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, […]

Boating to Maligne Lake

Friday, August, 19, 2005 – This morning we toured the town of Jasper. We particularly enjoyed seeing the railroad museum with its vintage trains like the Canadian National 6015 locomotive. After looking around town, we headed back into Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian […]

On the Road to Jasper

Thursday, August 18, 2005 – This morning we headed south back down to see the Athabasca Glacier, an accessible part of the Columbia Icefield. The massive icefield rests over almost 195 square miles and ranges from 325 to 1200 feet deep in some places. It feeds eight glaciers, […]

Driving the Icefields Parkway

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 – This morning after breakfast, we headed north on the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper National Park. The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) runs 140 miles northwest to Jasper mostly parallel to the Continental Divide. It was completed in 1940. After leaving Lake Louise, we headed […]

Beautiful Banff

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 – This morning we woke up and had a late breakfast before driving out to Moraine Lake, located about 9 miles from Lake Louise. We hiked to some overlooks of the beautiful blue lake, one of the most beautiful bodies of water I have […]

Lovely Lake Louise

Monday, August 15, 2005 – This morning we drove through Waterton Lakes National Park and admired the views from our car. It looked very similar to Glacier with its glacially carved valleys. Then we headed north towards Banff, the crown jewel of Canada’s national park system. We traveled to one […]

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 […]

A Visit to Pearl Harbor

Friday, September 19 – Today was our last day in Hawaii, so we got up early to head to Pearl Harbor. We took a morning boat to the USS Arizona memorial. Before boarding the boat, we watched a powerful documentary about that day that explained both the American […]

Off to Oahu and Honolulu

Thursday, September 18 – In the morning, we had breakfast before leaving for the Kona Airport, which is completely open air! I bought me a 2003 Ironman World Championship T-shirt at the airport before our Aloha flight left around 11:30 a.m. We arrived in the state capital of […]

Cattle Ranches in Maui

Wednesday, September 17 – Today we ate breakfast before heading north to explore the Kohala Coast. We stopped for some snorkeling at Mauna Kea Beach at Kaunaoa Bay. Then we headed around the north tip and enjoyed the dramatic Pacific views. Later we stopped by the Tex Drive […]

Touring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Tuesday, September 16 – This morning we ate breakfast before driving back to the Park. We took the Crater Rim Drive, 10-and-a-half-mile drive that circles Kilauea Caldera. The loop will took us to the park’s main attractions: the Kilauea overlook, the Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, the Devastation Trail, the […]

On to the Big Island

Monday, September 15 – Today we had to wake up early for our flight to the Big Island of Hawaii – so named because it is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 4,028 square miles, the Big Island is larger than all of the […]

First Luau in Maui!

Saturday, September 13 – This morning we went out and enjoyed perhaps the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, with white sand, swing hammocks under palm trees and crystal-blue waters. We could see Molokini crater out in the waters in front of us, Kaho’Olawe further ahead and […]

Horseback in Maui

Friday, September 12 – The next morning we woke up and went to breakfast. Jeff, Dad and I decided to go on horse rides along the beaches from a nearby ranch. My horse, Josh, was a beautiful stallion who really wanted to hit the ocean a couple of […]

On to Maui

Thursday, September 11 – Today was the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, but flying in Hawaii on this day didn’t have the same feeling it did on the mainland. We left from Lihue airport at 9:30 on our flight to Kahului, the largest town on Maui, with […]

A Trip to Kauai’s Fern Grotto

Wednesday, September 10 – Today we decided to go check out the Wailua River Park with its Fern Grotto. We weren’t sure about this decision to visit because some people said they thought it was a little hokey. The whole tour lasted about an hour and half. The family […]

Sailing the Na’ Pali Coast

Tuesday, September 9 –  The next mid-morning, Jeff, Mom and I decided to take a sailing/motorized catamaran boat to see the Na’ Pali Coast. Our Blue Dolphin Charters left from Port Allen, west of Poipu. The four-hour tour included snorkeling or snuba (a form of scuba without needing […]

Kauai, the Garden Island

Monday, September 8 – Monday morning we woke up wondering how we could possibly top Sunday. We drove east on Highway 50, the Kaumualii Highway, before passing through Lihue on Highway 56, the Kuhio Highway. We crossed the Wailua River in the Kapaa Community (largest town) to the […]

Kauai by Helicopter

Sunday, September 7 – Today we woke up excited about our helicopter tour of the island of Kauai. When I was a kid, we toured the Grand Canyon via helicopter, but that was the only time I had ever previously traveled in one. We arrived at the private […]

First Trip to Hawaii

Saturday, September 6 – I had never ventured into the Pacific region, nor had I been to America’s 50th state. My brother, Dad, Mom and I decided to visit Hawaii to get a first taste of the Aloha spirit. From Atlanta, we took a Delta flight at around […]

Denver: Day in The Mile-High City

Saturday, August 17 – This morning Jeff and I walked down the 16th Street Mall, a pedestrian mall that is 1.25 miles long in downtown Denver. It is the city’s 16-block hub of shopping, dining and entertainment with a free shuttle service that stops at each block along […]

A Loop Around Yellowstone

Thursday, August 15 – After a good night’s sleep, we packed up from the Day’s Inn and left for Yellowstone. We drove back through Jackson Hole north towards Yellowstone. The name “hole” comes from early trappers who entered the valley from the north along relatively steep slopes, which […]

Back to the Tetons

Tuesday, August 13 – This morning we drove around the Grand Tetons to take in the beautiful range from several different viewpoints. We passed the National Elk Refuge, home to an average of 7,500 elk each winter. Shortly afterwards, the Teton Range rose up dramatically from the valley […]

On the Road Through Wyoming

Monday, August 12 – After breakfast, we were impressed at the beauty of Cheyenne, the state’s capital. Although the largest city in the state, less than 90,000 people live in the metro area. I began thinking about if there truly were beaches in Cheyenne, as in Garth Brooks’ song. […]

Rocky Mountain Fever in Denver

Saturday, August 10 – Sometimes in life you are in sore need of a vacation. It seems today I had reached that point! Going to graduate school year round, four nights a week and on Saturdays during some terms, has been challenging. Working full time, commuting up I-85 […]