Kayak, hike, sail or bike with Into The Wild Eco Diversions in the Florida Panhandle

March 19, 2010

Explore some of the many creeks and tributaries in a kayak with Into The Wild Eco Diversions.
Explore some of the many creeks and tributaries in a kayak with Into The Wild Eco Diversions.

Expert guide service offers unique nature adventures

Into the Wild Eco-Diversions in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida offers a unique guide service accommodating anyone looking to explore nature in the Florida Panhandle. With such a vast amount of natural beauty in the area, ITW offers the opportunity to experience it all with the unique variety of platforms – biking, hiking, kayaking and sailing.

ITW’s concept is to bring people closer to the natural world, as the content of the tours are interpretive discussions on the ecosystems, history and current events affecting our environment. The trips range from 2-4 hours and vary from easy to strenuous. Longer outings can be scheduled and can be customized to an individual’s preference.

Guide Karl Renelt explains the ecosystems in Point Washington State forest.
Guide Karl Renelt explains the ecosystems in Point Washington State forest.

“The group size for adventures is ideally eight people or less to insure a high quality experience” Karl Renelt, ITW’s founder explains. Larger groups can be accommodated, and children are always welcome on any tour.

Platforms to explore with ITW:

Biking: A great way to explore during the cooler months and even mornings and afternoons in summer.  Walton County has a variety of established trails that allow good access to a variety of environments.  The bikes allow for a longer distance and variety.

Hiking:  Walton County has many hidden jewels that can only be accessed by foot. These trips can be made during the magic hour for memorable photography, if your schedule allows.

Biking in the Point Washington State Forest. Photo courtesy www.brandanbabineaux.com

Kayaking:  ITW offers a wide range of kayak activity.  Certified instructors can teach safe kayaking techniques and excursions are available to suit the beginner to expert.

Sailing: Depending on the vagaries of wind and water, ITW can offer small groups (4-6) an unforgettable experience providing a one-of-a-kind experience.  Personalized lessons are available if a client has his own boat or wants an introduction to the sport of sailing on a do-it-yourself basis.

ITW offers the explorer the option to design their own adventure: Combine trips from the four platforms for memories that go beyond the typical vacation experience.

About your guide:
Karl Renelt has grown up in the Northwest Florida Panhandle area spending his time outdoors. As a Boy Scout, Karl spent his summers scouting, sailing and exploring around the Choctawhatchee Bay and the beaches in Okaloosa County. In 2000, Karl began a higher quest for learning about the Choctawhatchee Bay and studying the overall health of our area’s waters.

Captivated by the diversity of the local area ecosystems, Karl immersed himself in learning more, and studied forestry at the University of Florida, and recently completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program with the University of Florida Extension Service. He has also completed The American Canoe Association Instructors certification for coastal kayaking.

Karl started his guide service back in the 1980s, when the word ecotourism was just a blip on the radar. His walking tours became popular along with sailing adventures as Karl guided visitors around the dune ecosystems around the Topsail Hill Preserve area in Santa Rosa Beach.

You can reach Into The Wild Eco Diversions at (850) 974-2258, or go to their website at ITWecodiversions.com