Monthly Archives: January 2013

Pathfinder Hikes

Photo by Dave Holden

California Quarry
Catskills, NY
Photo by Dave Holden
26 January 2013

Featured company of the week: Pathfinder Hikes. Join Dave Holden, New York State DEC Licensed Hiking Guide, for an adventure in the Catskills. While trail hikes are an option, take advantage of his vast knowledge of the area and travel off-trail with him, exploring both the beautiful natural environment as well as learning about the natural and cultural history of the area. Dave leads hikes in the Woodstock area, and his wealth of knowledge ensures that your adventure will be beyond just the physical.

See and learn about ancient cairns and long-abandoned bluestone quarries. Watch and listen for signs of animals. Enjoy the uniqueness of each season.

Adding to your enjoyment of the adventure are Dave’s humor and kindness. You’ll come away from the experience not just with more knowledge and understanding, more appreciation and admiration, but also feeling like you have a new friend.

Have you traveled with Pathfinder Hikes? Leave your review in the comments below.

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Travel Tip of the Week, #4

When you think of Hunter Mountain, you most likely think of skiing and snowboarding. However, Hunter offers a variety of other fun activities, as well. Snowtubing is another fun option, and the Zipline is open all year. Flying over the glistening snow is a beautiful winter adventure.

In summer, you can take the Skyride up, enjoy a hike to the fire tower, and then ride back down.

 

Travel Tip of the Week, #3

Getting away from the cold and enjoying some heat in Key West? For a fun adventure, rent bicycles from Eaton Bikes. They offer a variety of options, including beach cruisers, hybrids, and road bikes, along with trailers and bike attachments for kids, and kid bikes. They also will deliver to your hotel in Key West free of charge. The day rentals are good for 24 hours (and you can also get a week-long rental).

Once you’re set up, you can ride along the water, through town (stopping for lunch and to visit interesting and fun sites along the way), or head off Key West, toward the other keys. A strong wind can add to the adventure, making pedaling far more difficult than one would expect on the nice, flat land of Key West. Additionally, there are certain intersections where you feel like, even when walking your bike across, you’re playing Frogger. Definitely ups the excitement factor!

Travel Tip of the Week, #2

Have a chance to enjoy a taste of summer in Key West during wintertime? Rent a kayak from The Lazy Dog and paddle through narrow channels between collections of mangroves, explore an un-labeled salt pond where you can see multitudes of upside-down, photosynthetic jellyfish, and relax in the calm Atlantic Ocean. Other creatures you may see include starfish, tropical fish of all sizes, a cat standing guard on a dilapidated houseboat…

The Lazy Dog rents single and double kayaks and stand up paddle boards (and provides you with a map of awesome places to go). If you’re new to kayaking or SUP, take a lesson with them or join one of their guided tours.

Your adventure with The Lazy Dog is bound to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated.

 

Arctic Treks

Featured company of the week: Arctic Treks, a family-owned business that operates in Alaska’s far north. All trips start and end in Fairbanks, and adventures include rafting, backpacking, and base camp trips. Group size is small, and custom trips (for groups of three – nine people) can also be arranged.

All group members participate in camp chores, and there is ample time for individual interests (such as photography, fishing, etc.)

Have you traveled with Arctic Treks? Leave your review in the comments below.