|The Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska|
In the famous words of a presidential candidate, "Who am I? And why am I here?"
Two excellent questions. Oftentimes we find ourselves reading material by complete strangers on the internet, and far too frequently we don't ask ourselves these two very basic questions about the writer: Who are they; and why are they here?
But this is about me, not the city in which I live.
I am married to a beautiful jazz singer named Cris Barber. She is the center of my universe and is equally supportive of the things I want to do in life. We both love to travel, and in fact it forms the very core of our approach to life. We solidly believe that the world is something to be explored and experienced, and that few other activities give you the sense of reward, personal satisfaction and even personal growth that visiting faraway (and some not so faraway) places can offer.
|Japan as a kid|
|Entering the Yukon|
|The Beatles' Walk, London|
|Eiffel Tower, first trip to Europe|
(*Update: 48 states; 7 Caribbean destinations, three countries in Central and South America, and now 9 in Europe.)
|With dolphins in Mexico|
|Tundra Buggy Tours|
We've taken quite a few trains, most of them high speed rail. To the right you can see the magnificent view from the Eurostar as it travels beneath the English Channel. It was exciting and yet very...dark.
|Freezing in an Alaskan fjord|
|The Colosseum in Rome|
Despite bouts with severe acrophobia I've continued to allow my wife to drag me up to high places, both natural (Grand Canyon, the Na Pali Coast, the Central California coastline) and man made (The Empire State Bldg, Seattle's Space Needle, the Stratosphere Tower in Vegas, the Eiffel Tower, hot air balloons over Albuquerque and others).
It just occurs to me I don't like lists and that's precisely what I'm doing above. Eh, facts is facts, right?
|The Grand Canyon|
|Hot Air Ballooning in NM|
It's all about living...and seeing. And doing. We have a lot of toys in our lives, but if given the choice between the toys and the experiences I'd grab the experience chit each and every time.
I share some of these things on the blog because I hope they're interesting. I hope they're of some value. In a recent post my friend Susan K Perry, who is an accomplished writer/blogger/novelist commented "I think I'll save myself the hassle of travel and let you guys do it for me." -- to which I responded that my intent here is to whet your appetite, not quench your thirst.
|A cold, sunny day in our nation's Capital|