Entries by Russell Graves

Trip Report: Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn – October 2020 

I’ll admit. Every time I head to the Smoky Mountains, bluegrass music plays through the soundtrack in my head. Don’t misunderstand, though. That’s a good thing because I love bluegrass music and I love the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. The culture and the scenery are distinctively Southern Appalachia and there may be […]

The Great Smoky Mountains – A Film by Russell Graves

Take a closer look at the Great Smoky Mountains from behind the lens, and inside the heart of Backcountry Journeys photo guide, Russell Graves.               If you’ve read any Texas-based magazines over the past twenty five years chances are you’ve seen some of Russell’s photos or read some of […]

Trip Report: Ultimate Northern Lights – March 2019

Ask just about anyone who’s been there:  Alaska is a magical place. It’s magical for many reasons, but this past March Backcountry Journeys traveled to the north country to chase the aurora borealis.   Simply put, the aurora borealis, or northern lights, is a phenomenon that occurs when the earth’s magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the […]

Video: Bosque Del Apache

Here is a video about our Photography Expedition to Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico. There are currently a few spots still open on our December 2018 departure. You can read more about this trip below: Bosque Del Apache & White Sands $2295 December 3rd to 7th, 2018 White Sands National Monument All About Sandhill […]

Trip Report: Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn

Day One The first night the group met in Asheville, North Carolina. It’s a great southern city with lots of charm and the first night we took in a local restaurant called Tupelo Honey.   On each of these trips we try to visit local eateries so people can get a taste of the local culture.  […]