The best part of kayaking is the exhilaration of exploration, up until you realize the difficulty of paddling through pudding in your bathtub and must face yourself in the mirror. Take to real rapids with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a guided wildlife kayak tour from Olympic Outdoor Center in Poulsbo (a $64.07 value).
Olympic Outdoor Center's kayak tours steer aquatic adventurers of all ages and skill levels through the labyrinthine waterways of Puget Sound. Seasoned paddling pros commence each guided wildlife kayak tour with an edifying intro-to-kayaking course before leading up to 80 guests in double kayaks on a picturesque jaunt along Liberty Bay, calling to mind Spain's once mighty kayak armada. Throughout the two-hour journey, rowers can take in views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains, keeping an eye out for splash-happy harbor seals, otters, and teams of synchronized-swimming hobbits. Majestic bald eagles and ospreys soar overhead, and snap-happy dungeness crabs and sea stars mingle in the waters below.
Olympic Outdoor Center
Towering trees surround Puget Sound's shores, where mountains wrapped in hazy gauze loom in the background as wild animals serenely drink from the open waters and winding Hood Canal waterways. It's here that Olympic Outdoor Center decided to stake its headquarters more than 25 years ago, and where their instructors now lead paddlers onto the water for kayak and standup paddleboard lessons. The coaches also guide salmon-fishing tours and other extended trips, as well as youth adventure camps in which kids learn to maneuver kayaks and paddleboats and master fending off sea monsters with a swift paddle-bop to the noggin.
On land, staff members guide adventurers through mountain-biking camps and competitive races on the surrounding 4,000 acres of forested trails. The staffers help organize outdoor recreation events such as annual adventure sports festivals, paddling and biking triathlons, and overnight paddling trips.