Hey Houston, pack your bags because we have some serious travel fun in store for you - from hiking to biking to kayaking & some wine tasting and culture thrown in for good measure.

There's something for everyone. 

Stay tuned for updates for full schedule...

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1/13 - 1/20 

Steamboat Ski Trip

Traditional ski trip at Steamboat Resort. The Steamboat terrain is varied with something for everyone. Steamboat is a complete mountain range with six peaks for snowboarders & skiers of all ages and skill levels. There will also be additional opportunities such as a Tour of the Mountain with the Ambassadors, snowshoeing and a trip to the famous Steamboat Hot Springs.

>>more info & RSVP<<

2/4 - 2/11 

Costa Rica 2018 Retreat

Yoga, Music and afternoons hiking, surfing, paddle-boarding, jungle excursions, mountain biking, massage, evening relaxation of mantra and music. We will stay at Vida Asana Eco-Retreat and Yoga Center, an oasis tucked away in the rainforest, a kilometer from the beach. This retreat is appropriate for yogis of all levels, abilities and experience.

>>more info & RSVP<<

3/5 - 3/11 

Bali with HTXO - Press Play!

"Press Play" to a week of luxuriating, adventure, challenge, and self-discovery with sweat-tistas just like you! A FIT(ish) retreat is for the semi-fit, kinda fit, AOE (Adult Onset Exerciser) and everywhere in between. Sorry boys... this one is for girls only. The Wonder Woman that loves the idea and results of being fit, but equally loves to travel, a spa date and settling down to a good meal.

>>more info & RSVP<<

3/24 - 3/31 

Big Bend - Another West Texas Adventure

We have a small group going to Big Bend. We are staying between the Big Bend National Park and the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Hiking will be daily options. We will touch both parks. And if there is enough interest cycling road bike and mountain biking, jeep tour. We will definitely do a day trip on the river if the conditions are right. For those that want to be pampered there is a day spa in Lajitas. This is an amazing place with interesting geology, endless photo opts and the river guides will tell you that you will see a shooting star every night!

>>more info & RSVP<<

3/26 - 4/7 

BCO New Zealand Adventure

12 days – Christchurch to Queenstown. You'll find yourself surrounded by some of the best scenery on the planet with few signs of civilisation and no one else around. New Zealand is a haven for hikers. Some spots, such as the Milford Track, are deservedly world renowned, while other amazing locations are virtually undiscovered. Off the trail, New Zealand towns are charming and unique and since Kiwis love their creature comforts, you'll never be too far from a beautifully made cup of coffee. Sweet as! 

>>more info & RSVP<<

4/12 - 4/15 

ROW 2018 - Rock Out Weekend

Every year more people came and we had to find a bigger house until we settled on Flat Creek Ranch, 500 acres of our own ranch in the middle of the Hill Country (we share a fence line with Pedernales State Park). There are hiking and biking trails, a private swimming hole, 1000's of stars and room for everyone.  It's "rustic" (don't expect mints on the pillows) and comfortable. RSVP for 2018 ROW and come for the hiking, the rock climbing, the late-night story telling, the wine tasting, the memories, the moonlight swimming in the waterhole, and the ever-lasting friendships.

>>more info & RSVP<<

4/14 - 4/21 

BCO South of Holland Trip by Bike + Boa

Visit famous historical towns, picturesque cities and beautiful landscapes in the surprising varied "Green Heart" of Holland by bicycle and ship. Highlights are Amsterdam with the beautiful canals, Dom-city Utrecht, harbour city Rotterdam, Delft with its famous Delftware factories, cheese city Gouda, the windmills at Kinderdijk, silver city Schoonhoven, the historical centre of Haarlem, the dunes and the North Sea beach and the open air museum "Zaanse Schans".

