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WanderVW

Photo courtesy of WanderVW

Volkswagen vans just scream, “I’m going on an adventure!” If you’ve had a hankering for the #vanlife but don’t own your own, WanderVW has you covered. The newly launched Portland company rents six vans—like a 1987 Westfalia named “Goldie” and a 1997 Eurovan named “Lulu—which you can take wherever you’d like. All vans are equipped with a pop-up camper that sleeps four, kitchen sink, fridge and oven, and accessories like camping chairs and a cooler. (wandervw.com)

Maine Hiking Meetups

Meetups are a great way to meet like-minded adventurers—and there are a host of Maine-based hiking Meetups, like Bold Betties, Trail Dames of Portland Maine, and Outdoor Afro. Meetups are often free, some are geared to women only and they offer a chance to meet fellow hikers, whether you’re brand new to hiking or have years of experience.

Trail Dames of Portland Maine is “a hiking club for women of a curvy nature. However, all women are welcome.” (meetup.com/Trail-Dames-of-Portland-Maine)

Outdoor Afro is “a community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities such as camping, hiking, biking, birding, fishing, gardening, skiing and more.” (meetup.com/Outdoor-Afro-Portland-ME)

Bold Betties—Southern Maine is a women-only group “focused on female bonding, being outdoors and active and trying new things.” (meetup.com/Bold-Betties-Southern-Maine)

Dog Hikers of Maine gives dog owners the “opportunity to get out with our dogs, hike around Maine and explore the state’s best hiking trails.”  (meetup.com/Dog-Hikers-of-Maine)

Travel the world with Adventure Marketplace

Photo courtesy of Nancy Dorrans

All the adventure, none of the planning hassle. Mainer Nancy Dorrans, owner of Adventure Marketplace, organizes a range of group trips in New England, Canada and destinations farther away, like South Africa, Scotland, Tanzania and Iceland. It’s an excellent way to travel, explore a new place, meet new people and know that a well-travelled expert has taken care of the details. The next overseas journey is to Vietnam and Cambodia from November 10–26. (adventure-marketplace.com)

Rappel down a waterfall

Photo by Shannon Bryan

Take a journey to New Hampshire for a unique opportunity to rappel down a waterfall. Northeast Mountaineering offers guided rappels four days a week (Thursday through Sunday) from May to October. It’s a thrill to climb the trail up to the top of the 100-foot Ripley Falls in Crawford Notch. It’s even more thrilling to rappel down the waterfall, the cold water pouring down next to you (or onto you). All gear is included, and you’ll get training beforehand to ensure a safe climb. All levels welcome—even if you’ve never rappelled before. Rates range from $125–$200 per person, depending on the size of the group. (nemountaineering.com)

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