Montana Blues on grassy expanse

In mid-June, Montana Blues traveled to the immense Great Plains grasslands. I grew up on Illinois prairie, next to a great swamp that got me interested in the wild at a young age. Some scenes in the novel are on Montana’s grasslands. Thank you, Colorado friend Jim Horvath, for taking the novel out on the grass during a road trip.

Montana blues in Puerto Peñasco

Here’s Montana Blues in the hand of a different world-traveling friend, Rob Rachowiecki, in a Mexican beach town — Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) — in early May, for a Cinco de Mayo sailboat race. Rob wrote a Lonely Planet Guide to Ecuador a while ago, and led treks in the Andes, among his many travels and associated writing. He says his favorite trip was to Antarctica.