>>more info & RSVP<<

4/20 - 4/22 

Backpacking Practice at Lake Texana Park and Campground

If you are signed up on the May 2018 Grand Canyon Trip (or plan any other backpacking trip this spring) this is a really great chance for you to prepare! If you are interested in backpacking, come and join us to learn more about it.  You do not have to be a backpacker to join us, but it will be the focus of the event. We will practice using our backpacking gear in camp and will be hiking Saturday with our packs. We will talk about gear, get to see what gear others have and will talk about meal prep.

>>more info & RSVP<<

4/20 - 4/22 

Camping at Bastrop State Park

Bastrop is set among the “Lost Pines,” a unique pine-oak forest just 32 miles south­east of Austin. We will have several hikes over the weekend. Explore the growing forest, look for the new generation of loblolly pines, and witness the resilience of nature. Bike or drive scenic Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher state parks. The hilly 12-mile road takes you through recovering and forested areas of the Lost Pines.  Lake Bastrop offers 900 surface acres for water sports. The Lower Colorado River Authority runs this park, and charges an entry fee... and many more

>>more info & RSVP<<

5/2 - 5/6 

Palo Duro Canyon Camping and Hiking

We will camp at the state park and hike the Lighthouse and Triassic trails in the canyon. We can also explore a few of the caves in the park.  

Palo Duro Canyon has been called "The Grand Canyon of Texas," both for its size and for the dramatic geological features, including the multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls similar to those in the Grand Canyon

>>more info & RSVP<<

soon... 

Texas Hill Country Getaway - Canyon of the Eagles

Located on the northeast shoreline of Lake Buchanan, Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park and Resort is an ideal Texas Hill Country get-away that offers the comforts of a full-service nature resort and the tranquility of a scenic, 940-acre nature park.  It has something for everyone.  Exploring 940 acres of a nature park lends itself to discovery and wellness.  Take a stroll or vigorous hike on the 14 miles of trails; enjoy live music or movies under the stars, and take part in an educational and recreational programs. Bring binoculars, we may see some eagles!

more info to follow

5/18 - 5/25 

Grand Canyon Backpacking trip - Group 1

We had a great time in 2016 Fall, so we are planning another Trip for 2018 Spring! We will be applying for a walk-up permit (may take up to 3 days), and will be enjoying the North Rim while we wait.  We will spend one day in the Page area to see Antelope Canyon and/or Lake Powel. The North Rim is incredibly beautiful and since very few people go there, it is less crowded and commercialized. 

>>more info & RSVP<<

5/19 - 5/26 

Grand Canyon Backpacking trip - Group 2

We had a great time in 2016 Fall, so we are planning another Trip for 2018 Spring! We will be applying for a walk-up permit (may take up to 3 days), and will be enjoying the North Rim while we wait.  We will spend one day in the Page area to see Antelope Canyon and/or Lake Powel. The North Rim is incredibly beautiful and since very few people go there, it is less crowded and commercialized. 

>>more info & RSVP<<

soon 

Rouge River Rafting Trip

The Rogue River in Southern Oregon is one of America’s top whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations for good reason. Numerous adrenaline-infused rapids with just enough tranquil floating. Adult-Only, Wine on the River, Craft Beer Tasting & Gourmet trips available. Rogue River trips offer great hiking, fishing & swimming. Waterfalls, historic sites & abundant wildlife, including black bear, otter, osprey & eagles. Oregon’s Rogue River winds its way through one of the most beautiful pine-forested canyons in North Americ.

more info to follow

soon 

Smoky Mountains Adventures and Hiking - SUMMER

We call it heaven. We'll be day hiking on the Appalachian Trail and possibly the Bartram Trail. There are endless numbers of lakes and rivers to kayak (easy kayak rental in the area), the Great Smoky Mountain Rail Road runs daily, Zip lining for those who want, rafting or duckies on local rivers, dining in Bryson City (yum yum) and more. As a group, we'll fly into Atlanta & rent a car.  Or, you can make this a road trip by carpooling. Last year we visited Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville and a couple of other cities along the way - it was a blast!

more info to follow

6/17 - 6/21 

The Bruce Trail Backpack Camping Trip

 The Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath. We will be hiking and camping through the Caledon Hills and Dufferin Hi-Lands sections, approximately 125km divided equally over five days, four nights.  Participants should have some backpack camping experience!

