Heading for Trouble
The best way to work off the feel-good vibes of a mountain-town eco-retreat? Gambling in Vegas. After soaking in a solar-heated hot tub at Hotel Terra (doubles, $320; hotelterrajacksonhole.com), in Jackson, Wyoming, hit the road with a fly rod in tow and mischief on your mind. The Green River is your guidefind it, follow it, and then fish it in the town of Dutch John, Utah. Stay in a cabin at the top of Flaming Gorge (doubles, $105; redcanyonlodge.com). Below, the river swirls between 2,000-foot red-rock walls, holding as many as 14,000 trout per mile (guiding from Trout Creek Flies; fishgreenriver.com). After turning south and white-knuckling it on "the Hogsback," a narrow ridgeline on Scenic Byway 12, stop for a hike in Zion National Park. Now you should be ready for a few martinis in Vegas. Stay at Red Rock Casino (doubles, $180; redrocklasvegas.com), the only joint in town offering guided river trips on the Colorado, from Hoover Dam through the Black Canyon. After floating, gamble and listen to old rock stars on the casino circuitPeter Frampton plays July 11. Miles: 1,055 Days: 5 Theme Song: "The Troublemaker," Willie Nelson
Mechanics are great, when they're nearby. But when they're many dirt miles away? Heed these tips from Bob Burns, lead instructor at the Land Rover Experience Driving School. 1. Get a tune-up before you go. 2. Learn to read a mapGPS doesn't always work (start at map-reading.com, a free online tutorial). 3. Bring a tire kit. A patch kit can fix small holes from nails or bolts and is more reliable than self-patching goo (Stop & Go Tire Mobility Kit, $130; stopngo.com). 4. To learn how to fix a leaking gas tank with bar soap, sign up for a course with Burns (from $200; landrover.com). 5. If that's too hardcore for you, buy a Haynes Repair Manual for your vehicle's make and model (haynes.com).