Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as pushing boulders off cliffs, wrestling tumbleweeds, and falling in the dust. Conquer the wide-open waters with this Groupon.
$65 for Six-Hour Lake Merwin Kayak Tour ($130 Value)
A shuttle arrives at Woodland's visitor center and then ferries kayakers to Lake Merwin. Once groups launch into the water, guides instruct on how to operate kayaks and commence a relaxed journey that highlights the history, geology, and wildlife of the area. Mount St. Helens looms in the distance as kayakers traverse the glacier-fed waters, chancing views at bald eagles and deer. Along the way, groups play games such as Birdy Bingo and Bigfoot, during which a staff member, dressed as the famous sasquatch, appears along the shore to surprise kayakers and perform some of Bigfoot's most popular stand-up routines. The trip also includes stretch breaks and a half-hour lunch break, during which kayakers nibble sandwiches, chips, fruit, and power bars.
A family of ducks swims along Devils Lake, river otters play across Lake Merwin, and a kayak tour floats along the water. When Tracie Driver started NorthWest EcoExcursions, she envisioned a recreation company that would combine outdoor thrills with respect for the environment. To this end, NorthWest's guides, who each boast either a postgraduate education or more than 10 years in park-ranger experience, educate their customers on local wildlife and geology during trips that run the gamut from hiking to whale watching to goat-packing tours. The staff also maintains eco-friendly practices, serving strictly organic foods on camping trips and ensuring all of their office's plants are 100% solar powered.