It is winter along the Upper Mississippi River Valley, and Old Man River has never looked more regal. Frozen in icy stillness, and flanked by rolling countryside blanketed with two feet of snow, the drifting white banks look impenetrable, until, that is, the first freight train rolls through. It does not matter that it is the middle of January and the mercury has dropped below zero, this mainline operation stills runs full throttle. The Soo Line, Burlington Northern, Chicago and Western, Minnesota and Eastern, and Dakota are just a few of the lines whose rolling stock kick up white clouds of snow in their wakes as they storm their way through the frozen Upper Mississippi River Valley. Follow the workers and engineers who fight daily battles against the wintry elements to keep the freight lifelines open through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa.
There is the San Francisco that the tourists flock to, and there is the San Francisco that only the locals know. See it all with host Simon Kane. Beginning with a unique sightseeing expedition aboard the Urban Safari, Simon serves up a tantalizing sampling of the City by the Bay’s diverse attractions, from its roller-coaster…Watch Now >>
Amador County is in the very heart of California’s Gold Country, where prospectors flocked to find their fortunes 150 years ago. Simon talks to folklorist Robert Richards about the area’s history, visits the Montevina Winery, and checks out the local accommodations and attractions. In Sutter Creek, it is always 1898 in the Monteverde Store Museum…Watch Now >>
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 for…Watch Now >>