A Real Western Town – Virginia City, Montana

If ever there was a city that retained a slice of the old west then Virginia City, Montana has to be one of them. I drove there from Missoula in about two hours as Big Sky Country opened up above me. It was still hazy from the forest fires that lingered above ranch lands that […]

Montana’s Big Sky Country – High on the Wild

A short two hour drive from Virginia City, Montana I found myself pulling up to the front door of the 14,000 square foot Montana High Country Lodge that looks out over the Pioneer Mountains. It lies in the Grasshopper Valley of Western Montana, with almost half a million acres of pristine back country on its […]

Hell’s Canyon – A Snake River Shower!

After a night spent in the town of Riggins, a place with nice hotel, one Main Street, a few cafes, one liquor store that doubles as a fishing tackle shop, and just two bars. I arrived at Killgore Adventures HQ for my 60-minute shuttle van transfer to Pittsburg Landing on the banks of the Snake […]

Tugs the Drugs! Fly Fishing on the Upper Selway River

I’d spent the night in a stunning log cabin at River Dance Lodge in Idaho. At 8am the next morning I met Shane Reynolds, my expert fly fishing guide on the Upper Selway and Middle Fork of the Clearwater Rivers. Just after 9am we pushed off from the bank in Shane’s custom made 5.7m Dory-style […]

Wet and Wild in Idaho

It was just another lovely summer’s day in Idaho . . . the temperatures hovered around 80 degrees, down from the usual high 90s. After a 45 minute drive from Boise I arrived at the Cascade Raft HQ on the banks of the Main Payette River. I had booked a half day, three hour rafting […]

California’s Temecula Valley ‘Au Naturale’ Temptations

Less than a couple of hours from downtown Los Angeles and one hour from Orange County, wine and vineyards feature heavily in a part of Southern California known as Temecula Valley. Temecula is a pretty, tourist town with some good restaurants such as Soro’s, they even had New Zealand Lamb chops on the menu and […]

Easy Rider – From Route 66 to 77 Sunset Strip

It not often you can follow in the wheels of a cult movie but we somehow managed to drive a section of old Route 66 where some of the counter-culture film Easy Rider was shot with Peter Honda and Dennis Hopper in 1969. On the morning we departed Pirate Cove RV Resort on the Colorado […]

Tarantulas, Gila Monsters, Mountain Lions and Western Diamond Back Rattlesnakes!

One of the highlights of visiting the Sonora Desert in Arizona is the chance to experience a world-renowned zoo, botanical garden and a natural history museum all rolled into one. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is home to more than 300 animal species and 1200 different kinds of plants, in addition to a world class mineral […]

Ride ‘Em Cowboy! Horse Riding, Saguaro Cactus and Rattlesnakes

I once swore I’d never ever get on the back of a four legged critter again after a sunrise horse ride in Monument Valley in 2001 left me nursing bruised knees and a pinched nerve in my back. However as part of our stay at Tanque Verde Ranch east of Tucson I broke my own […]

Pasadena’s Huntington Museum and Local Food Tours

Famous for the Beach Boys song Little Old Lady from Pasadena and The Pasadena Rose Parade, this LA location is well worth a full day visit. Your first stop should be the Huntington Library & Museum. It’s located on 160 manicured acres and includes one of the finest private libraries in America (at last count […]