21 STATES I'VE VISITED (2005)
Las Vegas, NV
[1994, 1997, 2001]
My parents retired to Arizona and loved to
gamble in Nevada. In 1994 they voiced a desire to see my brother and
I again and so, since they were willing to pay for the trip and Bob
was willing to show me how to travel, I agreed to go along and am I
ever glad that I did! Thus begin my adventures with travel.
We flew from SeaTac to Las Vegas and stayed
at the Excalibur Hotel.
We had a great time watching the jousting
and doing a little blackjack playing. Mostly I discovered that Las Vegas
is really a great entertainment center. We went on a virtual reality
ride at the Luxor, shopped for heraldric coffee mugs in the gift shop.
Walked along the New York streets of New York, New York. And had a very
relaxed and entertaining time inexpensively. I found that I liked Las
I liked it so much that a few years later,
when my teenage son and I wondered what to do for a vacation, we flew
to Las Vegas and he enjoyed the jousting, the virtual reality games,
the amusement parks, the shows, almost as much as I did. When we returned
home, he got a promise from me that for his college graduation I'd send
him and a friend back to Las Vegas! And we did for his 21st birthday!
Then in 2001, my siblings and son and I went
to Las Vegas (and the Star Trek experience at the Hilton) as part of
our trip to Arizona for our parent's 50th wedding anniversary.
Lake Havasu, AZ
As part of the trip to Las Vegas, we took
a van trip down to Laughlin, NV where we met our parents and after a
day gambling there (I went to the movies), my parents took us back to
their trailer home on Lake Havasu in Arizona.
The lake is beautiful! I enjoyed walking
around the fake-medieval-english town and over "London Bridge" which
was moved, stone by stone, from London to Lake Havasu a few years ago.
But the real joy came from seeing the lake at dawn and reading Poe's
"El Dorado" for I truly felt like I was gazing on the "mountains of
Bob and Dad and I took Dad's fishing boat
across the lake to a resort for a little morning liquid breakfast (tequila).
Then Dad showed us how he fished. Unfortunately the fish didn't cooperate.
England and Scotland
What can I say about a trip to Europe! Fantastic!
In 1995, Arlene "Callie" Hills had planned to go
to the WorldCon (Science Fiction Convention) in Glasgow, Scotland
and asked me if I wanted to go along. Deep in debt and without
a clue (much less a passport) I said sure! Next thing I knew
I was landing at Heathrow (with a passport, of course).
We spent several wonderful days in London visiting places like
the Tower of London, the London Museum,
seeing "Miss Saigon" at a theatre in Drury Lane, making a pilgrimage
to Temple Church, seeing the British
Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Library,
not to mention shopping at Harrods. I sure learned how to get
around huge London using the Underground (as their subway system
It was very strange since I really dislike large cities (having
grown up as a boy in a town with a population of 600) and don't
care much for even Seattle. But for some reason London was absolutely
wonderful and I've been trying to get back ever since!
After a few days in London, we went to York
which is probably my favorite English city for its medieval
feel. The walls and gates are still mostly intact. York is also
home to the Jorvik viking museum.
Then on to Scotland and Glasgow (which I nicknamed the "Tacoma
of Scotland" which is NOT a compliment). The SciFiCon was so-so
to me, but I did manage to find several bottles of Lochan Ora
at a local whiskey shop so I was happy. Unfortunately, due to
the con lasting four days, I didn't get to see much of Scotland.
Next was a quick trip back to the south of England to Canterbury.
The sights of the Cathedral, the tomb
of the Black Prince, the local pubs, were really great.
Then over to Dover to stand on the top of Dover Castle keep
and look across to France! Dover is really a nice little town
and sure enough, they have white (chalk) cliffs.
Then the train to Arundel for an arts festival which was supposed
to have jousting but ended up being more of a local arts fair.
Still, there was something about watching Shakespeare being
performed on the grounds of Arundel Castle on a summer's evening
that was wonderful. And the castle is amazing too. In fact,
I stayed at a nearby "castle" (14th century bishop's residence)
with towers and drawbridge and all!
During the trip I also had the pleasure of hearing choirs and
organs perform in York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, and Arundel
Cathedral. The timing was lucky to be able to find performances
during the exact times of my visit.
Then the trip was over and after one last day in London, it
was time to fly out of Heathrow and head home.
