: Of heavy lug construction, they should fit comfortably snug with free play for toes and with little or no slippage on the heel. The boots should be weather proofed and broken in before hiking.
  • Socks: Four pairs recommended; two of lightweight nylon and two of heavy wool. Wear one pair of wool socks over one lightweight pair. The other two pairs go into your pack in case you need dry socks.
  • Pants: Constructed to be loose, warm, comfortable, and quick drying. For added warmth, wear polypropylene underwear.
  • Shirts: Light, man-made fiber - such as bunting or nylon pile - recommended for good insulating quality and quick drying.
  • Jacket: Mountain style with a hood, windproofed, waterproofed, and sized large enough to cover more insulating clothes worn under it.
  • Head Covering: Styled to retain body heat or provide shade as changing weather dictates.
  • Gloves or Mittens.
  • Rain Gear: A lightweight poncho, or rain pants and hooded parka.

This list comes from the Colorado Mountain Club.

 

Things to Bring Biking
Essentials:

1) Helmet
2) Water & food
3) Personal first aid kit
4) Rain Gear
5) Waterproof shoes or boots
6) Sunglasses

Optional items:

1) camera
2) biking gloves
3) Extra clothes, preferably quick dry polypropylene material. Not cotton

Please note if you are going on a guided trip, your guide will provide first aid and repair kits. If you are renting bikes, helmets are included.