If anyone wants to extend their stay before/after in Toronto or the surrounding areas including continuing on the trail, we can help with planning.  Keep in mind Niagara Falls is only 1 ½ hour away from Toronto!

>>more info & RSVP<

soon 

Paddling Boundary Waters

Great Glaciers carved the physical features of what is today known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) by scraping and gouging rock. The glaciers left behind rugged cliffs and crags, canyons, gentle hills, towering rock formations, rocky
shores, sandy beaches and thousands
of lakes and streams, interspersed with
islands and surrounded by forest. The BWCAW is a unique area located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. Over 1 million acres in size, it extends nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent
to Canada’s Quetico and La Verendrye
Provincial Parks and is bordered on the
west by Voyageurs National Park. The BWCAW contains over 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over

 2000 designated campsites.

more info to follow

 

soon 

Hiking, biking, paddling & Playing in Arkansas 

Canoeing and kayaking the upper Buffalo National River is absolutely the finest paddling experience in the state of Arkansas.  In fact, when you plan a float trip here, you've selected the most amazing scenery in the state as the backdrop for your adventure! Mountain biking in Arkansas is becoming very popular, with some of the state's finest trails located right here in upper Buffalo River country! Did you know a majestic herd of wild elk live in the Ponca area? They do and you can enjoy watching them from your bike! Ready for high-flying fun on Arkansas' only wilderness zip line adventure? Our Buffalo River Canopy Tour is not just a zip line---it's a 2-hr nature excursion through the treetops of Buffalo River country! Providing one unique and unforgettable Fall color experience! Waterfalls, scenic bike trail and not to mentione the Whitaker Point, this most scenic of Arkansas icon.

more info to follow

soon 

Galapagos Islands Tour

Snorkel or diving San Cristobal Island,
visit of the Galapaguera tortoise reserve (hike) and the Puerto Chino beach (hike, beach) relax a bit in company of sea lions.
Explore Lobos Island with blue footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, frigate bird. Snorkel, and have relax time on the beautiful Ochoa Beach. Dive or snorkel at Kicker Rock. This is one of the most amazing snorkel spots, where you can swim with (harmless!) reef sharks, rays, sea lions. Kayaking Santa Cruz Island then hike, swim... just name a few!

more info to follow

6/20 - 6/25 

The Bounty of Baja: Wine, Food & Local Life

Discover Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley! Savor exquisite wines and learn to distinguish flavors and production processes — from artisan family-owned wineries to larger industrialized plants.  World renown chefs created a delightful BajaMed cuisine combining fresh sea and farm products with tradition, participate in a hands-on cooking class. Enter the homes and studios of famed local artists, walk through markets, join a salsa class, a hands-on cooking class and be immersed in local culture.

 

>>more info & RSVP<<

6/24 - 6/30 

BCO Greek Island Tour on Private Sailing Yacht

Deep Blue brings you the beautiful crewed luxury charter yacht ‘Glaros’. Explore the stunning beauty of the magical Greek islands. Hence, Glaros is now sailing from the Island of Lefkada in the Ionian Islands, Greece. This is a 10 passenger yacht that will sail BCO members. Snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing, beachcombing and archeological sites are free. You can explore the land of culture and mythology. Offering tremendous cruising potential, with islands set like jewels in a sparkling blue sea.

The two Greek members of your crew have expert knowledge of the whole cruising area and the local customs. They know the best beaches, walks, and other activities that are going on ashore.

>>more info & RSVP<<

7/8-7/16 

8-Day Adriatic & Greece Cruise from Venice

Marvel at the ancient history and natural splendors of Greece and the Adriatic on this amazing roundtrip cruise from Venice. Choose daily trips, tours, and relaxation by the pool.  Plan on joining us in the evening at our table for dinner, toasts, and conversation! Before you go, make your way along the Grand Canal via gondola and behold the gothic architecture of the Doge's Palace. Whilst in Athens, witness the one-and-only Acropolis, a citadel more than 2,500 years old and still a fixture of the city's skyline. And amble the massive palace in Old Town Split, built by the emperor Diocletian in 4th century ADVERT and today serves as a lively hub for shopping, dining and nightlife.