Tower of London
St. Mary's Abbey
The Shrine of
One of the best things about my job as Instructional
Technology Librarian at the Evergreen State College is that my then
Boss (Bill Bruner) sent me to several conferences in really cool locations.
While I don't usually have much time for sightseeing during the conferences,
I learned to take a few days off as part of the journey so I can do
a little sightseeing afterwards.
In 1996 I attended the American Library Association
conference in San Francisco. While I had passed through SF a couple
of times (by car on the way to San Mateo in '81 and at the airport on
the way to England in '95) I had never actually spent any time IN San
I enjoyed the conference a lot and found
a great italian place that served tequila chicken pasta and pear cider
on tap! I also got to tour Chinatown and went down to Fisherman's Wharf
and walked past the Maritime Museum over by the Presidio. The Cable
Car was a blast, late at night, hanging on the outside in the dark.
Once more for the American Library Association
conference, I travelled. This time to Washington, DC! After the conference,
I spent a few extra days including spending the 4th of July with friends
in Maryland. While in DC I took an evening tour of the national monuments.
I also spent a day in the Library of Congress doing research on Ella
Wheeler Wilcox plays. Beautiful library renovation. I also went to the
National Archives and some of the Smithsonian museums as well as the
Once more to a conference, this one Internet Librarian in Monterey,
CA. What a beautiful town! It was November and yet shirtsleeve weather.
One evening they closed the main downtown street for a local market.
I had lunch on Cannery Row and visited the amazing Aquarium. After the
conference, my companion, Kim Cook, and I went through Pebble Beach
and stayed at Carmel and visited my
first Mission. Then on to Big
Sur along the coast.
I can't really call these
trips "travel" since they weren't far from home, but I had an amazing
chance to travel with Kim Cook several times during these years. Sometimes
it was just a day trip to the Olympic Mountainss or Portland, Oregon,
but it also included conferences and travel to Vancouver, BC; Victoria,
BC (including Butchart Gardens!); Seattle;
Boise and McCall, ID; Lincoln City,
OR; Seaside, OR; Dayton, WA (for a family reunion); Mount
Rainier, and Ocean Shores for the 1999 Edwards family vacation.
I can't imagine how many miles we travelled all in our own "backyard",
but they were marvelous trips and I will always remember them with joy.
Lake Payette, McCall, ID
attending the EDUCAUSE conference in Long Beach, CA (which included
an evening hosted by Microsoft aboard the Queen
), Kim Cook and I took almost two weeks vacation time and "did"
southern California. Santa Monica, Ventura
(to visit friends who also study Ella Wheeler Wilcox), Disneyland!!!
(okay, so I was 45 when I first got to Disneyland
I got there at last!), Medieval Times
Hollywood (staying at the cabana room across from Marilyn Monroe's at
the Roosevelt Hotel
, Capistrano (and the Mission)
San Diego (I was a member of the San Diego
), and the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado
! It was a blast, but by the time we arrived in San Diego
for the second conference (Internet Librarian 1999) I was beat and glad
to be able to slow down before flying home. Click
on graphic above to see more photos!
|THE WAR LORD
Charleton Heston, 1965
|When visiting Universal Studios backlot, I had a chance
to have my photo taken in front of the tower used in the movie The
War Lord. The image on the left is Charleton Heston as a good
Norman Knight entering his domain. The one on the right is me at
the same spot in 1999.
I attended the Internet
Librarian 2000 conference in Monterey in November. As usual, it was
sunny and beautiful! I spent some time reading in the sunshine while
sitting in this old Mexican square.
click on photo for larger image.
THE MOVE! Washington, Oregon, California,
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma.
After 23 years working at the same place and
a lifetime of living in the Pacific NorthWest, I quit my job and
packed up everything I own and moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma where
I was a faculty Librarian with Northeastern
My son, Will, and I drove a Ryder truck filled
with everything I own and hauled my 1993 Taurus Wagon behind the
truck. We took almost a week to drive the 2,400 miles from Washington
State down through Oregon, California (went through a sandstorm
near Bakersfield), and then over the high desert to Arizona where
we visited my parents briefly before heading out on I-40 to cross
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and arrive finally in Oklahoma. Quite
an adventure for both of us. We stayed one night in Clinton, OK
after passing through Bushland, TX. Will said that we couldn't
stay in BUSHland and went to CLINTON instead.
