Travel-inspired design goods available on my online store:

Dipping my toes back into selling some design products, this time with society6. T-shirts, hoodies, art prints, wall murals and more. Check out my store at society6.com/neilharris.

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Moab, Utah 2021 Gallery

Images from our recent trip to Moab, featuring Arches National Park, the Island In The Sky and Needles districts of Canyonlands National Park, and Fisher towers. Red rock is heavily featured and the LaSal mountains play a prominent supporting role as the backdrop to the entire region. Click to full size slideshow for captions.

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Elevations of 2020 “River & Ranges” Road Trip

Elevations of locations along our summer road trip route mapped and shown in a linear diagram (below). The labels get pretty small, so click to zoom and get the close-up view.

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Nick & Neil’s Best of 2020

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Travel was somewhat limited in 2020, but we still managed to eat and drink some amazing things and stay in some great lodging. This year’s list leans more heavily on pizza and beer than usual due to pandemic-related convenience (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Cheers to what will hopefully be a mid-2021 return to our more usual routine of seeking out the best classic cocktail bars.

Best Food (Ordered chronologically)
1. Smoked Salmon Sandwich – Uncle Wolfie’s : Milwaukee, WI
2. Alicia Sandwich – Obo’s Deli : Pinedale, WY
3. Pappardelle – Sawtooth Hotel : Stanley, ID
4. Meatloaf – Sawtooth Hotel : Stanley, ID
5. Chickenator Pizza – Papa Brunee’s : Stanley, ID
6. Korean Street Tacos – Sawtooth Brewing Public House : Ketchum, ID
7. Idaho Trout – Tundra : Hailey, ID
8. Cornish Hen – Cucina : Salt Lake City, UT
9. Brunch Bibimbop – Avenues Proper : Salt Lake City, UT
10.
Raspberry & Chocolate Roulade – Maison La Belle Vie : Palisade, CO
11.
Vegetable “Risotto” – Bin707 : Grand Junction, CO
12. Hog Heaven Pizza – Pal’s Brewing : North Platte, NE
13. Asparagus & Fontina Pizza – The Copper Trout : Bayfield, WI
14. Cherry Bacon Marmalade Burger – Cherry Republic Brewing : Glen Arbor, MI
15. Berry Croissant Breakfast Casserole – Cottonwood Inn B&B : Empire, MI

Best Overall Meal:
Cucina : Salt Lake City, UT

Other Outstanding Restaurants:
Sawtooth Hotel : Stanley, ID
Tundra : Hailey, ID

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Best Drinks (Ordered chronologically)
1.
How Dare You Speak To Me IPA – Hacienda Beer Co : Milwaukee, WI
2. Alphabetical Order Pink Guava Gose – Company Brewing, Milwaukee, WI
3. Kringle Monster Pastry Stout with Raspberry – MobCraft : Milwaukee, WI
4. Ghost Town Hazy IPA – Wind River Brewing : Pinedale, WY
5. Sunbeam Imperial IPA – Sockeye Brewing : ID
6. Pika Peanut Butter Milk Stout – Sawtooth Brewing : Ketchum, ID
7. The View – Palisade Brewing : Palidade, CO
8. Villard Blanc – Maison La Belle Vie : Palisade, CO
9. Rosé – Mesa Park Vineyards : Palisade, CO
10. Un-Oaked Chardonnay – Restoration Vineyards : Palisade, CO
11. Operation Dark Snake – Tres Litros Brewing : Salida, CO
12. Smash Face – Hop Lot Brewing : Sutton’s Bay, MI
13. Fun Guv’nr Black IPA – Stormcloud Brewing : Frankfort, MI

Best Drinking State this year: Colorado

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Best Hotel:
1.
Sawtooth Hotel – Stanley, ID

Other Outstanding Lodging:
2.
Farm Airbnb – Clifton, CO
3. Cottonwood Inn B&B (Carriage House) – Empire, MI

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2020 Year in Review

2020 was a lighter travel year than usual for us. Most of our original plans had to be scrapped, including our entire spring trip to Utah in April. Our summer trip was drastically altered to avoid air travel any any location that might be crowded. It wasn’t all bad though, because we discovered some hidden gems and managed to salvage a portion of our originally planned route between Stanley, Idaho and Dinosaur National Monument.

Here are some statistics and memorable moments from 2020. Let’s hope 2021 offers increased travel opportunities!