>>more info & RSVP<<

7/25-7/30 

A relaxing week in Santa Fe, New Mexico with BCO

Santa Fe, New Mexico is a magical, exuberant, colorful journey at any time of year. Santa Fe is known as the City Different and within one visit, you will know why. Santa Fe embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture, the food, the art and on. Remember, the City is seated at an elevation of 7,000 feet, so come and partake of 320 sunny days per year. There is always something to do in Santa Fe: gallery openings, live music, hiking & climbing, shopping, road trips and natural wonders abound.

>>more info & RSVP<<

8/5 - 8/11 

West Texas Fun, Fitness and Multi Sport Week 2018

Davis Mountains Fitness & Training Camp in West Texas is a week of laid back or endurance activities...its your choice. There are 3 levels of supported events each day.
Throughout the week you can choose various daily activities located either on the ranch property or off-premises. You can start your morning off with a pre-dawn walk or an early morning run. After breakfast, you can choose an activity, such as a bike ride or a hike or you can attend the various clinics and lectures that are scheduled throughout the day. Not all camp is physical! In the evening, there are activities such as nature or nutrition lectures, classes, and dance lessons.We have had a great time since 2012 and hope you can join us in 2018.

>>more info & RSVP<<

8/31 - 9/3 

Labor Day 2018 at Caddo Lake: Kayaking, fishing, lake tours and restaurants

We will stay at Caddo Lake Cabins on Caddo Lake.

The Cypress View Cabin on Caddo Lake is a recently updated, clean, comfortable guest house to rent for up to 6 people, with private dock, boathouse and large screen porch on the shore of beautiful Caddo Lake and her graceful moss-draped cypress trees. It comes complete with all linens and towels, kitchen utensils and outdoor grill. There's air conditioning for the summer, a gas fireplace for the fall, and canoes and kayaks year-round to complete your vacation. It's all here!
Bring your boat and join us for the weekend at Caddo Lake!

>>more info & RSVP<<

soon 

Biking the Katy Trail

The Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri. Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead.  After leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana. America's longest "rails-to-trail" project, formerly the MKT rail line, is flat and scenic.  It's ideal for hiking, running, or cycling on just about any kind of bike.  Many cross-country cyclists include the Katy Trail in their tours.  It is part of Adventure Cycling's Lewis & Clark route, as well as the American Discovery Trail.

soon 

BCO Big Bend Camping

Explore abundant natural riches in the desert of West Texas. We’ll have four nights in Big Bend National Park to explore some of the most scenic country in Texas, heck, the world!  We’ll be camping in the group campground in the Chisos Basin. There’s an abundance of natural riches to explore inside the park and activities include hiking, paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, stargazing, and even a day trip to sunny Mexico.

more info to follow

9/7 - 9/15 

BCO Trekking in Ireland - Wicklow Way (ending in Dublin)

Wicklow Way (6 Day) Self- Guided Walking Holiday. The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest waymarked walking trail and is enjoyed by many independent walkers every year. It reveals some of Ireland’s finest views including Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historical Glendalough. This, easy to moderate, six-day walking holiday along the Wicklow Way towards Dublin will take you over 60km along the stunning beauty of the Garden of Ireland.

>>more info & RSVP<<

9/8 - 9/16 

BCO Yellowstone & Tetons Trip

We will spend 5 nights in Yellowstone and 3 nights in the Tetons. This trip we will stay in cabins and most days will be lots of easy to moderate hiking.  There is one strenuous hike planned in Yellowstone, and the group will have an option to take a moderate hike from the same trailhead.  We will be seeing the most popular attractions and various animals in the parks. This will be a very active trip, with lots of walking, so anyone that signs up should be prepared for the trip. The daily activities are still being refined, so they may change.

