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Travel South Planner 2017

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2 0 1 7 T R A V E L S O U T H T O U R P L A N N E R 72 commencing their journey, rid- ers typically follow Little River to three distinct waterfalls — High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Triple Falls — with water occasionally splashing at their heels. Each one is a majestic view to behold. "I've had two couples get en- gaged on the tour," said Leonard. Along the way, the trail pass- es sweeping views of pine trees and granite ridges. At Triple Falls, riders can dismount and watch water cascade 120 feet from three stone platforms like a giant stair- case, where scenes from "Last of the Mohicans" and "The Hunger Games" were fi lmed. Tours are offered year-round, depending on the weather, and must be scheduled in advance. Each trip accommodates up to six people. WWW.HORSEBACK WATERFALLTOURS.COM SOUTHEAS T EXPEDITIONS Cape Charles, Chincoteague and Onacock, Virginia Before Dave Burden founded Southeast Expeditions in 1999, no one else had tapped into the po- tential of Virginia's Eastern Shore as a great paddling destination. Today, the company offers guided kayaking or stand-up paddle- boarding tours from four loca- tions along the Southeast coast. Participants of all ages will relax and feel like a kid again as they ex- plore and experience nature. "Our original goal was to con- nect people with the salt marshes and help them understand what's so unique about this part of the world," said Burden. Along the journey, paddlers may see blue heron, osprey and even wild ponies. Each guide is a trained naturalist and will point out details about the environ- ment, although, according to Burden, "it's more of a nature ex- perience than a class." Southeast Expeditions also founded the fi rst ever winery- kayak tour, called Paddle Your Glass Off, where groups paddle to Chatham Vineyards for a tour and tasting. Once paddlers hit the shore, they stroll past the farm's 20 acres of grapevines, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the fa- cility and wrap up the afternoon with a wine tasting. The best aspect of the win- ery-kayak tour is that it moti- vates people to step outside their comfort zones. Some individu- als might be dubious about the physical effort of kayaking; others might consider a wine tasting too highbrow. But the combination encourages people to let their guard down and give it a try. "It's great because it's a gate- way to two really interesting ac- tivities," said Burden. WWW.SOUTHEAST EXPEDITIONS.COM PREPARING TO PADDLEBOARD WITH SOUTHEAST EXPEDITIONS Cour tesy VTC

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