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Jeff Welsch & Sherry L. Moore

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Jeff Welsch and Sherry L. Moore are the co-authors of three guidebooks: Backroads & Byways of Montana, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and Jackson Hole, and Oregon Wine Country: A Great Destination. When they're not traveling with bicycles and fishing gear in tow, they're holed up along the Gallatin River outside of Bozeman, Montana, with their Backroads dog Jax, Hobbs the cat and more wild turkeys and deer than they care to accommodate.  Jeff has been a newspaper journalist for most of his 35-year career, pausing for six years to advocate for the lands, waters and wildlife in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. In his role as sports editor for two Montana newspapers and a writer for The Montana Quarterly magazine, he has traveled the state extensively to write about its people and landscapes. He has won numerous journalism awards for feature and column writing, including first place in the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest for his coverage of Montana musher Jessie Royer in the 2006 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska and sixth place for column writing in 2015. He has co-authored two other books: Going The Distance: The George Thomas Story, about a cyclist in the bicycle Race Across America (RAAM), and Tales From Oregon State Sports. Though he is naturally partial to Montana's renowned mountains and rivers, he is drawn to the state's lesser-known treasures -- tribal lands, the Hi-Line and The Big Open badlands of eastern Montana. Sherry has spent most of her adult life as an educator and an adventurer. Her travels have taken her to Ecuador, Italy, Great Britain, Monaco, Costa Rica and Mexico. When she and Jeff lived in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Sherry wore many hats in the wine industry: marketing, promotion, sales and even did some bottling of the state's famed Pinot Noir. She served as a crew member for George Thomas on his bicycle Race Across America (RAAM) and was a volunteer in Anchorage during the 2006 Iditarod. 

Posts by Jeff Welsch & Sherry L. Moore

You asked...we answered!

  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Copper Canyon, Mexico, during Easter Week. The sounds of Tarahumara drums echoed through the pines day and night all week. We stumbled across their cave dwellings, occasionally seeing a flash of color as the Indians disappeared into the forest. On Easter morning, we hiked the dry Cusarare River bed to the town, where we watched the re-enactment of the resurrection. People in colorful garb dotted the hillsides. Surreal in every way. — Jeff & Sherry

  • 2
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Eastern Montana. The glossy magazines highlight western Montana’s mountains, rivers and valleys, but the eastern half is beautiful in its own right — just more nuanced. Coulees, red scoria rock, sandstone hoodoos, small mountain ranges with auras of mystery, real cowboys and real Indians. — Jeff

    The small town bars in Montana. Chatty servers with ’tude, Shake-a-Day, home-style crockpot feeds, wooden tokens given at liberty, rounds paid for by unknown friends, and historic back bars with remarkable stories. Everyone fits in and no one feels unfriended for long. – Sherry

  • 3
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    People are remarkable. — Jeff

    Expect the unexpected. Start with an agenda, and then let your journey just unfold. — Sherry

  • 4
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Bicycle. You can’t beat seeing the countryside at 20 mph — well, OK, maybe 16 mph — on two wheels. You feel it, breathe it, smell it, taste it. And there’s nothing better for your ego than to get honks and thumbs up of admiration when you’re ascending places like the Beartooth Pass. — Jeff

    On foot. Hiking, walking, jogging, it doesn’t matter. The air is clean, the landscape stellar, and the feeling exhilarating. — Sherry