Connecting women mid-life and older with the earth—one step at a time.

Turtle Adventures has been developing somewhere in my subconscious for many years. Exploring nature and lying on the ground with my ear pressed up against the earth have always been a big part of my life–the sane part. I am almost certain the first words I ever spoke were “me go outside.” Chances are that while saying this, I had one hand on my hip and the other hand pointing to the door.  I am thinking it was more like “me, go outside, NOW!”

I’d like to invite women to join me on my adventures in the great outdoors. At Turtle Adventures you’ll find everything from a walk around the block to a week in the wilderness.

We’ll carry everything we need on our backs and discover nature’s most hidden parts one step at a time. You’ll spend whole days just treading lightly on the earth with only your thoughts playing through your head. You’ll discover the wholesome reward of setting up camp and falling asleep beneath the heavens.

I’m hoping that you’ll join me.

Why would you want to join me? I can only tell you that I truly love the outdoors and have led a very passionate and full life close to nature. I can tell you with confidence that I am very comfortable outside in the middle of nowhere completely alone with only my thoughts and the critters as companions. This is what I want to share. I am experienced in hiking, backpacking, planning trips and making the most fun out of traveling. I attended the National Outdoor Leadership Program in the Beartooth Mountains in 2013. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder, which includes CPR, and have many years of camping, backpacking and solo traveling.

Of course, I would not be Jane if I did not throw into Turtle Adventures my sense of play and discovery along the way.

Welcome to Turtle Adventures, where women will connect in a multitude of ways ONE STEP at a time!

 

Founded

2008

UPCOMING TRIP

Superior Hiking trail Backpacking Experience 2018

past trips

Copper Harbor Experience 2016
Superior Hiking Trail (See picture & testimonial below)
Grand Canyon (see slideshow below)
Isla Mujeres (see slideshow below)

 

Trip Details and Registration

What kind of adventure would you like? 

I’m already thinking about the next trip. Help me plan the perfect experience by telling me what destinations and style of travel you are interested in. 

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Previous Turtle Adventures

I recently went on a Turtle Adventure Tour with hostess Jane Schmidt to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

This could not have been an easier trip thanks to Jane's careful planning, laid-back manner and extensive knowledge of Isla and travel. We were offered many choices for activities but could opt out and explore on our own. From picking us up at our front doors, hauling us to the airport, assisting our journey through customs and look out for comfort every step of the way, Jane is a natural leader. 

I cherish the memories of my trip and l look forward to another trip with Jane.

Patricia DeMark Knower
Viroqua, WI


"Turtle Adventure lady, Jane, puts careful, conscientious, and comprehensive preparation and planning into this Grand Canyon hiking trip. It is first-rate. I gained valuable how-to knowledge of backpacking - what and how to pack for living outside, food, snack and water needs, leave no trace tips and what to expect on the trail. I highly recommend taking this well-planned trip. You can feel at ease knowing that all details have been considered, Jane readily answers any and all questions and concerns. Your responsibility is to pay attention to the information that Jane provides. You will have fun and be empowered to plan your own backpacking adventures."

Kathy Aaker 
Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip
April 2014

Superior Hiking Trip 2016

   " I had the pleasure of joining Jane and some like-minded women for my very first ever backpacking adventure. This was a decision that was not easy for me to make. At 69 years of age I wasn’t confident that I was capable of hiking and camping with everything I need on my back. But . . . this was something I have always wanted to try. My experience exceeded my expectations and gave me confidence that you can do anything you put your mind to. But the really great gift I got from the experience is the knowledge of how to plan and execute an amazing adventure like that. That is knowledge that is mine to keep. I will use that to go on adventures with friends. Amazing time, good food, and bonding with some awesome women. Thanks Jane, you are the best."        Beth Unger       

" I had the pleasure of joining Jane and some like-minded women for my very first ever backpacking adventure. This was a decision that was not easy for me to make. At 69 years of age I wasn’t confident that I was capable of hiking and camping with everything I need on my back. But . . . this was something I have always wanted to try. My experience exceeded my expectations and gave me confidence that you can do anything you put your mind to. But the really great gift I got from the experience is the knowledge of how to plan and execute an amazing adventure like that. That is knowledge that is mine to keep. I will use that to go on adventures with friends. Amazing time, good food, and bonding with some awesome women. Thanks Jane, you are the best." 

Beth Unger