>>more info & RSVP<<

9/11 - 9/14 

Camping at Palmetto State Park

A little piece of the tropics lies just an hour from Austin and San Antonio. With multiple sources of water (including the San Marcos River), Palmetto State Park is a haven for a wide variety of animals and plants. Look for dwarf palmettos, the park’s namesake, growing under the trees. This small park offers a large amount of fun, both on water and land. On the water, you can swim, tube, fish and canoe. On land, hike or bike our trails, camp, geocache, go birding or study nature. Palmetto State Park is a great weekend destination, with lots to do in nearby towns.

>>more info & RSVP<<

9/30 - 10/5 

North of NAPA Wine Tour

California wine country as it use to be. Escape the tourist path to scenic Lake County, where you’ll learn about award-winning vineyards, traditional growing methods, local history and the fine art of pairing food and wine. A hidden gem of the wine industry lies nestled in the pristine valleys and hills of Lake County. Here, where Prohibition wiped out the vineyards that produced the premier wines of the era, the vineyards flourish once again, world-class wines flow, and an exuberant spirit prevails. Come learn about the roots of California winemaking in California wine country as it used to be, free from crowds and commercialism.

>>more info & RSVP<<

soon 

North Texas Trail Bike Trip

(not mountain) biking, stay in hotels and B&B at night. The Northeast Texas Trail is a collection of mostly unpaved trails that pass through the towns and farmland between Farmersville, Paris and New Boston in the northeast portion of the State of Texas. This is a multi-use, non-motorized, trail open to walking, running, bike riding and horseback riding. There is much to offer along the trail as it goes across the open countryside away from roads and traffic and through natural areas. You will travel through open farm land and brush land, thick forests, over picturesque bridges crossing rivers and creeks, see historic stretches of the old railroad lines and come across a variety of wildlife.

more info to follow

9/28-9/30 

Texas Hill Country getaway at Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas

Enjoy a weekend away with your BCO Buddies in the spectacular Texas Hill Country! The ranch is only ten minutes from the famous town of Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of The World, where there is always music playing and honky-tonks to explore. It is also a short one-hour drive from the tourism mecca that is San Antonio, where you can enjoy the Alamo, the River Walk, Sea World,  Fiesta Texas and more. Last year we had horseback rides, we enjoyed the large outdoor pool, catch-and-release fishing, nature hiking, evening ranch entertainment (except Sunday), campfires, and many more.

>>more info & RSVP<<

soon 

Explore Costa Rica with BCO

Get ready for one of our favorite destinations, Costa Rica!  Come join us for one of our 8 day all-inclusive Week of Costa Rica Adventure! Explore the real Costa Rica by traveling to a variety of the country’s extreme natural landscapes. Witness the tropical birds and sloths while whitewater rafting to the Jungle Lodge, be privy to the rainforest’s awe inspiring natural beauty as you ziplinethrough the canopy and soak up the vitamin D while surfing or snorkeling in the Caribbean coast’s clear blue water. This Costa Rica Adventure Vacation will be one that you will Never Forget!

more info to follow

soon 

Beginner Backpacking the Lone Star Trail

Let's enjoy your weekend with us into the Woods! This is a great beginner backpacking trip! We'll hike in on Saturday (half the loop) and set up camp.  On Sunday, we'll finish the loop.  Please bring all water you need for the weekend; include drinking water, water for food prep, etc. We can share gear like stoves, pots or hatchets, etc so you might not need to carry everything yourself. Bonus points for sharing a tent and only carrying half the load! This is a fair weather event - extreme cold or rain will cancel or reschedule.

more info to follow

soon 

Smoky Mountains Adventures and Hiking - FALL

We call it heaven. We'll be day hiking on the Appalachian Trail and possibly the Bartram Trail. There are endless numbers of lakes and rivers to kayak (easy kayak rental in the area), the Great Smoky Mountain Rail Road runs daily, Zip lining for those who want, rafting or duckies on local rivers, dining in Bryson City (yum yum) and more. As a group, we'll fly into Atlanta & rent a car.  Or, you can make this a road trip by carpooling. Last year we visited Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville and a couple of other cities along the way - it was a blast!

