Monday, October 3, 2011

An amazing season and an amazing future!!

Here at SuperFun Eco Tours it is the end of our summer kayaking season. We had a great year and owe all our success to every person who joined us for a trip, tour or rental. This year more people then ever came out to Assateague Island and experienced our brand of hands on eco tours. All of our participants were able to see and interact with the plethora of wildlife that call Assateague Island home. On average we led two full tours a day and every tour used a mixture of skill and luck to capture, interact with and release Blue Crabs, Mummichugs, Silversides, Grass Shrimp, Comb Jellies, Needle Fish, Moon Jellyfish, Sea Cucumbers and the elusive Horseshoe Crab. We also had a record number of large group trips come through the park with us this year and we would like to sincerely thank every participant who came out with us this summer!!
We would also like to thank all of our local partners! The Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Burley Oak Brewery, The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, The Berlin Chamber of Commerce, The Harrison Hotel Group, Ayers Creek Adventures, The Paddle House Outfitters, Shockley's Market, Grow Berlin Green, The Globe Restaurant, Ocean City Recreation and Parks, Assateague Island State Park, and of coarse The Assateague Island National Seashore. All of these organizations strive to provide the local community with amazing opportunities to enjoy the local eco systems, cultures and communities. With out all of their help and support we would not be able to provide our customers with the high quality eco tours we offer throughout the summer months.
Even though we had a great year we will always strive to offer the best customer experience that we can. That means we are always looking for new trip and tour ideas. New for next year we will be offering our Burley Oak Beer tour which will highlight one of our newest partners, The Burley Oak Brewery. The tour will start with a kayak tour of Assateague Island and end at the brewery for a tasting and a tour. We are also working on an off season bus shuttle that will give the local community a chance to travel between Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and Berlin in style while cruising around in our superfun bus. Next year we will still be offering many of our most popular tours like our Sunset Tour, Fullmoon Tour, Sustainable Shellfishing Tour, and our most popular tour, the Discovery Tour.
Again, here at SuperFun we can not thank our friends, family, customers, partners and supporters enough for all the help and positive reinforcement. This has been an amazing experience so far and hope to have an amazing future filled with fun and success. We will be taking reservations for next year all winter long and can't wait to get next season started. If you would like to schedule a trip or tour for next year feel free to call us at 410-656-9453 or send us an email at superfunecotours@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Customer Appreciation Month and Our Ocean City Nature Clinic

Here at SuperFun September is CUSTOMER APPRECIATION MONTH! That means we will be offering half price tours for all children!! Also if you schedule your tour on a Monday every adult will receive ten dollars off their tour price. This season has been awesome so far and it is all because of you, our customers. We want to end this season strong and hope to have many customers taking advantage of our customer appreciation discounts.
We are happy to announce that we are doing a nature clinic with Ocean City Parks and Recreation. The nature clinic will give local children the opportunity to experience our type of hands on interpretation. We will be exploring Northside Park, Assateague Island and the beaches of Ocean City. If you want to get signed up call the OC Parks and Recreation Department!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

David Moats and Hurricane Irene

This past week we had the pleasure of welcoming David Moats to the SuperFun Eco Tours crew. David is an Outdoor Recreation major at Ohio University and is apart of the ROTC program there. David came out to the eastern shore for 60 hours of field experience and he got it. He couldn't have came out at a better time because we had one of our best weeks ever!
David did everything from unloading/loading boats to sweeping trips and taking pictures. He was an awesome help when it came to multi-tour days and kept his cool when we were at our busiest. We can not thank David enough and we know that he will go on to be one of the many productive, successful, and responsible leaders in our army forces.
Now that David is gone and things are starting to slow down for the season we have to contend with hurricane Irene. She is currently making her way up the east coast and may hit the eastern shore. If that happens we will be prepared to finish our season out no matter what the outcome. Part of being an eco tourism company is having the ability to lead trips no matter what the current environmental situation.
If the National Seashore is closed due to any damage the hurricane causes we still have the ability to lead tours of the Sinepuxent Bay. So if after the storm the park is closed feel free to give us a call. We may be one of the only ways to get onto the island, by kayak!! You can always give us a call at 410-656-9453 or send us an email at superfunecotours@gmail.com

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tons of Tours and a New Contest!!!

