With over 200 councils in North America, Girls on the Run has inspired over 600,000 young ladies in grades three–eight to step up to life’s starting line with courage, strength, and confidence. The positive youth-development program instills adolescents with self-esteem while enhancing emotional, mental, and social development throughout a 10-week training program, which culminates in the celebratory 5K run.
For six years, the passionate outdoorsfolk and oarmongers at PaddleFish have connected nature-starved families to the lush beauty of the southeastern United States. PaddleFish's sunset kayak tour takes water-cutters of all levels on a roughly two-hour tour through the scenic tidal creeks and antebellum beauty of downtown Charleston. Friendly marsh explorers will tutor eager aquanauts on the basic techniques of kayaking and safety procedures before guiding them toward Bull River's wildlife-rich tributaries, which can yield a potential highlight reel of bottlenose dolphins, ospreys, bald eagles, fiddler crabs, and sousaphone shrimp. En route, learned guides regale boaters with local lore, tales of Civil War battles, and the ups and downs of the region's traditional shrimp fleets, giving imaginations free reign to conjure the fertile frontiers of old and discover why hope floats. The eco-minded staff also proudly donates services and a portion of sales to environmental groups that preserve the scenic beauty of the landscape they adore.
Ranked in Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play in Indiana, the course at Prairie View Golf Club is situated on 206 acres of environmentally protected land along the White River with scenic prairieland and five lakes. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design features natural wetlands with a rushing stream that comes into play on four holes, forcing players to demonstrate deft control or gilled golf bags. On the front nine, the prairie setting invites harsh winds to blow across bentgrass fairways, often knocking shots off course. As players make the turn onto the back nine, they notice a marked difference in the environment, as open prairies give way to tall sycamore, oak, beech, and cottonwood trees lying just beyond the Kentucky bluegrass rough. Across the river lies Conner Prairie, a historical re-enactment village whose elegant, 1830s-era style was adopted for the design of the course's 15,000-square-foot clubhouse.
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Built in 1842, The Harper Fowlkes House incorporates many of the popular styles of the era, such as an exterior of Savannah gray brick stuccoed and scored to resemble stone blocks. Visitors can still see the craftsmen’s handiwork during educational tours of the three-story Greek Revival mansion, held four days a week. A curving stone staircase leads to the mansion’s front doorway, surrounded by a two-story porch whose roof rests on elegant columns. Inside, antique artwork abounds, such as a portrait of Colonel Habersham, who played a key role in the Revolutionary War by originating the backward tri-cornered hat. Other period antiques decorate the house, and an enclosed garden adds an outdoor element. Further antique details permeate the house, from ceilings bordered by original plaster crown moldings to six chandeliers that were originally gas-burning but have been retrofitted to host light bulbs.
The FAA–certified Cygnet II–powered hang glider bearing the Amphibian Air stamp gives riders a bird's-eye view of Savannah and the outlying Low Country as they zip about during guided lessons. An FAA–certified instructor takes the front seat in the trike's open-air cockpit directly ahead of the student and demonstrates the basics of flying before allowing his pupil to take the controls if conditions permit. A certificate of training documents the flight for the student, which can be used toward a sport-pilot license. Amphibian Air recommends wearing comfortable clothing and making reservations for sunrise or sunset any day of the week, as those are some of the best times for a smooth flight.
When viewed from a distance, a person riding a standup paddleboard might bear a passing resemblance to the gondoliers who ferry travelers through the waterways of Venice. But these paddlers have the entire ocean to call their canal, and are spared the indignity of wearing striped shirts. East Coast Paddleboarding’s crew outfits adventurers with the equipment and experience necessary to tackle the waters surrounding Tybee Island, whether embarking on calm floats or catching shore-bound waves. The outfitters can also serve as guides, leading tour groups to a nature preserve accessible only by water and pointing out the cresting fins of curious dolphins.