What can I say? I really enjoy travelling!
When I was younger, the longest family trip was to Florida a few times. My mother's
brother was a captain in the Navy and living in Cocoa Beach for a while. We went down to
visit a few times... did the Disneyworld/Epcot thing, too.
In 1985, right after my junior year of high school, I chose to go to Europe with a
group headed by my English teacher, Kate Shah. We flew into Greece and spent a few days
there. There are a lot of rocks in Greece, and I think we saw all of them. One evening we
took an overnight boat trip to Italy. That same night a plane with passengers bound for
Italy departed from Greece and ended up in Lebanon. I was glad we took the boat! That
event became known as the TWA Hostage Crisis, and when I mention it, people still
I've also been to Toronto, Canada. Once I went with an Exploring group (a division of
BSA). Later, I went to see my friend Damian's band play at the NxNE festival there.
My first long trip in the country was to Arizona to visit my friend Al. He went to the
University of Arizona, and I visited him shortly after he graduated from college. That was
my first visit to the southwest, and also my first visit to Los Angeles. We road-tripped
up to L.A. to visit my friend Christina. We planned to stay for a night and head back the
next day. She told us, "You're welcome to stay as long as you like." We stayed
four days. I have to say that it was one of the really fun times in my life before I moved
My second long trip was to Colorado to visit my Uncle and Aunt and my cousin Tyler in
Colorado when they lived in Evergreen. Since then they've moved to Mission Viejo, CA,
which is about an hour south of my home in Hermosa Beach.
Before I left Maryland, as sort of a last hurrah, I went camping with my friends Hal
and Sarah. In all the time I was living on the East Coast, I never really took the time to
enjoy the intrinsic beauty. For the first time in my life, I hiked into the wilderness
away from the car and all civilization. We spent a magical three days communing with
nature, eating like royalty, and skinny-dipping in (cold!) mountain streams.
Since moving to California, I travel a lot. There's the usual trips back east to visit
family and friends. I've also made a point of visiting other parts of the country where I
My first year in California, I only did road trips. I traveled to Arizona for
Thanksgiving the first year, and my car got totaled. I was hit from behind at a stop
light. Ask me about it sometime. It was an experience with a lot of learning and growing
for me in the process. I spent a few months without a car, and then bought a van. In that
time I drove to Eureka in a rental car with Hal and Sarah to visit Sarah's family.
In the van I went back to AZ to pick up the stuff I left there. My friend Ed came with
me, and we stopped in Sedona on the way back. The van broke down on the way back to L.A.,
so I got to visit Victorville, CA. Later, on a trip to San
Francisco, I met Eric at a party in Oakland. That was one wild weekend, to put it
mildly. After getting home at 6AM, grabbing a shower, and heading out to work at 7:30, I
decided I'd try flying.
Before I forget, be sure to take a look at all the pictures from my fabulous Caribbean trip, which has its own section below. I mention
it here because chronologically speaking, it belongs here.
I discovered that flying on Southwest airlines is pretty cheap, and they don't make me
pay penalties for switching or canceling a reservation. Also, after a bunch of trips, they
give me a free flight! I would travel to San Francisco about once a month to see
Eric. With all the frequent flying, I would accumulate a few free flights.
On one flight coupon, I visited my friend and former housemate Jeff in Seattle, WA. It was fourth of July weekend, so I got to see
fireworks. We were lucky it wasn't raining!
That same year I flew up to visit my friend Mark near San Francisco, and we did the
camping and rock climbing thing near Lake Donner.
On another trip Eric and I went to New Orleans for Mardi
Gras! Now THAT was a fun time. We visited my friend Dennison who invited my whole class of
200+ people. About four of us plus significant-others, etc. had a blast enjoying the
parades and Bourbon street. They determine how well Mardi Gras went by counting the tons
of trash they collect afterward. It's all about beads!
Then, over the summer, there was the famous Telluride trip.
Friends from school and I spent four days in Colorado enjoying the sounds of the Telluride
Bluegrass Festival. It's quite an event!
My most recent adventure was to Albuquerque, NM to visit Eric's family. (I recently
developed the pictures, but I haven't scanned them in.) I met his sister, nephew, dad, and
a host of friends. It was a really fun time. We stayed at a place called Tara Cotta. It
was a small adobe guest house, and it was really nice and cozy. It had a hot tub, which
was really nice in November! We drank lots of hot chocolate with whipped cream. I
discovered sopapillas and other fine New Mexican cuisine.
In August, I bought a new Saturn SL2, and over the December holidays I drove it up to
Eureka for my usual trip. It's become something of a tradition. This year I also flew up
there for Labor Day. The Herbelins had a goat roast at their farm. I discovered that as
long as I book far enough in advance, flying is cheap! It was only $169 round trip!
In February of 1998 I set out with friends to chase a solar eclipse. I've dedicated an entire section of this website for this most marvelous and wondrous
One of my goals in life is to visit Alaska (in the summer), Australia, and Hawaii. I
did visit Hawaii once, but I was only there for less than six
hours. I want to go back and spend some quality time. The other two places I have never
seen. I don't have to visit them in that order, or all on the same trip. However, I want
to visit all of them and have the time to explore the place and meet the people who live