This July was our busiest month to date and we need to thank all of you who have explored the marshes at Assateague Island National Seashore with us!!! We had so many awesome families and groups who care about and want to experience Assateague's amazing ecosystems in unique and hands on ways. This past month our tours have been seeing and interacting with Wild Horses, Blue Crabs, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, King Birds, Royal and Foresters Terns, Comb Jellies, Silversides, Mummichogs, Needlefish, Brown Pelicans and even the elusive American Eel!!
If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter you can enter a drawing for ONE FREE SuperFun Eco Tour!! All you have to do is view the picture that is posted to our profile then post/comment your guess. If you guess correct your name will be entered into a drawing for ONE FREE ECO TOUR. The contest will end on August 22nd and we will be announcing the winner soon after. If you like contests like this one keep an eye out for many more to come.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fourth of July and Free Trips for Kids

June has been an absolutely great month and we are excited to announce that this Fourth of July SuperFun will be offering children 12 and under FREE TOURS! This includes all of our trips and tours and has no group size limit!! During this June we have led a record number of tours that included our first Beach to Bay Tour. All of these tours have been seeing an amazing amount of wildlife. Participants have been catching, interacting, and releasing many creatures like, Needle Fish, Comb Jellies, Moon Jellyfish, Mummichogs, Killifish, Horseshoe Crabs, Blue Crabs, Clams, and Mussels. Our tours have also been seeing a plethora of Assateague Wild Horses, Oyster Catchers, Egrets, Herons, Sting Rays, Eagles and Ospreys.
We hope to have a great month starting this Fourth of July weekend. We will be doing several large group Beach to Bay tours and many more Discovery Tours and Sunset Tours. Remember we also offer more awesome trips like our Sustainable Shellfishing Tour, Delicious Delmarva Tour, Full Moon Tour and our fully customizable Fullday and Multi-Day tours. You can always find us at Shockley's Market located at 8315 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin MD, 21811.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Free tours on Father's Day

June has been a great month so far and we would like to welcome our newest SuperFun member, Matt Westbrook. Matt will be our intern this year and he will bring a great vibe to all our trips and tours. We would also like to announce that SuperFun is offering FREE TOURS AND RENTALS to all fathers on Father's Day!! So bring your family out to Assateague Island for a great hands on experience.
We would also like to thank the Ocean City after school program for giving us the opportunity to hangout with them and the kids. Throughout the month of June SuperFun provided many outdoor activities that were fun and educational. The group even got the chance to kayak around the pier at Northside Park. We hope to have a long and SuperFun relationship with the Ocean City after school program and are always looking for new ways to give back to the local community.
Also, new this month is our Beach to Bay Bus Tour. This tour is designed for larger groups looking to see Assateague Island by bus, kayak and foot. Groups of 30 or more will be split into 2 smaller groups, then both will have the chance to hike and paddle through every eco tone on the island. This tour is great for all large school, scout, church, and private groups. For more information about us and our tours please call 410-656-9453 or email at superfunecotours@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Great Memorial Day Weekend

Thanks to everyone who came out to Assateague Island this Memorial Day weekend!!! We did an unprecedented amount of tours and rentals, and we owe it all to you. This weekend we saw many wild horses, Black Bellied Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Diamondback Terrapins, Sika Deer, and a ton of awesome marine life. The sun was shining brightly and the water was warm. We ended the weekend with an amazing Sunset Tour that was punctuated by several horses and a beautiful pink sunset. We hope to have many more Memorial Days like this last one and will be offering all military personnel a 50% discount on all of our tours and rentals from now on.
Now on into June, when we will be doing many larger group trips and a lot of Wildlife Discovery Tours. Our calendar is filling up fast so be sure to make a reservation for this summer. We will be running our first tours of the day at 8:30am and the second at 1pm. Our evenings will be filled with Sunset Tours and wine tours. If you are looking for a great way to enjoy and experience Assateague Island, our tours are for you.
Be sure to look for us at 8315 Stephen Decatur Highway in Berlin Maryland. Feel free to stop by and say hello, or just give us a honk and a wave. You can give us a call at 410-656-9453 or send us an email at superfunecotours@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Great Tours, Plovers and Memorial Day

We have had a great season so far!! The Spring migration has brought with it many wonderful birds. We have been seeing Herons, Egrets, Piping Plovers, Black Bellied Plovers, American Oyster Catchers, Sandpipers and Wild Horses all in their breeding plumage. The water is warming up and the Blues Crabs are back in the Sinepuxent Bay.
This Memorial day we will be offering all veterans free tours and rentals!!! So if you are a veteran come out and enjoy a Wildlife Discovery Tour or a rental. Our guides will show you and your family Assateague Island like never before. On Memorial Day we will be out at Sharky's Market located at 8315 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. We will be hanging out and playing frisbee in the parking lot so give us a honk or stop on by.
This season we will also be doing many large group trips for school and scout groups. If you have a group that is looking for something fun and hands on to do, we are your guys. We offer fully customizable trips that can include team building activities and lots of fun.
We would also like to announce that we have an awesome new t-shirt design and will have them for sale all year long. They come in Sapphire Blue, Orange, and Kiwi Green. They cost $15 plus shipping and can be ordered by giving us a call.
The weather has been great and the water is warming up for the season so if you, your group or your family would like to schedule a tour call us at 410-656-9453. We can also be reached by email at superfunecotours@gmail.com or you can find us and Sharky's Market all summer long.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

