Over land and sea, LARC is the place to be

December 3rd, 2016

LARC amphibious toursImagine taking a tour of the Australian Coastline, crossing four tide creeks, and then four wheel driving it up a steep climb to visit an historic lighthouse—all without even changing vehicles. There’s only one way to do it and that is in the big pink amphibious boat with wheels, called a LARC. The 1770 LARC Tour is like no other adventure you’ve ever been on.

Your tour will begin your tour in the Town of 1770, Agnes Water on the Queensland Coast of Australia. Enjoy morning tea as you take in the breath taking scenery. Then get ready to explore, traveling over land and sea. Travel along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park. Learn about the abundant wildlife and history of Bustard Bay. Cross four tidal creeks and you’ll tour the head light keeper’s cottage at the historic Bustard Head Lightstation and the light-station graveyard. Watch kangaroos grazing and dophins jumping from the water.

After lunch learn about Australian wildlife and some of its history. Then finish the day by sand-boarding down the dunes of Middle Island. Climb one of the 30 meter high dunes and take in the expansive view, then grab a board and hold on tight as you slide down the face of the hill.

For a more relaxing tour, book a one-hour afternoon cruise. Take a ride as the sun begins to set and watch as the landscape experiences a change of moods. Suddenly there’s a peaceful solitude in the tropical paradise. A sense of calm and beauty that you can’t help but take in yourself as you witness the magic of Round Hill Creek and Eurimbula National Park, its wildlife and the views it offers of Round Hill Head and the coastline.

Whether you take a day run or an early evening tour be sure to take in some swimming and beachcombing.

Get started on your 1770 LARC tour by visiting their website.

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The visionary Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in Browntown, Wisconsin

December 3rd, 2016

Living and thriving in an eco-friendly, sustainable manner requires a great deal of innovation, creativity, and courage in the modern, industrial world. Two people that embody this way of thinking are the owners of the Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in Browntown, Wisconsin. Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko don’t just talk the talk about eco-living. They also walk the walk and it doesn’t look like their shoes will be wearing down any time soon.

They are strong proponents of including the role that nature plays when doing business (and have written books about the subject) and thus refer to themselves as “ecopreneurs” and “bioneers”. Perhaps the best (and certainly the most comfortable) way to learn more about their ideas and strategies for living and working in such an eco-conscious manner is to stay at their bed and breakfast.

The place may look like other small, quaint, country inns but beneath the surface, this is one seriously green endeavor. Everything in the hotel is powered by renewable energy sources, the food is vegetarian and mostly comes from their organic garden, and they are always coming up with new, green ideas to improve their inn.

One of their latest projects has been changing an old granary into “an active solar heated straw bale greenhouse”. The hoped for end result of this project probably has such a long descriptive name because it’s the first of its kind. They hope to use it so they and guests of the Serendipity Inn can enjoy tropical fruits like papayas and carambola as winter snows blankets the surrounding countryside.

Even if one doesn’t stay at the inn, it sounds like it would still be a worthwhile destination to see what will hopefully be the wave of the future in action. The inn is described as a “demo home” for sustainable living so the owners would probably be willing to show visitors how they converted an old farm house into a carbon neutral dwelling.

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