Black Bear Scenic Byway

Juniper Springs millhouse

Alan Rider
November 1, 2012

While piercing cries echoed from the surrounding swamp like a flashback from some black-and-white Tarzan movie, I dipped my paddle into the still, tea-colored waters of Alexander Springs Creek. Though the wild waterway my family and I are canoeing is only about one hour from Florida’s world-famous... Read more »

The Scenic Route: A Place For Our Stuff

DCU Bed Cap

Alan Rider
October 19, 2012

One of the things I love about the late, great comedian George Carlin is the way he made many of the fundamental truths of life so downright hilarious. Like the classic bit he did for the first Comic Relief HBO special in 1986 on how we all need a place for our stuff (Google it, unless you’re easily... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Mystery On The Natchez Trace

Meriwether Lewis Monument

Alan Rider
October 12, 2012

When it comes to the payoff awaiting those who take The Scenic Route, no one would understand the benefits of exploring the off-the-beaten-track world better than those original American road-trippers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.  While everyone knows the story of the two men and their Corps... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Keepin’ It Scenic

dont move firewood

Alan Rider
October 5, 2012

As we traveled the country on our Scenic Route adventures this summer we frequently saw entire hillsides covered with dead trees. Which got me to thinking about what could cause such widespread devastation. Turns out that, in many cases, it’s a little bug called the pine mountain beetle and it’s... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Civil War Battlefields

Vicksburg National Military Park

Alan Rider
September 28, 2012

Over the thousands of miles we’ve traveled on the adventure we’re calling The Scenic Route, some of our favorite stops have been at Civil War battlefields, sites of both unimaginable carnage and unfathomable courage. As we’ve made our way from coast-to-coast exploring the roads less... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Alan Rider
September 27, 2012

Standing 500 feet above the crashing waves and rugged cliffs of the Oregon coast, I am struck by a somewhat counterintuitive notion. As inspiring as this panorama is, my family and I aren’t necessarily here for the scenery. In fact, if this first trip in our yearlong quest to explore America’s... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Navigating The Roads Less Traveled

Rand McNally RVND 7710

Alan Rider
September 21, 2012

When we started planning the year-long trip we’re calling The Scenic Route we knew we’d be facing more than a few navigational challenges. Have a look at some of the convoluted routes you’ll find on the National Scenic Byways program’s website and you’ll see what we mean. While... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail

Chippewa changing colors

Alan Rider
September 14, 2012

Even as I extol the virtues of taking The Scenic Route both here and on the pages of the magazine (see the feature story on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway in the September issue of Trailer Life, for example), I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always about the actual scenery. That said,... Read more »

Goldilocks, Eat Your Heart Out

Kodiak 300BHSL trailer

Alan Rider
September 7, 2012

In the story of The Three Bears, Goldilocks invests a fair amount of time and effort in trying to find items that were “just right.” Well, let me just say I know how our blond-haired heroine must have felt. You see, when my wife Christina and I began making plans to hit the road for a year... Read more »

Where To Next?

Crown Point at Columbia River Gorge

Alan Rider
August 24, 2012

If there’s one problem with driving the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway which we profiled in the September issue of Trailer Life, it may be trying to find another stretch of road that tops it.  Fortunately for Scenic Route readers, I’ve found several nearby byways that offer a similar combination... Read more »

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