Kayaking to the Petroglyph Island, spending Halloween (and one earthquake) on a pirate ship, mushing picturesquely down a park trail until your lead dogs go "SQUIRREL!"...
All of these are possible with a little imagination and less money. Most of these photos & tales are from the Chesapeake Bay region, east coast USA.
As a local outfitter says: go outside and play!
For swordwhale's art (Elves, Dwarves, Pookas & shapeshifters, denizens of the natural world, Tolkien stuff, critters, and one random webcomic) : http://swordwhale3.tumblr.com/
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I don't post NSFW there, but I reblog other posts and some may contain language unsuitable for polite company.
Tall ships at Downrigging Weekend, Chestertown Maryland (USA, east coast). The flags on Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II are from the War of 1812: 15 stars, 15 stripes.