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Monday, July 14, 2014

New Virginia Adventures


New Adventure Sampler

A weekend getaway full of outdoor fun and historic B&B’s centered around the 1680 Colonial port town of Onancock on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Options include a Seaside or Bayside trip, SouthEast Expeditions’ Kayak Winery Tour, Hang-gliding, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Families and groups welcome! 

Onancock Challenge: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

SouthEast Expeditions’ annual Kayak/Canoe/SUP Races on Onancock Creek. There are 5K and 10K courses suitable for all categories of paddlers: Kayak, SUP, Surfski, Outrigger Canoe and K1. Seafood Boil to follow. Register online:

Fall Kayak Camping Expeditions

Autumn lingers on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Join us on special Fall kayak camping trips along the Chesapeake Bay. We’ll explore vast marshes and remote beaches by day, and enjoy cool evenings under the stars on our exclusive island campsites.

Rooftop of Virginia Hike & Bike: Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 10-13, 2014

“Take a hike” during peak foliage season in Southwest Virginia. Tackle Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers, on the AT the next. A cozy lodge deep in the hollows of Grayson County is our base camp for hot showers, soft beds and delicious meals as we toast each day's adventure!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Early Booking Discount on Florida Kayaking Trips

There's just one month left to our Early Booking Discount for Florida paddling adventures in the Everglades, Florida Keys, and on the Calusa Blueway. Book by Sept. 1 and receive 10% off.

We've set the dates for our annual expeditions on three iconic water trails:
  • Great Calusa Blueway: November, December and February, we are working on the exact dates right now, so if you have a preference, let us know!

Three, four and five day trips are also available in the Keys, Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands. Visit for details.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Everglades Adventures 2014


Burnham Guides announces 2014 Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands multi-day kayak trips beginning Jan. 5 and running through March 15. 

There is truly no other place like it on Earth. The diverse environments of Everglades National Park and Ten Thousand Islands range from coastal beaches to brackish mangrove swamp to freshwater sawgrass prairie. The birdlife is unparalleled, with literally hundreds of species. Bill & Mary Burnham, with Everglades expert Joel Beckwith, will lead paddlers through mangrove mazes to fascinating interior routes, where camping is on chickees and ground sites, and out into the Gulf of Mexico to camp on gorgeous palm tree beaches. 


Choose from these fully-outfitted adventures: View Trip Calendar
  • 3 days out of Flamingo, Everglades City or 10K Islands: $595 per person. 
  • 5 days out of Flamingo, Everglades City or 10K Islands: $995 per person.
  • 8-day Wilderness Waterway: Traverses the largest roadless area in the Lower 48. Cost $1750. Typically begins in Flamingo and ends at Everglades City. Scheduled for Feb. 8-16, 2014; additional dates available on request.
  • Day trips are available on request, schedule permitting, to places like Coot Bay Pond, West Lake, Hell's Bay and Alligator Creek. $125 per person, includes lunch.

Closest airports: Miami and Ft. Myers. All trips include sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, and camping fees. 20% discount for bringing own boat and gear.

More details:
Email: or call 305-240-0650 to make a reservation.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hike and Bike the Rooftop of Virginia

Since the publication of our first book, "Hiking Virginia," a dozen years ago, countless people have asked us: "What's your favorite hike?" To celebrate the release of the new, full-color 3rd edition we're going to take you there!

Join us Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11-14, 2013, at one of our favorite places in all of Virginia: Mount Rogers during peak foliage season. We'll hike up Virginia's tallest peak and coast by bike down the Virginia Creeper Trail, all from a cozy basecamp.

Click here for all the details. Call 305-240-0650 or Email to reserve your spot!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Douro River Kayak, Portugal

Burnham Guides is going international!

The Douro River is an extraordinary place, magical some say. For 10 days, from Sept. 20-29, 2013 we will experience this firsthand as we kayak to four World Heritage Sites on an expedition filled with mystery, beauty, history, nature, gastronomy and wine. The river's high steep banks vary from sheer granite walls rising several hundred feet to Roman-era terraced vineyards built over centuries. Our paddling will begin in Spain, and aided by the gentle flow of the river, end at the sea near Oporto, Portugal.

Email for details.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thanks for a great season!

Cincinatti Hills Christian Academy was our biggest group ever, great kids who paddled 50 miles to Key West!
Our 2013 Florida kayaking season is done and one for the books! 13 trips, 70 days on the water and 100 great customers! Many thanks to those who helped along the way, from co-guiding, to boat-lifting, to re-supplying. We truly could not do it without you!

Calusa Blueway, a new trip offering this year
We are not back on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for the summer, guiding trips for SouthEast Expeditions. Come see us at our little shop at Onancock Wharf!

Mary & Bill
Visit  Burnham Guides to see what we have planned for Winter 2013-2014!

8-day Wilderness Waterway, Everglades

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Save Old Seven

From our winter "base camp" at Knight's Key campground in Marathon, we can walk or bike the Old Seven Mile bridge span that leads 2 miles out to historic Pigeon Key. The other night on a sunset bike ride I saw people of all ages and abilities: walkers, joggers, bikers, skateboarders, and a woman in a wheelchair. Dogs are welcome too (just please, pick up after them).

It's really become an important means of recreation for many people on an island where the highway, US 1, is pretty dangerous for pedestrians and bikers. From it height you can watch for dolphins, sea turtles and sharks in the water below.

It's also historic, one of the original bridges Henry Flagler had built back in 1912 as part of the railroad from Miami to Key West, thus connecting that island nation to the mainland for the first time in history.

Long story short, it's falling apart, and the DOT, which owns it, really isn't in the business of fixing bridges that don't carry vehicles anymore. They would rather close it for safety reasons.

Enter the Friends of Old Seven, a volunteer group that is raising funds (DOT will match them), to fix the bridge. The volunteers are out there everyday, with an information table set up at the entrance to the bridge. For a donation you can get a T-shirt, tote bag or a bumper sticker for you bike like I did!

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