Monday, April 16, 2018

The Adventurer Newsletter Vol. 18 No. 23

What do Teen Trek leaders do when they are not leading treks?

After an exciting summer of adventure with Teen Treks, Koby returned to Western Massachusetts for his second to last year studying art at Hampshire College. He's spent his time making music and movies, wandering the forest, and building snow forts, eagerly awaiting the heat so he can bike again.

-Koby, New England Shore Trek & Pacific Northwest Trek Leader 2017
Koby (top left corner) with the Pacific Northwest group at the top of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA.

Exploring beautiful Niagara, right in Teen Trek's backyard!

The Niagara - Toronto Trek is a wonderful trek for first time explorers! For the first three days the Trekkers explore historic Buffalo, NY and the world famous Niagara Falls. 

The day started out with an exciting ride on the Maid of the Mist boat, which takes visitors right to the foot of the Falls.  Everyone got a good sprinkling as we donned blue ponchos and sailed past the Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls.  After disembarking we cycled to Goat Island and saw the falls close up, this time from above.  A quick jaunt to the Three Sisters Islands and a ride over the rest of the islands followed.  After lunch we made our way to Whirlpool State Park along the Robert Moses Parkway bike path (in New York), a former highway converted for bike use.  At Whirlpool State Park we dismounted our trusty steeds and descended into the maw of the Niagara Gorge.  A shady hike ensued with lots of laughter and stops to dip our toes into the warm water.  The views were great; we were surrounded by panoramic views of the gorge, a few fisherman, huge slabs of rock and Canada.  After hiking up some less than desirable stairs and crossing back into Canada we cooked up a filling meal of pasta alfredo.  Another good day for Niagara-Toronto where the kids were so tuckered out that they feel asleep with the lights on.  Onward and upward! - Leader Keaton

New England Shore Trekkers Find Awesome Beaches & Lighthouses on Block Island 

Each summer, the New England Shore Trek takes two days to explore Block Island on their way from New York City to Boston. Last year, as always, this particular New England Shore group had an unforgettable experience delving into quintessential maritime Rhode Island during their stay on Block Island.

After some campfire songs last night we all were able to get a good night sleep. We rode to a beach called Moehegan Bluffs today, and had a great time body surfing the waves, lying in the sand and walking along the beach. In town we had an in-depth political discussion over fish and chips. Everyone was free to shop around a bit while Craig and Chadwick (Claire and Kobi) found a grill to cook dinner over. During that time Rex (Avi) and Peter (Andre) "parcoured" their way out of rocky peninsula. We had a nice bike ride down to the lighthouse, where we found a shack people had built from driftwood. We hung out and climbed around in it for a while and decided we would move there one day. Back at the Boy Scout Camp we roasted turkey breasts, veggies and pineapple over the fire. All in all an incredible day :)

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Pacific Northwest Trek
Biking north out of Seattle, this route follows the breathtaking views looking out over the Puget Sound through hip towns in Washington and up to vibrant Vancouver, Canada. You’ll take ferries to the San Juan Islands, a temperate archipelago that hosts communities of whales, great blue herons, and wild swans, and on to Victoria, BC, then return to Washington for 3 days camping out and exploring Olympic National Park - all before visiting historic Port Townsend and returning to Seattle for a day of urban exploration!
D & R Canal Trek
We've designed this trip special for our first time explorers! Join us to explore American history and picturesque cities on the D & R Canal Trail this summer! Stay away from busy roads and enjoy your ride on this six-day introduction to bicycle touring. You’ll visit great little towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Princeton (where you’ll get to tour the Princeton University campus), Easton, Trenton, and Bethlehem.
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