$549 for a Three-Day American Safari: Black Rock Desert Expedition from Bay Area Expeditions ($1,100 Value)

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Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark, from resentment at his second billing, and Lewis, from a Lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive nature excursions with today's Groupon: for $549, you get a three-day American Safari: Black Rock Desert expedition (a $1,100 value) from Bay Area Expeditions. Today's deal includes food and teepee lodging.

Bay Area Expeditions corrals up to 16 adventurers for a rambling, three-day excursion through the uninhabited backcountry terrain of the Great Basin Desert. All pioneers travel in four-wheel-drive vehicles to an oasis, where Bay Area Expedition's seasoned outdoorsmen set up camp. During their stay, travelers can soak in hot springs while admiring the area's diverse ecosystems, rife with wetlands, dry lakebeds, slabs of rock with prehistoric petroglyph art, and abandoned ghost towns. Travel beside a segment of the historic Pony Express and a stretch of the Pacific Railway, as caravan guides share tales of local legends and tragically inefficient mail delivery. At night, safari-goers can nosh on provided meals and catch 40 winks in a teepee that sleeps six to eight people.

The desert pulsates with vivacious fauna, sheltering pronghorn antelopes, wild horses, birds of prey, cottontails, jackrabbits, coyote, desert big horn sheep, and more. Taking a cue from diurnal desert animals, adventurers only hike early and late in the day, opting to relax near the camp, sightsee, or partake in voluntary classes when the sun is at its highest and most choleric. Optional desert training focuses on survival tactics, including logistics and planning and tumbleweed dance-offs. Three-day expeditions are usually held Fridays–Sundays. Check the schedule before calling to make a reservation.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jul 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. 2-week cancellation notice required. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Must notify merchant of any prior health issues in advance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Bay Area Expeditions

Bay Area Expeditions' experienced outdoorsmen, with backgrounds ranging from U.S. military service to botany education, lead students on instructional excursions to bolster wilderness-survival skills. Classes help students identify edible or medicinal plants, earn ASHI certification for first aid, or learn primitive skills. Overnight [expeditions]http://bayareaexpeditions.com/index.php/expeditions) lead guests beneath the starry skies of Big Sur or snowshoeing tours through the Sierra Nevadas’ snow-dusted basins.

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