The Odyssey

Personal Travel Blog

When I was a child growing up, my parents purchased a map of the world and hung it on the wall of my room. It was nothing fancy, just one of those rolled-up paper maps that would come in a tube and show all of the different countries with their national borders in various different colors. My brother and I spent many hours looking at that map, thinking about all of the far-off places it detailed and wondering what it would be like to travel to them. My parents loved to travel themselves, and as I grew into adulthood, I was fortunate enough to have many opportunities to visit different parts of North America, and eventually, the rest of the world. This website is dedicated to showcasing some of the fruits of those travels, the pictures and places and people that I've met over the course of my wanderings.

Deciding what to name this travel blog required some thought. Eventually I settled on "The Odyssey", after Homer's famous work of classical literature. The Odyssey can be considered one of the first-ever forms of travel literature, keeping in mind of course that many of the places detailed were purely mythical creations. The word "odyssey" has also passed into English as a form of any extended wandering or journey, and the name would fit well with the classical theme that my gaming website uses for its theming mechanism. It might be cliched to say that life is a journey, but there's a reason why certain things become cliches in the first place. This is the story of my own personal odyssey as recorded over the course of many years.

This website is always a work in progress. I have thousands and thousands of picture stretching back many years, and it will some time to write about all of those trips. The site design is strictly functional, without much in the way of bells and whistles. My wife Liz teases my that the design looks like something out of 1998, and there's some truth to that. Nevertheless, I figure that anyone coming here is interested in the content and not whatever doodads might be the trend of the moment in web design. Individual trips are listed below by date, with the video travel blogs that I recorded in the past at the bottom. As the Travel section has gotten larger, I've added an alphabetical listing of all travel pages at the bottom for quick searching. These pages are image-heavy and display better on computers or tablets than on mobile devices but don't let me stop you from using whatever might be handy. Thanks for stopping by, and best wishes on your own travels on the road ahead.

Major Trips

Vietnam and South Korea Trip (2023) - Writing In Progress

Hawaii Trip (2022)

St. Martin Trip (2021)

Galapagos Trip (2021)

Australia Trip (2019)

Great American Roadtrip (2018)

European Grand Tour (2016)

Alaska Trip (2015)

Eastern Canada Trip (2013)

Pacific Northwest Trip (2012)

Canadian Rockies Trip (2012)

Western Rockies Trip (2011)

Maritime Canada Trip (2010)

Britain Study Abroad (2009)

Hong Kong and Bangkok Trip (2008)

Minor Trips

Joshua Tree National Park (2024)

Greater San Diego (2023)

Austin, Texas (2022)

San Antonio, Texas (2022)

State of Mississippi (2021)

Groundhog Day Trip (2020)

Phoenix, Arizona Trip (2020)

New York City (2019)

Chincoteague and Assateague, Virginia (2018)

San Diego Zoo Safari Park (2018)

Orlando Theme Parks Trip (2017)

Total Solar Eclipse (2017)

Florida Keys Trip (2016)

San Diego Trip (2015)

Minnesota Trip (2014)

Dream Week: Orioles Baseball (2014)

Miami Beach, Florida (2012)

Pittsburgh Steelers Playoff Game (2011)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2010)

Paris Trip (2009)

Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany (2009)

Stockholm and Kiruna, Sweden (2009)

University of Colorado (2008)

London Research Trip (2007)

Cork and Environs, Ireland (2007)

Maryland Basketball (2007)

Champs Sports Bowl (2006)

Iceland Trip (2005)

Video Travel Blogs

Video Travels 2023: Vietnam and South Korea
Part One: Vietnam Vacation Storytime
Part Two: South Korea Vacation Storytime

Video Travels 2021: The Galapagos
Part One: Quito and Isabela Island
Part Two: Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands

Video Travels 2015: Alaska
Part One: Anchorage, Kenai Fjords, Denali
Part Two: Fairbanks, Prudhoe Bay, The Arctic

Video Travels 2013: Canada
Part One: Toronto and Ottawa
Part Two: Montreal and Quebec
Part Three: Gros Morne and Labrador
Part Four: St. John's and Newfoundland

Video Travels 2012: Pacific Northwest
Part One: Mount Rainier, WA
Part Two: Olympic Peninsula, WA
Part Three: Butchart Gardens, BC
Part Four: Capilano Suspension Bridge, BC
Part Five: Skyline Trail, AB

Alphabetical List of All Travel Pages

Aachen and Cologne, Germany
Acadia National Park, Maine
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Austin, Texas
Badlands, South Dakota and Devil's Tower, Wyoming
Banff and Yoho, Alberta and British Columbia
Bangkok, Thailand
Bergen, Norway
Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany
Bern, Switzerland
The Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Bratislava, Slovakia
Brisbane, Queensland
Brussels, Belgium
Budapest, Hungary
Cairns, Queensland
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Canterbury, England and the London Blizzard
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Champs Sports Bowl
Chincoteague and Assateague, Virginia
The Colorado Rockies
University of Colorado
Copenhagen, Denmark
Cork and Environs, Ireland
The Dalton Highway and the Arctic, Alaska
Delft and The Hague, The Netherlands
Denali National Park, Alaska
Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado
Detroit, Michigan
Dream Week: Orioles Baseball
Edinburgh, Scotland
Exit Glacier and Anchorage, Alaska
Fairbanks and Environs, Alaska
Fenway Park, Boston
Florida Keys Trip
The Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Greater San Diego
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Groundhog Day Trip
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hilo and the Hamakua Coast, Hawaii
Hong Kong and Kowloon, China
Honolulu, Oahu
Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Iceland Trip (2005)
Indianapolis, Indiana
State of Iowa
Isabela Island Part One: Volcanoes
Isabela Island Part Two: Galapagos Wildlife
Jasper National Park, Alberta
Joshua Tree National Park
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
The Kohala Coast and Mauna Kea, Hawaii
The Labrador Coast, Labrador
Lake Louise, Alberta
Lantau, Guangzhou, and Macau, China
Little Rock, Arkansas
London Research Trip (2007)
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Maryland Basketball
Melbourne, Victoria
Miami Beach, Florida
State of Michigan
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minnesota Trip
State of Mississippi
Montreal, Quebec
Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Munich, Germany
Nashville, Tennessee
New York City
Newfoundland (Western and Central)
Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario
North Shore, Oahu
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska
Orlando Theme Parks Trip
Oslo and Lillehammer, Norway
Ottawa, Ontario
The Ozarks, Arkansas
Paris Trip
Pearl Harbor, Oahu
Phillip Island and the Yarra Valley, Victoria
Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh Steelers Playoff Game
Port Douglas, Queensland
Prague, Czechia
Prince Edward Island
Quebec City, Quebec
Quito, Ecuador
Reykjavik and Environs, Iceland
Saguenay Fjord, Quebec
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Martin (French Side)
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio, Texas
San Cristobal Island
San Diego Trip
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Seattle, Washington
Sint Maarten (Dutch Side)
Springfield, Illinois
St. John's and the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland
Stockholm and Kiruna, Sweden
Strasbourg, France
Study Abroad Teaching Assistant, Britain
Sydney, New South Wales: Downtown
Sydney, New South Wales: Taronga Zoo and Bondi Beach
Toronto, Ontario
Total Solar Eclipse
Vancouver, British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia
Vienna, Austria
Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Western Nebraska and Cheyenne, Wyoming
White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
William Goodenough College, London
Windward Coast, Oahu
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Grand Canyon
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Old Faithful
Zermatt and the Matterhorn, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland