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Video of the Week :: Living in the Cactus Forest with Tight Loops

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Eager to escape the coldest winter months in Montana, Chase Bartee and his wife Aimee head the desert southwest in their 1985 VW camper van, exploring the rugged terrain of the Saguaro, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley National Parks. The couple’s skills as artists, photographers, and filmmakers fuse with a passion for the natural world, creating a series that combines education, storytelling, and beautiful filmmaking, and explores our relationship with wild things and places.

Episode 3 of For Wild’s Sake: The Rare Trout Chronicles offers viewers a respite from the urban, capturing moments that are synonymous with slowing down and appreciating all that the Sonoran Desert has to offer, including birds slow-motion diving from the shelter of a mighty Saguaro and the crackling flames of a campfire.

The complete series follows Chase and Aimee’s search for the Blueback Trout, one of the United States’ rarest fish, and their transition to full-time road living in their Vanagon named Bullwinkle. To learn more about the couple and their mission to find this elusive fish, head to tightloopsfly.com.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory.