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Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Adventures
Unique Get-Aways for the whole family

White-Water Rafting...

After a fun-filled day of running the rapids, you and the kids can snuggle into sleeping bags and fall asleep amid the scent of pine and the sounds of the cascading river.  Idaho Afloat  provides two family trips:  The Salmon River (class III) through the Salmon River Gorge and the Snake River (class IV) through Hells Canyon.  As well as rafting enjoy photographing deer, black bear, eagles and river otter; hiking to indian petroglyphs, settler homesteads and mining camps; swimming clear river pools; fishing for small mouth bass; trying an oar at kayaking and enjoying the canyon’s varying geology.  Your guides will cook, clean, set up, tear down and even help entertain the kids.  Children 8 and older will enjoy this experience, non-swimmers are fine, but should be comfortable around water.  (Cost, per person: three day trip, $635; four day trip, $810; five day trip, $990. 10% discount for children up to age 14.)   

P.O. Box 542 Grangeville, ID  83530
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Digging for Dinosaurs...

Film your own family version of Jurassic Park, discovering dinosaur fossils and footprints.  Located in NW Colorado, in one of the richest open quarries in the world, Dinamation International Society, promotes research and education of dinosaur paleontology.  From budding paleontologists to the more experienced, “Family Dino Camp” offers families (children 6-11) activities that are entertaining yet always educational.  The kids can tour the dinosaur museum, view dinosaur tracks, make  fossil casts, sculpt dioramas and dig their own fossil replicas (theirs to keep).  Parents can interact with the kids throughout the day, sharing times of learning but also participating in adult activities: scientific lectures, learning lab methods and working in the quarry.  A second program, “Colorado Canyons” offers families (children 12 and older) lectures, lab techniques, research methods and opportunities to join the scientific research team in quarry excavations.  (Five days of lodging and most meals:  Dino Camp, $800 for adults, $575 for kids;  Colorado Canyon Camp, $850 per person).

Jurassic Court, Fruita, CO  81521
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Biking the San Juan’s...

Climb onto a large ferry and head for Washington’s San Juan Islands where Backroads offers six day, van-supported family bicycle trips.  Designed to accommodate children 7 and older, the younger ones can trail in a burley (cart).  You can arrange to bike 20-50 miles a day or ride in the accompanying van, stopping to swim in small island lakes, hike mountain trails and learn to sea kayak.  Bald eagles are often seen soaring overhead as the group winds through forests and along rocky beaches.  Views of Puget Sound and the distant Cascade Range are never far away.  The inter-island ferry trips add to the adventure with the chance to see whales and porpoises.  Quaint inns provide comfortable sleeping accommodations or you can elect the outdoor camping option.  (Six days, with meals;  camping trip: $749 for adults, Inn trip: $1,298 for adults, discounts for children under age 16).  Backroads offers  active vacations world-wide.  

1516 Fifth St.Berkeley, CA 94710
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Sail Away... Together

You can walk into this vacation as landlubbers and sail away as seafarers.  The Annapolis Sailing School, on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, offers two, three or five day sailing classes: “Become a sailor in a weekend,” ages 12  to adult, on 24 foot rainbows; “Kidship,” ages 5-15 on 8-14 foot dinghies or, consider the popular “Flotilla Cruise” for 5 days/4 nights.  Families up to six are instructed underway on 30-37 foot sailboats; each evening the instructor disembarks to an accompanying lead boat.  Participants supply their own food and linen.  Alternative locations:  St. Petersburg and Marathon, Fl. (Rates: “Become a sailor” two day class, $225 per person;  Kid Ship 2 day class, $160 per child; lodging/tuition packages available; “Flotilla Cruise” 5 day/4 night class, $1,670 per boat.)  

601 6th St., Annapolis, MD  21403


Where was Solomon born?

This is Solomon, a new born Humpback whale. He provided hours of entertainment for our group of whale watchers. Where was Solomon born? Click here to find out.

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