“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ” — Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
The idea for taking women on adventure trips was conceived on a jeep in Sedona, Arizona in 1996. Our founder guided tours over the red rocks and every two hours she greeted a new co-ed group. Occasionally the group was all women. The women, strangers to each other just two hours previously, bonded easily and often had lunch together afterwards. She noticed that quiet women, who would unlikely have said much in a co-ed group, had plenty to share. Co-ed groups politely listened to information about Native Americans but the all-women groups showed a keen interest, asked questions, and really understood the native connection to the land. We realize something extraordinary happens when women travel together and we made this a more permanent option… thus the founding of Canyon Calling Adventures for Women.
After deciding it was time to make a life change, and after a long search, our founder met Janet Scalzo, a very capable and established adventurer with the stringent requirements to acquire the company. Janet now lives in Flagstaff and is successfully operating Canyon Calling Adventures for Women. Janet brings the experience of over thirty years in the travel industry, along with years of international travel and marketing operations with her. Most importantly, she brings her innate sense of curiosity, true love of sustainable adventure tourism, passion for hospitality, and desire to connect with the local culture. Janet attended the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota, where she lived for most of her life. Janet was employed at Carlson Companies for over twenty years in a number of progressively responsible positions including Head of Operations in Amsterdam, Netherlands for a Carlson Marketing managed travel loyalty program.
“Growing up I wanted to see what was around every bend in the road – I still do! I want to meet the people that live there, taste the food, experience the culture, and celebrate our differences and commonalities. I’ve had tremendous opportunities to do this around the world and now I am sharing the sheer joy of local, personalized adventures with all women that are curious and consider themselves global citizens. I learned that connecting with the locals is the essence of any travel experience and that all of our trips would ensure this vital element”.
Our adventure destinations have been a mixture of our own personal favorites, research, and guest ideas. These popular destinations are refreshed regularly, and new and exciting adventures are being introduced. We have brought in ‘softer’ adventure trips, active vacations with more emphasis on food and wine, maybe a mineral spa or two, but above all we continue to ensure a superb adventure vacation for you!
All My Best,