Treacherous and beautiful… infamous and magnificent. These words describe the 8,000-foot, wind-swept, snow-covered summit of Donner’s Pass in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Named after the ill-fated party of immigrants that lost over half of its number in their tragic attempt to cross it, Donner’s Pass was every bit as resistant to the Central Pacific Railroad’s efforts to build a transcontinental rail line back in 1863. It took six years and an army of almost 10,000 men using only hand tools to carve a safe passage through the mountains. Today, this 140-mile stretch of double-tracked mainline rail operations is still one of the most difficult climbs in American railroading. Steep grades, sharp curves, and cruel weather place staggering obstacles in the path of trains that have been making the difficult trek for the last 130 years.
Host Simon Kane is your guide to Calistoga’s picturesque hillside wineries, natural hot springs, accomodations, dining, and breathtaking scenic attractions. Sample the wines and chat with the owners of Graeser Winery and Storybrook Mountain Vineyards. Indulge yourself at the luxury spa resort, Calistoga Ranch, with its thermal pools and mud spas. Get a feel forWatch Now >>
Haleakala National Park resonates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture. The park is home to endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else on Earth. Hiking through Haleakala’s stark volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest, and backcountry will reinvigorate your spirit.Watch Now >>
When Mark Twain first saw Lake Tahoe, he described it as “surely the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Host Simon Kane shows us the beauty of the region and the wealth of accommodations, restaurants, and activities available around its seventy-two-mile shoreline. Share the invigorating pure experience of hang-gliding over Tahoe. Dine at the BlackWatch Now >>
Simon goes beyond San Diego’s most obvious tourist stops to explore the city’s historical, cultural, and culinary attractions. Simon brushes up on area history at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, then proceeds onward to Hillebrecht Avocado Farm, and Chino Farms where he finds the freshest market produce. Simon explores the bustling GaslampWatch Now >>