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HIGH ON ADVENTURE, an adventure travel magazine 
Feature stories and photoessays for the Adventurous Traveler
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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER, 2015 Vol 19 , No. 6  Lynn Rosen, Content Editor; Steve Giordano, Web Editor

Izaak Walton Inn caboose cabin
  Iceland thermal tub   Grand Canyon Railway strolling musician  
  Montana's "railroad" hotel, the Izaak Walton Inn, Essex

  Iceland's Viking Heritage

  The Grand Canyon Railway, a Grand Way to the Grand Canyon  

The Izaac Walton Inn has private, free-standing accommodations on the property inside updated cabooses, brightly painted in the colors of the railroads they once belonged to. Three of them have been designated as luxury accommodations. With raised cupolas for excellent views of the passing trains, cabooses are well appointed and perfect for ski-in/ski-out winter fun and woodsy summer relaxation.


  A second attempt at settlement. 871 CE, was successful and a massive land grab ensued. Most were Viking farmers seeking new land. Despite Hollywood’s fanciful portrayal, Vikings did not charge around with horns protruding from their helmets. But they were deservedly infamous for their raiding and plundering when they weren’t tending their farms and eking out survival in a rugged environment.

  By the 1950s the increased popularity of automobiles led to declines in the railroad's schedules. Service was discontinued in June 1968 when Train No. 14 departed the Grand Canyon Depot with just three people. It wasn't until Sept. 17, 1989, 88 years after the first train chugged from Williams to the South Rim, that the upgraded train made its return. In the years since, cumulative daily ridership has topped about 225,000 passengers annually.

      Snow sculpture of shipwreck, McCall Idaho      

  Skiing Idaho's Gems Plus a Good Look at Boise      

You undoubtedly know about Sun Valley and probably about Schweitzer. But smack in the middle of the state are Brundage and Tamarack, powder treasures with an amazing array of killer intermediate terrain.



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