The best part of canoeing 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 rivers with today’s Groupon from Trek & Trail in Bayfield, WI. Choose from the following options:
- For $129, you get an Apostle Island overnight kayaking expedition (a $269 value).
- For $189, you get a three-day Paddle Through Time kayaking trip (a $389 value).
- For $299, you get a six-day Devil’s Island Rendezvous trip (a $695 value).<p>
Trek & Trail’s intrepid guides lead kayakers to the 21 Apostle Islands and endless opportunities for camping, hiking, and sightseeing. The outfit provides all kayak equipment, food, and tents for each excursion, but kayakers must bring their own sleeping bags and clothing. Before each trip departs, the experienced instructors conduct a two- to three-hour basic safety course, during which students learn paddling techniques, how to deal with inhospitable weather, and how to use the boat as a battering ram to topple nearby sand castles.
The Apostle Island overnight trip begins on Saturday mornings and winds down the lakeshore. Captains steer their ships past gawking wildlife on the water’s edge and rugged scenery before checking in with the concierge of their appointed island. That evening, campers eat dinner around the campfire and tell spooky stories about malignant canoes that tip over just before they reach a pier.
The three-day Paddle Through Time trip builds on the Apostle Island overnight trip by adding stops at the Swallow Point sea caves on Sand Island, 8 miles of hiking trails on Oak Island, and a lighthouse on Raspberry Island. Aimed at beginners and intermediate paddlers, the 25- to 30-mile trip requires moderate physical conditioning.
The six-day Devil’s Island Rendezvous trip circumnavigates the archipelago, stopping at each scenic vista and leaving no island unturned. Kayakers pause at Devil’s Island, formed 10,000 years ago by glaciers, as well as the fish camp on Manitou Island. Each evening, kayakers watch the sun set before camping in remote areas such as Otter Island or the giant pile of couch cushions on Stockton Island.