Mt Roberts Alaska
Instead of retracing the steps of time, we check out the pathways of the present. We wind through the montane forest, a zone choked with hemlock and spruce, then elevate to the sub-alpine, carpeted with wildflowers. Flaming fireweed and salmon-berries thrive next to herbs and perennials. There are alpine azalea, blueberries and even corn lily, a medicinal plant used in the treatment of asthma. I wonder how effective it is, as I wheeze on by...read more »
Camping in the Medicine Bow National Forest
The Medicine Bow National Forest is located in southeastern Wyoming. It ranges from south of Rawlins to the Wyoming-Colorado border, and eastward to just shy of Cheyenne. There are prepared trails to hike and bike, and trails for snowmobile and ATV use. There are campgrounds where you need to pay for a Forest Service permit, and there are areas where you can just throw up a tent. Most Forest Service roads are well marked, and finding your way around is not a problem. Campgrounds are marked, as are points of interest, and spots for watching wildlife. There are many locations where camps had been set up when the railroads were cutting trees for railroad ties, and the shells of the log cabins are still there. There are also many reservoirs for boating and fishing, such as Turpin, near Elk Mountain, and Rob Roy, about 40 miles outside of Laramie...read more »
Mountain Trail Tour
A restored streamliner train, complete with refurbished cars from the 1880's, travels on the original Northern Pacific route. This route, completed in 1883, was America's second transcontinental rail line and is the most scenic route through the American West. Operated by Montana Rockies Rail Tours from June to September, the Montana Daylight Train travels through the Rocky Mountains along a 478-mile route between Sandpoint, Idaho and Livingston, Montana.
This signature rail tour lasts three days and two nights. Add to this, scenic, mildly adventurous, and historical extensions by deluxe motorcoach for tour itineraries that explore the entire region. Spokane, Wash. is the gateway for most of the eastbound departures. All guests arrive in Spokane and spend the night in a comfortable hotel. Early the next morning, the journey begins by boarding a motorcoach and traveling 90 miles to Sandpoint Idaho...read more »