Happy Holiday 2015
Happy Holidays from Outside GO
We thank you from from the bottom of our hearts for your loyalty, confidence and trust in us over the many years taking you to the world's most exotic destinations.
Growing up in Africa, a normal Christmas meant scorching hot summer days and being forced indoors from the pool to eat a huge turkey dinner. These days, the holidays in Santa Fe are a lot different and they are one of the most magical times of the year for me: I LOVE WINTER. I love snow and woolly jumpers, hot chocolate and roaring piñon fires. I love everything about winter and so does my family, so it’s no wonder that our December Journal is chock-full of winter wonderland adventures.
As we gather together with family over the holidays, it’s the long and colorful tales of our family adventures growing up as children that our kids love to ask us about, and as we enjoy our warm winter suppers around the fire, my wish for the holiday season is for all of your families to enjoy sharing tales of your travels and adventures, of happy memories of family trips and honeymoons.
So here is my memory of our travels for this year. Enjoy with some nog!
Confession: I may be a travel designer for our GO guests, but I’m the absolute worst at planning our own family vacations. This past summer was a perfect example. About two weeks before the girls broke up from school, they asked where we were going this summer. I rolled my eyes and mumbled something about Canada. I hadn’t made any plans, so as usual, I stayed up late, begged for space, booked our airline tickets at a horribly inflated price, and voila—the trip came together in around 36 hours.
Two weeks later we set off for Vancouver. There is nothing about British Columbia that we didn’t fall in love with; from the spectacular drive through the fjiordlands, past Whistler into Cariboo country, experiencing our first guest ranch at Siwash Lake Ranch, where the hospitality, horses, and hosts reminded us all of our days in Africa. With so much warmth and love heaped into one place it was hard to leave.
Next, we hopped on a flight to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and to Chip’s delight a Grumman Goose seaplane was waiting for us. We skimmed over the water to the mainland to the Great Bear Rainforest, over the emerald green treetops, and landed in heaven at Nimmo Bay, another family-owned and -run property perched on a floating dock in a quiet lagoon. Bright, sunny skies greeted us and we promptly embarked on every adventure they offered, from hiking, fishing, heli-hiking, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, picnic adventures on remote islands, and dinners on the dock with the Murray family and their incredible tribe. Our girls started lobbying for summer jobs asking at what age they could start, and if you couldn’t already tell yes we are diehard Nimmo fans! This was pure magic on the water.
As if that weren’t enough, we then headed even farther north to Tweedsmuir National Park. Now imagine having Yosemite all to yourself—we had our very own National Park! Granted we were too early for grizzly season (plan ahead this August to October) but that meant we could scour the hillsides eating every imaginable wild berry we could lay our paws on without the fear of running into a hungry momma bear. We biked, floated, hiked, and the girls rode Icelandic horses. Another owner-run property, Tweedsmuir boasted the same warmth and loving touches as our first two lodges, as well as soaring views outside of our cabins and scrumptious meals. We will be back!
If you are contemplating a get-the-whole-family-together-multi-generational-trip that’s close to home, no vaccinations or visas required, visiting magical owner-run places in one of the most fairytale-like settings with no shortage of adventures, then plan ahead because with such a short season these dream properties fill up quickly. Canada will not disappoint!
Our marketing manager, Whitney, also set off to British Columbia with a group of photographers this fall. They arrived in peak grizzly season, and were treated to floating down the beautiful Atnarko River at Tweedsmuir; fall colors above, salmon below, and grizzlies around every turn. Then they were swept over the Coast Mountains to Nimmo Bay, where the adventure continued with breaching humpback whales and cascading waterfalls. Read more about her experience on our Journal.
Robyn, did some exploring as well and journeyed to the sensational Galapagos Safari Camp where she spent days snorkeling next to sardines, kayaking beneath mangroves, and kicking back in a tented tree-house reminiscent of an African safari camp. Then she was off to Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador to ride through the Andes on horseback, dine on farm-to-table meals, and make friends that will last long after the trip had ended. Her full report is here on our Journal.
Thank you to each and every one of you for choosing Uncharted Outposts and Outside GO to help craft these incredible journeys and memories. We hope that these are the stories that will turn in to tales to be told for many holiday seasons to come.
With much love from our family to yours, thank you being a part of our Outside GO family. We look forward to many more adventures together.
Sandy, Chip, Whitney, Robyn, Scott, Daisy, India, and Chyulu
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