Across the USA 2013 #2 (Gates/ATS)

April 25, 2013

Despite the fact that we reached Denver under blue sunny skies, weather was on the way. The temperature had dropped back down into the low 30s and flakes of snow were drifting around when we arrived at the Gates Corporation World Headquarters. It was a pleasure to meet some of the people behind the company […]

Across the USA 2013 #1 (Departure)

April 22, 2013

Yes we are on the road. VERY on the road. After circling for a couple of days and a relaxing visit with friends in Grass Valley, we headed east over the mountains in a couple of 10-hour marathon drives to Salt Lake City and on to Denver. The monotony of the long straight roads was […]

Granville King

February 1, 2013

A Legend of his Own! In January 2012, Four Wheeler Magazine published its 50th anniversary issue. Originally, the editor asked me to write a personal account of our friendship with Granville King, the wily old Desert Fox. His series, From the Backcountry,  and ours ran at the same time and were the most popular in Four […]

The Call of Baja

January 22, 2013

The Turtle Expedition joins Granville King in Search for Baja Treasures Granville King is an ornery Cuss. What makes him likeable is that he knows it: He’s proud of being an ornery cuss. Despite his mean streak, we’ve grown quite fond of the old desert rat. Monika and I have a lot in common with […]

Gary’s Birthday trip to Ensenada, Baja California

January 18, 2013

For me, it’s just a number, really!! For Monika, Birthdays are a big deal and should be celebrated for days if not weeks. OK. I had my wish list. January 11: First stop was El Cajon, CA (an easy 8-hr drive from Nevada City) for a wonderful rib-eye & shrimp dinner prepared by my gourmet […]

El Camino del Diablo – The Devil’s Highway

January 13, 2013

In Search of Drug Smugglers and Unexploded Ordnances It isn’t often that we find an adventure as tempting as Arizona’s Devil’s Highway, otherwise known as “El Camino Del Diablo”, who could resist a name like that. Paging through the Backcountry Adventures of Arizona guidebook, published by Alder Backcountry Guides, we found the trailhead off I-80 […]

The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop

January 4, 2013

 Horsepower of a Different Kind In Search of Nowhere We had just come up from the north end of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah, and stopped at the Visitors Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Surrounding Sweetwater County is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure, so it sounded like an easy […]

Happy New Year 2013

December 31, 2012

To all our Friends and Family around the World We wish you an adventurous, healthy and happy 2013! Gary and Monika

Chihuahua Backroads

December 29, 2012

It was the rainy season in Chihuahua. Creeks had swollen and afternoon thunderstorms were the norm. From The Turtle Expedition’s earliest days of exploring Mexico in our old blue Land Rover, otherwise known as La Tortuga Azul, we have always been fascinated by the backroads. They invariably have led to the most interesting places and […]

The Giants of San Ignacio Lagoon

December 17, 2012

We sat patiently in the 22-foot Mexican fishing skiff that seemed to get smaller the farther we moved from shore. We were in the middle of the emerald green San Ignacio Lagoon, near its mouth where it opens up into the Pacific. As we waited, the little outboard engine idling quietly, we could hear and […]