Category: United States

Simi Valley and Malibu

Friday – January 8, 2010 – Following a long night after the Rose Bowl victory, Dad and I decided to sleep as late as we wanted. After stopping at an In-N-Out burger in Long Beach for lunch, we drove through Hollywood to the valley on our way to […]

On Good Ol’ Rocky Top

Friday – October 24, 2008 – It’s fall and that means football in the Deep South. I reckon instead of calling the South the Bible Belt, they should call it the College Football Belt because football is THE religion in these parts. And this wasn’t just any weekend: […]

Being a Kid Again at Disney World

Monday – May 19, 2008 – After yesterday’s lronman race, I slept well. I was sore this morning, but I felt pretty good. After eating some breakfast, we drove to Walt Disney World and decided to tour part of the Magic Kingdom. I hadn’t been to Disney World […]

Last Day in Maui

Thursday, August 24, 2006 – We slept late today just because we could! Dad and I went to the pool one last time before we checked out of our hotel in Lahaina. We went shopping and had lunch at Whaler’s Village, before we stopped to buy some unique postcards to […]

Surfing School in Lahaina

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 – Today was our last full day in Hawaii. This morning, I had a reservations to learn something I have always wanted to try: surfing! And what better place to learn than Hawaii? From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., I took lessons at the […]

Haleakala Sunset in Maui

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 – We woke up at the ResortQuest Papakea and decided to do whatever we wanted during the morning. After all, we are on vacation at the beach in Maui! I went to the beach and snorkeled for a while. After lunch, Dad, Mom and […]

Beach Day in Maui

Monday, August 21, 2006 – After the long trip from eastern Maui on Sunday, we decided to have a relaxing day at the ResortQuest Papakea. Dad and I enjoyed the beach in the morning and snorkeled for a while. We came back to the condo for sandwiches. That […]

Riding the Road to Hana

Saturday, August 19, 2006 – This morning, we all had flights to catch from the airport at 12:30 p.m. Jeff had to take a flight to Honolulu, where he would leave for Atlanta on Sunday. Mom, Dad and I had a flight to Kahului, Maui on Aloha Airlines. […]

Last Day on the Big Island

Friday, August 18, 2006 – Today was our last full day on the Big Island. We enjoyed another low-key day by heading to the Kings Shops in Waikoloa to look around. We ate the food court where I had some unusual Hawaiian pork barbecue sandwich at Subway. For […]

Beach Day in Kona

Thursday, August 17, 2006 – Today we decided to have a free day. I went out to our beach on the Kona Coast to lay in a hammock between two coconut trees for a while. Then, I lounged on the beach for a little tan. Afterwards, Jeff and […]

Back to the Aloha State!

Monday, August 14, 2006 – Sometimes there is nothing like a vacation to celebrate a key milestone and close out a transitional period in life. The previous Friday I finished my final exams and Dad came to the University of Alabama to help me move the big things […]

Leaving My Heart in San Francisco

Friday, May 19, 2006 – Today was our last full day in northern California. We first visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which I have to say, is the best aquarium I have ever visited. Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. Then we […]

California Dreaming Down Highway 1

Thursday, May 18, 2006 – We have had another fantastic trip to San Francisco. However, today it’s time to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific coast. Or to quote the song, “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “it’s the edge of the world and all of Western […]

Back to San Francisco

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 – This morning we packed up and said goodbye to the Tenaya Lodge. As we left the Yosemite area, we stopped to visit the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. The narrow gauge railroad was a former logging train, but today is one-hour narrated passenger […]

Hiking and Biking Yosemite

Monday, May 15, 2006 – This morning, Mom decided to take it easy at the Tenaya Lodge. Dad and I decided to go into Yosemite National Park to bike and hike. We started the day by driving to the Happy Isles trailhead in Yosemite Valley. We chose the […]

Getaway to California

Friday, May 12, 2006 – After the end of the school year at my university, I had a break between the spring and summer terms. My Dad had a conference in California, so he invited me out to join him and Mom. I’ve been to California many times, […]

On My Way to Montana!

Friday, August 12, 2005 – Since I have gone back to school, I had a break between my summer and fall sessions. I decided to use some of my Delta miles to go on a trip with my brother to Montana and the Canadian Rockies. Jeff and I […]

Cycling in Anchorage

Saturday, August 21, 2004 – Today was our last day in Alaska, so we wanted to make it count. Mom slept in while Dad, Jeff and I decided to wake up early to go cycling. We went downtown and rented some bikes. I rented a road bike, while […]

Glacier Flight in Denali

Thursday, August 19, 2004 – On Thursday morning, we had to say goodbye to Denali National Park. We drove south on the George Parks Highway, also know as Highway 3, through Cantwell. Then we headed to the adventure town of Talkeetna. Talkeetna is a colorful little town that […]

Touring Denali National Park

Tuesday, August 17, 2004 – In the morning after breakfast, we grabbed our boxed lunches and headed into Denali National Park. For an early morning guided bus departure that would take us on a tour of the park. Denali is quite different than most national parks in the […]

Gold Mines and Pipelines

Saturday, August 14, 2004 – The next morning after breakfast, we toured the Fairbanks visitor center. It had a grass layered roof with plants grow outside on top of it! Then we headed south back to the town of North Pole. We saw Santa inside and one of […]

Into the Chugach Mountains

Thursday, August 12, 2004 – After checking out of our hotel, we packed up the Durango and drove north back on Highway 1 and later interstate A-1 through Anchorage. North of Anchorage the A-1 becomes the Glenn Highway along the drive to Palmer. We stopped in Palmer, home […]

On to Seward

Tuesday, August 10, 2004 –  The next morning we headed back up Highway 1. We stopped at Anchor Point, North America’s most westerly highway point for photos. We saw beautiful, but also dangerous, Mt. Redoubt in distance. The 10,197 foot is the highest summit in the Aleutian Range, […]

Kayaking in Homer, Alaska

Monday, August 9, 2004 – The next morning, Jeff and I woke up and ate breakfast before walking down to the piers. We decided to go sea kayaking for the first time. Our guide, Allison, took us on her small motorboat called the Harloquin, to a point across […]