Archive for July, 2017
Are you looking for an adventure that you’ll never forget? Perhaps you’re bored with the run-of-the-mill outdoor activities like hiking or camping. Maybe you’re thinking of going skydiving. That will get the adrenaline pumping, but the survival rate of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is less than appealing. Perhaps you would love an adventure like white water rafting or kayaking… but perhaps you want to kick it up a notch. Well hold on to your seat, we’re about to blow your mind grapes.
Have you ever thought of taking a swamp tour? Taking a swamp tour is like taking a fun kayak tour, but on steroids. Instead of just cruising along a seen-one-ya-seen-them-all river, you’re kayaking through a freaking swamp. And if kayaking isn’t your thing, swamp tours come in all shapes and sizes, including motor boats that require zero effort from you. Are you on board with our swamp tour idea? If not, here are a couple reasons to come to the swamp side:
- Getting up close and personal with Mother Nature is cathartic.
The sun in your face. The wind in your hair. The sound of birds chirping in your ears (possibly moments before the jaws of an alligator snap shut on it! We’ll cover that part in a minute). Being in the great outdoors is good for your mind, body, and soul.
When you take a swamp tour, you get to get yourself right in the thick of Mother Nature. As you coast along down the swampland and bask in the glory of the Planet Earth in all its glory, it’s absolutely impossible to stress about the responsibilities that you carry at the office. Who cares if your house is a mess, nature is purring all around you. The sunshine glowing on your face makes your stress melt away.
We’ll throw this in for free. We’re talking about all swamp tours, not specifically kayaking tours… However, if you do tour the swamp via kayak, you’re incorporating physical fitness into your experience. Exercise produces endorphin’s that make you feel happy. Excercise in nature produces extra feel good vibes and is doubly great for you.
- Experience animals that aren’t your average bear.
Y’all. Swamp creatures are weird. You might come across big ol’ hairy wild boars. You might birds and fish that you just can’t find elsewhere. And you
mightwill see alligators. Maybe huge alligators. Alligators the size of a grown man.
If it’s adrenaline that you want from your outdoor adventure, it’s hard to get your adrenaline pumping faster and harder than getting up close and personal with the alligator that took Captain Hook’s hand (wait.. was that a crocodile?). The creatures that you’ll come across on a swamp tour are the kinds of critters that you’ll enjoy telling your friends about at every dinner party you’re invited to for the rest of your life.
- Learn something new.
The thing about going on a swamp tour is the tour part. Someone guides your boat and tells you what you’re looking at. What might look like murky water with some weeds popping out might actually be the home of dozens of species. Maybe you’re floating past ravenous piranhas. Getting to see the swamp with a guide who knows the swamplands like the back of their hand gives you the chance to gain a greater appreciation for an area you might not have thought about before.
- Where else will you ever get to hold a baby alligator?
Many swamp tours don’t just show you the swamp. Some of them let you hold it in your own two hands. If you can’t imagine looking at an alligator out in its natural habitat, we bet that actually holding a baby alligator in your own hands would be the epitome of adventure your book; it is in ours. If holding a wild swamp creature is on you bucket list, taking a tour of a swamp is the way to go.
Side Note: We add this point with an asterisk. Not all swamp tours give you a baby alligator to hold. If it’s a deal-breaker to you, your homework and make sure the one you sign you for a swamp tour that offers this.
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What do people like to do on family camping trips? It definitely doesn’t hurt to start with asking how you can make yours a success, as camping under the open stars and hiking are some of the most beloved activities enjoyed by Americans of all shapes and sizes. When you’re unsure how to go about planning your unique weekend, just take a gander at what everyone else has been doing for years. You’ll find there are plenty of enjoyable places to start, from choosing a camp resort to selecting a few invigorating hobbies to really sink your teeth into. Even if you’re a newcomer to the world of camping or a homebody that prefers to read or watch movies, take a glance below to learn how this summer can offer something new for you.
How Many People Camp In America?
Some people camp once in a while. Some families camp every single year without fail. Wherever you land on the spectrum, you’re sure to find plenty of like-minded folk to join you on your quest to enjoy yourself to the fullest. Data provided by the 2014 American Camper Report saw 40 million Americans (or 14%) of the country’s population over the age of six camping just the previous year. That’s a lot of people! But why does everyone like to camp so much?
What Attracts People To The Great Outdoors?
What’s appealing about the great outdoors? It’s a smaller list to ask what isn’t! The United States is home to some of the most brilliant mountain ranges, forests and lakes around the world. People from all over come to the country to soak in its legendary landscapes and view its monuments, creating memories that truly stand the test of time. The simple act of camping has been found to be the number one motivation for taking a trip, with 45% of adults in a recent survey saying they camped because they just love it!
What Other Aspects Of Camping Do People Enjoy?
Camping is fun. It’s great exercise. It offers many people, particularly those who work inside, a means of getting sweaty and dirty under the open sky. Most of all? People camp to spend time with family and friends. Over 12% of adult participants originally started camping with their immediate family, while even more said they prefer to take friends along with them for the ride. Family camping trips are a great way to get fit, let loose and, most of all, catch up with loved ones.
What Campground Amenities Should I Look Out For?
Family camping trips are endlessly more comfortable with additional camping amenities. These can include washrooms for your convenience, a safe campfire to warm your hands and marked trails for safety. Camping participants, whether they stayed in a tent or an RV, have been found to spend a collective two weeks camping every year. Do you want to stay for the weekend? How about a full week? This will help you decide what you need when planning your trip.
Any Other Tips To Help Me Plan The Ultimate Camping Trip?
The vast majority of campers in a recent survey said they’re planning an average of four trips per year. When you think about it…why not? Camping is a brilliant recreational activity that brings people together and encourages a more harmonious relationship with the environment Over 90% of camping participants in an additional study said they were either ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to go camping the next year. Add a new routine to your family dynamic and consider adding family campgrounds to your list of must-haves every summer. Your friends, mental health and wallet will thank you!