more info to follow

10/27 - 11/3 

Halloween at Dracula's Castle Transylvania, Romania

Transylvania. The name itself is enough to send an icy chill down the spine of even the most fearless adventurer. Now imagine being there, in person, when the clock clangs midnight… on Halloween! At odds with its creeptacular reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe’s most charming and underexplored regions, beguiling visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture, enveloping forests, and friendly people. It is a 7-day tour from Bucharest to Bucharest; visiting castles, monastery, citadel, and villages. Bring your costume for a private party at Bran Castle.  The landscape in Transylvania in particular is alpine and riddled with medieval castles and fortresses. But as idyllic as it is by day, the real fun happens at night – particularly Halloween, we’ll have a Halloween costume party at Dracula's castle.

Think you’re not afraid of the dark? You will be.

>>more info & RSVP<<

11/2 - 11/4 

BCO Weekend in the Woods

This year we'll be at Texana Park and Campground from Friday night to Monday afternoon, arrive when you can. We'll pick between a campsite located directly on the Lake Texana cove, or tucked away surrounded by beautiful oak trees. There will be hiking, biking (both road & mountain), geocaching, fishing, potluck dinners and whatever else we can think up!  Stay tuned for new events to be added and see you there! We will be holding a potluck dinner on Saturday night!  Let us know in your RSVP (comment section) what you are bringing.

>>more info & RSVP<< 

11/6 - 11/17 

Cycle South Africa: Cape Town & The Garden Route

And experience “The Rainbow Nation” by bicycle with VBT. On this itinerary, you’ll cycle the stunning terrain for which South Africa is celebrated, from Table Mountain to the gentle vineyards of Franschhoek. And you’ll discover that this nation’s people are as inspiring as its landscapes when you tour an ostrich farm, taste renowned wines with vintners, share a meal in a local home, and savor an authentic braai, or barbecue.

Visits to a penguin colony, the famed KristenboschBotanical Gardens, and Cape Town’s Langa township round out this unforgettable cycling sojourn.

And add on options include wildlife safari and Victoria Falls.

>>more info & RSVP<<

11/18 - 11/25 

Thanksgiving Hiking in Utah

Utah is home to some of the most beautiful and unique terrain best explored on foot.  We will have a rental house as our base to explore carved landscapes, rock art, arches and spectacular overlooks in nearby parks like: Capitol Reef, Arches & Canyonlands National Parks; Dead Horse & Goblin Valley State Parks.  We will have daily hikes for every skill level, and a full-moon hike on Thanksgiving!

Mark your calendar for our pre-trip planning meeting on October 7th to discuss what to bring, park & trail information, what to expect, etc. We will discuss car rental/carpooling from either Salt Lake City, Las Vegas or Grand Junction, shared food/meals, including Thanksgiving dinner, kitchen duties, & sleeping arrangements.

>>more info & RSVP<<

11/29 - 12/2 

Camping Lake Somerville State Park Nails Creek Unit

Fishing, camping, mountain biking, riding horses, birding, hiking – whatever your outdoor passion, you can pursue it here. Come and join us for a camping trip this weekend.

More details to folow...

>>more info & RSVP<<

11/22 - 11/25 

Cuba Bike Tour

This is a Level 1 bike trip in Cuba.  We fly to Fort Lauderdale, and take Jet Blue to Havana.
There will be three days of riding in the city going to restaurants, bars, countryside, and local attractions.
Activities: Old Town walk tour,
a short ride around Vedado to John Lennon Park, Art Factory, a short bike ride on the Malecon (too cool), take the van to Casa Fuster, and Hemingway Marina.
We can mix in museums and churches too.
Note: everyone has to get a Cuban visa, but the tour people can help us to get them.

>>more info & RSVP<<

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