Wilderness Inquiry has a different take on the travel business: It’s an educational nonprofit – a 501(c)(3) organization – on whose trips you “experience the outdoors in a manner that provides new perspectives on the natural world and the power of positive community spirit.”
In other words, they connect people to the wild.
While their current lineup includes nothing as close as, say, Statesville, it does offer trips to North America and Central America, as well as several in Africa and Australia. The closest to Charlotte? A six-day canoe trip to the Everglades keys in southwest Florida and a five-day canoe trip on the Buffalo River in the Ozarks.
Those as well as their more distant offerings give you the chance to explore nature. And shed a few pounds while doing so.
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Trips announced for this summer:
The Apostle Islands – sea kayaking on the south shore of Lake Superior.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area – along the Minnesota-Canada border.
Yellowstone National Park – a mix of familiar destinations, and canoeing.
Olympic National Park – the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
Glacier National Park – a family-friendly take at the famous Montana preserve.
Mississippi River day trips – organized out of Minneapolis-St. Paul; billed as an introduction to canoeing for beginners and families.