2016 Tour Offerings
Steve’s trips through Off The Beaten Path
December 30, 2015 – January 30, 2016 & February 2 – 7, 2016, Yellowstone’s Winter Wonders. We will search for wolves in the Lamar Valley during the heart of their mating season. Then we board snowcoaches, traveling to Old Faithful and the largest concentration of geysers in the world. You will even have a chance to try snow shoeing or cross country skiing!
April 3 – 9, 2016, Big Secret, Big Bend. Big Bend National Park is the best kept secret of the national park system. Tucked away along the Rio Grande, Big Bend contains the stunning Chisos Mountain range, which rises out of the mystical Chihuahuan Desert. Explore this park with Steve and learn of the amazing diversity of plant and animal life, all the while being captivated by the
May 22 – 27, 2016, Seasons of Yosemite. Yosemite is a treasure of waterfalls, towering cliffs, monumental rock faces, expansive vistas, and imponderable groves of giant sequoia trees. We can wander, walk or hike at our own pace beneath Half Dome, Yosemite Falls while gazing u at John Muirs’ “Range of Light”. OBP
October 2 – 6, 2016, An Ocean of Tall Grass (Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas). Clear skies, sweeping grasslands dotted with bison, wildflowers in bloom and a visit to a working ranch with real cowboys and cowgirls in a land of one-room school houses and echoes of covered wagons and the Santa Fe Trail. OBP
October 15 – 19, 2016, Acadia in Color. Acadia National Park offers rugged ocean cliffs, sandy beaches, granite mountains where the sun first touches the US in the morning, as well as remnants of a gracious time before automobiles when J.D. Rockefeller built 55 miles of carriage paths that the park now maintains for walking, hiking, bike riding and viewing the beautiful autumn colors. Top it all off with a warm popover at the Jordan Pond House and you will be in heav
Wild Things Unlimited Tours in 2016 w/ both Betsy & Steve
(Contact WTU directly for these two tours – see below)
April 9 – 15, 2016 Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks On this trip we make a big loop around a unique, and still very wild ecosystem that is found nowhere else in the world. We start the tour on Florida’s west coast at Fort Myers, visiting the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, then we take a boat trip through the Everglades 10,000 Islands. Then we will make our way east on the Tamiami Trail with several stops for bird watching, wildlife, and a tour at Shark Alley. On the east coast we will drive through the Everglades to the southern-most point in the park at Flamingo. Along the way we will make numerous stops for hiking, exploring, and bird and wildlife watching. Finally, drive the length of the Florida Keys, out to Key West where we will spend the next two nights. On our last day we take the exciting boat trip out to the Dry Tortugas National Park, and Fort Jefferson. There will be time for exploring the fort, snorkeling, swimming, bird watching and just relaxing on this beautiful, remote key. We will wrap up with a celebratory dinner in Key West this evening, and in the morning depart for Miami and flights home after 1:00 pm. Cost is $2,900/ double and $3,400/ single.
August 12 – 23, 2016 Highlights of Wild Alaska We have put together this tour of our very favorite places in Alaska, and at our favorite time of year. We begin in Anchorage with a welcome dinner, then next day drive across the Kenai Peninsula to Homer, where we will spend the next two days exploring this fascinating town on the Shelikof Straight. Weather dependent, we will also take a flight across to the shores of Katmai National Park where we will land on a beach for a day of private and remote bear viewing. After Homer we will continue on the Kenai over to Seward where will hike to the Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park and the next day we will take a boat trip in Resurrection Bay to look for otters, puffins, seals and more, as well as to the face of a tidewater glacier. After two nights in Seward we return to Anchorage where there will be free time to explore before dinner. The next morning we leave very early, taking a shuttle to Denali National Park and our grand finale at Camp Denali Lodge, which is located right in the center of the park. The next two days will be spent hiking, looking for wildlife, photographing, and enjoying this remote location. Finally, after three nights here, we will catch a shuttle to Anchorage for a final dinner. Flights home after midnight. Cost is $6,900/ double, and $8,000/ single.
WTU – 406-522-9825, firstname.lastname@example.org; OBP – 1-800-445-2995