The friends gathered in Utah and then flew on to Alpine Airpark in Wyoming, where they were greeted by still more friends driving their Himalaya Defenders. These are re-engineered classics that have kept all the original character but upgraded with the latest safety and convenience. In terms of adventure, there’s not a lot of difference between a Kodiak and a Defender except for the wings.
Together, they flew their Kodiak into another friend’s private airstrip, but a paved runway is a luxury for the Kodiak. It can land on short, unimproved strips just about anywhere.
Thanks to the organizing of their Himalaya buddies, they set about taking fly fishing lessons, hiking, and enjoying a very special outdoor BBQ.
As light faded on the fourth day it was time to head out, but there was more in store back at Alpine — dinner.
The team set up the big guy — Traeger’s Ironwood 885. The chefs got to work. Now everyone from the airpark was dropping in. It really doesn’t get much better than this.
"Sometimes the greatest meals on vacations are the ones you find when Plan A falls through," — Anthony Bourdain