We love regular ole’ hikes and climbs and hunts as much as the next outdoor enthusiast, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few unique wilderness excursions happening in 2014 for adults! Just scroll down and get excited.
Outdoor Adventure Under The Expansive Southwest Sky
Feel like spending January in northern New Mexico? Head to Ghost Ranch, part of which was once home to Georgia O’Keefe. This retreat and education center has tons of programs all year round, but their January term excites us the most. Originally for college students on break, now the courses are open to anyone! We’re aware that it’s nearly impossible to get away for a month, but if you’re retired or otherwise able to, check out the Outdoor Adventure introductory course in outdoor learning and adventure! From January 2nd through January 24th you’ll be doing tons of activities, including archery, orienteering, high and low ropes courses, hiking, wilderness survival training, snowshoeing, horse therapy and riding, etc. For more details and to register, click here.
Adventure Getaways with Georgia Pelligrini
Ghost Ranch. All that natural beauty + all those nature activities = one heck of a wilderness excursion.
Georgia Pellegrini caught our eye recently, when she was featured in T Magazine (The New York Times’ style magazine). The investment banker turned chef turned hunting and back-to-pioneer-days lifestyle guru has filled a niche we didn’t even know we needed (but now that we know, we really want to be a part of it): group getaways that consist of things like quail hunting with a guide and trained dogs, hiking, fly fishing, ATV rides, bird cleaning classes, falconry, cooking classes, great food, and fireside s’mores. Most of these trips are just for girls (but she can tailor-make a trip for your group, and she has done couples weekends, as well), and the next Girl Hunter Adventure Getaway is at Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, Georgia, from Friday January 24th to Sunday January 26th. This one has a luxury spin (the others are fairly rugged) and spa treatments are available, “for the woman who wants to quail hunt by day and enjoy a bubble bath by night, with perhaps a facial or 9-minute hot stone massage thrown in.” It’s a pretty penny to spend, but we’re all for innovative ways of turning people onto a hunting and outdoors lifestyle. Click here for more details and to sign up!
Writing In Nature/Writing In Place
Georgia Pellegrini during the falconry portion of her Montana Girl Hunter Adventure Getaway.
If you’re a Michigan resident, or plan on traveling there, make sure to check out the Leslie Science & Nature Center in Ann Arbor. We suggest going on March 16th and/or April 13th because from 2-5pm, they’ll be holding the third and fourth sessions of their nature-inspired writing workshop. Nature sure makes us feel creative, and the Center’s wooded trails and green fields near some non-releasable birds of prey could be the perfect setting for some reflection. According to the Center, the workshop will “explore how our surroundings, particularly the natural world, shape how we express ourselves.” A significantly cheaper option ($10, unless you’re a member, and then it’s $5), the series is overseen by author Rebecca Adams Wright, a former University of Michigan Zell Fellow who also earned her MFA in fiction from the university (which is one of the best creative writing programs in the country).
Writing + the outdoors = a perfect combination.
The March 16th
program will be led by Dave Karczynski, another Michigan MFA graduate who won a prestigious honor for outdoor writing. A perfect match for a Pocket Ranger® fan, Karczynski is interested in writing about “wildness and wilderness
” and has a “passion for wild, flowing water and the fish that live in them, as well as the passionate men and women who pursue their quarry with a fly,” which has inspired his current work about fly fishing in Poland and the night fly fishing culture of the Midwest
One of the workshop teachers is passionate about fly fishing!
The April 13th
session will be led by Keith Taylor, a writer who coordinates the undergrad creative writing program at the University of Michigan. According to his website, Taylor “has worked as a camp-boy for a hunting outfitter in the Yukon,” and in 2004 he received a research grant to “work on a project that attempts to recreate the life of his pioneering ancestors in Alberta, Canada.”
Big Foot Adventure Weekend in Salt Fork State Park
Any idea where you’ll be from May 29th to June 1st? If you don’t say the Big Foot Adventure Weekend in Ohio’s Salt Fork State Park (the heart of Ohio Bigfoot country), then we’re about to convince you to change your plans.
The only wilderness excursion in this post that’s actually happening in a state park, the four day and three night trip promises to have “seasoned researchers…take you in the field on guided expeditions” so you can “learn from seminars and hands-on training, as well as actual night investigations, to help you along the road of Bigfoot research.”
If you’re not much of a true believer, you’ll still get some out-of-the-ordinary outdoor fun, through a casting class that will teach you how to mix and pour materials to preserve tracks, information about past Bigfoot sightings, and the opportunity to camp, hike, or just wander around in nature.
State parks are great for hiking, biking…and finding Bigfoot.
There’s always new ways to head outdoors—just be creative!
What do you think about these programs? Do you know any other unique wilderness weekends/excursions? Let us know in the comments!