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Statistics: Ranges & Rivers 2020 Road Trip

Some informative information and statistics from our Covid-altered summer road trip to some of the more remote sections of the U.S. (July 14-August 1, 2020)

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Ranges & Rivers 2020 Gallery

A selection of images from our 4,560-mile summer getaway. This was an alternate plan, created after flying became undesirable due to the pandemic. (We’ll save Portland and the Oregon Coast for when things are back to normal.) We managed to salvage existing plans from Stanley, Idaho through Dinosaur National Monument and found some incredible places on the way there and the way home to explore. The focus became less-popular NPS sites, camping, and lonesome wilderness areas centered around … Ranges and Rivers.

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Nick & Neil’s Best of 2019

Presenting the 2019 edition of the best things we ate and drank during our year in travel. (Ordered chronologically)

Food
1. Chilaquiles – Lunitas : Gibsons, BC
2. Ling Cod – Drift : Gibsons, BC
3. Crispy Brussels Sprouts – Wobbly Canoe : Sechelt, BC
4. Chef’s Menu – Acorn : Vancouver, BC
5. Pork & Prawn Wontons – Bao Bei : Vancouver, BC
6. Asparagus Tart – L’Abattoir : Vancouver, BC
7. Grilled Lamb Saddle – L’Abattoir : Vancouver, BC
8. Beet Salad – Burdock & Co : Vancouver, BC
9. Jaegerspatzel – The Old Salzburg : Radium Hot Springs, BC
10. Bison Trio – The Bison : Banff, AB
11. Cheeseburger Pizza – The Village Idiot : Revelstoke, BC
12. Elk Carpaccio – Tekarra Lodge : Jasper, AB
13. Campfire Creme Brûlée – Jasper Brewing : Jasper, AB
14. Spiced Beet Salad – Bridgette : Calgary, AB
15. Victoria’s Breakfast Sandwich and Hashbrowns – Pigeonhole : Calgary, AB
16. Special Fried Rice – Two Penny : Calgary, AB
17. Buffalo Stew – Buffalo Jump Cafe : Fort Macleod, AB
18. Ham & Swiss Waffle – Waffleton : Waterton, AB
19. Cornmeal Battered Sweet Corn – Yellowbelly : St. Louis, MO
20. BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich – Grass Roots : Culpeper, VA
Best Food City: Vancouver, British Columbia

Drink
1. Stormrider NE IPA – Tapworks Brewing : Gibsons, BC
2. Tequizer – Lunitas : Gibsons, BC
3. Schwarzbier – Aframe Brewing : Squamish, BC
4. Trailbreaker IPA – Backcountry Brewing : Squamish, BC
5. Blood Moon – Keefer Bar : Vancouver, BC
6. Lemon Fog – Faculty Brewing : Vancouver, BC
7. Nebulousness Hazy IPA – Brassneck Brewing : Vancouver, BC
8. Crossroads Smoked Sour – Strange Fellows Brewing : Vancouver, BC
9. Paper Plane – The Diamond : Vancouver, BC
10. London Fog Tea – Coco et Olive : Vancouver, BC
11. Hazy Midwest Sunrise – Anvil & Forge : Springfield, IL
12. Switch Melon – Rumpus Beer Co : Revelstoke, BC
13. Huck Me Baby One More Time – Monashee Spirits : Revelstoke, BC
14. Ridgeline Double IPA – Folding Mountain Brewing : Yellowhead County, AB
15. King’s English – Annex Ale Project : Calgary, AB
16. Gris Gris – Proof : Calgary, AB
17. Huckleberry Shake – The Huckleberry Patch : Hungry Horse, MT
18. Queen of the West – Tupelo : Whitefish, MT
19. Hammerlock – Yellowbelly : St. Louis, MO
20. Radiant Rosé – Revalation Winery : Madison, VA
Best Drinking Country: Canada!

Best Overall Meal
Bao Bei – Vancouver, BC
Other Outstanding Restaurants
Drift – Gibsons, BC
Acorn – Vancouver, BC
L’Abattoir – Vancouver, BC
Burdock & Co – Vancouver, BC
The Bison – Banff, AB
Bridgette – Calgary, AB
Two Penny – Calgary, AB
Yellowbelly – St. Louis, MO

Outstanding Lodging
The Stoke – Revelstoke, BC
Pine Bungalows Cabin – Jasper, AB

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2019 Year in Review

Some statistics from our 2019 year in travel.
See Photos from our Trips here:
Spring Break Vancouver/Sunshine Coast
Summer Canadian Rockies Trip

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Statistics: Summer 2019 Canadian Rockies

Some  information  on  last  summer’s  road  trip

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