Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Alumafiesta — A Must For Airstream Enthusiasts

©Bert Gildart:  My how time flies, and already Alumafiesta is drawing to a close and my obligations are now fulfilled.

About 200 people attended this gathering, held in Tucson at Lazy Days RV Park, and they have been very charitable.  So many have expressed appreciation for my slide presentation, and for leading the two photo groups to Saguaro National Park – and I want to thank them.  Attendees have come from all over the United States, suggesting the enthusiasm Airstream owners have for the product.

AlumaFiesta (14 of 7)

Here is a group photo from one of my tours.  The image is back dropped by some of the mountains comprising Saguaro National Park. Now isn’t this a handsome group!

Prior to visiting Saguaro I provided a handout with a list of suggestions, and though I’m willing to bet many came up with ideas that exceeded what I’m posting here, nevertheless I’m offering these images for the sake of comparison.

Saguaro (1 of 2) Saguaro (2 of 2)

Subjects suggested include the Visitor Center, other photographers, close ups of the saguaro, images of the saguaro as part of the landscape, and an image of the park’s “touch table.”

AlumaFiesta (13 of 7) TouchTable (10 of 1) AlumaFiesta (12 of 7)

L to R:  Photo suggestions on my handout also included the Saguaro Visitor Center, the “Touch Table,” and a image of one of the group’s photographers.


The gathering ends tomorrow and I’ll most likely post a few other images of the fiesta.  I have not had time to take too many other images as we’ve had lots of other business obligations to take care of, such as filling out a report explaining why I cannot fulfill jury obligations back home in Montana.  As well, we run a stock photo business and I’ve had to fulfill a few requests.

We’ve made a number of new Airstream friends here in Tucson and Janie and I hope to see you along the road.. I bet we do.



*Was Marshall South America’s First Hippie?






4th ed. Autographed by the Authors

Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Shenandoah National Park is the 4th edition of a favorite guide book, created by Bert & Janie, a professional husband-wife journalism team. Lots of updates including more waterfall trails, updated descriptions of confusing trail junctions, and new color photographs. New text describes more of the park’s compelling natural history. Sometimes the descriptions are personal as the Gildarts have hiked virtually every single park trail, sometimes repeatedly.

$18.95 + Autographed Copy

Big Sky Country is beautiful

Montana Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Treasure State

Montana Icons is a book for lovers of the western vista. Features photographs of fifty famous landmarks from what many call the “Last Best Place.” The book will make you feel homesick for Montana even if you already live here. Bert Gildart’s varied careers in Montana (Bus driver on an Indian reservation, a teacher, backcountry ranger, as well as a newspaper reporter, and photographer) have given him a special view of Montana, which he shares in this book. Share the view; click here.

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

What makes Glacier, Glacier?

Glacier Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Crown of the Continent

Glacier Icons: What makes Glacier Park so special? In this book you can discover the story behind fifty of this park’s most amazing features. With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes and little known facts, Bert Gildart will be your backcountry guide. A former Glacier backcountry ranger turned writer/photographer, his hundreds of stories and images have appeared in literally dozens of periodicals including Time/Life, Smithsonian, and Field & Stream. Take a look at Glacier Icons

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

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