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Thursday, October 29, 2020

John Sutter built a fort and forever changed the Wild West

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By Bob Difley Like many of the era's restless youth, John Augustus Sutter, a polished, dashing Swiss gentleman, set sail for New York in 1834...

For scenic views and whitewater rafting drive the Payette River National Scenic Byway

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By Bob Difley Have you ever given some thought to trying river rafting? You may have wondered whether the sounds of shrieking rafters you’ve heard...

The old West lives on at Julian, SoCal’s mining mountain town

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By Bob Difley Julian, CA, is perched picturesquely on a hilltop at an elevation of 4,235 feet, an hour's drive from San Diego. The annual...

Take this short detour to Wupatki and Sunset Crater on your trip south

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By Bob Difley Snowbirds descending from the Pacific Northwest, the Plains states, or the Midwest into southern Arizona for the winter have several routes to...

Take some time to meander the scenic and historic Georgia Coast

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By Bob Difley Instead of taking the more direct route from the Savannah River border with South Carolina to the St. Marys River on its...

Brats and beer? It must be Leavenworth – Washington’s “Bavarian Alps” town

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By Bob Difley Small towns and hamlets scattered throughout the West struggle to get by. Without major employers, there are few jobs for residents so...

Eight tips for taking professional-grade travel photos

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By Bob Difley You don’t need expensive photographic equipment to take good travel photos if you follow these tips that professional travel photographers use for...

Scenic photography ideas: Oregon’s 50 restored covered bridges

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By Bob Difley Back in the simpler "good 'ol days," when our daily distractions didn’t include social media, smartphones, and terrorist attacks, gasoline cost a...

Reduce anxiety maneuvering at the fuel stop

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By Russ and Tiña De Maris While having that bigger motorhome or towing a larger trailer has its share of pluses, along with the increased...

You haven’t seen South Dakota until you’ve roamed the Black Hills

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By Bob Difley Having spent months trudging across endless miles of prairie grasslands in the mid-1800s, westward-heading settlers spotted the looming dark mountains on the...

Sink your choppers into a luscious taste treat at a New England U-Pick apple...

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By Bob Difley The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, is known as the father of the Declaration of Independence, the patriarch of...

Boondocking in our National Forests: It’s not just about saving money

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By Bob Difley Deeper into the thick pine forest I followed the narrow dirt road to the edge of the rim – and the small...

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