An Awesome April

Well, it has been an awesome April this year. Here at SuperFun we have been very busy leading our first tours of the year. Assateague Island has a lot to show us and a lot to offer. We have been seeing Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tri-Colored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Willets, Glossy Ibis, Brandts, Canada Geese, Foresters Terns, Cormorants, Mummichogs, Silversides, Killifish, Comb Jellies, and Horseshoe Crabs. We have also seen many Wild Horses and have had many satisfied customers.
We will be ending this great month with the Delmarva Birding Weekend, which highlights the amazing diversity of bird life that calls Delmarva home. We will be leading trips at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge and at our home Assateague Island. This will be a great opportunity for all bird lovers to experience the Delmarva Peninsula during Spring migration and the start of many mating seasons. Males of all species are wearing their breeding plumage and out to find a mate.
New this year will be our base camp at 8315 Stephen Decatur Highway in Berlin Maryland. Look for our sign and our bus on your way into the Island. Stop by to schedule a tour or just to say hi! There will be a convenient store in the same lot that will have all your beach to bay needs along with a deli and many food options.
Remember our SuperFun tours offer you the perfect opportunity to see and interact with Assateague's wildlife. So please give us a call at 410-656-9453 or drop us an email at superfunecotours@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paddling on a very windy day

We finally did it, we got out for our first paddle of the year. Yesterday, April 4th was a perfect day for a nice lazy paddle. The temperature was in the upper sixties, almost no clouds in the sky, the water temperature was comfortable and the wind was out of control! Even though the wind was steadily blowing at about 25 mph we insisted on going out for a paddle. Luckily we used our expertise to navigate whitecaps that were constantly breaking over the bows of our boats.
Due to the shallowness of the Sinepuxent Bay even 15 mph winds can create a completely different kayaking experience. What were once still, glass like waters can turn into a frothy white mess of waves and wind. Usually high winds like this will force us to cancel our trips and tours but due to our stubbornness and need for adventure we pushed onward.
We paddled our normal Discovery Tour route stopping once to put on our rain gear then stopping a second time to pump all the water out of our boats. We then used the strong winds to push us toward the back side of Great Egging Island. We landed our kayaks and got out to dry off for a bit. We used this time to hike into the interior of Great Egging Island. This was a special treat because during the majority of the year Great Egging is a hot spot for blood sucking insects that make it impossible to explore the island.
After an hour of walking around, warming up and drying off we reluctantly re-entered our kayaks then the water. We were all happily surprised by how easy the return journey was. The 25mph winds pushed us toward Old Ferry Landing and made the last leg of our paddle fun and enjoyable. By the time we exited the water we were wet and exhausted but had an awesome time paddling the Sinepuxent Bay in weather that would scare most away.
We must insist that no one attempt to kayak in winds of 25mph unless you are a very experienced and prepared paddler. We are ACA certified and are always prepared with bilge pumps, rain gear, paddle floats, throw ropes, a first aid kit and paddling partners that would help in case of an emergency.
If any of you would like to experience the Sinepuxent Bay and Assateague Island National Seashore in calmer more navigable water please give us a call at 410-656-9453.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New partnership, new tours, new season

We are proud to announce that we have forged a new partnership and friendship with Burley Oak Brewery! Burley Oak is Owned and Operated by Bryan Brushmiller and is located in Berlin, Maryland. Burley Oak brews locally influenced beers and we will be partnering up for a tour that starts and ends at Burley Oak Brewery. The Burley Oak Beer Tour will meet at Burley Oak in Berlin then we will bus the participants to Assateague Island National Seashore for a kayak tour. Afterwards we will ride back to Burley Oak for a beer and a brewery tour. This new tour will highlight some of the best aspects of the Berlin Maryland area and will be offered throughout the season.
We are also looking forward to the beginning of the 2011 season. Our kayaks are restless and so are we. This year we are offering all of our normal tours, the Discovery Tour, Sunset Tour, Full moon Tour and Delicious Delmarva tour. We will also be offering several specialty tours including our new Sustainable Shell fishing tour, the Burley Oak Beer Tour and our Full/ Multi day tours. We will have a road side stand set up at Assateague Market on Stephen Decatur Highway so stop by and say hi or give us a wave.
Remember that all of our tours are great for people of all ages and groups of all sizes. We cater to everyone and feel that everyone should be able to have a fun, hands on, educational outdoor experience. This season we hope to work with and provide tours for scout groups, school groups, private groups, family groups and any other group that wants to go out for a tour on Assateague Island National Seashore. So if you are visiting the Ocean City/Berlin, Maryland area this year be sure to give us a call at 410-656-9453 or email us at superfunecotours@gmail.com.


SuperFun Eco Tours
Dale, Neil, and Tom