Solo Road Trip: A Full Guide to Ted Turner’s Reserves

My latest solo cross-country road trip through New Mexico gave me the opportunity to discover new wide-open spaces with one revisit to a favorite spot from my first quest many years ago. My adventure included some areas in New Mexico that I’ve never explored and oh, what a journey! I’m always searching for something more. A deeper […]

Exploring the Front Range of Colorado: Isabella Bird’s Footsteps

Isabella Bird was a plucky English woman who rode 800 miles solo through the Front Range of Colorado in 1873. Horseback riding through the rugged outback while the gold rush was raging seemed a miraculous feat. I wanted to see the region she described so vividly in her book A Lady’s Life in the Rocky […]

Sailing Aboard Riverboat Discovery: Experiencing Native Culture

I am looking out from the bow of the sternwheeler Riverboat Discovery III as we glide up the calm, khaki-green Chena River. It is mid-May, 70-degrees with a blue sky and puffy cumulus clouds; I peel off unnecessary layers while listening to our guide’s lively narration on the natural history and cultural history of interior […]

Road Trip Through Alaska: Two Weeks, Seven Locations

Story & Photos by Terri Marshall and Vanessa Orr As we approach the massive ice chute, I tell Terri that we need to be quiet. Though the avalanche has already happened, you never know what sounds or vibrations might cause more ice to break. “I am being quiet,” says Terri. “I’m being very quiet.” “You’re […]