NOT for the Birds

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article by Alan Rider
February 3, 2014

  A tandem paragliding flight may require a leap of faith, but it’s the closest you’ll ever come to soaring like an eagle   Running off the edge of a 300-foot cliff is not something I do everyday, which explains why my response sounds a little less than confident — OK, a lot less than... Read more »

Trail of the Ancients

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article and photos by Alan Rider
September 5, 2013

  This National Scenic Byway in Utah and Colorado offers new mysteries of a vanished civilization at every turn In an age where scientists have been able to explain the workings of everything from the smallest subatomic particles to the movements of distant galaxies, I’m happy to report there’s... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Take That Murphy!

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Alan Rider
July 5, 2013

If there’s one certainty we’ve found in our travels along The Scenic Route it’s that Murphy’s Law—which postulates that “anything that can go wrong will”—is our constant companion.  From snapped engine belts to heavy-duty trailer hitches that somehow cracked... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Rolling Home

Alan Rider
June 14, 2013

Hard as it may be to believe, it’s been a full year since my family and I packed up and hit the road in in search of adventures along The Scenic Route. Our 21,000-mile odyssey on the roads less traveled has taken us from the rocky cliffs of Oregon’s Pacific Coast Scenic Byway  to the sandy... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Get Connected

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Alan Rider
June 7, 2013

In our travels along The Scenic Route one of our recurring struggles has been finding decent internet access. While many campgrounds now offer free wi-fi connectivity, the reality is that surfing the web, sending email and all the other online tasks you take for granted at home become a much more much... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Go Long!

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Alan Rider
May 31, 2013

Whether you’re newly retired or just have a whole bunch of accrued vacation days you need to burn through, there are some times when nothing less than a truly epic RV adventure will do.  Which, not coincidentally, is exactly what my family and I have been enjoying over the past year in our travels... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Short But Sweet

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Alan Rider
May 17, 2013

Traveling The Scenic Route over the past year has been, quite literally, a long road.  As part of our twelve-month celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the National Scenic Byways program, we’ve brought you stories of some of the longest of these extraordinary routes, from the 584-mile... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Rock On!

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Alan Rider
May 10, 2013

Over the months since my family and I set out to explore The Scenic Route, I’ve used both my full-length feature stories in the pages of Trailer Life and my weekly posts here to encourage and entice you to leave the soulless interstate highways behind and discover the many pleasures that come with... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Handy iPad Mini Add-Ons

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Alan Rider
May 3, 2013

In our travels along The Scenic Route we’ve found a few items that have made our time on the road a good bit easier. Topping that list has been our Apple iPad Mini, which has helped us do everything from finding a campground for tonight and scoping out tomorrow’s driving route to checking... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Country Music Highway

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Alan Rider
April 26, 2013

Whether it’s singing along to a favorite CD as we pull our Kodiak 300BHSL trailer down the road or strumming the guitar around a campfire, music is a big part of our travels along The Scenic Route.  Which got me to thinking about the only one of the National Scenic Byways program’s 150... Read more »

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