1. Paddle Maine’s Dead River by canoe then stay in a scenic wilderness hut.
Never mind the eerie name; the Dead River in Maine is as beautiful and serene as they come. Put in on the Upper Dead River and take a guided canoe trip six miles down an easy-going stretch of river that’s perfect for all ability levels. Then it’s a short hike to the Grand Falls Hut, where you’ll be served a hot meal from their professional kitchen staff before relaxing on a screen porch and sleeping in a cozy bunk room. Mission accomplished. It doesn’t get any better than that. Oh wait, there’s a massive waterfall (Grand Falls) surrounded by sandy beaches that you can hike to the next day.
2. Learn the basics of whitewater canoeing and paddle your first rapid.
Ever wish you could navigate a roaring rapid by canoe? You can do it! It helps to learn from the best. Experienced Maine Canoe Guide Alex Strong can teach you everything you need to know to paddle a canoe down some of Maine’s famous whitewater safely and effectively. Learn the right strokes, canoe rescue techniques, and hone your whitewater skills with a knowledgeable wilderness guide. Just make sure you bring your bathing suit–you might get wet on this one.
3. Kayak Unity Pond in Maine and then learn the art of woodworking.
Led by renowned wilderness educator & kayak guide Nancy Zane, this one’s for both the adventurer and the maker. Enjoy a peaceful paddle while surrounded by birds, dragonflies and aquatic plants on Maine’s pristine Unity Pond. Then kayak your way to a healthy & organic lunch break before learning how to make a custom wood cutting board in the wood shop of local artist Jim MacDonald. This adventure is food for both the body and mind–not bad for a day’s “work”.
4. Practice SUP yoga in this guided retreat on the Rangeley Lakes.
Take some time to relax and learn SUP yoga with Leah & Ashley while taking in the beautiful mountains and lakes of Rangeley, Maine. This retreat is a great way to deepen your yoga practice, hone your SUP skills with a registered Maine Guide, and generally recharge your mind, body, and soul. Not to mention you’ll be staying in a scenic cabin enjoying three catered meals per day. SUP yoga offers plenty of challenge for any ability level, but you won’t exactly be roughing it.
5. Canoe through pristine wilderness on the West Branch of the Penobscot.
For a truly remote adventure, follow in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau and set off on a multi-day canoe trip down the West Branch of the Penobscot. This one is a more extensive multi-day trip, and you’ll probably wish it was even longer when you’re surrounded by miles of untouched Maine forest, loon calls, and moose. The multi-day journey features 17 miles of quick water canoe paddling culminating with Chesuncook Lake (a local classic featuring stunning views of Mount Katahdin).