I never thought I'd say it, but I enjoyed
parts of my stay in Oklahoma. Tahlequah is a nice small town
(about 10,000 residents with 8,000 students at NSU). Our Unitarian-Universalist
Church there is wonderful and I really enjoyed playing music
with some of their many musical groups including "Celtic Jam"
and the Bell Choir.
Side trips included Tulsa which is pretty much
just a big city not unlike Tacoma, WA (which is not a compliment),
Stillwater (home of Eskimo Joe's) and through the Ozarks to
Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they have a used bookstore that
rivals Powells in Portland.
I did get to participate in Old Fort Gibson Days
(performing with the Irish band, "Celtic Traditions") and saw
my first Civil War re-enactment.
Northeastern State University
After arriving in Tahlequah, I immediately
flew to Blacksburg, VA for training with VTLS. I was there for a week
between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains.
Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
NSU sent me along with a team of faculty
to a week long conference on the beautiful campus of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Having had enough of Oklahoma, I packed up
again and driving through Kansas (including Russell where my
great-great grandparents were married), Colorado (including Denver),
Wyoming (where I ate buffalo meat), Utah, Idaho,
Oregon, and finally back to my home state of Washington.
I now reside in Tumwater, just south of Olympia and my home is actually
just across the street from my alma mater, Tumwater High School. I'm
very glad to be back home in the Pacific Northwest. I love to travel,
but I live here.
AZ & Laughlin, NV
My parents had their 50th Wedding Anniversary
November 28th in Kingman, AZ. My brother Bob, sister Carolee, and son
William and I flew into Vegas and drove to Kingman. After the party
the whole family drove to Laughlin, NV for a wonderful dinner at the
Riverside (overlooking the Colorado River) and then back to Vegas and
finally home. Quite a four day trip!
Bay near Olympia, WA
The William Cannon Footpath at Mud Bay near
Olympia, WA opened in April 2002. I enjoyed a spring walk around the
Puget Sound inlet on Sunday, April 14, 2002 and have put together a
series of photos of the nature trail.
In April I needed to attend the Innovative
User's Group conference in Houston, Texas. Rather than just go for the
conference, I spent a week with Mary Elizabeth Davis touring the state.
We started at Austin, the state's capital. I rented a cabin on Cypress
Creek in Wimberley (in the Hill Country) and dined on barbeque at The
Salt Lick. Of course I had to visit San Antonio and The Alamo and the
Riverwalk. And then one quick day in Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico
before ending up in Houston at the Galleria for the conference.
Texas Capitol at Austin
Cypress Creek, Wimberley
Rich at The Alamo
The Elissa. Texas Tall Ship.
On the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston
Mount Saint Helens
Though Mount Saint Helens is in my home state, I hadn't
been there since I was a kid. I was living in Olympia, WA when it
erupted in 1980 and swept ash from our front porch! So on a beautiful
August day I drove the 100 miles to see the new landscape and the
volcano itself. I took this panorama of the new lake with the volcano
in the back right. Click on the photo for a larger
San Jose, CA
April 25 - 28, 2003
Traveled by Amtrak train from Olympia to
San Jose for the Innovative User's Group meeting. 20 hour train ride
was quite an experience, nice to have done but not anxious to be repeated.
Went to Vegas again to visit my father for
his 75th birthday!
I go to Victoria almost every year now. I
seldom take photos anymore and haven't listed it on my travels page
because it seems so close to home. But it's worthy of more good words
than I can say!
In April I needed to attend the Innovative
User's Group conference in Boston. While I did spend most of my
time locked up in conference meeting rooms, I did manage to get
out and about with my companion, DeDe Teeters, and discovered
the sites of historic Boston (albeit in 30 degree weather with
I saw the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), though only at a
distance. Had dinner in a Boston Irish Pub. Took a tour of the
historic districts and sites including Harvard & MIT across
the river in Cambridge.
At the monument to the 54th MA Infantry (seen
in the movie Glory) on Boston Commons.
Las Vegas/Laughlin, NV
Went down to visit our father with my brother
Bob and my sister Carolee and son William. Stayed in Laughlin for a
San Francisco, CA
Down to SF for the annual Innovative User's
Group meeting. Met Steve Metcalf and went to a Mariner's vs A's game
Four days in Denver for the annual Innovative
User's Group meeting. Very interesting pedestrian mall in the downtown
center. Found a wonderful German restaurant, Cafe Berlin, only a few
blocks from the Hyatt Regency.